Working with animals shines a spotlight on character

Speed. It’s a quality. Is it a value? Is working fast always better?  No, of course not. When I feel the temptation to value speed over being gentle, patient and careful, that’s when I find out what I’m made of.  Animals can’t talk. They can act out their frustration or discomfort, but they can’t tell you that you’re being a jerk.

What will I do when I feel time pressure? Will I brush a little too hard? Will I hold the cat too tightly?  Will my body tense up, so that the cat feels nervous? Cats can feel the tension in your body, just as we can feel the moment when their body tenses up. We instinctively know that tension means trouble.

Will I reach my higher goal, which isn’t speed. It’s character development. Will I be the person I want to be? Will this animal be the vehicle — a better word is “guide” — taking me toward my  best nature?

Everything we do is  an excuse to develop. Stocking shelves in a warehouse is an excuse to develop, but the stakes are lower. If you work with animals and don’t aim high, the animals will pay a price.

Published by Spiffy Kitty House Call Cat Grooming

I groom cats in your own home. I do everthing needed for a soft, clean cat. Claw trims to prevent painful scratches and damaged furniture. Brushing to prevent furballs and matting. Rear-end trims to keep things clean after the litter box visit. Baths for soft, shiny fur. Clients praise my calm, gentle yet firm attitude. Cat sitting visits last 1/2 hour. Daily photo, fresh food and water, playtime, cuddles. A true "cat nanny".

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