I recently adopted two kittens. They are immensely cute and as I held them the other day it got me thinking.
How lucky are these two cats?
Denver was in impulse adoption. He’s an Orange Tabby and the weekend we got him we were at the coast and decided to stop at a popular restaurant on the way home. Outside the entrance a young woman was offering free kittens whose mama was a barn cat. Three kittens were white with various dark blotches; the fourth was an Orange Tabby. My wife and I had recently lost an Orange Tabby and as soon as she saw the kitten she was hooked. We brought him home.
Flower has been on our radar for a month. A woman was giving away free kittens at a café near my wife’s work and we decided some time ago to take one home. She looks like a second cat we recently lost.
Both cats will be treated and loved like children with the best food, healthcare and the affection they can absorb. I don’t know what will become of their siblings but I do sincerely hope they will find loving homes with caring owners.
This doesn’t change the fact that there are millions of cats “incarcerated” if you will, many on death row, and tens of thousands homeless roaming the streets or countryside just in the United States alone. Countless others are neglected worldwide.
Now, I have a very active imagination and I often present to friends and family hypotheticals that simply cannot and never will happen. So, keeping this in mind, I wondered if my cats could talk what I would do if they asked me to care for more cats. What if, by chance, Denver or Flower got on my computer and discovered the countless number of cats that are starving, neglected, homeless and in kill shelters across this country. They may very well ask me to adopt more cats. They may ask me to dip into my budget and start programs to rescue, adopt, care and provide for all the cats in this country. And they may ask me to do the same worldwide.
But I can’t afford it.
My cats are indeed lucky. Just as I too am lucky to have been born in the United States and not in Uganda and to have had both my parents, unlike many children in this country who grow up without their fathers. The simple fact is, I was born in the United States and do not worry about the basic necessities of life as so many people do worldwide.
My cats were, by chance, adopted by me and welcomed into my house where they will live a life of luxury. If my cats came to me, formed a union or lobby group made up of neighborhood cats, and demanded I spend my money caring for other cats that I simply could not afford to do I’d have to turn them away. If I obliged them, I’d end up broke with a financial deficit I could not possibly ever pay back.
However, I would suggest that if they have such a passion to help their brethren cats that they take up the cause themselves and help provide for the cats that have nothing. Similar to human non-profits they could develop cat-profits or something to that effect. Cats with plenty can give to the cat-profits, run by volunteer cats who provide to cats with nothing.
I recently read a quote from Charles Colson who said, “The by-product of modern technocracy is the loss of our sense of caring and awareness of one another. But if we Christians get out of our pews, seek justice, do the Word of God and lift up Christ, we will see that sense of community restored.”
My hypothetical involving my talking kittens involved them asking me to provide for and care for the cats who have nothing in this country. But the reality is, I cannot afford it and even if I did get together with my neighbors and collected funding we still could not adequately provide for all the cats that need help.
My cats who realized how lucky they are and felt guilty for their life of luxury wanted to ease their guilt by getting me to spend more money to help other cats. The real solution lies within my cats themselves. It’s up to them, not me, to help other cats in need. For I am simply one household with one budget with other obligations. If millions of cats nationwide clowdered together to help millions of other cats in need, the results would be more effective and extraordinary.
For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, “You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.” ~ Deuteronomy 15:11.