CATS ARE SMARTER THAN HUMANS
Written by Judith Weaver (Florida, U.S.A.)
Published on: September 7th, 2012
I was working for the U.S. Dept. of State and assigned to the American Consulate in Jerusalem. Fascinating city and history! But they have thousands of feral cats in the city, and two females lived on our fenced office compound. The employees fed them, and the cats were quite content. Then they both became pregnant at the same time, giving birth within a week of each other. One had 2 kittens and the other 4. We found the body of the mother of 4 dead about a week after she give birth. We all felt very sad because we assumed the 4 kittens would die. But the other cat heard them mewing when they were hungry and took them in as her own!!! (Smart cat!! I know people who aren't that smart!) A month later, we see the proud mom and her 6 little kittens trotting after her in our garden. The boss at that time was a super guy but a dog lover and had no use for cats. He gave the order to get rid of the kittens and get the mom spayed. I asked if I could have 2 weeks to try to find the babies a home. He agreed to that. I found homes for 5 of them but couldn’t find anyone to take the 6th. Time was up; so I, who had no thought in the world of getting a kitten, said “Oh, heck, I’ll take her home myself.” I put her in a cardboard box (I had no kitten supplies whatsoever), stopped at the store on the way home for food and litter, and took her in my apartment. I let her out of the box and she immediately ran under my desk in the living room.
I wasn’t sure what to do anyway, never having had a cat, so I put out a small box with litter, a bowl of water, and a bowl of food. I sat down to watch TV, and an hour or so later, I see a tiny face peeking from behind the desk. She looked around, ran over to the litter box, used it, and ran back behind the desk. I thought that was pretty smart. A couple of hours later, I see that same little face peeking out. She walked over to my chair where I was watching a movie, sat down and stared at me for a couple of minutes. I didn’t breathe for fear of scaring her. Then she jumped up in my lap, laid down, and went to sleep. I know a lot of humans who aren’t as smart as she is!!!!! I took her up to my bed that night and she slept on the pillow next to me. Thus began my love affair with cats. A friend and I at the Consulate began trapping cats and kittens and having them spayed/neutered and finding homes for those we could socialize. We handled over a thousand cats/kittens. But as with all assignments, the time came for me to return to the U.S. And of course my cat came with me. I got all the necessary papers for her to travel, transit Europe, and enter the U.S. She flew with me in the cabin of the plane from Jerusalem to Florida via Europe. She’s now 7 years old and has 8 (count ‘em, 8!) other feline family members, all rescues like she is. Adopting her was the best thing I ever did!!!!Will You Help Rescue Others? You'll LOVE Our Work! Before: scheduled for euthanasia at the pound. After: His new family has a huge backyard!