When Rumpy and I are out for walks, the homeless cats remain still until we pass by.
It’s a smart strategy. When afraid, most animals either fight or flee. But being still throws a predator off guard. “Hmmm…. not afraid? Maybe I should keep looking.”
When I’m afraid, I tend to start running my mouth. Perhaps instead I could simply be still and let things happen.
What other lessons have homeless cats taught me?
There are those who will heap upon you ridicule and scorn, while others simply look the other way. But there are also those who will notice you and offer you help, be it food, water, or a space to safely sleep. Stick with those who help you, and avoid the others.
Get some rest. I suffer from insomnia, and it’s of course most acute on the days I work. Meanwhile the homeless cat Sam sleeps in the yard in broad daylight. Many times I’ve come home at lunchtime and he’d hardly budge until I got out of my car. We all need to maintain our heath, and we can’t do that without adequate rest. I’m taking steps to alleviate my insomnia. If Sam can make it work, so can I.
Explore all options. I’ve told you before about Beth’s Diner where the homeless cats get a free meal. But I recently learned there’s another kind soul in our area, a man whose vehicle’s shocks are shot but drives around several nights a week and puts out food for the cats. You have to be out there to learn about what’s available, so I’m pushing against my comfort zone and putting myself out there to make some positive changes in my life.
Even when times are tough, find some good mates and take time to play. Homeless cats may seem solitary creatures, but those of us who watch them often see them hanging out in twos or threes. In addition to companionship it’s also a more safe situation. Don’t sit at home! Grab a mate and go!
What have homeless cats taught you?