I will thank the Lord with all my heart as I meet with his godly people. How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! All who delight in him should ponder them. Psalm 111:1-2 NLT

Monday, April 4, 2011

UPDATE ON MAZIE.THE.KITTEN.I’M.NOT.KEEPING

Well, the first word in the title gives away what happened to Mazie, who is now THE.CAT.I'M.NOT.KEEPING.
No one gives an update on a cat they didn't keep. First, I didn't expect Mazie to be a "he". Even I wouldn't give a girl's name to a boy cat. But a boy he is. He's almost ten months old now, neutered, and not quite what I expected from the kitten I resuced from certain death on a 110 degree parking lot last July (see July 2010 MBT Ponderers post)


*Sigh*. I actually expected him to grow up and be grateful. Shows what I knew about cats. No, he is skittish and doesn't want to be petted or held--for that I get his ears laid back and a slap from his sharp claws. Except when he wants to be fed. Then (sometimes) he'll actually lie on his back and give me the sweetest look ... and let me rub his head. He'll even purr for me. That lasts maybe a minute until his tail starts swishing, and I know to get his food. Someone once said dogs had masters and cats have staff. I agree.


So, why do I keep this Mazie? I fell in love with the raggedy little fellow on sight. His little paws wrapped around my fingers and my heart. And he lets me pet him enough to keep me coming back for more. He's also a good character study for a spoiled-brat heroine I have in mind.


I've also learned a lot about God and the way He views His people from having this cat. When we want something from God, don't we do just like Mazie? And like me with Mazie, God keeps reaching out to us, wanting a relationship, wanting to bless us. And we, like Mazie, lay back our ears and ignore God's outstretched hand. We get impatient when God doesn't give us what we want, whether we need it or not. But He keeps coming back, offering Himself again and again.


Exactly what I do with my now eight pound cat.


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Pat Trainum


I asked God to teach me patience, and He gave me a book to write.

26 comments:

  1. We have a skittish cat too. She's not as aggressive as your Maize though. She doesn't like to be held, but when she's ready to be petted she rubs all over us. When she's had enough, she just walks away.

    As for training, is there a treat he really likes? Try feeding him the treat and petting him at the same time. He will associate one pleasurable act with the other. We have to feed our other cat half a bag of treats just to cut his nails. What an ordeal that is!

    I like your analogy. So often, the only time we turn to God is when we need or want something. We need to understand He created us to fellowship with Him.

    Thanks for the reminder. Here's hoping Maize learns to mellow out.

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  2. Thanks Christine. Mazie doesn't like treats at all. Only food, preferably chicken...or crickets and spiders. I no longer have either in my house!

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  3. Hey Pat, it sounds like God, not surprisingly, has many facets of reasoning for you and Maizy to be together. :) So like Him. :) It's fun to hear the update on this little fellow. I'm sorry he's different from what you expected/hoped for in a kitty. I, too, hope he mellows with age.

    You're right, in that it is easy to turn to God when I want or need something and go on about my day when I don't. Thanks for the exhortation to seek Him throughout my every day, just for the sake of being with Him. :)

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  4. God helped Maizy do so well to choose and be chosen by you. He has beautiful markings & I love your comment that he's helping you w/ a heroine character study!
    Suggestion for petting preparedness (that I hope is safe.) Rub catnip on the fingers of a pair of fairly heavy gloves that you'll put on. Hopefully he won't bite too hard and can be taught to be gentled. Some of the catnip fragrance should adhere to your fingers, like cat perfume, and hopefully eventually he'll appreciate connecting with you--not just the gloves. Thanks for keeping us up to date on Maizy. I love your gentle spirit.

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  5. For a few fleeting moments, a connection occurs—a mutual trust of sorts—may there be many more shared moments between the two of you. He loves you despite her (oops, I mean his) temperamental personality. Mazie’s got it good in the Trainum household!

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  6. Great suggestion Dee! I'll try that today. He really is a sweetheart, but his life started out so bumpy, that he's very distrustful.

    Cheryl, that's what I'm working for--mutual trust! Thanks.

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  7. Jeanne, I too hope he'll mellow with age!

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  8. I still remember the first time you wrote about Mazie.the.kitten.you're.not.keeping. All the Ponderers fell in love with her . . . um, him. Sometimes you love something (someone) despite all the barriers he puts up. Unconditional love--that's what you're showing Mazie.

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  9. Thanks, Beth. I think the Ponderers all encouraged me to keep him...and I'm glad I did.

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  10. Pat, thanks for the update on Mazie! He has grown into a beautiful cat. :-)

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  11. Angela, he is beautiful, isn't he? I tired Dee's suggestion and think it may work...eventually.

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  12. While I am so not a cat person (they never like me!!), Mazie has a special place in my heart. :) I love your post, Pat, and the spiritual analogy! Alas, I have no good training tips for you...:(

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  13. Don't worry, M-tagg. I'm on my way to the pet store to get an anti-stress collar. It has phermones(?)that do help him to be calmer. Just rather expensive.

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  14. pheromones. That is, I'm going as soon as the tornado warnings expire.

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  15. Tornado warnings? Please do be careful! Several years ago, I saw a cats-and-dogs show at SeaWorld. It seems each of the animals had come from a shelter and it was an amazing show. So yes, cats can be trained, but surely it takes a lot of patience. I'm sure Mazie loves living with you, even if he hides it deep within his little kitty soul.

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  16. Ouch, ouch, ouch!!! He's tugging at my heart too!!!

    Great post Pat!

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  17. Ohhh, I'm so glad you kept Mazie the cat you were not keeping. Hee hee!

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  18. Cats tend to have a mind of their own, not caring much what others think about them...maybe that can help you in your character study! Glad for the update on Mazie!

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  19. Johnnie, tornado warnings expired. Didn't know we had any out until I was in Walmart and they shut the cash registers down and herded us into the middle of the store. Turned out it was just a thunderstorm warning at the time. The real
    tornado warnings came later.

    Teri, Amy and Reba, thanks for the comments. And I'm glad I kept him too...most of the time...nah, I'm glad all the time. lol

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  20. I have no idea how to train cats. I had one once, she was in love with my dad, and was jealous of my mom, me and my brother.

    Cats have this way of making you love them, while not exactly returnin gyour affections. Some cats are just like that.

    crazi(dot)swans(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. He really is huge compared to what he once was. I still can't see Pat with a cat...LOL

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  22. Faye, you are so right about them having a way of making you love them. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Patricia, you're not the only one who can't believe I have a cat!

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  24. Pat~

    I'm so glad you kept Mazie! He has grown into such a big, beautiful boy! I am totally a cat person; we have FOUR! We have an 11 year old female we feed. She lives exclusively outside (her choice, not ours) and won't let anyone pet her. Our indoor cats consist of a pair of 3 year old black tabby brothers and a third, also 3, we adopted separately about a year ago. He's the one we call "Feral Darrel" even though his name is Jonah. The three boys get along so well, but Jonah is our skittish boy.

    Dee's suggestion about the catnip should help. We've used it. I have another thought as well. I notice in the picture Mazie is wearing a collar. Most cats love being petted on the scruff of their necks, and under their chins down over their throats to their "bib." I read somewhere that stroking a cat's bib will calm him. In our experience, the collar can get in the way and can even cause irritation. Maybe you should try taking off his collar when you pet him. He might like it a lot better. This is something that worked for us with all three of our boys. Good luck!!

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  25. P.S. I love the parallel you made between us and cats. It is so true. I truly believe everything God created somehow speaks of Him and His relationship with us. He's amazing like that! =)

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  26. Heidi, I agreed that God shows Himself in everything!

    The collor was an anti-stress collar..thought about taking it off him and putting it on me. lol

    I'm going to let Mazie stay outside more when the weather gets warmer. And I'm using the catnip trick. Figure it'll take a loooonng time to get him to let me pet him, if ever.

    Thanks for the post!

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