One of the best side-benefits of having a cat…
They boost your creativity:
[via Brainpickings] How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity ~by Maria Popova
History is laced with cat-loving creators, from Hemingway’s profound affection for his felines to Edison’s pre-YouTube boxing cats to the traditions of Indian folk art. But hardly anyone has made a greater case for the cat as a creative stimulant and a mystical muse of writing than Muriel Spark in this wonderful passage from A Far Cry from Kensington (public library):
If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.
The greatest case for this, oddly enough?
The gorilla, Koko:
[via NaturalNews] Gorilla destroys property, blames the cat. Are all primates liars? ~by Mike Bundrant
NaturalNews) Koko the Gorilla, celebrated for her 1000-word sign language vocabulary, is known for her affinity toward cats. After she learned how to communicate with her caretakers at the Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, she asked for a kitten to have as a pet.
Like most people, Koko has good behaviors and bad behaviors. Like most people, she takes credit for the good behaviors and blames the bad ones on someone else.
The cat came in handy on one particularly destructive day. When no one was around, Koko managed to rip a sink out of the wall in her habitat. When the humans returned, they asked Koko who ripped out the sink.
Koko signed, “The cat did it.”
The framed cat was not available for comment, but we assume he was shocked at this betrayal.
Cause apparently her kitten boosted her creativity to the point?
She was able to make it her fall guy.
Nice going there, Koko.