Are you a cat lover? If you are, it’s not surprising. Introverts and cats have a lot in common. It’s no wonder many of us identify with these furry friends.
In this post, I’ve partnered up with introverted artist, David Wagenfeld to create a visual exploration of some of the qualities cats and introverts share. David has just created a comic strip for introverts, which I love! You can check it out here.
Just like introverts, cats are usually more selective with whom they show love and affection. They don’t go around wagging their tales at everyone they encounter like some other members of the animal kingdom (no need to name names, but I’m sure you know who I’m talking about). But with their owners, they are fuzzy little bundles of laid-back love.
Most cats retire their rambunctious ways as soon as they outgrow kittenhood. They don’t go bouncing around with enthusiasm at the first sign of food or affection. Instead, they are calm and collected. They have a coolness about them that some might label as aloof.
That is one way of looking at their behavior. But I prefer to describe them as embodying a self-assured elegance. Like introverts, they don’t need lots of attention and hype to feel good, which brings me to my next point …
It doesn’t take much to make a cat happy. They’re not interested in going to parks to run around and sniff other kitties’ bums. They’re quite happy to stay at home and curl up in their favorite corner. And if they can find a sliver of sunshine to lie under, well that’s even better.
Pretty much everything a cat needs can be summed up with the following equation:
Food + Affection + Quiet comforts = Kitty Joy!
And what do you know – the equation for introverted bliss looks pretty similar.
The in or out dilemma
Most introverts can totally relate to a cat’s indecisiveness when it comes to leaving the house. Often, they’re out for less than five minutes before they want to come back in again. Sometimes they might just linger at the doorway, pondering whether leaving the house is the best idea. Perhaps they’re weighing the pros and cons in their little kitty brain.
Hmmm … I really should go out today. It’s been a while since I’ve seen my other cat friends. But it’s so nice and comfy here at home. What to do [rolls onto back and purrs as he stretches his furry belly out].
Besides the rolling over and purring part, I think most introverts can relate to the above inner dialogue.
The lone wanderer
Cats are not pack animals. They are the lone wanderers who can’t be bothered to follow the group – or anyone for that matter. They do what they want regardless of what their owner or the cat next door thinks.
Introverts, too, are known for being lone wanderers. This isn’t to say that we dislike other people. We just don’t feel the need to make all our plans based on what the group is doing. We’re happy to come and go as we please without having to answer to anyone.
Are you an innie artist?
I’d love to have a chat about the possibility of collaborating on something. You can send me a message and a link to your work here.