Month: August 2014

The Prodigal Cat

Pandora

Pandora

This morning I felt incredibly privileged when my littlest cat Pandora, decided that she wanted to spend some time with me. This might not seem a big thing to you but believe me this is a rare occurrence. You see Pandora is usually quite aloof, if she was a person you would probably say she has witchy resting face. It’s not that she isn’t affectionate, it’s just that she likes to go all Greta Garbo most of the time.

So this morning when I walked passed her as she was lying on the table – I know she shouldn’t but cats will be cats – and she rolled over on her back, looked at me, meowed loudly and fluttered her eyes, there was no way I was going to let this moment go by. I tickled her fluffy little tummy and scratched her little black ears and in return, she head bumped me and licked my fingers. It was a beautiful moment and I was so excited!

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Then out of the blue came a loud and mournful meow quickly followed by another even louder and more mournful meow. I looked up to see Lestat – my tuxedo boy – who had been sleeping but was now wide awake and clearly unhappy that Pandora was receiving the attention that he felt should rightly be his. The more attention I gave Pandora the louder he meowed. He didn’t make a move towards me, he just continued lying where he was yelling at me for attention with a very disgruntled look on his face.

Lestat looking a little disgruntled

Lestat looking less than impressed

The way Lestat behaved made me smile because it reminded me of the way we Christians can sometimes behave when God blesses someone that we believe isn’t worthy. Like Lestat we grumble and complain. We’re very grateful for God’s grace to us, but we’re not always so happy when he extends that same grace to someone else. We whine to God and say: “What about me? I go to church, I pray, I’m a believer.” I think if we’re honest we’ve probably all done it.

Why do we do that? Do we think that God’s love is finite? Do we think that God’s love is only for some and not for others? Why shouldn’t God show his love and grace to everyone? After all the bible says God is love. He didn’t send Jesus to die only for those who go to church, pray, give to charity or lead a faultless life. He sent him to die for everyone. That means even the ones that we might think don’t deserve it. Because you know what? None of us deserve the love of God that’s why it’s called grace, and I for one am glad that I didn’t have to earn it. How about you?

Until next time friends of the fur…

” For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.” John 3:16 The Voice.

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Cat Fight

step away human, there's nothing to see here

Peter: 21 Lord, when someone has sinned against me, how many times ought I forgive him? Once? Twice? As many as seven times?

Jesus: 22 You must forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven.

 Matthew 18:21-22 The Voice.

 

There is nothing I enjoy more than watching my fur children playing happily together; to see them tackle each other and roll about on the floor is a sight that never fails to put a smile on my face. Like children they will tease and goad one another until they get a reaction, then they will run around the house at full speed, sliding around the corners with all the skill of a 500cc Grand Prix rider. They are truly a joy to behold, and to look at them you’d think they’d never had a disagreement in their lives. But if you were to think that, you’d be very much mistaken.

They probably wouldn’t like me telling you this but to be truthful, they fight a lot, and often. The house can be a haven of tranquility then, without warning it begins. Usually the first indication that all is not well is a low growling sound that can be heard emanating from my usually very delicate and ladylike Pandora, when her brothers – Lestat and Louis – are about to launch an all out attack on her. For a little cat she makes a big noise, and when she does you know that pretty soon it will be on for young and old.

The interesting thing is these fights – while at times brutal – never seem to last very long and no grudges appear to be held, on the contrary all three can be seen shortly afterwards cuddled up in a mutual grooming session, that usually culminates with them curled up together napping.

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It’s very different from the way I would naturally react if I’d just had a fight with a loved one. The last thing I want to do is get all cosy with them. No, my natural reaction is to sulk, to plot revenge and to rehash the argument over and over again while imaging all the clever things I could have said but didn’t think of in the heat of battle. Sound familiar?

I think my cats have got the right idea, they fight and they forgive. Why? Because deep down despite the squabbling over food, comfy chairs and warm laps, they love one another. They don’t let the sun go down on their anger and neither should we. The next time I have a fight with a loved one I’m going to remember how my furry friends manage their relationships, and I’m going to snuggle up, give them a hug and be quick to forgive.

Best friends forever

Best friends forever