What is Kindness?

What is kindness? We wondered this when our Page-A-Day colouring calendar threw us this quote “Kind things I said today“.  It certainly got us thinking about humanity, communication and the gentle art of being kind.   

  • How many kind things do you say, and do, every day? Do your smile and kind words make a cat purr, or a doggy tail wag, or a human glad to know you?

What is Kindness to Your Pet, and to People?

Kindness makes us all happy! The MMMrrrrrrrEEEEeeoowwWWW of a cat as it pounces and plays with the catnip mouse it got for it’s Gotcher Day. The happy whizzing tail of a pup going at top speed when its owner is kind, and gives praise for a training session that has gone well. 

For humans, the pleasant thank you to the cashier at the supermarket reminds them there are nice people, and not everyone is Mr Grumpy who just stomped abusing the staff because he couldn’t get what he wanted.

What is Kindness Picture o Miranda Cat

What is Kindness to a Rescue?

For a rescue kindness can make the difference between life and death for a kitten who is sick. Kindness can prompt the donation that pulls the cat, or pup, from a dreadful kill shelter. [Just as the opposite will ensure the pet dies there.] 

  • Be aware of the animals in your life. Be kind to them whether they be pedigree or rescues.
  • Be aware cats need to go to the vet regularly – not when it is too late………
  • Be aware cats need to be neutered/spayed to avoid more litters of kittens ending up in high kill shelters.
  • Finally – It is unkind to insist a cat have ‘just one litter‘. This is a myth and an old wives tale.

What is Kindness. Cat and flowers image

Be kind and conscious of your pet’s health at all times, and of the people around you. There are a host of blogs that cover pet health, and human worries, in clear and helpful detail, a favourite cat blog of ours is Pawesome Cats who we interviewed here.  

What is kindness to you? Do you agree with our view?

When in doubt, be kind.

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43 thoughts on “What is Kindness?

  1. Bryn Nowell

    I try to be the kind person my pets think of me as being. They always give us humans the benefit of the doubt, it’s our obligation to deliver on their expectations. Thanks for this post and for reminding us on how important kindness is to humans and also our pet companions!

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  2. Cathy Armato

    Only Kindness Matters! It’s so simple to give someone a warm smile or say Thank You or Have a Nice Day. It costs you nothing so why be stingy about it!? With pets, kindness is everything, especially for shelter pets. Any bit of attention they receive means so much to them and can really make a difference. That old wives tale that cats or dogs should have one litter before getting spayed is ridiculous! There is no basis for that tale and it only contributes to more un-spayed & un-neutered cats or dogs and more unwanted babies dumped into shelters. It upsets me to no end that there are some people who refuse to neuter or spay their cats or dogs! Spring is always the beginning of kitten and puppy “season” at shelters when shelters overflow with puppies and kittens and the older pets get passed over. It’s a dangerous cycle for these pets.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  3. Robin

    Kindness is so important! It doesn’t always come naturally. Sometimes you have to make the choice to be kind, but such decisions often change the course of relationships. It is worth it to be kind. Pets never forget a person who is kind to them in my experience!

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  4. Sweet Purrfections

    Well said. I try to be kind to everyone I meet. Sometimes that kindness backfires on me, but I continue to be kind.

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  5. Molly Mednikow

    Great and important post! You are preaching to the choir, and it’s sad that spay/neuter awareness is not as widespread as we might think it is. I’m studying legislation on the topic currently. Many cities are offering almost free services, yet some people just aren’t responsible.

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  6. Tonya Wilhelm

    Being kind goes a long way. Kindness is something everyone should really be aware of. Great post and thoughts.

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  7. Karen

    Kindness is definitely a virtue. I do my best to respect my pets and my pet clients every day. They’re beings too and deserve kindness and respect. SInce they devote their lives to us, isn’t that the least we can do in return?

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  8. Beth

    Kindness is an important attribute. I agree that spaying and neutering pets is an act of kindness. It not only helps prevent unwanted pets, but it increases the chances that the ones in the shelters won’t be passed over for a younger animal.

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  9. Kamira Gayle

    Kindness never goes out of style. Live by the golden rule and remember the compassion you show to someone or a pet today will return back to you 10 fold.

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  10. Tenacious Little Terrier

    Yes, Mr. N considers kindness being fed his meals promptly and being taken for regular walks! He gets pretty antsy without regular exercise.

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  11. Carleen

    Love this way to look at kindness, which indeed is critical in our pet’s lives.

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  12. Heather

    I love “When in doubt, be kind”. I try to live by those words as well although some people probably don’t deserve it. Good rules to live by and a post I will definitely share.

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  13. Ruth Epstein

    Love this post, if everyone shared a dash of kindness a day, our world would be a better place

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  14. Nichole

    Love this post! We all need to spread a little kindness! Love the twist on kindness to rescues.

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  15. Lola The Rescued Cat

    A little bit of kindness goes a long way. We think it’s a great idea to think of what kind things one said during the day.

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  16. Nellie

    Kindness!!! Wowzers! Mes is doing kindness as my gift for tomorrow!
    Everywhere yous goes, leave a glitter trail of kindness behind yous!!!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  17. Basil

    What a fabulous post, KINDNESS is fabulous and we heartily agree with effurything mew said Miranda! HERE HERE!!!

    Sweetest purrs

    Basil & Co xox

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  18. meowmeowmans

    Well said, Miranda! Kindness is free, but it is truly a treasure!

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  19. Luna C. Lupus

    I just recently wrote about this, in relation to dog training. I love that you highlighted how important it is to be mindfully kind to our pets. A great post!

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  20. Val Silver

    A kindness can make or break someone’s day. The wonderful thing about it is that both giver and receiver get an emotional boost.

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  21. Pawesome Cats

    Being kind is a good philosophy to live by. As for that old wives tale about it being unkind or cruel not to let a cat have a litter of kittens…. pffuft!

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  22. The Daily Pip

    I try very hard to be kind and compassionate to all I meet – furry and non-furry. I believe kindness creates a ripple – it spreads and we certainly need that in this day and age.

    Oh, and that “let them have one litter” thing has always driven me crazy.

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  23. Rebecca at MattieDog

    One simple act of kindness may mean nothing to us, but everything to the receiver – so why not do it! Animals are always kind, so it’s only right that we are kind to them in every way – including vet visits. Great post and a wonderful reminder to embrace kindness!

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  24. Kama

    I believe people are often quick to criticize, but slow to compliment, so I try to focus on compliments. If I see something I like, I tell the person. Though, maybe that’s just the animal trainer in me (praise, praise, praise)!

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  25. Sonja

    What a thoughtful and inspiring post. Thank you. We must remember we touch everyone around us.

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  26. Ruth Epstein

    Thank you for this wonderful post, one act of kindness a day is worth a million dollars as my late father used to say and I am teaching it to others

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  27. Sadie

    Thank you for this beautiful post and the reminder to be aware. Everything we say and do can make a difference to others.

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  28. Beth

    I always appreciate it when someone shows me kindness, and try to be kind to everyone (including animals) that I meet. Of course, sometimes I say the wrong thing or am thoughtless, but my heart is usually in the right place.

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  29. Tonya Wilhelm

    Love this post! If we just took 2 seconds to think before we said or did, the worlds just might be a better place. Thanks for spreading kindness.

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  30. kelly

    Kindness always matters. Be kind to each other, be kind to animals, just be kind. It makes for a better world for all of us

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  31. Rochelle

    Kindness is SO important. It is one of attributes that drew me to my boyfriend. I’ll always remember when our mutual friend looked at us when we first started dating and said, “You two are so good together because you both go out of your way to do nice things for people.” He is so so so sweet to and supporting of Henry, despite (or even because of) his rescue dog baggage. I’m not trying to brag about my boyfriend, but thinking about the idea of being kind always reminds me of him 🙂 Thank you so much for spreading this message!

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  32. Amy Shojai

    Kindness is highly under-rated. Thank you for this post.

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  33. The Island Cats

    We enjoyed this post. You’re right, Miranda…kindness is free.

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  34. Austin Towers

    I say amen to that, Silver!! A kind word or a kind deed makes all the difference both to furries and humans xxx

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  35. mommakatandherbearcat

    I think I try to live my life from a point of kindness instead of adding kindness to it, if that makes sense. One it’s a way a life … and the other is more conscious.

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    1. Dash Kitten

      Now THAT is an inspirational approach!

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  36. erin the Cat (Princess)

    So very true, every word, but so many find it easier to be bad than good. Thank heavens that there are so many good folk out there and that folks share and care. purrs Erin

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  37. Summer

    Being kind is so important. It’s actually not a little thing.

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  38. Deziz World

    We try to be kind and luvvin’ all da time. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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  39. Random Felines

    it really is the little acts of kindness that make us ALL better

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  40. Seville at Nerissa's Life

    Bein’ kind… Somethin’ EVERYONE can do. No excuses. MOUSES!

    Purrs,
    Seville

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  41. Brian

    It only takes a second to be kind, but it lasts a lifetime!

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