Changing routines: How to pet more and stress less
Last updated February 19th, 2018
Marvelous Monday Haiku with Scout
Hello, friends, I’m Scout the feisty tortie and I present today’s Marvelous Monday Haiku. When you don’t have to go to school or work there’s nothing much to worry about other than where to find the best sun puddles at 10 am, why Charlie seems to get special food and why yellow fluffy bees bother me while I’m trying to take a snooze. I know these woes, though real, pale in comparison to a human’s daily lamenting about things like Mondays, traffic, bosses, and bills.
It’s almost back to school time and there will be many changing routines and schedules, coupled with stress and anxiety of starting new challenges and beginnings. Although it seems us cats cannot relate to your human problems, we do feel your stress and anxiety and manifest these in many ways from litter box aversion to over-grooming. Some of us may even become depressed or aggressive to another feline housemate. We are sensitive to any changes in our environment and that includes you and your world.
So I would like to remind you that while you are going about your busy day, whether it’s going back to school, sitting in traffic, starting a new class, or renovating the basement, please come home and leave your stress at the door. It’s well-known that stroking your cat is good for you and lowers blood pressure. We always welcome pets and cuddles. Even better, spend a good 15 minutes engaging us in interactive play when you come home from work or school. I guarantee that will not only be good for me, but you will start to feel the stress just melt away.
In addition, this will strengthen the bond between you and your kitty. It’s a win-win situation. See, we’re not that complicated to figure out; small little gestures like playing and petting go a long way in keeping both our stress levels in check.
It’s a stress-free zone
Why in such a hurry bee?
My paws unfold
To combat stress it’s
One, two or three strokes of fur
No more, no less
From me and the Chirpies, we wish you a Marvelous Monday!
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Mum works from home so the ‘traffic’ thing has passed her by too 😉
As for those bees, we get the most of the year (believe it or not!) and they. never. Stop!!!
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We’re lucky that the big man cat works from home and we can supervise his reports and chirp in on his conference calls! The lady cat is lucky to only have a 15-minute commute and does not have to cross the dreaded bridge! But the ideal would be to be surrounded by kitties all day!
Bees all year-round, that’s perfect!
That’s some excellent advice, Scout. Though now our mom stays home all the time…which is great!
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Excellent advice Scout, you are very wise- and so adorable.
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Awe, thank you! 😉
Great advice Scout! I try not to stress about stressing!
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Brian, you sound like one chilled dude!
Oh Scout, you are just perfection rolled into a tortie! And you give great advice, too. Olive sends her love!
Awe yes, tell Olive, solidarity fellow tortie sisfur!
We have our laptime and petting time before Mom Paula gets out of the bed each morning. Our time together is longer now that Mom Paula is retired!
That is too precious! We wish that the lady cat didn’t have to get out of bed to go to work! We make it hard for her to get up because we believe that the day should start with cuddles, so we make her press snooze about 5 times before she gets up!
You are a very wise tortie, Scout! (Of course!!!)
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Scout, what a good post and a good reminder to humans! I know Mom feels more relaxed when she pets me & I love being petted! Purrs & hugs to you & your family!
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Hugs and purrs to you too, it’s nice to know we’re so loved!
Cute article 🙂 I didn’t know cats could feel your stresses. I do know that cuddling and petting definitely releases stress and builds a bond with your cat. Hopefully we can all remember to take time out of the day to do that.