Letter from a feral cat
TO THE WOMAN WITH... THE CAT TRAPS – A LETTER FROM A FERAL CAT
At first I was scared of you
Because you bring these box-like contraptions
I have seen cats go in them
Most come back
But the kittens I have not seen again.
While other Humans yell at us
And see us as a nuisance,
You bring us food
And I am very hungry.
Hungry enough to come out and eat it.
(Although not always when you are around.)
My stomach would be growling
And there would be so many kittens,
I trust that when you take our kittens
They are safe
And will never have growling tummies again.
When it rains
When it snows
When the heat is unbearable
You are always there
And your gentle tone of voice.
So even though I may hide
And won’t let you pet me
I am grateful you care.
I may not trust you fully
But I wait for you
And not just for the food
But to hear you voice
Because you give me hope
And make me believe
That life might not be so bad
Signed, A Feral Cat
A Rescued Cat
Once I was a lonely cat, just looking for a home.
I had no place to go, no one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets, in rain, in heat,... and snow.
I ate whatever I could find; I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore, my body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat or gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance; I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.
And then one day I heard a voice...so gentle, kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you," was whispered in my ear.
"You'll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear.
You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat.
And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid, I must admit; I've lived so long in fear.
I can't remember when I let a human come so near.
And as she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur,
She told me about the rescue group and what it meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends.
And in the center, there is you, protected by new friends.
And all around you are the ones who check the pounds,
And those that share their home after you've been found.
And all the other folk are searching near and far.
To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star".
She said, "There is a family who's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see."
And then they'll join our circle; they'll help to make it grow,
so there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go."
I waited very patiently; the days they came and went.
Today's the day, I always thought, my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think it wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there, just gazing down at me.
I knew them in a heartbeat; I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting for a special cat like you."
Now every night, I say a prayer to all the gods that be,
"Thank you for the life I live and for all you've given me.
But most of all, protect the cats in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet
Oh, what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you, homeless to my gate?
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter, warmth and food.
For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny.
While he, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house, The Law.
He scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed.
He ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day he died.
So if you really think, oh cat,
I'd willingly relive all that
Because you come, forlorn and thin
Well . . . don't just stand there . . . come on in
Rescuer's Rainbow Bridge
Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch
It wasn't long before an elderly animal came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.
He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this animal had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be. But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those animals who were with their people could pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly and infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.
One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for awhile to explain it to him.
"You see, that poor animal was a rescue. He was turned in to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to comfort him as he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."
The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?" As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.
"Watch, and see.", said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a scratch behind the ears. The newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect were those who found new homes because of her work. They will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."
"I think I like rescuers", said the first animal.
"So does GOD", was the reply
"The Prayer Of A Stray"
Dear God, please send me somebody who'll care! i'm tired of running, i'm sick with despair.
My body is aching, it's so racked with pain. And dear God I pray as I run in the rain,
That someone will love me and give me a home. A warm cosy bed I can call my own.
My last owner neglected me and chased me away to rummage in garbage and live as a stray.
But now, God i'm tired and hungry and cold. And i'm afraid that i'll never grow old.
they've chased me with sticks and hit me with stones, while I run in the streets just looking for bones s!
I'm not really bad God, please help me if you can. For I have just become a "VICTIM OF MAN"!
I'm wormy, Dear God, and i'm ridden with fleas, and all that I want is an owner to please!
If you find one for me, God, I'll try to be good. I won't run away and i'll do as I should.
I don't think I'll make it too long on my own, cause I'm getting so weak and i'm so all alone,
Each night as I sleep in the bushes I cry, cause i'm so afraid God, that I'm gonna die !
And I've got so much love and devotion to give, that I should be given a new chance to live.
So, Dear God, PLEASE, PLEASE answer my prayer and send me somebody who WILL really care