Okay here we go, the first post on Cat Mindful. A first post always feels like it has to be monumental, as if the entire spirit of the website is to be captured the first time “post” is clicked. If that’s the case then the summary motto here it is, “I love cats, and on this site I’ll be writing about (you guessed it!) cats.”
Peel that apart and what you end up is the “About Us” page, in which I talk about the inspiration for Cat Mindful. Here, I wanted to spill whatever thoughts are scratching at the surface to set the tone.
Maybe it’s more of a ramble than an overview, or an essay—but it is something and if I’m lucky it resembles a kind-of digital ribbon-cutting. I’m starting with what Cat Mindful won’t be…
What I don’t want this site to be is just information, information, information, one post after another as if we were a waterfall of Wikipedia articles. Plenty of sites do that already. Ask Google any question and 65 million (yes, I’m probably exaggerating!) cat-themed sites will offer trivia-ready answers.
But living with cats isn’t supposed to be one hand scratching behind the ear while the other is filtering through an encyclopedia trying to figure out what purring means. That’s no fun. Nor is it true.
We don’t study our kitties like they’re specimens in a textbook to be spit back at the professor on a Scantron. We live with our cats so that together our lives are two mirrors staring one another down. Habits, likes, dislikes, personalities gradually change with each New Years. All the while we’re constantly learning. And if your cat stops teaching or you aren’t teaching your cat, one of you has stopped paying attention.
Because cats are like furry sages of the animal kingdom (And maybe that’s the central focus of Cat Mindful). Especially when it comes to teaching us, humans, how to be content—something we’re not very good at.
Whatever the day brings—unless it’s a vacuum—a kitty will find the energy to do exactly what they want to do. And they’ll let you know if something is getting in their pursuit of kitty-zen.
Cats are the only animal I know in which yawning is the beginning of deep contemplation: about whether or not it’s worth leaving the warm textured blanket to grab a bite, or returning to dreaming about an ocean of yarn covered in catnip.
My two cats will be making regular appearances. In fact all appearances, as far as pictures are concerned, are of them (snapped by yours truly). After all, they can’t help but budge into my life—especially when I need to focus. Even as I sit here clacking away Miles is glaring me down as if it’s time to eat (he’s four hours too early).
Miles is the fluffy heterochromatic kitty; and Persephone is the tabby Egyptian princess. Even though their personalities are oil and water they manage to snuggle together, every now and then.
If you’ve ever wondered, yes, two cats are better than one. Their hearts stay healthy thanks to daily cat-and-cat chases through the apartment. Normally, started by Miles the instigator. And they do take care of each other. Though it took a bit for the guarded Persephone to warm up to Miles’ gregariousness.
Okay, before this goes on too long…
What do I plan to write about? Well, everything. Both everything fact and health related to cats, and everything about my life (and my partner’s) living with cats. We’re throwing the objective and the subjective into a blender and finding out how tasty the kaleidoscopic mix can be. Will it work? Who knows! We’ll find out.
And to note, Cat Mindful will probably always be a work in progress—a you’re-never-really-done-improving mentality. That’s because this is meant to be fun. Just like living with cats. That is until they spill a freshly minted litter box and spread it all over like a tortured artist.
So I hope that was enlightening… No? Maybe it came close to being the blog version of comically oversized scissors. I’ll take that any day.
Last note! (Promise!) I’m always open to suggestions. So, if you have anything to add, or want to see something, or have a question (anything, really) please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or reach out and contact me. I read every comment and will respond to every comment I can.
Don’t hold back! Let me know what you think!