Many of you have been asking how Mama Cat is doing since the Guardians built her the Mama Snuggle Shack 3000 a few weeks back. I’m happy to report that she has been doing quite well and using the MSS 3000 almost every day.
Mama has been eating two or three meals a day at our house, and she has put on a little weight. She eats on the arm of the chair that has the toastinator hanging over it. That way she can immediately lay down and warm up after each meal to help with digestion.
As thrilled as the Guardians are that they have made Mama Cat’s life slightly better, they still really wish that Mama’s guardians would keep her inside all the time. Now, her Guardians are still caught in the grips of a tragedy, and even if they weren’t it is doubtful that they could be convinced that Mama should be an indoor only cat. It seems that there are some people whose minds are very difficult to change on this subject, and there are no laws on the books to encourage them to change. But the Guardians wish for a fully contained Mama Cat increased in intensity when they came home and found that Mama had taken a life. She had brought the body of her kill back to the MSS 3000, which is now her default den.
Mama didn’t want to eat the little crunchy birdie, she was just compelled to kill it. As I’ve said before, it’s in our nature. I heard the Guardian’s talking about the little birdie, and they said it is a Lincoln’s Sparrow. Apparently these little crunchy guys are moving through our area right now on migration. I guess the bird was heading north to his breeding grounds where he would have found another crunchy friend and made more crunchy offspring. Unfortunately, that won’t happen now.
Mama cat, of course, is not to blame for this death. The Guardians know that as long as she is outside, this can and will happen. They feel a little bit helpless right now because they don’t want to re-home the beloved pet of a person that is likely dying, but they also don’t want to see wild creatures getting killed by cats on their property. For now, the best they can do is bear witness to the loss, and have Me share it with others so that they might reconsider letting their own cats roam free.
As for the poor little sparrow, the Guardians ensured that his death was not completely in vain. They placed his body along a path that they know is used nightly by the local Raccoons. The next morning, all that was left of the bird was a few feathers. The Raccoons have babies right now, so hopefully the life of this unfortunate bird went to help a momma Raccoon produce milk for her growing young. That would be one bright mark in an otherwise tragic story.
So Sayeth Otis