I read that one should observe a cat and take lessons from it. I decided to give it a try. I did notice that they take frequent naps and that was appealing.
The first thing a cat does when it gets up is to stretch. I didn’t see that as a problem. Getting the muscles relaxed and ready for action is a good idea. Phase one, the stretching part was something I could do. Next observation was the cat scratching behind the ear with its foot. That’s when I ran into trouble. Getting my foot behind my ear would have been a feat even in my younger years. If I was observed laying down afterward it would be due to pain and not relaxation. The follow-up sequence, washing myself with my tongue was another sequence that I would reject. Then came the part where the cat jumps onto the narrow railing. Even if I was agile enough and made it to the railing, falling off was a real possibility. Landing on my feel, typical of a cat, was not something I wanted to test. Going to the pooper box was something I could do, however cleaning up afterwards - cat style, was not appealing. I hadn’t reached the laying down part and relaxing or going to the food bowl for a snack. I determined that the hurdles necessary to reach the relaxing stage were not worth the risks. I was willing to purr and snuggle while being stroked, however there are limits to what a human is willing or capable of doing. Being cat for a day lost its appeal.