I’m always amazed when people say cats aren’t as smart as dogs or cats are “sneaky.” I would question both of these statements if they made sense, but since they don’t, I’ll continue. Cats don’t seem to be valued like dogs. They are often left behind when someone moves or thrown out to fend for themselves. Despite being mistreated, they can forget and forge ahead, oftentimes alone. They are among the most charming of the earthly creatures.
I think I would rather have a cat than a dog as a business partner. For starters, a cat will always let you know where you stand. Additionally:
1. Cats know enough to cover up their trails. I never knew any cats that didn’t know how important it was to keep their “business” covered up. They will continue to dig until it is either covered or they’ve thrown it into another room. They don’t leave things around that will incriminate them or get them in trouble.
2. They are masters at follow-through. If you can’t find something, most likely, the cat knows where it is and will eventually find it for you. They don’t forget where things are; they know how to hide things from everyone but themselves. They stay with the task – even if it’s endlessly chasing an elusive laser dot.
3. Cats have more patience than the rest of the world. My cats can watch a fly on the wall from 5 feet below until they find the right time to pounce. They don’t get rattled and know the value of a good stakeout.
4. When they want something, they’ll let you know. One thing about cats: Being subtle isn’t their MO. If they want to sit on your lap, they will let you know, and if there’s a keyboard in the way, it will have to go. If they love you, they’ll let you know. I remember when I traveled a lot; my favorite cat got in my suitcase and left her mark in front of me. She wasn’t sick, but it was obvious she didn’t like me leaving and needed more love.
5. They know enough to hold a grudge. If you mistreat cats, they will never forget it. They would rather move out and fend for themselves than stay with an abuser.
6. Cats respect intelligence. It has nothing to do with age; it has to do with who has decided to be in charge and make it happen. They often change roles, but only if it’s to their advantage. The treats go first to the cat in charge no matter who you give them to.
7. Cats know the people who love them. Cats have favorites and will let you know. I have a cat who loves one of my friends. When my friend comes over and calls the cat’s name, the cat comes from out of nowhere to get pet.
8. Cats know enough to take naps when they’re tired. They know the value of a good snooze and the importance of conserving energy for the tough stuff. They don’t get cranky or get moody; they just go to sleep.
Never underestimate any earthly creature.
Lisbeth Calandrino has been coaching businesses and training for over 20 years. To schedule a consultation or have her speak to your team, reach her at 518.495-5380 or Lcalandrino@nycap.rr.com.