Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Please Adopt Me..

Mummy cat enjoying the morning sun.

Temporarily caged to avoid 'kena luku' by Awang and Lillie.

Chowtime on the sidewalk at Nawwar's office.

Two weeks back, some despicable scrap of humanity had placed a large covered box right smack in the middle of the road fronting my daughter Nawwar's office in Mutiara Damansara.

Inside were a young mummy cat and her litter of four. Thankfully, the road is a side street and not the main thoroughfare, otherwise all five would have been mincemeat before the day was over.

A colleague of Nawwar saw the box, took a peek and quickly moved it to the sidewalk. And that was how Nawwar ended up feeding the poor darlings daily with kibbles bought from a nearby convenience store.

She also prepared a box behind the door of her office entrance so that the kittens would not wander down the stairs to the road.

Before leaving for home each day, she would take the box out and place it in a nook on the sidewalk, together with food and water, bringing it back in when she arrived for work the following day.

Two of the four kittens, the cuter-looking ones, went missing a few days later. We would like to think that they had been taken home by some Good Samaritans because they weren't to be found nearby.

With the Chinese New Year holidays looming last week, we were naturally worried about the safety and well-being of the remaining three. We just didn't have the heart to leave them be.

But taking them home would be tricky too, for, not only we live in a highrise, there are already two cats at home, despite the condo having 'no-pet' bylaws (which everybody broke and the management had thankfully chosen to close one eye).

In the end we decided to take them to Dr Christine of Christie's Ark, our regular vet in Damansara Uptown, to be examined, dewormed, cleaned and boarded until the holiday break was over.

Just as well, because mummy cat had a pretty bad gash on a front paw. The cut required a few stitches and she had to be anaesthetised for it. The swelling, thankfully, has subsided.

I took them home yesterday, all clean and sweet-smelling. Awang and Lillie, territorial spoilt brats that they are, weren't too happy with the presence of these 'intruders'.

The mother is very sweet-natured and trusting. Fifty years of experience with cats told me that this mother wasn't a stray but someone's pet that was discarded not long after having her litter.

She's comfortable around strangers; you can cradle her without a fuss and she enjoys being stroked and rubbed. I let her out of the cage for brief periods so she can take in the sunshine on the balcony.

I am looking for a home for this adorable mom and her two frisky kittens and I'm willing to send them, as far as Kuala Selangor or Seremban (or anywhere within a two-hour drive), if need be.

I hate the idea of sending them to SPCA; the very thought of cats in cages for months upsets me. They are not meant to be imprisoned. They must be allowed to roam free.

However, if there are no takers, I may have to reconsider, unpalatable as the option may be. I would love dearly to keep them, but that's just not possible.

So please, people, if you want a pet and know of any who do, let me know. I can't thank you enough for it. May Allah swt bless you.


mamasita said...

Oh oh...Puteri!
Your are so beautiful-hearted..and bless you too Nawwa!

May these pitiful kitties find good homes!
We have so many at home and J pun dah full-house..ada 8!
Dah tak ghut nak bela more..

Kama At-Tarawis said...

mamasita - nolah, anyone who loves animals (felines especially) would do it. if only they know bagaimana kucing2 ni mendoakan kesejahteraan kita di akhirat nanti..

Madam Tai Tai No More said...

I dearly hope you will find a good home for them. Bless you for taking them off the streets, bringing them to the vet and providing them a temporary shelter. Bless you...

Anonymous said...

i wish I could but my kids have allergies. I still have my eight year old persian who is confined to the back of the house, poor thing. I don't understand how people can be so cruel to throw away their animals. I have seen a kitten run over in the middle of jalan duta...how it got there is a mystery but it broke my heart.
thank you for being so kind

Kama At-Tarawis said...

on the contrary, mtt and anon, it's I who have been blessed when He puts these felines in my care. Syukur alhamdulillah for His little mercies. we'll try to find good home/s for them.. insyaallah ada tu their rezeki out there.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Puteri,
We'll pass the word around. Comelnya mereka....but there's already 6 of us in two households... purrr....meow!

hazeleyed lady said...

me too have 5 ...at home
Cats are adorable...and one could easily feel mercy on seeing and watching them...

Wan Sharif said...

Maaf Puteri.. tak leh terima cabaran.. selain saya semua ahli keluarga saya gelikan kucing.. kalu gi kedai makan ada kucing sampai sanggup bersila di atas kerusi..

Kama At-Tarawis said...

cat - tq
hazel - they are so adorable, kan?
wan - oooh, kesian, satu keluarga penggeli kucing!

HHalem said...


6 days gone by.
No news frm the mother cat:-)

Kama At-Tarawis said...

i've not been well, halem... ni baru sihat sikit.. :(