"Pop Art Kitty" - mixed media on aquabord, 6" x 6"
This is my first ever cat painting. Now I've painted lions, panthers, cheetahs and other big cats, but never the common house cat. Why is that? Because I am a dog person. This is ironic given I am a Leo (big cat sign, right?) but it is the truth. There are a few exceptions, however.
I once had a cat named Jeffrey. He was a big male tabby, tubby and growly. But he acted like a dog. He greeted me at the door, acted excited when I returned, and rolled on his back for me to rub his belly. He followed me from room to room (like a dog) and never acted aloof. My kind of cat!
My sister's cat, Green, is another exception. Green lets me rough him up (like a dog) and pet him firmly (like a dog) and will come to me (sometimes). This is also my kind of cat!
So what is the meaning behind the common house cat, and what does cat energy bring to people who are drawn to cats (not cat-dogs, but cat-cats)?
The cat spirit is a balance between opposites: light and dark, action and rest, socializing and being alone. People with cat energy demonstrate great patience, a deep and satisfying relationship with their own inner workings and an innate sense of curiosity. If a cat shows up in your life as a spirit guide, you may be asked to explore aspects of yourself or your life which you have not looked at closely before. People with this totem animal have the ability to time actions perfectly, waiting until just the right moment and then acting without hesitation. If you are called to the cat, you are balancing fierce independence with the desire to socialize and seek affection from others.
People with cat energy are often considered to be psychic and highly creative, and they exude a sense of mystery. They are self-directed and not impacted by peer pressure to conform.
If you are a cat person, does this resonate with you?
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