Anyone who parents a cat knows how frustrating it can be to do anything on the floor without your furchild inserting himself into the situation like a needy jerk. Wrapping gifts comes to mind as one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish in the presence of a cat. (Walking across a room unscathed is also a feat in itself, let's be real.) Working out at home is one of those tasks that, unless you're in a room with a door, with your cat on the other side of said door, keeping the cat out of your way seems nearly impossible. And we all know that when you shut a cat out of a room, they haaaaaaaaave to be in there right now, right this second, what are you doing, let me iiiiiiiiin!
Until today, I never really thought of a cat's physical intrusion on my personal space during a living room work out as "participation." But that's what Jeffrey Boussolini of the Center for Feline Studies makes it sound like. (Also, Center for Feline Studies? Can I go to there?) Vice posted a video a few weeks ago, which I realize makes it about a zillion years old in Internet time, where Boussolini and former Vice employee Amy Kellner talk about the impacts of cats on their professional lives, basically. Kellner likes cute cat things on the Internet. Boussolini does yoga in the presence of cats, and when they treat his body and personal space like a jungle gym/highway/nap palace, they are actually participating in our human experience. I'm not sure if I agree with that, but hey, this video has lots of cats in it!