What Cats Know About Money

Rich Kitty
Creative Commons License photo credit: Jezz

Pssssst! I’m the cat, she who owns all she sees, and I’m in charge here today. I’ve been watching you humans with this money thing for quite a while and it’s time to tell you how it is.

What I Know

  • You can’t eat it! Geeeez, you think that would tell you all you need to know right there.
  • Those fancy green paper pieces are a nice size to lie on. It takes days to finish them.
  • That thick paper stuff rips and crumples really well when shredded with my lovely and delicate claws
  • The round shiny bits make the most heavenly sound hitting the floor when I endearingly bat them off a table

It’s Useless

From here, money is pretty much useless, except for the occasional plaything.  Now, I love the sound of the paper tearing and shredding and adore watching those heavy shiny things drop to the floor and roll under my sleeping place where you sometimes sit, but, face it, money has practically no value.

Or Maybe Not

The one redeeming thing I can see about it is that the people take it somewhere away from the home lair and trade it for treats!

I LOVE my treats and if I were in charge of the money trading, as cats should be but that’s a different story, I would decree that all money should forever be traded for cat treats and that more lair rooms would be provided to hold the bounty. Oh, and catnip would be provided on demand, not in that haphazard stingy way the people seem to do now.

Unhappy Cats

Sometimes the people in charge of the trading seem to think the money stuff itself has some real use and trade their time and energy to get lots of it but never trade for any treats at all. This really displeases cats.

Other times the people trade away too much money for people treats like fancy houses, luxurious furniture and fine cars.  This is a little better since we get to lounge around the nest and leave our hair essence on the designer upholstery.

Keep ‘Em Purring

Don’t forget, we have those so delicate claws and pointy white teeth and we’re always watching you so keep us happy by trading the money for kitty treats for us (and get the good kind!) and some people treats for you without going overboard. You can even keep some of the leftover money in reserve. After all, you never know when we’ll get the urge to smack quarters around the kitchen floor and roll in catnip.

Tell Me

How are your money trades going? Tell me in the comments if your trades are fair or could use some rebalancing and how it affects your business.

Need Help?

If you think your trades are off course or want another look, I can help. Send me a note, tweet me, or give me a call, and I’ll be happy to work with you to move your business forward.


Helen Aldous over at Artonomy talks about Money Monsters and Pink Floyd (that alone should make you rush right over!) with some insightful advice on valuing yourself and your creativity. So, go – see what she said!

6 thoughts on “What Cats Know About Money”

  1. I’m in the midst of developing my relationship with money as a grown up. Until recently, the toddler version of me has been dealing with money and she does things like set up bill pay and then not look at *anything* for months.

    So, developing awareness as to where it goes and all that. My trades are mostly travel related and paying off previous decisions.

    As far a business trades, I need to offer more products and services so that I can receive the papers and the shiny metal bits in trades too.

    1. Kathryn, thanks for telling about your trades – even toddlers understand trading 🙂

      But, you’re right about making better and more fruitful trades is a good thing! I hope that thinking of money as something to trade and that’s its value is only in what it can be traded for helps with the awareness. Sometimes we (and I do include myself) get so focused on the money itself we forget it’s just a thing.

  2. LoL. Love this. Dread to think what would happen if my cats were in charge of the money. It would be catnip ahoy and I would be forced to live in a dustbin 😉

    Certainly does help to look at money from another angle as mere trading tokens and step outside of all those weird relationships with it. These cats know a thing or two 😉

    Big thanks for the link too. V much appreciated

    1. Yes, mine are treated very well and I wouldn’t trust them not to trade away all the funds. That was my hope – you said it well, too- of stepping outside of the “money thing” and hopefully gaining some insight.

      Thanks for coming by and adding to the pot of money ideas 🙂

  3. Hi Monette,

    I LOVE this post — and my cat tells me to say that he completely agrees with it: money are not as important as us humans make it out to be. Though he does appreciate the nice new bed-warming thingie that we traded for money, and doesn’t understand why we have to turn it off during the day.

    My three dogs have this to add:
    Nuvola: ” Money, I dunno what it is, but whenever it’s mentioned, for some reason, we don’t get to play quite as much because Lisa has to work — whatever that means! I don’t like money! Rawr!” (runs off with a ball)
    Bianca: “Shut up, if they didn’t have enough money, they never would have taken ME in! You’re lucky, they got you as a baby! I almost spent the rest of my life in a cage! I’ll even play with you if I have to — even though you’re SUCH a whino!”
    Lampo (the pup): wags his tail non-stop “Money? What that? Oh, the shiney bits you trade for cookies! Cookies good! Dog park better! Can we go now?”

    Conclusion: money, though important, in itself isn’t a priority. Problems and issues that it takes care of are. It’d be nice if we could all be as clear on it at all times as cats and dogs are.


    1. Lisa – that’s great! Your dogs have quite an engaging inner life 🙂 Let’s not tell my girls about a bed warming thing – I’d never hear the end of it 🙂

      I really appreciate you stopping by and adding your wonderful pet’s point of view to the conversation. Thanks a ton!

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