I watched several of the cat videos. Thanks for posting. You are all going to think I am crazy when I tell you this, but I just love my cat Sammy (actually, it's my niece's cat). He's always getting into trouble, but so entertaining. Then he has these times when he is so sweet. He wants to be petted, cuddled, and fall asleep in your arms. I use to be able to pick him up and rock him which he loved, but he is actually getting too big and heavy for me. Yesterday when I came home from an appointment, he came running to me as I sat down. He licked my nose a few times and curled up in my arms. This is when he looks so sweet! I often do metta while he sleeps. The words from the Metta Sutta comes to mind, "Even as a mother protects with her life, her child, her only child, so with a boundless heart one should cherish all living beings". I do have one son who is 38, but when Sammy curls up so trustingly and falls asleep in my arms, he is my baby. Since he isn't "human" it makes it easy for me to connect with the words " with a boundless heart one should cherish all living being". It helps me to extend metta to others. It softens my heart at the very beginning of metta practice. Thank you, Sammy!
Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
May all beings be at ease.
---from the Metta Sutta