Have any of you kitties ever spent the day basking?  I ask this for a number of reasons.  First of all, it is an enjoyable pastime.   Secondly, cats happen to be experts at it.  And lastly, with the entire world coming to a stand-still, this mode of relaxation could very possibly save the planet.

Now, I cannot claim that ‘sun-puddling’ (as some call it) has the ability to knock out this corona virus but it sure can promote healing properties the likes of which humans have never seen before.

Check out the Babe in the middle who happens to be my lovely fiancée, the beautiful Cleopatra.  *Holy Moly . . . Just seeing her makes me weak at the knees!  (Do cats have knees?)*  But one gander at her and my heart is full!

I have begun an in-depth study of the many different approaches to wallowing in the sun’s warmth for recuperative purposes.  The terrific thing being this field of expertise can be done in the privacy of one’s own home.  Social distancing must be practised and luckily it is a normal way of life for us cats.

Lying down, sitting up, indoors or out in the garden . . . All methods can help to alleviate the tense situations which can come up in life.  Whatever the personality, I can guarantee there is a comfortable position to suit even the most ardent sceptic.

As the humans’ stress over their enforced lock-down it is incumbent upon us cats to guide them.  Lazing around in the sun is something we do so well.  I would venture to say that we are beyond experts and may be in the guru category.  We could very easily come out with a series of on-line Masterclasses to help them pass the time.

‘Rolling In A Sun Puddle’, ‘The Hind End’, ‘Backyard Warmth’, ‘Floor Surfing’, all specific yet simple techniques which have their advantages and are easily taught.  Every person and cat can benefit from this type of discipline.

Being kept indoors can be discombobulating for those not used to it but personally I believe there is nothing better than to loll around the house and soak up the rays.

Emulating us is the key to getting through self-isolation.  Find yourselves a windowsill to perch on or the wide open spaces of the floor and get stuck in.

People, being who they are, like to complicate matters and begin to feel anxious when they cannot keep busy.  (It’s probably why they only have one life while we have nine).  So, a long soothing sun bath will ease the stress.

When the big, yellow orb in the sky makes an appearance, you have to train yourself to think, ‘BASK’ and get out there.  No one else can do this for you.

Basking is a cat’s prerogative and most of my pals have stunning styles which I can only aspire to.  One would think that warming yourself in the sun would be easy but I can assure it takes a special kind of skill and mindset.

All of us can learn it, do it and reap the benefits.

Mr. Tibbs

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