If the food bowl fits…….
Many of us, when we’re feeling overwhelmed, Google baby pictures to get our daily dose of oxytocin, the hormone associated with bonding and empathy, among other things.
Some of us, judging by the number of cute kittens on social media at least, get the same feel-good warmth from feline photos.
Not too long ago, a 15-second video made the rounds of Facebook. Two kittens, two rubber boots. One in each.
The kitten in the right boot stays hunkered down inside his rubber home. All you can see are eyes.
The kitten in the left boot, on the other hand, is trying to scramble up. The weight of his paws forces the rubber to fold in on itself and down he goes again.
Sometimes he manages to get two paws into the boot beside him. It looks as if he is trying to get on top of his sibling. He does not succeed, but he keeps trying.
It is obvious that the kittens are playing, although the challenge of getting out of the boots may prove more difficult than they at first imagined. And mother is nowhere to be seen.
She has given them the independence to figure this out for themselves.
If animals play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life” Susanna Miller
I have not been able to find out who Susanna Miller is, or what her credentials are, but I can agree with her sentiment.
It is even possible to extend the thought to humans. Children learn about their world and how to live with others in it through play. And sometimes parents need to step aside to let that play happen.
Something to think about.
If you would like to see those kittens for yourself, you can go to: