Tuesday, May 23, 2006
the gray and white feral cat.....
one of the most troublesome things for me when i came to bahrain was all the wild (feral) cats everywhere. as an animal lover and an animal rights activist, it's hard to see this.
when i lived in the states, i was involved in programs where we'd capture, spay and release wild cats. i've done that here a few times but our vet thinks i'm a nut... no one does it here. there's a female white cat, i call her Momma Cat, who has had probably 15 litters since i've lived in this area. one cat, we call her Phoebe, had a litter of six kittens.... they all disappeared... i assume someone took them to the dumpster or dropped them. we got her spayed...
the cat above is a wild cat that i've seen in our neighborhood for a while. he's dying. i took this picture last week. i took food to this dumpster but he wasn't around and i hadn't seen him again until just a little while ago. the Momma Cat was outside wanting food, so i took some out to her. while i was standing there, i heard a cry and the gray and white cat was down by the dumpster. i called to him. he came. but he won't eat or drink anything. he's prob having kidney failure. he seems disoriented.... it breaks my heart to see it.
i know this is life and animals and people die... but it saddens me. my cat Chloe died of kidney failure last july. it was the worst two weeks.... every day she went down hill and there was nothing i could do to help her. i forced food and water down her at first, but then she started fighting me. i still tried.... but she didn't want it. she would go to the bathroom and cry for water - she always loved drinking from the faucet. i'd put her there and she wouldn't know what to do... she'd only cry.
she then started bleeding from her mouth. it breaks my heart still... and sometimes when i go in the bathroom, i can still smell it. she was my little baby and it was so hard to lose her. losing a beloved pet, for anyone who is an animal lover, is almost the worst thing. even tho i know that losing someone you love is also difficult... which i've also experienced.
i know the gray and white cat is on his last leg. i sat out there waiting to see if he'd eat. he'd go to the plate, look around and cry. i put water out for him, he sniffed at it and cried. he's so much thinner than the last time i saw him. he stumbles when he walks... just like Chloe.
his eyes are so sad... i wish i could love on him... i've tamed wild cats in the past... it takes a long time and a lot of patience, but it is possible. i have this ability w/ animals.... they come to me.... wild birds have, cats, squirrels.... but i think if you have a gentleness in you, are extremely patient and dont rush it... animals will come to you.
my heart goes out to this little gray and white cat. May God rest his soul !