Cats can teach the individual about being in the moment.
Where I am living there are two cats, both adopted from adverse backgrounds, a half feral cat called Pebbles and a free-spirited cat called Helix. Living under a shared roof the excellent strategy is befriending the animals under that roof, which makes for a happy home. My strategy was successful, and the cat owner might be a little envious as both cats have bonded closely to me.
Befriending animals takes time, you cannot rush the process, moving at the pace of the animal, and learning through observation what they like and dislike, for instance Pebbles dislikes having their paws touched.
Before meeting these cats I was ignorant about cat psychology, internet research and the slow process of relating with the cats over time enlightened me about the minds of cats. Pebbles and Helix are educational teachers, for instance how they stretch their bodies after a period of inactivity such as sleeping, something I started doing each time I move from sitting or inactivity.
When I stroke Helix I am envious at how much delight and enjoyment the cat expresses, abandoning itself to pleasure in the present moment. Cats live in the moment, their minds bounce from one event to another like butterflies, but with the fixed focus of a light beam on the target of their attention. If I have to evict Helix from the laptop bag they love to sleep on, this cat won’t hold grudges, they accept the changed situation, moving on without the baggage that humanity has with disappointments.
The cat can remind the individual that their only reality is the moment, enjoying full attention, flowing and adapting to the changes of each moment.