Eric Hertlein’s grandmother has a great big heart when it comes to animals, but what she really has a soft spot for are all the stray kitties that wander around her neighborhood. Not only does his grandmother give them a free handout to fill their hungry bellies, but she’s also transformed her enclosed porch into a popular cat hangout, where all the furry felines have a safe place to swat at each other’s tails and take a nap.
However, one day when Eric paid his grandmother a visit at her countryside Kansas home, he was astonished to see a sneaky impostor trying to blend in with all the real cats. All it took was one good look before the young man cracked up laughing at gran’s hilarious faux pas!
The strange-looking cat that his nana had lovingly named Tete was one of the strays that came around regularly, and she totally adored him! When Eric approached her about the obvious mistake, at first she didn’t get it. Eric told The Dodo:
“She reassured me it was one of her cats. I told her it wasn’t what she thought it was.”
Grandma was still somewhat confused when Eric kept giggling at the “kitty” that was snoozing in the corner.
“I laughed for a good five minutes. She didn’t realize what I was laughing about until I started pointing out the pointy nose and skinny tail. She didn’t realize he wasn’t a cat.”
Cat’s have short box-like snouts, but this tricky little poser was sporting a super-long and very pointy sniffer.
Perhaps his grandmother needed a new pair of glasses, because it wasn’t until Eric told her to have a really good look at the un-kitty-like cretin that she realized what he really was…a possum! At first the discovery came as a shock to her, but after she came to grips with the funny situation, it didn’t seem to phase her one bit.
Eric recalled to The Dodo:
“She kinda just sat there. Then she got a little closer … and slowly looked up at me with the biggest grin on her face and said, ‘Well, he hasn’t bothered me yet, so I’m OK with him being here!'”
Even after Eric’s grandmother found out that the stray cat was actually a possum, both her her heart and her home remained very big and open. She didn’t care what he looked like, and he would still have a safe place to stay. In fact, the other cats who were hanging around the porch playground didn’t seem to give a hoot about his species either.
It’s actually not uncommon to find possums and cats socializing alongside one another in the great outdoors. Folks who live in the countryside will often find the two critters happily co-mingling in the barn when it’s dinnertime. They seem to tolerate each other very well, but thankfully they’re not the only ones.
“She loves animals and taking care of them whenever she can. It kind of just motivates you to do better and treat other beings better too.”
Grandma’s blindness to the possum may not have been an eyesight problem after all. She just tends to see the world through the unfiltered lens of her great big heart, which meant that all the people – and suspicious furballs – in her life were all the better for it.