“CAJUN FOOD & A FERAL KITTEN”

Sometimes Pam and I find an adventure in unexpected places.  We were in Austin last weekend for the Longhorn Baseball game and because of the high school basketball state championship tournament and SxSW event, our regular hotel was booked solid.  So we had the opportunity to accept Lyndsey’s hospitality.

After the game on Saturday afternoon, the three of us went out for dinner.  The first place we stopped (Manuel’s) was too crowded and we didn’t want to endure the 1-1/2 hour wait.  Lyndsey told us about a Cajun restaurant & oyster bar, so we decided to dine there.  The food was really great and it is a good place to “people watch.”  And speaking of “people watching,”  we were also able to watch some feral kittens waiting for scraps from  the people dining on the  deck.  We  were inside looking and saw a woman trying to catch one of the kittens.  I told Pam and Lyndsey the lady should not be trying to pet or pick up a wild cat.  Suddenly, the kitten attacked with claws and teeth and it was not a very pleasant sight.  It didn’t take long for her to realize her mistake and retreat.  It was very much like picking up a hot coal to test if it is hot.

Feral cats are not socialized to humans. The fact that feral cats are fearful of humans impacts how you interact with them, how they behave around you and other humans, and how other individuals perceive them.

Feral and Stray Cats—An Important Difference – Knowing how to tell the difference between a feral and a stray cat will help inform you how best to interact with a cat or what, if any, intervention would be in each cat’s best interest.

We discovered that the “cat lover” lady and her family were sitting at the next table.  The husband was more interested in eating boiled crawfish than catching feral cats.  He watched the cat attack and concentrated on the crawfish.  There son was also busy with his meal.  We visited with them after she returned with all of her scratches and teeth marks and I found out he was a LSU Tiger fan.  I recognized the purple and gold LSU Tiger jacket he was wearing.  I, of course, was wearing my Longhorn Burnt Orange.  The meal was great and the visit with this family was also great.

*****

From the Wisdom Book:

   We do not see things as they are.

   We see things as we are.

—Dad (H. Jackson Brown)

I think this event is a perfect example of this quote.  The lady saw the kittens as cute and  the rest of us saw them as feral.  That is the way it is with God.  Most of the time we see things as we want them  to be and God  looks at them as the way they are.

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