Okay, so this post has absolutely nothing to do with being 49andcounting, other than that at 50+ with no children at home, my need to nurture has sprung forth! The answer…a cat!
Cat’s are easy enough, right? A litter box, some food, a little TLC. They don’t talk back, they don’t have a pile of laundry to be done, they only need fed once a day. And when I leave for a day or two…no babysitter. Yes, a cat it is!
If you have the time, it would probably help to read a prior blog post I wrote about Miss Hissy. http://wp.me/p16d8h-yg If not, here’s the short version, and where I’m needing help! Miss Hissy came to me as a house cat, needing a new home, as she didn’t get along with other cats (hence, her name).
It’s been a year, and Miss Hissy has warmed up to me…somewhat. But the craziest thing…she hates my house! The minute the door opens, out she runs. Even before the door opens, she cries, going from door to door. How did I get her in the house in the first place???picked her up. I have to physically carry her in the house!
Now, my problem. It’s zero degrees in Kansas in January. Cold, cold, cold. And I just can’t stand the thought of her being outside in the cold. She runs under the deck, or curls up in our little stone house, but either place is so cold. So, I pick her up, and bring her in. And shut the door before I even put her down, as it’s a race to see who gets to the door first. I’m telling you, Miss Hissy is the strangest house cat I’ve ever met. Not that I’ve met many.
So you cat lovers…what’s the problem? I try to entice her with things like canned cat food in the house, a warm fuzzy blanket, holding her in my lap during Real Housewives…she tolerates it all, but open the door… and out she goes.
Is there any such thing as a “cat shrink”…I believe we need one! When it all comes down to it…I may need a “people shrink”. She’s driving me nuts! What more can I do?
Thinking there’s a moral to this story…”we can’t make everyone love us”, no matter how hard we try. But…that doesn’t mean to quit trying. Sometimes that’s the hardest thing to do…keep being loving to someone that’s not so loving acting to you. But that’s what Jesus told us is the greatest commandment…love one another. Keep loving, keep respecting, keep being kind, keep biting your tongue if you have to. And eventually, just maybe, they will come around.
As for Miss Hissy…I won’t give up, but I sure could use your help!
I have four cats – and have always had a bunch. No one like Miss Hissy though. But I did have one cat that just loved being outside, and was a genius at sneaking past you. Just love her for what she is, I guess.
I would say something in her life before you caused the problem of not wanting to go into the house. We have three outdoor cats…one lone one at the barn…two at the house. They all have pet heating pads and seem to be fine…anyway I hope they are not freezing. Believe me when it is real cold they are parked on the pads. I agree with Kelly that you probably won’t change her but making her comfortable is the best you can do.