It hasn't been all catnip and sunshine with these two, far from it. Since BC was raised as much by our dogs as by Myka, he's ended up being something of an odd duck that's just as happy to spend an hour playing fetch with pens, clothespins or hair ties as he is doing more normal cat things. Since that means he can drift between the two worlds, well, sometimes he forgets that Myka's not as big a fan of being ambushed from under the table as his best dog-friend is. Then, it's a lesson in tolerance, forgiveness, boundaries, and personal space.
Dogs might be on the top of the list for emotional support animals, but according to Linda Chassman of Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado, cats are actually the perfect role models for human relationships. Dogs will love us rather unconditionally, and that's why we love them back. But cats have no time for your shenanigans.
Chassman says when she was working with children, it was her cat that started teaching them all about what's acceptable behavior. A cat won't put up with yelling or tail-pulling, and they'll let you know just where their boundaries are. Cats are the ones that assert themselves when there's something going on that they're not comfortable with, and she says that watching your cat's behavior can be a powerful indicator when it comes to your own life and relationships, especially if you're never sure when you should assert yourself. Watch your cats, and they'll show you exactly how it's done.
Watching BC and Myka made me realize how absolutely true that all is, and that includes the most important part of human relationships: forgiveness. He can be the most obnoxious cat on the planet, but at the end of the day, they still curl up on my lap together, no matter how much fur has flown that afternoon. If you want a constant reminder of just how important forgiveness is? Get a second cat.