This is odd and disconcerting for me as all my other cats have become close personal friends and family members.
I assumed that after Miss Kitty went to be with the Lord that Smokey and I would develop the same kind of relationship I had with her…or a reasonable facsimile thereof, as all cats, like all people, are different.
This has not happened yet, though he has lived here for quite some time now.
So far, all our interactions are about what the Big Smoke wants, when he wants it…then he leaves.
I suspect that he has some affection for me…but I wouldn’t put big money on the proposition.
There is a real good chance that his experiences with other humans has taught him that this is the way of feline wisdom…and that getting too close means getting hurt or worse.
It’s possible that this relationship will take years to build…and it may not change much at all.
What should I do?
Maybe… I should constantly threaten him with being cast into the outer darkness until he loves me the way he should.
Maybe… I should leave him out in the rain with only wet kibble until he repents.
Maybe… I should refuse to acknowledge any movement toward me until I completely break him.
Maybe …I should just get rid of him…there are lots of cats that need a home.
These suggestions are pure, cruel, stupidity, of course…yet somehow we think this kind of behavior is how we help God draw people in to His family.
I don’t know what experiences have shaped Ol’ Smokey’s personality.
I don’t know what has happened in his life to make him distrust humans.
I do know this…that it is only consistent kindness that will change him.
I learned that…from God.
So…I realized something the other day.
I stopped buying treats because they made Miss Kitty sick….thus, Smokey had never had a cat treat.
I picked some up and Smokey has now discovered the joy of treats.
He’s always been well taken care of…but treats are a whole new ballgame.
He’s now slept on the bed with me three nights in a row.
He’s been way more verbal…probably asking for more treats.
Cruelty is its own reward…
Make your own application…