Live Like Cat Foundation Life Lessons Learned from Cat Caitlyn Carman Dakota Spirit Cheerleader Caitlyn Carman Rider Cheerleader Cat

Welcome to the

Live Like Cat Organization

This is a place for everything Caitlyn (Cat) Carman. Here you can reminisce about Caitlyn’s passion for living to the fullest, support her compassion for others by donating to her foundation, immerse yourself in her authenticity, engage with her media following, or learn about upcoming events and fundraisers to continue her legacy. And most importantly, we hope you get inspired to develop the principles to Live Like Cat.

Live Like Cat Foundation

Caitlyn (Cat) literally wrote her own story. In a speech given just a month before her death, as part of her studies to become a Special Education teacher, she explained her core values and encouraged others to practice these principles. Somehow, with help from above, her classmate decided to videotape the speech, which would become Caitlyn’s legacy. Indeed, Caitlyn was wise beyond her years.

As written in Cat’s speech outline

Forgive often

Love with all your heart

Don’t take life for granted

Call someone you love

Appreciate the little things

Be more kind to who you love

Make the most of every day

Live life to the fullest

Experience new things

Go take an adventure

Forget about the stress in life

Make yourself happy

13. Tell someone that you love them & care about them

Cat's Story

Cat's Story

Give Like Cat

Give Like Cat

Love Like Cat

Love Like Cat

Spreading Cat's Message

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Live Like Cat 2024 Bean Bag Tournament
Live Like Cat Featured on Keloland News Collecting books for Caitlyn's 25th Birthday
Live Like Cat Sioux Falls Woman Magazine feature article
Helping First-Year Teachers Fill Their Classrooms Keloland News Video
In memory of Caitlyn please do a random act of kindness to brighten someones day just as Cat would
Recipient of the Dakota Spirit Live Like Cat award for 2024
Explorer Elementary Book Giveaway
Lights, Camera, Fashion at Scheels
Garfield Elementary Book Giveaway
Keloland Living Interview March 6 2020

Cat’s Brand


Cat, as her friends called her, became Caitlyn’s identity. The Live Like Cat logo, a scan of her own signature, represents her unique character right down to the cat’s nose, a heart. Each stroke represents the life lessons she taught us.


Caitlyn’s own handwriting included distinctive elements such as the dots on her i’s. Her sentences did not sit on a perfect baseline; they portray Cat’s easygoing personality that enveloped her life.


The color of life, renewal, nature and energy, seafoam green has a soothing and relaxing affect. It is often associated with renewal and growth. Caitlyn’s favorite Pi Beta Phi t-shirt was this color.