Cats and Change! (And You?)

Today is recycling day in my village. We’re very lucky and almost everything gets taken for recycling here by the local council. That’s great but it does mean a lot of hustle and bustle on a Monday morning as I grab newspapers, bottles (!), plastic, milk bottle tops etc and make sure it’s all in the correct boxes and drag them to the front of the house.

I was doing that today surrounded by two very jumpy cats (mine). They always get very edgy on recycling day and run back and forth checking out what I’m up to, then pretending not to notice and indulge in frantic grooming (classic displacement activity…), then pop back to look only to run away frightened again.

This morning, in between making soothing type noises, (the neighbours think I am mad) I found myself wondering why they are always frightened of the noise when it happens every week, (although I guess a week really is a long time in ‘catolotics’.)

Cats and Humans Don’t Like Change

And then I thought, actually the cats are behaving like most of us humans.

Very few of us when faced with a change think that it will be a good thing for us. We either indulge in some frantic grooming type behaviour, i.e. trying to pretend it isn’t happening – denial; or we run about with our tails in the air with no clear purpose  assuming the worst will happen to us!

And very occasionally we are cool cats, and embrace it! We’re bold and take a long hard at what is actually going on and make a more realistic assessment of what it might mean to us, and then get as much out of it as we can.

I haven’t got any cool cats yet but I’m working on them! Here Kitty Kitty Kitty…..

What animal are you like when faced with something new? I like to think I’m more of a Tigger than an Eeyore….


Posted on March 14th, 2011 by

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