Good day, wonderful two-legged readers. This is Lucinda the literate cat, with a new blog for you. On this one, I will write part of it and my CCL (Cantankerous Cat Lady) will add some comments as well.
We will collaborate on this blog. I had to use that word, as I just learned it. My, my, for a cat, I am pretty unusual, if I do say so myself.
I wrote a blog recently for the CCL’s Wealthy Affiliate community, and it was so well-received that CCL asked me to write something similar for our website.
A Word I Didn’t Want To Learn
Another new word I’ve learned is “pandemic,” a word I wish I hadn’t had to learn. Your two-legged world has gone crazy since this virus has arrived. It is changing you.
Now you are fearful and very cautious around other two-leggeds. You are becoming withdrawn and are isolating yourselves from each other. I understand that you are doing so out of self-protection, but by your necessary actions you are no longer uniting for a common cause.
At this time, you are not a cohesive unit, but one that is fractured in ways whose effects on your lifestyle will be long-lasting. You don’t trust each other. You turn away from other two-leggeds. This is not good. You must try to make your social distancing only a physical way to prevent the spread of disease.
Try to be united in thought, even if you cannot be united in physical closeness. You are beings who like to give hugs — now you must learn other ways to pass on affection and friendship. Your world is changing, and you must change with it.
It is important that you try to keep a positive attitude through this crisis. Help each other by thinking healing thoughts and pass these on to others. It is now more important than ever that you look for the bright spots in your day and concentrate your feelings on those.
You must not forget how to laugh! Finding humor even in this bad situation is most important, as laughter has healing power.
We cats don’t laugh and we don’t cry, but we do have feelings. Those of you who know us well understand that. We grieve for lost friends and we love other cats and people that we are close to.
We show our feelings in different ways than you, and we are lucky that we can still follow our own way of life. I watch my beloved CCL and can’t do much more than be myself — I purr for her or give her love bumps to show that I care.
Add Humor To Your Lives
Perhaps you might make it a practice to call up your friends from time to time and tell them something funny (what you call a “joke.”) or tell them about a good thing that happened during your day.
Perhaps you could watch funny movies — one a day wouldn’t hurt you — so you can remember how to laugh. It would not be good for you to forget, as your laughter can help with healing.
Playing is an important part of your life. We cats know that. You, of course, have different ways of playing — I can’t see my CCL chasing a catnip mouse. It doesn’t matter how you define play. Just be sure to include some form of play-time in your day.
If you have children, you have a natural outlet. Play with them! They will appreciate it, and it will help you and your child. Cats do have the playing thing down to an art. Learn from us.
Adapt Healthy Habits
Make sure you get enough sleep. We cats know how to nap. I understand that in some countries, for example, Mexico, they believe in a nap in the afternoon…what they call a “siesta.” I believe that taking a nap in the afternoon should be made an international law.
In this difficult time, your health is very important. Of course you want to avoid Covid-19. If you are in good health now, it will help you recover if you do catch the disease.
Get daily exercise. I’m pleased that my CCL, who sits at this computer all day, now makes sure she gets a 20-minute walk every day. At her age, (82) this daily exercise routine is especially important.
Eat healthy foods That is one way to keep your body strong. Your diet is much different from ours, but it is important that, while making sure we animals get all the nutrition we need, you take as much care of yourself by planning healthy meals.
Now here’s my CCL, with something to add:
Thank you, Lucinda. I hope my message doesn’t add to you readers’ stress, but it is something that concerns me and perhaps it is wise to pass it on.
What happens to your pets if you get sick? Do you have a plan in place for a friend to take care of them? Does your pet have special needs?
I believe it is important to keep written instructions regarding feeding and care of your animals, so if you become ill, someone will know what to do. It is especially important if your animal has to have medication and certain kinds of food, or if you live alone and have to let someone outside your household know what needs to be done.
Keep this information posted somewhere so you can tell the animals’ caretaker where to look. Also, make sure you have a good supply of the right kind of food on hand. It is enough of a disruption to your pet if you are not there for them, so it is important to leave information so someone else can make this change as seamless as possible.
I believe Lucinda has hit on an important point in this post. We must not lose our ability to laugh. If we do, we remove a lot of the joy out of live. Make laughter an important part of your day, even if you have to search for reasons to do so.
Remember the old cliche — Laugh, and the world laughs with you; cry, and you cry alone.
Let’s try to become reunited by using laughter as the medium to bring us together.