I dropped Mojo off at the vet one morning before work. His job was to give a urine sample some time throughout the day and I would pick him up after work. Sounds simple enough, right? Around 2:30pm, I called to see how he was doing and the technician shared that he had not given them a sample. Six plus hours without having to go potty amazed me, but I was assured this was not uncommon for a cat. I arrived at the vet after work assuming his work was complete and take him home. The technician said he would be spending the night since he still had not gone potty. Now if this were a planned sleepover, I would have packed some catnip and his favorite toy, but I was caught off guard. Sadly, I had to turn on my heel and walk out the door the same way I just entered, alone.
That evening, my other three cats were relaxing in the freedom they felt with Mojo gone. Bean picked out toys from the toy box and started to play, Zoe lounged in tranquility on the back of the couch while Gus played with milk rings on the basement stairs. As I watched each cat be themselves, I realized just how much of an alpha cat Mojo has become. When Bean wants to play with a toy, he sees her movement and pounces on her. Zoe has a definite space bubble around her and when Mojo invades her space, Zoe growls and hisses and fights him off. Mojo does not understand that the milk ring game Gus plays is a one-cat game, and he tries to get the ring too.
Please note: I do not characterize Mojo as an evil force in any way as one must rise as alpha in every system. This is especially true in the cat kingdom in my home.
I simply want you to think about what has become the alpha in your life restricting you from being your true self. God has a plan for you and He wants you to realize that you were made for so much more. If you feel like you do not have the strength to fight the alpha alone, call out to God. He will send you strength in the name of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it may feel as if you are walking out the door just as you entered…alone. Trust in the promises of John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
(Mojo neglected to give a sample on his own; the vet intervened so I could take him home. He is a happy and healthy alpha cat. )