Today a friend shared an interesting story.
Out for a walk, she spotted an orange cat sleeping on the sidewalk. She had never seen this cat before, but thought it was strange behavior.
What cat sleeps like that?
She approached the cat, speaking softly to it, but it did not react.
My friend continued on her walk, never stopping thinking about the cat.
When she neared her home, the cat had moved. It was now lying in the street. It did not appear to be injured, but my friend believed it was probably ill.
She approached the cat, determined to rescue it. Just as she was about to touch it, it hissed at her.
The only thing she could think to do was knock on doors.
Eventually she found someone who thought the cat might be hers. The woman picked up the cat and put it in a carrier. She took it to the vet where X-rays and blood work was done. The vet found nothing despite the fact that something was obviously wrong. Six hundred dollars poorer, the woman returned home.
Just as the woman opened her front door, her cat appeared! She had taken an unknown cat to the vet.
My friend offered to post a notice on the neighborhood blog. She got the woman‘s contact information, composed the notice, then called the woman back to confirm.
The woman was distraught. The cat had just died!
Imagine the range of emotions that the woman had experienced. Everything from worry, fear and then relief when it was not her pet.
My friend felt quite guilty for involving a total stranger in the story. She would have taken care of the cat herself if she wasn’t afraid of being scratched.
Instead, because of her actions, a neighbor had spent a huge sum on a cat that was not hers, all the while terrified that it was her dear pet.
The moral of the story is not clear. Do you get involved or walk away?