What's It Like to be a Cat?
Terry Gross Interviews John Bradshaw
Note from JJB: This interview is offered on Fresh Air with Terry Gross on NPR. We are grateful to NPR and the staff at Fresh Air for their rich offerings on a wide range of topics. Interviews like this stretch our minds, widen our hearts, and empower us to contribute to a more hospitable world in which cats, too, have their rightful place in the sun. Or in our laps. And we are grateful to anthro-zoologists like John Bradshaw for helping advance our understanding of human-animal bonds. These bonds can be profound sources of spiritual depth in human life and revelations of something still deeper: a Sacred Whole in which all creatures dwell, humans and cats included. This whole is enriched by the wisdom and intelligence of cats, who offer a distinctive kind of beauty apart from which the Whole would be less complete. If you like dogs, too, you may also enjoy What's It Like to be a Dog?, which also features Terry Gross interviewing John Bradshaw.
Why do cats sit on our laps? Why do they purr?
GROSS: But don't some experts say that if a cat's on your lap, it's really seeking warmth, or, you know, that it's like you're bringing the warmth, but it's not like the cat likes you, per se, or it has an affection toward you? It wants you to feed it, it wants your warmth, and that's kind of where it ends. Do you believe that?
Cats Teach us how to Meditate
From the perspective of JJB the need in our time is to build communities around the world that are creative, compassionate, participatory, egalitarian, ecologically wise, and spiritually satisfying, with no one left behind, cats included. We speak of them as humane, sustainable communities. If you share this hope, and feel a special sense of affection for our closest spiritual kin, the other animals, you might also enjoy:
Biocracy and the Salvation of Big Cats
Cats as Spiritual Teachers
Animals and Animality
Animals Have Consciousness
Autism and Animals
What's It Like to be a Dog?
Five Foundations for a New Civilization (John Cobb)
She is a Benefit to Herself: The Value of Being Alive (Rabbi Bradley Artson)