Any cat owner knows that cats are strange creatures who seem to have a will of their own, which often goes directly against whatever you wish them to do at the time. So if you’ve ever wondered why your cat behaves the way it does, there might be some common answers.

For example, when a cat rolls over on its back, that’s a sign of trust. When a cat bumps you with its head, that’s a sign of affection. When a cat rips apart your furniture, that’s a sign that you need to get a better job, make more money, and be able to afford more fresh furniture for the cat to wreck the next day.

As you can tell, sometimes cats can be far better sources of motivation than even the best motivational speaker could possibly offer.

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