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How Cats Saved Me From Myself … and my fellow beings

Since I was young, I have always had a soft spot for cats. I have two handsome cats at the moment, and I love them to bits and pieces. Unfortunately, they don’t love me the same.

They only love me when they want something. But it’s okay because at the end of a rough day, they are still there to soothe my physical and mental well-being.

I’m not writing this piece to try and convince you to get a cat. The whole idea of this piece is to let you know how my ungrateful but adorable babies have saved me from the darkest moments. Living in a rather “messy” household, I’ve always sought comfort in my own room with my cats.

Here’s how my cats have helped me out throughout my darkest times.

There were times where I had insomnia and I didn’t want to depend so much on my pills to get to sleep. Thank God for my fatty of a cat who loves snuggling at night. It’s like he knows when I can’t sleep. He will automatically come up and sleep beside me.

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There are times where people would try and randomly pick a fight with me, and that will always put me in a bad mood. Why? I end up THEIR collateral damage when they get into argument. For solace, I always (unfortunately) turn to chain smoking to calm myself before I say something I can’t take back.

My cats, with their sixth sense, would inevitably be up to some antics to cheer me up. I would always find my cats in weird sleeping poses or showing me their fat under belly. Such sights will automatically put me in a better mood. Seeing them defying gravity and lying in the weirdest positions will always put a smile on my face.

The great thing is, you don’t need a cat right next to you to make you happy.

Stressed at work? Colleagues pissing you off with snarky remarks? Block it all out and get on YouTube and watch Internet cats do their thing. Whenever I tune in cat videos online, I find myself feeling less angry and annoyed and calmer. WARNING! Do not do it too much! It may end up as your guilty pleasure and you might find yourself procrastinating more than ever.

Cats, in spite of their snobbish and stand-offish demeanour, make great companions, if you are not an attention giver. They may not be able to talk, but to me, they actually do show more compassion compared to human beings.

So, at the end of the day, you don’t have to obtain validation or love from another human being. All you need is to the ability to love yourself and the companionship of a fury baby, be it a cat or a dog.

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