As it’s been raining today in Punggol, I thought the stray cat which frequents my block might be hungry. I’m always hungry when the weather is cold, so I figured Meow Meow might feel the same? 😀 Couldn’t find Meow downstairs so we went to do some grocery shopping and also get two cans of cat food. On the way home, I spotted Meow one floor down at the carpark so I happily rushed down to stop the cat in its tracks and show it I have food! Haha! This time I’m all prepared with a plastic tray. But what gave me a shock was the sudden appearance of a bigger, stockier cat. I thought the two would end up fighting over food but my fears were unfounded because Meow reacted as if to say “What’s up, bro? Here got makan. Come share!” And it appears the two cats know each other? The bigger one took a few bites and then went on its way. I’m not at all concerned about it ‘cos it looks so well-fed that it must belong to someone. It also has a very attractive coat; cannot be a stray, right?
This time round, Meow’s having Aatas cat food. Like, seriously, this is named Aatas. It’s a product of Thailand and there are quite a few flavors. I bought Tuna & Saba (‘cos I like both kinds of fish) and Tuna & Salmon! 😀 Each 80g can cost $1 at the supermarket and there was a promotion: buy-10-and-get-1-free. 😀 Maybe next time!
Meow gets spooked very easily by people shutting their car doors, a plane flying overhead, folks exiting the lifts, etc. So I had to move the tray to different spots and wait for Meow to come back and resume eating. I guess I’m a lot more patient than people think. 😀
He asked me whether I’m too young to be a cat feeder, or to be involved in feeding strays. Perhaps most people think only crazy old cat ladies will do this. I beg to differ. I think that even kids should be taught at a young age to care for (if not love) young animals. Then perhaps we’d have fewer cases of cruelty to animals.
Most people have pets for the sake of vanity. Sure, some pretty breeds will beautify your Instagram feed. They may even help get you, the owner, onto the cover of a Pet magazine. But that’s totally missing the point of having pets.
Everyone finds it easy to love the gorgeous pedigree cat. But few would give a skinny stray cat a second look. It’s ok. To me, the skinny stray needs more love than the gorgeous pedigree one. So I’ll give it what I can. 🙂
Don’t get a pet because you think it’s gorgeous. You’ll have to walk the dog even when you don’t wish to. You’ll have your furniture scratched by the cat and your heart may bleed. 😀 And the worst thing to do would be to release the pet into your neighborhood and have it fend for itself when it has already forgotten how. Whenever possible, adopt, don’t buy. And if you find that it’s too much for you, get your pet rehomed.
I certainly hope today’s big, plump cat was simply out for a stroll and is not someone’s missing or abandoned pet. It would be a crying shame if it became as skinny as Meow Meow (whom I definitely intend to fatten up).