It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and relax.
Relaxing sometimes means more thinking. One thing I think about often during these trying times our world has been going through this past year is animals.
I‘m not sure why I remembered something from years ago but it is what prompted this post. I was visiting a friend who has children and a dog & cat. While I was there one of the children and the cat came into the room. The child was kind of picking at/pestering the cat and so the cat scratched the child. The child was of course upset by that and then swung his leg very hard and kicked the cat. I did a loud shocked noise and said “don’t kick your cat!” My friend told her child to stop but then looked at me and said “well the cat shouldn’t have scratched him.” I was appalled.
Being who I am and how I feel about animals I knew I had to speak up. I proceeded to let my friend know how wrong that was and that her child was bothering the cat and the cat was just responding as any animal would to that. Or for that matter any human. If someone is bothering us we most likely aren’t going to just sit there and take it. Well it wasn’t going well between my friend & I so I chose to just go. (Don’t worry, we remained friends)
There have been other times I had to speak up for animals and it caused tension in a relationship but I can’t just sit back and remain quiet. This isn’t just about feeling passionate about something that I believe in. Everyone does that because everyone believes strongly about something. But believing something doesn’t necessarily make it true or right. So this isn’t just about feeling passionate about something I believe in. This is 100% about right and wrong.
Back to the situation of the child and the cat. Was it right for the child to kick the cat? That would be a big NO. Was it right for the cat to scratch the child? The word might not be “right” but “expected”, “in it’s nature”, etc. The cat was reacting as a cat would in this situation.
Animals can not speak as we do and we have to remember animals are trying to live in a “human” world. They are trying to coexist and understand us as much as we are trying to understsnd them. I think we sometimes forget that.
Please don’t be afraid to speak up for them. They need it. It’s the right thing to do.
Happy Sunday! Give your pet a great big hug today. 🐶🐱🐰🐭