Almost 5 years ago my brother found a bundle of stray kittens our neighbor’s cat brought over to our back porch, there were five kittens that were a variety of colors aside from two that looked almost identical. There were two gray, brown and black striped ones, one black, one orange and one pure gray. Well we asked the neighbor to take them back to her house but she didn’t want them, so we asked around who might want them, my brother a little later spoke of how much he’d want one and to my surprise my parents said he could have one… figuring it would give him a little responsibility and since it wasn’t a dog how tough could it be. My mom askednif I wanted one but I didn’t, I had enough on my plate and I knew I would end up taking care of the one, but my wise mom convinced me it would be better if the cat had a friend so it wouldn’t be alone.
I finally said yes and soon we found homes for two of the kittens, leaving us with one more. We had taken the two inside the garage because they were infested with flees, mom and I began the process of researching how to care for and rid of flees for baby kittens and left the last one, the black kitten to see if the mother would come back to get her baby.
We kept watch and late that night the mom came and took her, a little sad but happy we started getting ready for not only caring for these babies who were going to need a lot of attention but also for my mom who was about to go in for heart surgery.
The next morning we found that the momma cat had brought back the kitten and left her on out back porch, we didn’t understand why until later that the mother was sick and couldn’t care for her little ones. So we took the last little one in and though we kept asking around if someone wanted a kitten we had no takers and we have three babies to care for.
Taking care of kittens without a momma is tough, had to get up in early hours to feed them, had to wash them daily due too the flees, (I sported tons of flee bites from this) had the buy expensive formula, make a pin for them to stat in (they were so tiny and smart! They kept finding ways out XD) it was a lot, but I never actually regretted any of it, even when i was exhausted from staying at the hospital and having to go care for the kittens (which I did have a little help with)
Over time I enjoyed the kittens, just watching them gave me joy, found myself singing to them and wanting over them, wanting nothing more than to keep them safe but I didn’t dare love them fully because I knew cats don’t have the longest life span.
One day about 9 months later one of the cats got out of her leash and left home, my mom was a wreck but we all knew she was not a house cat, she always wanted to be out and never liked being caged indoors, we still see her time to time but we left her free.
It was good because caring for three growing cats was getting tough on the wallet, did you know kittens actually eat more than cats? Yeah it was tough lol. I couldn’t afford much so used a lot of generic and net tips when taking care of the cats and of course some common sense, before I knew it they were growing and I found that they were not like other cats, well they don’t act like any cats I’ve been around.
I’m closer to the girl than the boy we have but they both show me a love I never would have expected before from a animal, let alone a cat, they can’t talk of course but they sure have their ways of letting me know they love me and I love them. I never could do much for them and boy did it take time ti get used to having them around, poor things got more tails stepped on than should be allowed lol but they still love, then someone is sick they wanna snuggle with them, when someone is sad they with mew and was to draw close, no matter how many times we shut the door, turn them away, yell no, they have no less love and no matter hiw mad I get I love them no less.
We can’t communicate in words but action, feeling love between us is amazing to me, so why should I think its different between me and the Father? He has given us words to know His love but its the actions… what He has done and does for us each day, allowing us the things we take for granted, giving us multiple chances to follow Him, giving us everything we need to fight the challenges we face.
Lets try to she love back by our actions, if a cat can do it we can too 😉