My world was pretty
much "me and my" until Kitty Cat entered the scene. It all just
I mean I didn't plan it; as a matter of fact, I particularly didn't
it. She snuck into my world and took over a place in my heart where
love for the animals lives.
She carried in her little heart a wonderful story
anyone who would patiently get close and attentive enough to read her
My granddaughter is the "once upon a time" part of
little epic. One day she surprised me with, "Grandma, would you like a
Well, knowing Leighanne with her bird, 2 cats, 2 snakes and numerous
I'm sure she wanted me to have as fulfilled a life as her own; or
she wanted yet another cat. Whatever her motive, I said, "Sure, sounds
Well, one hundred and fifty dollars later I was
proud owner of a scrawny tabby. Paying for a cat was not in my
but, hey, I'm from the old school. Raised on a farm, cats came and went
the migrating birds.
"Isn't she cute? Do you like her?" She queried
seeing my face. My answer was "no" to both questions. "However," I
"I will bond with her."
Our first night together was like a sci-fi movie.
was climbing the walls -literally - swinging on the curtains, attacking
with wild eyes, sharp teeth and outstretched claws.
With all my relations with the feline species I
never witnessed this behavior. I have no fear of kitties; however, this
wild eyed creature made me take to the corner of my bedroom. If this
a territorial fight, I willingly gave up all rights to my bedroom
Her name changed as she changed, the first one
being "Spider" as
she seemed to hang from the ceiling from nothing. The slick windows
deter her from getting to the top under the shade.
Every day I'd bundle her in her blanket and take
to work where she entertained all with her restless wall climbing,
has taught me that
kindness and good food and shelter can be the beginning of some sort of
be it man or beast. After all, my little kitty was taken from her
sent to an unfamiliar environment and expected to bond with a strange
The exact moment my kitty-cat began to trust me, I
cannot say. She began to crawl on my bed at night at my feet and sleep.
Any movement of my feet would make her recede into her wild world.
Soon, however, she began snuggling
close, sitting on my face and, yes, I guess, this could be called,
Her spider antics began to lessen and her eyes
darted less, also. The fear of survival was overcome with kindness and
affection. Her name changed to "Bitsy" for now she was a bitsy spider.
As my heart enlarged to include my kitty with all
of her odd behavior, it brought to mind our Savior who left His Father
and familiar environment and also came to bond with a strange animal.
The reciprocal kindness and attentiveness we gave
one another (my Savior and me), began a miracle of bonding, of becoming
one. As I nurtured Him by obedience, He nurtured me with His Life. My
heart enlarged as I relinquished my selfish life for His. The bonding
was more real than my bonding with kitty-cat. He brought me to His way
of living much like Kitty changed and became part of my household.
Now Kitty-Cat is six months old. When she sees me
she runs into our bedroom and eats her food and then puts her soft
little paws on my face; wanting
me to preen her like her mommy used to do.
She enjoys obeying her master much like I enjoy
serving mine. Spider, Bitsy, Mutsy and Kitty-Cat are all names of
affection for this wild little animal who dared respond to kindness and
caring and change and is now under the care of a family who have all
bonded with her.