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Notes From My Journal
"Don't get too attached to them," I used to say to everyone after the
kittens were born. "I don't want to keep them...I'm still not
really quite ready for a new cat, just yet."
I loved cats. They're so much better than
dogs, to me. Dogs do everything according to the alpha leader thing.
Once you've established yourself as the leader, there's no challenge.
Everything becomes simple. You tell them what to do and they do it.
Everything is "follow the leader because that's the way it is."
That is how I always looked at cats. They
were intelligent, and had real feelings. You have to get "on the same
level" with them, or they'll only allow you to see them as "an occasionally
mobile piece of porcelain decoration that is self-cleaning" - which seems to
be the definition of a cat that many people have and seem to prefer; but not
me. I prefer to get involved with them, to work with them, and to try
to bring out their real personalities - which are usually kept hidden
from us "lesser, undeserved life forms." I've always believed that if you
can accomplish this, then you really will become ... a "Cat Whisperer," if
you will. You will be able to "understand" cats in the same way that that
guy who talks to horses "understands" horses; and I sort of thought of
myself like that, with cats. In many situations, I "understood" them where
most owners didn't have a clue.
But what would happen if you raised a cat from
birth, and you were lucky enough to be there during that "imprinting"
period? If you were not only the companion, but the "Daddy,"
or the "Mommy" ... would the cat become a "Super Cat?" And
what about me? Could I actually raise a child, and do it
right? and would the kid turn out normal? Finally, if I
raised a cat exactly as I would a human child ... that is, if I
treated the cat as if it were a human child, would the cat turn out
to be exceptionally smart?
There was something about the way that I raised
my cats in the past that I never really paid attention to; and people always
commented to me about how my cats were always "so cool." My cats were always
so affectionate and open, and they got along with strangers with no problem.
They seemed to be able to be around and get along with ANY kind of new and
strange animal, and tended to treat them more as a fun and curious potential
friend than anything that was to be afraid of, or to be eaten. My
cats were always "different" like that, and I had no clue what it was that I
had done in the past for them to turn out that way. But I suspected that it
had more to do with them being treated with real "love" and like they were a
real part of the family than with generic "kindness." (There is
a difference.) I was curious about that, and I wanted to find out for sure.
I had three "mottos" going into this:
"If you're going to do it right, do it
Before I really even realized it, I was
already drawing up the long-term, step-by-step plans to raise the
These are excerpts from my notebook...
Raising Raisen: Notes From My Journal
c/o Todd L. Sherman/KB4MHH
Gainesville, Alachua Co., Fla.
Created: May 2, 2002.
Last updated: May 2, 2002.
© Copyright 2002 by Todd L. Sherman. All Rights Reserved.
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