Motherhood looks so unselfishness. There is something about watching mammals care for their newborns that makes your soul smile and your senses celebrate the miracle of life simply by being there and observing the most powerful instinct of all …….
I am in my hometown. Two days ago, my neighbor’s niece came to me, all happy and excited, and announced that a feral cat had just given birth in their warehouse. She didn’t get the reaction she expected from me – she wanted and “aww how cute” and I gave her an “I wish you hadn’t told me”.
How can you talk to a ten year old about overpopulation? How can you make her see the big picture? How can you help her make the connection between the thousands of sick, abandoned cats and kittens she knows you rescue from the streets every day and that one cat that just brought four new lives into a world where there are too many of those lives already?
How can you talk to a ten year old about overpopulation?
I promised her I would keep my dogs away from the family and asked her never to talk to me about the kittens again. She was disappointed, and she had every right to be. There I was turning beauty into ugliness before the eyes of a child, and trying to convince her that those four should have never been born.
There I was turning beauty into ugliness before the eyes of a child
For two days, I didn’t even pass by the warehouse, and pretended like there was no family living there. Today I couldn’t resist. I went through the open door and saw them. There they were, on the highest shelf, next to a bowl of cat food, four new lives, and their purring mum, forcing the purest, most genuine “aww” out of me.
I spent about two hours there with them doing nothing, just watching. For those two hours, I pretended I was ten years old myself, and just admired the beauty in front of, without thinking.
4 new kittens feels like the last drop that floods a country of about 2-3 million stray cats.
There is so much thinking when you are involved in animal welfare in Greece. And basically, we think in numbers. 4 new kittens is 1 sterilization that never happened. 4 new kittens means 16 more kittens in 6 months from now. 1 female cat and her 4 newborns means not 1 but 5 sterilizations that need to take place a few months from now. 4 new kittens feels like the last drop that floods a country of about 2-3 million stray cats.
We became involved because of our love for them, and we ended up unable to see the beauty in the little things; and we blame people who don’t share our point of view as ignorants who can’t see the forest for the trees.
in the eyes of someone like me, nothing is more beautiful that a carefree, neutered cat.
Today, I allowed myself to be one of those people. I needed it. My mind needed to rest from all the thinking. And when I am back in a few months, I might think again. And I might try to convince a few more people that if we spend a few euros each and have the mother neutered, she will have a longer and healthier life – and I will stop thinking in numbers. Because in the eyes of someone like me, nothing is more beautiful that a carefree, neutered cat.