Two weeks ago, I shared a blog post about why books and tea are a good combination. You know what’s also a good combination? Books and cats.
Your furry friend is always there for you to occupy your lap when you’re reading a book. It’s not always a convenient situation, because they tend to plonk their butts down on the book rather than on your laps or rub their faces against your book so it’s covered in cat hair. It makes for rather inefficient reading. But let’s face it, they’re adorable and they look at you with that cute little punim while they purr contentedly, and you can’t help but forgive them immediately. They’ve got us trained that way. They’ve turned the human race into their personal slaves and we don’t even mind.
Here’s a few reasons why cats and books make a great pair.
Reading is one of the best hobbies ever. You live a thousand lives just by turning pages. You meet so many characters and visit so many different worlds. You laugh, you cry, you bite your fingernails until you’ve reached the final page. There’s nothing quite like it. I don’t think I need to tell you why reading is awesome, really. We run a book blog, after all.
But it’s also quite a solitary hobby, and sometimes it can get lonely. That’s why it’s great to have a cat at hand. They’re excellent companions for reading. All they require is a nice, warm spot and a bit of petting every now and then, and they’ll keep you comfortable for hours.
If you happen to come across a boring part in your book, simply shift your attention to your cat and pet them while you get through it. You’ll find that reading suddenly became a lot less dull, and you get a happy cat in return. It’s a win-win situation.
This is the same reason as making a cup of tea during reading — cats provide warmth you’re otherwise missing out on, whether it’s their physical warmth to envelop your legs or a simple headbutt to get you through the sad parts of your book. The comfort of a cat works just as well as a hot beverage.
They also help with writing
Cats are very eager to help you with any daunting task, such as reading the morning newspaper or eating dinner. Mine also likes to walk in the way when you’re doing anything in the kitchen, making sure you fall over her every single time so you apologise profusely by petting her some more. But she has also helped me during NaNoWriMo last November. She made sure I met my required 50,000 words and also provided a few contributions of her own (mostly exclamation marks).
Let’s be honest — do you really need a reason to cuddle up with your cat? Just look at them. They’re so cute. Go hug your cat. Adore your cat overlords.
Do you read with your cat? On a scale of 1 to no, how helpful are they?