My cat Dusty apparently picked a fight with one of our other cats (all female) one too many times. Most times he sleeps upstairs with my husband and me but this one particular night he didn't. Was he plotting and scheming?
The next morning when I came downstairs, I noticed that a good amount of fur was missing right next to his ear, and it was bleeding. It didn’t look too bad so I sprayed it with ASEA, an exceptional supplement that contains Redox Signaling molecules which is easiest and best described as enabling and enhancing health on a cellular level.
A couple of mornings later I came downstairs to find Dusty’s wound looking like a waterfall of pus. I cleaned it up and applied Banixx, an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal solution for pets. Then a little later I applied warm compresses which I should have done at first sight but didn’t realize it until after I did a little research on the internet.
I’m not sure if Dusty's wound is from a bite or a scratch but I’m guessing from the pus it’s a bite wound. Dusty did escape the day before I noticed the wound but when he came in there was no evidence of a fight, even during treat time so I don't imagine it happened during his outing.
To think that one of my girls who are all at least half the size of Dusty, a Maine Coon, could cause such trauma is mind boggling. However just the week before I noticed a spot of fur missing near his shoulder. That looked like a scratch and though it’s all healed now the fur is in the process of growing back.
Dusty’s behavior in the aftermath of the "incident" mirrors the behavior of a bully who was knocked down a few pegs. He seems humble and a bit nervous. I wonder if this will be the last time he messes with the girls. Just a few weeks ago I had to put him in time out because he was being too aggressive towards them. I wonder if he gets frustrated with being indoors all the time (other than when he escapes) that he just can't contain himself at times or if it's a dominant male thing. He's been caught on video going after one of my cats who was simply trying to walk peacefully by him...in fear, I might add. He received his first time-out for that which he didn’t like at all, but he seemed to do better afterwards, at least for a little while. But now with the evidence of this new wound and the one just previous, I don’t know. And I have to wonder if he's smart enough not to mess with them while my husband and I aren't around.
This situation with Dusty reminds me how most of us relate to one another. Some people are bullies, some are abusive, some are defensive, some get offended, some don't speak up, some aren't heard, some care, some don't, some will draw a line, some get worn out trying to resolve conflict with those who don't care, some give up, some feel sorry themselves which can lead them to fall into depression, and some, when they've had enough, will give it back. Most of these reactions are emotional and do little to resolve conflict, but for some reason or another, this is how most of us relate in life. The hardest response of all is what Jesus tells us to do which is to "turn the other cheek."
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well." ~ Matthew 5:38-40
Jesus also tells us to love our neighbor AND our enemy but notice he doesn't tell us we must befriend our enemies, become like them or participate with them. We are to love them, even pray for them because we know God wants no one to perish. This is what God's children will do because they have His Holy Spirit residing in them and it's the Holy Spirit who is loving others through His children.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." ~ Matthew 5:43-48
As humans is there anything we can learn from Dusty's behavior? Will he remember this incident and change his ways or will he be good for a while and then do it again? Time will tell but one thing is for sure, right now his pride seems to be wounded which is actually a good thing. Maybe this turn of events has taught him a lesson.
Dusty doesn't have the capability to live by God's Spirit, but we do. Dusty can't understand that he is to love others, even his enemies and all those in between, but we can. Here's a saying that is important for us to understand, "what’s good for the goose is good for the gander." If we're not loving our neighbors and our enemies it will show in our lives. Other will be able to see it but we will be blinded by our own hypocrisy. Why should anyone be surprised or shocked when someone we treat in an unloving manner reacts to us like one of my cats reacted to Dusty?
As much as I love Dusty I have admit that if he mistreats my other cats with bullying tactics and they fight back, he deserves what he gets. It's no different with humans. And based on his attitude now which I hope lasts, I think he gets that. Now, if we could only get humans to get it!