Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Cats on Tuesday
Some people feel/think animals have no emotions, or at the very least don't express them. That shows how little they have been around animals for I have witnessed many animals mourn. Take Anela (pictured above with her former cuddle-buddy Blu) when she grieved over Blu--she would walk back and forth making horrible howls for nearly a month after we returned to discover Blu had died and had been taken away for burial by our gardener.
We couldn't quiet Anela as she needed to express her grief. She had been raised with Blu since her kitten days, and his death was a huge loss to her. So she marched back and forth atop a banister expressing herself for nearly a month with plaintive howls. One day I had an idea. What if I bought her a stuffed animal? I wasn't ready to adopt another cat as I was still grieving myself.
I found a large stuffed tiger, and this tiger (photographed above) seemed to calm her. She slept by it, and in some magical way, it quieted her howling and consoled her.