Jean Luc Rings in the New Year

Jean Luc New Year list

Show of paws – who’s ready to welcome in 2023?

It’s the time of year when many people start thinking about the changes they’d like to make in their lives. New Year’s Resolutions for people are strange – Lose Weight? Get More Exercise? Stop Wasting Time? No, no and no.

This year why not take your cues from the cat (specifically me). In addition to this column, and having my own plush toy, I am quite philosophical. Read on….

Ignore (Most) Social Media

Cats aren’t bothered with keeping up with the latest trends or gossip. We could care less about Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok,  or regular or gluten free WhatsApp. We are inherently self-confident and true to ourselves, yet at the same time not at all self-absorbed. When was the last time your cat texted you a selfie? Am I right or am I right? We do not care what you think of us, just as long as you think of us and feed us, clean our litterboxes and let us sleep on your favorite sweater. My suggestion is for you to do the same – less social media (except for following Orlando Cat Café of course) and more introspection.

Get Your ZZZZZ’s

Cats nap a lot, and by “a lot” I mean I fell asleep (twice) just writing this sentence! Getting more zzzz’s is a great thing to put on a New Year’s resolution list. Simply relaxing and getting a 20-minute power nap every so often can really go a long way toward lowering your stress and helping you stay focused. You might even be more productive if you take time for naps now and then. Too busy to nap? I nap a lot and I’m a corporate icon. You can buy a hoodie with my likeness on it for goodness sakes. If I can do it, so can you!

Enjoy the Small Stuff

Cats can be happy all day inside a cardboard box (the smaller the better). That’s an excellent example about keeping things in our lives simpler and being grateful for what we have. We really can get by with a few simple pleasures. A drink of cool water from the faucet. A fuzzy blanket to sleep on. A small, irreplaceable heirloom rug to barf on. It’s all good! Don’t sleep in the box though, cause that’s where I want to be.

“Just Do it”

Cats invented “Just Do It”. Nike may or have not stolen it (litigation is pending). If cats like something, they grab it. It might be a toy. It might be your new belt. It might be the aforementioned hoodie with my likeness on it. If there’s something you want in 2023, get ready to stalk it, pounce on it, and make it yours. Just like your cat would! I suggest starting with the hoodie as it is really comfy!

Sharing is Caring

Admittedly, sharing is not my strong suit. Not when it comes to food. Or toys. Or food. Or your favorite sweater that I like to lay on (you have others). Or food. Or your lap. Or food. Or the box I am sitting in. Or food. I’ve always followed my own version of the Golden Rule, which I have re-interpreted from “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them to Unto You” to be more like “What’s Mine is Mine and What’s Yours is Mine. Mine. All Mine.”  So sharing is something that we can work on together this year – except maybe when it comes to your sweater. And food.


Orlando Cat Café offers our best wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2023!

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