Relationship Advice From A Cat

I’ve written in the past about how my cat Haddie became my third unplanned cat because she made a unilateral decision not to leave my home (check out the post HOW HADDIE CAME TO STAY – AKA THE SQUATTER, for the complete story). I was recounting this tale to a friend the other day when she said,“You know, we should do that with men.

When I asked her what she meant, she replied, “Well, when they try and break up with you, you just don’t leave.

While it sounds crazy at first blush. It worked for Haddie, who’s to say it wouldn’t work for a human? It’s certainly a departure from anything you’ll read in an existing book about salvaging your relationship.

Just stay put. Or maybe find a good hiding spot. He tries to get you out and you hide under the bed at the furthest corner. Or in the back of the closet. If he tries to chase you out, just run around in circles until he gets tired and passes out on the sofa with a beer and whatever sports game happens to be on TV.

Now I’m no relationship expert, but I’m betting that – as with Haddie – the effort of coaxing you out of your hiding spot, or “trapping” you (tricking you to the door in this instance), will become too laborious making the status quo seem more desirable. Victory will be yours.

Granted, depending on the type of person you are dealing with, things could become litigious – something I couldn’t really do with a cat. But why not first try to see if wearing him down works. I for one, can’t imagine my life without Haddie, and he may begin to feel the same about you.

Are there other ways you think we can learn about human relationships from our cats? Do tell!


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  • jmuhj

    Ha ha? I’ve had it happen the other way, where I can’t get a guy to understand that I don’t want to continue a relationship. Believe me, it’s not pretty! As for Haddie, though, she IS pretty, sweet, and SO deserving of a loving loyal family and a forever home! 😉

  • Karen O’Lone-Hahn

    Good strategy I think. Lord knows there is usually a point where I just give up trying to herd my cats individually or together :0)

  • annameow

    LOL! OMC this would make such a funny video! I can just see you hiding under the bed!

  • Pettlepop Pop

    Its certainly is hard to breakup with a cat

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  • Aimee Raucher

    To me, cats are the best kind of relationship I could imagine. Everyone always refers to me as the crazy cat lady, because I’d much rather spend my time hanging out with my cats than going out with friends or meeting up with some blind date or internet guy.
    Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this world!

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  • frank discussion

    I’ve turned it around from what I think you’re getting at. My favorite kitty has taught me about qualities to look for in a relationship. Sweet most of the time, sometimes feisty (paws, no claws, nibbles, no bites), almost never nasty. Is a good “fur manager.” Cares enough about me to meow when it’s time to go to sleep or time to for me to awake, an “alarm cat” of types (though he’s gotten off that kick lately). At a minimum, starts a nap with me or getting me to sleep for the night before carousing, sometimes greets me in the morning, perhaps 10 minutes before the conventional alarm goes off, enough for a meaningful back rub and petting. We’re talking about a cat here, so they mix things up so that you don’t get into too much of a routine!!! This one is very affectionate when he deems it’s that time, both giving and receiving. Again, in the context of a cat, they spend most of their lives sleeping, but out of the remainder, I get some time allocated! This one communicates well, whether it’s to get to sleep, get fed, have the catbox cleaned, whatever…I’m a good “staff” member!!!

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