This is Ferrule and his magical force-field I know it looks remarkably like an animal print throw, but to Ferrule, it’s magical. You see, Ferrule was a feral kitten once. I rescued him from the construction at my office when he was about 5 weeks old. His mother was no where to be found, and it was clear he was on his own. So I brought the giant eared, nearly hairless, flea-ridden tiny bundle home, much to Evyl’s dismay.
I took care of the fleas, fed him KMR, and nursed him back to health. Today, nearly 7 years later, that little bundle has grown into 17 pounds of feline. Like most rescued feral cats, he’s high strung. But he loves and trusts me completely. When he’s with me, all is right with the world.
Unless the TV is on. He was once frightened by a character spraying fire suppressing foam back at the viewer. He’s been terrified of the moving pictures on the wall ever since. So this is Ferrule’s dilemma. He wants desperately to be in my lap, but his irrational fear is overwhelming.
Enter the magical force-field. It protects him from the scary moving pictures and allows him to feel safe and secure in my lap. As long as he can’t see the screen, he’s safe.
It’s kind of like this force-field
It makes him feel safe from those that wouldn’t harm him while offering no real protection from those that might. It’s a false sense of security against imagined threats. In the unlikely event that someone busted into my house to terrorize my cat, it wouldn’t be the zebra print blanket that would protect him.
But he believes he is safe under the blanket. He’s a cat. He also believes if he sings to the birds in the yard, they will be charmed into becoming his next meal. Never mind that he is also terrified of the outdoors. I don’t expect him to be rational.
People should be capable of more and yet too many allow themselves to be fooled. Don’t put your faith in magical force-fields. There is no sign and no law that will guarantee your safety. Nothing can do that. What you can do is prepare and give yourself a fighting chance.