Over a year ago we were looking for a cat to adopt. After several years of moving around, we finally settled into our condo in Nashville and decided we could finally get a pet. We decided that a cat would be a good fit since they aren’t as high maintenance as a dog.
One day we visited a trailer from Eva’s Eden in the parking lot of a hardware store near Thompson Station, Tennessee. We found “Rainbow” but left to see cats at other stores. When my wife asked which one I liked better I went back to “Rainbow”. We adopted and changed her name to “Disney”.
It took some time to adjust to Disney. She initially liked being up at night or getting up real early and wanting us to get up. She also hates for any door to be closed. We knew pets have different personalities but we were patient to let Disney get settled in her new environment and attributed her strange behavior to the story we were told about how she was found when she was taken by Eva’s Eden.
Last weekend we saw this article in the Nashville Scene: Apocalypse Meow. We discovered that we had gotten our cat from a cat cult.
The group is lead by a woman named Sheryl Ruthven. Ruthven has created a religion combining spiritual practices from ancient Egypt mixed with extreme Pentecostal practices and a dash of new age beliefs. One of her followers stated in the article that caring for the cats were both building up good karma by doing deeds and preparing for the end times in their interpretation of the Book of Revelation in the Bible.
They are taught to believe that cats are supernatural beings each carrying one of the 144,000 souls that will come to the rescue of the believers when the tribulation arrives.
I couldn’t believe that people would fall for this kind of crap but then I remembered someone being quoted that the best way to become rich is to create a religion. Well, I don’t know if these people are rich but they have some followers. People are so inclined to be drawn into to these cults when they are open to them or had a bad experience in a mainline religion.
Thankfully there are no reports that any of the cats were abused but I have to be honest and admit that I wonder if the cats went through some bizarre ritual. Not that I think our cat is possessed or anything like that. Although it could explain some of her behaviors if I really took this seriously.