Cats have healthy living figured out

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Guidelines for healthy living I’ve learned from the cats in my life.

• Routine is good, especially for meal times. It does a body good. But don’t rule out the occasional feast or treat.

• Routine is good for sleep cycles, too.

• Don’t force your routines on others who have different needs.

• Daily meditations fuel the spirit. Find a comfy, favorite perch and clear the mind. In the midst of nature is even better.

• Maintain connections. Lapsitting is mutually beneficial.

• Find new laps, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

• Incorporate play into daily schedules. Lots of dollars are not necessary. Playing with paperwads and boxes is just as much fun.

• Share. There are enough laps, perches and boxes to go around. Kindness intensifies bonds.

• Zipping around is sometimes necessary, but onstant activity has its downside.

• Let others know when you are happy.

• Don’t be bashful about asking for help.

Not quite a native Ripley Countian — she attended only her last year of high school in Doniphan though she taught in the R-I system for 32 years — Teresa (Pearson) Lee delights in surprising readers and herself with anecdotal observations of life in general.

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