How My Cats Help Me To Switch Off and Focus on The Now

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Hello, this is Dr. Karin. Read my bio, get to know me more, and meet his five cheerful cats: Clutch, Cyril, Alex, Zelda, and Zazzles.

I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to my cell phone. So I said. I’m not proud of it, I’ve tried to fight it, but I know I’m not alone.

I’m sure many of my fellow Catstars are used to the urge to check their phones every five minutes for messages, likes, gossip, or funny clips (if you can wait that long) if you can). We spend hours down TikTok rabbit holes, “doomscrolling” until the wee hours of the morning, fully aware that we are victims of addictive algorithms designed to keep us doing just that. At one stage I even downloaded an app to try and kick my phone habit. The irony of using a phone program for a phone addiction is not lost on me. But the charm of adorable animal videos, hilarious pranks, and emotional redemption stories keep me coming back.

But there’s one thing you can always do, even if you begrudgingly, give up your phone. That’s a big fluffy cat’s ass in my face.

Cyril is definitely the main offender in my house and unfortunately also the heaviest of the cats sitting on my chest. Even if it was frustrating at first, his determination to put himself firmly between me and the screen eventually forced me to put down the phone and enjoy his demanding feline attention. You will start to enjoy it. Clutch and Alex’s techniques force their heads into my phone until I give in and take their attention away from the screen to give them the sad mewls and the noise they want and deserve. It tends to be a combination of rubbing. And when you think about it, how ridiculous would it be to watch clips of other people’s cats, dogs, or pet raccoons, ignoring the real, wonderful creatures I share my home with?

As a side note, I don’t think wild animals should be kept as pets, but I really want a raccoon!! 😆

Me vs Cyril’s fluffy butt

Why fight?

I love cats. As you all know, I love all animals. So why is my first reaction to my cat being annoyed between me and my phone? Crazy, right?If you’ve seen it social dilemma, it’s actually pretty scary to find out how cleverly the technology used by social media companies and advertisers learns our habits and keeps us glued to our screens. Like many people, I deleted the app and deactivated my Instagram account immediately after watching the documentary. And like most people, I was back within a few weeks.

The problem is, without a cell phone, you miss out on a lot of what’s going on in the world. Not only that, but if we look in the right places, watching and reading online can greatly improve our knowledge and awareness. So I’ll always accept being a companion as a necessary evil and hope that by clicking on more educational links my personalized algorithm will help keep me on track, but it’s still fine. Can’t resist raccoon clips.

With the help of my cats, I am also learning how to take a break.

I enjoy spending time with Cyril's fluffy butt
I enjoy spending time with Cyril’s fluffy butt

How to help your cat switch off

except for the latter half grumpy cat, our feline friends don’t care about the internet. They are not interested in following trends or likes, and the only tweets they are interested in are from birds. What they care about is that the person they love, the person they have decided is worthy of their attention and affection, is worshiping the little rectangle in their hands instead of them.

We all know that cats can be aloof.Their independent nature means they don’t seem like need Our love becomes even more special when they ask for it. So when you see Cyril blocking your screen with his fluffy butt or shaking your phone with a friendly bump on the head, take that as your cue to put your phone away and spend some time with the cats. I accept that. I give them my full attention, which they deserve. As a result, I let go of my phone more often and found it easier to disconnect from it to connect with the world around me.

It may not be their intention, but my wonderful cats are helping me manage my phone addiction and improve my mental health and well-being. There’s another reason cats are great.

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