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Cats have always been wonderful companions and playmates that brighten and enrich our lives but they are also amazing teachers.  In this book, cat lovers, both lifelong and reluctant, share what they have learned from their furry companions.  Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat will delight readers with humorous, heartwarming, and inspiring stories about lessons our feline friends and family members have taught us.

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Five lessons about life and love from our cats

Inspired by stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Amy Newmark, with a foreword by Wendy Diamond, pet lifestyle expert as seen on Today and Greatest American Dog

Cats seem to have it all figured out. Eat, sleep, play — repeat. But if you stop and look a little closer, these intelligent, independent creatures have larger lessons to teach us about life. Inspired by the 101 stories about life, love, and lessons in Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Cat, the following tips highlight the important wisdom imparted by our feline friends.

1. Always look for the silver lining. When life seems to stack the deck against you, it’s easy to give up hope that things will ever get better. After his divorce, Jimmy Tang’s vision for his life was forever changed. His hopes and dreams for the future were shattered, and he felt afraid and alone. However, Tang found strength and inspiration in the example of his beloved cat, Ocha, an abandoned stray that he and his ex-wife rescued while on vacation in Mexico. Not only did Ocha survive her difficult circumstances and fearlessly start life anew, but her courage also helped Tang get through the pain of the divorce — and converted him into a cat lover for life. (Lucky 8)

2. Don’t forget to play. In today’s busy world, it’s more important than ever to take a little time for yourself once in a while. Monica A. Andermann was exhausted after years of working and caring first for her ailing mother, then her ill father. Her hands shook, and eating and sleeping were luxuries her schedule simply didn’t permit. One morning after losing her job, Andermann had an "aha" moment — she decided to follow her cat Chuck’s example to learn how to relax and enjoy life. Just like cats eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired and love nothing more than to play with a bit of string, we should all make a point to take some time out from the merry-go-round of life and remember to enjoy ourselves. (Eat, Sleep, Play)

3. Listen to your intuition. Everyone has that little voice of wisdom inside themselves that tells them to turn around in a dark parking garage, not to trust a particular salesman or even that a first date is actually "the one." For Joe Atwater, the intuition that would save his baby’s life came in the form of his wife’s cat, Benny, who stood sentinel over their newborn’s crib, moaning and wailing. Joe threatened to get rid of the cat, but when the new parents took their baby back to the doctor and found a blockage in its lower intestine that required immediate surgery, they knew the cat’s insistence that something was wrong had saved the baby’s life. Sometimes those quiet, nagging feelings in the back of your mind are the most important voices to listen to in life. (One Cat Too Many)

4. Looks aren’t everything. When Bobbie Shafer’s grandfather saved a badly burned kitten from behind a furnace, she couldn’t help but feel sorry for it because, even if it survived, it would be an awfully ugly cat. But when that half-hairless, one-eyed, nubby-eared feline turned out to be a loving and loyal companion who brought joy to her life, Shafer’s outlook on life and the value of outward appearances would never be the same. Though first impressions will always be important, you will find the most valuable friends and loved ones by looking deeper and finding the real beauty inside. (A Lesson in Ugly)

5. A little attitude will take you a long way. Almost any obstacle in life can be overcome with perseverance and the right mindset. Just ask Brianne Schwantes, who is disabled by a rare bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta. She learned what true bravery is from her cat, Chica, who is also disabled. Schwantes was inspired by the way her cat bossed around a Golden Retriever 10 times her size and even learned to climb, despite her deformed back legs. Schwantes realized that if this tiny cat could overcome her disadvantages, so could she. No matter how bad the hand life deals you, you can do anything you set your mind to with a little courage, determination and a positive attitude, just like Chica the cat.

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