What was going on today? Did I miss something significant that I was not aware of?
While the cats continued their quarrel on the roof, the commotion did not get unnoticed. By other animals, I mean.
Not to be absent from such confrontation were stray dogs that probably sniffed the scent of their considered enemies. Three of them incessantly barked near the house wall, maniacally scratching the cement surface as if trying to climb it to join the fray. Their failure to attract the cats’ attention necessitated circling runs around the perimeter, possibly thinking of a way to surmount the obstacle.
I began to reach the limit of my patience. The collective noise generated by the animals got louder by the minute. No idea came to my mind on how to stop them.
I turned on the computer, leaving all the warring factions to themselves. I guessed sooner or later they would all get tired and leave the premises in a flash.
The news were not encouraging. Similar to the ongoing local animal conflict, nations in bitter struggle against each other could not find a solution to end their animosities. Death tolls rose daily, innocent civilians taking the brunt of the ugliness and barbarity of war.
I was losing my concentration: the animals would not stop. I need an active solution to keep the peace.
As a last resort, I went to the manual water pump, filling two buckets with water up to the brim. Carrying them near the walls, I scooped some using a liter-size plastic tub.
When the dogs came rushing from behind the house, I took aim and doused them with water. I repeated the motion several times until they ran away, drenched, their tails in between their legs.
Taking a long ladder from the storage shack, I climbed it to reach the outer rim of the roof. From there, I could see what I initially suspected: two cats snarling, their sharp claws targeting and scratching each other’s face and body.
I inched slowly toward them, my quiet steps denied their senses of my presence.
Now! I raised the bucket overhead and with all my might doused both animals. That would absolutely cool them down.
Caught by surprise, the two cats stared at me before escaping to different directions.
Then, a realization came to me. I know this was a simplistic solution to wars going on today.
Why not collect all leaders of the conflict in one place. While they’re facing the cameras, douse them all with water. I think the humiliation might put some sane sense in their heads.