Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Does heaven want us to take in stray cats?

At the risk of being typecast as a boring "cat lady" I'm doing an update on Gracie, our new kitty. We took her to the vet yesterday for a checkup. We put her in the cat carrier and when we took her out into the cold she squeezed as far back in the corner as she could. It seemed she was scared that she was going to be turned out in the cold again.

At the vet's office they did a blood test for FIV-FIP which was negative (thank goodness). We learned that Gracie is spayed, has no earmites, is healthy, approximately two years old and weighs a little over 8 pounds. They also checked to make sure she didn't have a microchip--she didn't. She does have a few fleas and parasites, so she got de-wormer and flea killer.

We are now the proud owners of a $175.00 stray cat (ouch!).

But, I wonder...is it altruistic or self-indulgent to take in stray cats?

It's not that we help cats to the exclusion of people. I regularly contribute to the Second Harvest Food Shelf and we often help out a single-mom neighbor with two kids.

When Christ said, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me" was he excluding the animals? I have always felt he wasn't, besides, it's my nature to help out any creature that is suffering.

But then again, it seems Christ was only joking when he said, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth". So, how far can you actually take belief?

1 comment:

Bevie said...

Christ wasn't joking. The meek shall inherit the earth. Just not today.

This is what Jesus said about birds.

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. Matthew 10:29

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26