We had a really nice time spending a few days with Andy’s parents in Manti, although we had a sad end to the Thanksgiving holiday. Andy’s dad, like Andy, has a soft spot for animals. He’s been taking care of 9 feral cats that are living on his front porch by feeding them and keeping them warm. A couple of the cats are mothers, and the rest are little kittens.
We had Aries with us while we stayed in Manti. His parents asked us to bring Aries around the back so he wouldn’t scare the cats. Anytime Andy’s dad would go out the front door to feed the cats or give them water, Aries would want to go outside as well because he knew the cats were there. We successfully held him back until the last morning when we were packing. Andy’s dad didn’t realize Aries was right there when he opened the front door, so Aries got out and pounced on one of the baby kittens.
Andy happened to be coming up the stairs and ran out the door after him, but it was too late. Aries already had a hold of one of the kittens. Because Andy was scared about Aries escaping, he yelled and scared Aries, who in turn killed the kitten. As you can imagine, we were all horrified and upset! Nothing like that has ever happened with Aries. Andy’s poor dad had to clean up the mess while Andy dealt with Aries.
Before this all happened, Andy and I were really tempted to bring one of the kittens home with us. The one who stole our heart was so sweet, gentle, and calm. Neither one of us could resist holding her. After it happened, I was crying and apologizing to the mother cat and her siblings that Aries murdered their family member. It’s sad that we both felt the kitten would be safer in the wild than coming home with us. Since we essentially live in a one-room cabin, that poor little kitten would be defenseless, and we wouldn’t be able to protect her. Sadly, we had to leave her behind.
I’ll admit, I’m having a really hard time working through my feelings about this. I’m overwhelmingly angry at Aries and sad that he did that. But at the same time, I know its in his nature to be this way. How can I expect him to protect me from anything dangerous in the mountains, and at the same time expect he won’t harm anything that he views as his enemy? Obviously I’m going to need some time to get over this, but I am really struggling. I now look at Aries in a different way and am finding myself not knowing how to interact with him anymore. My heart is so sad.
If any of you have some advice, I’d love to hear some.
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