Both Lizzy the owner and PJ the pet sitter warned us ahead of time about Stitch, the cat.
Cat is super shy and will hide.
I keep track if he is alive by food and poop levels ….
Don’t expect him to be friendly.
IMPORTANT: Cat will try to escape if a door or window is left open. Please don’t let the cat out!
I don’t mind cats. I really don’t. But, I am definitely not a cat person. The cat keeping to himself seemed like a mighty fine arrangement to me.
I can do food.
I can do water.
If I have to, I can even do the litter box, but I would rather let my husband deal with that.
Hairballs on the other hand… That’s where I draw the line.
With so much advance knowledge about Stitch, I was getting rather comfortable with the idea of taking care of the invisible cat. But before I could get too cozy, our resident Cat Whisperer heard the rumor.
Cat??? There is a cat in the house??!!?
With those words my dream of a ghost pet keeping dissipated like morning mist while the house echoed with forlorn meow-meowing, a call from one Kitty to another.
C’mmon people… Cats…. Whatevers! It’s really late. We need to get up early. Let’s go to bed. It’s pointless, I was determined to wrap up this ridiculous search party.
Just then, out of the basement emerged the Kitty Queen with presumably Stitch the Cat draped over her shoulder.
Mom, I found him, I found him! I found Stitch!, she beamed.
I can see that. The cat eyed me suspiciously. It’s time for your shower.
But what about Stitch?
You can take him with you – cats love baths, don’t they?
Long days and late nights do that kind of thing to me.
From that moment on, the Cat Whisperer and Stitch the Cat became inseparable. They played fetch. They ate together. They carried on their long conversations in Meow-meownese. They watched Ketflix together. The Cat followed the Whisperer everywhere she went - even into the bathroom!! And if the door was closed, he would keep meowing until the door was opened for him. At bedtime Stitch would go down into the basement bedroom and spend the night sprawled across the Whisperer’s face. There were more belly rubs administered than I dare to admit. Theirs was the endless unembarrassed, unashamed exchange of loving, giving and receiving.
I scratched my head wondering whether somebody might have kidnapped the real Stitch described in the warning messages and replaced him with this affectionate, snuggly impostor.
Or was it the Whisperer who, by all the knowing, caring and loving brought out Stitch's transformed nature?
It might be far-fetched but it also made me think if this could be a visual of what Jesus had meant when he said,
My sheep hear my voice and I know them… and my own know me … A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers… I am the Good Shepherd…I know my own and my own know me…