13 November 2009

If He Were Human

If he could understand, I would sit him down
with a stern look and a mug of hot chocolate
and explain that this isn't going to last forever.

And that he doesn't look as silly as he may think he does.
{{Little white lie.}}

I'd tell him that the bitter stuff in the syringe is for the pain.
And that it will make him feel better faster,
and grow up big and strong like . . . Sylvester, or Tom,
or Top Cat.

I would tell him that this should be a little lesson.
Good boys don't go sneaking out windows in the middle of the night,
getting into brawls with the neighborhood bully.

I'd explain that I don't appreciate being awakened by his squeals and shrieks.
That running out into the yard just before dawn in my robe and bare feet,
wild hair and a flashlight waving frantically, screaming at a shuddering tree . . .
is not a good look for me.

I'd remind him that this might leave a scar.
But that scars can be reminders of lessons learned the hard way.
(Kind of like my scar that reminds me not to get the scope of the rifle too close to my eye.)

And lastly, I would tell him . . .
that yes, I'm disappointed in him.
But mostly, I'm just glad he's alright.
And that I am proud of him for fighting hard and defending himself.

There will always be battles.
Don't go looking for them, I would say.
But if they find you,
don't back down either.

And I'll always be here for you when you get home.


  1. ...you're such a good mom...he's such a...lucky boy...

  2. Awww this reminds me so much of my own kitty :) I always worry when he's out since he always fights with other cats (and occasionally the tiny dogs next door) Hope he feels better soon!

  3. Awww, that was beautiful.
    Hope he gets better soon.

  4. Aww, little buddy, tsk, tsk. Better listen to the sage wisdom of your Mama. She's one smart lady.

  5. Aww poor little fellow. Give him a little peck & pet for me.


  6. You are a good mama.

    like the gauze bow, very chic.

  7. poor baby kitty-cat!!! i am sorry he got hurt, but he is blessed to have you!

  8. love that conehead look! on a sweet-looking kit cat. I do a tuna cocktail for syringe-administered meds: suck up a bit of tuna juice drained from a tin of tuna, followed by the med, followed up by more tuna juice. otherwise the meds end up all over the place and NOT in the cat.

  9. Oh my goodness that brings back memories... When Jones was a kitten he broke his leg and had a cone on for nearly five weeks... The way you wrote everything here is priceless in its love and wisdom: he is very lucky you are his human. Hugs to you both!!

  10. This is some really beautiful writing! I hope your cat feels better soon.

  11. Glad he is alright now...this is too stressful for the kitty mom I am certain!

  12. Hi JJ, I saw you over on Louise's page and had to come take a peek over here (ok, I've been peeking for awhile now :)). I have to tell you how much I love this post. I am a fellow kitty mama (of the most attached kind) and this makes so much sense to me. You have a very sweet boy and I'm glad he's okay. Take care!

    Ha! My word verification is bartab- I wonder if that's a hint :)