“If nothing saves us from death, may love at least saves us from life” Pablo Neruda
These two siblings were rescued from being euthanized last week. Our family has been searching to adopt kittens but we didn’t expect to find ones that were so little and in such immediate danger. They were only 3 weeks old, they could hardly walk and needed to be bottle fed. One week later and here they are, strong and curious. With our love and care, they have built up their strength to carry on their lives without their mom or another adult cat. We only have dogs at home and I wonder if they would pick up dog traits like wagging their tails when they are happy, coming to say hello to us when we come home, “barking” at other dogs or even wanting to take walks just like the dogs.
Being so young, we are unable to identify their gender and have been wondering what names to give them. S wanted to name the grey one “Gracie” after the cat character in a story book while L wanted to name the calico one “Lightning” as a part of its tail is broken and looks like a lightning. I hope to find a more philosophical or artistic name for them. Something more majestic and timeless, one that means more. We are still in a dilemma but they are our family cats and we should have to make a decision that will be agreed by everyone. But for now, I secretly call the calico cat “Picasso” and the other “The Grey One”.
Some thoughts after rescuing these kittens have come to mind recently. Stray animals are prevalent because of irresponsible pet owners who abandon them or don’t keep their premises safe which allows the pets to run off. In some countries, strays can pose as a danger when there are diseases or rabies carried by these animals. But a small country in Singapore where we want to be considered as first class and educated, it is unfortunate that people think it is ok to abandon pets when it does not fit with their lifestyle or what they had in mind when a pet does not meet their expectation. The simple solution for those animals found by the government agency would be to euthanize them. In my ideal world, these strays should be sterilized to prevent further population and people should look to adopt them instead of buying. We have had 3 dogs, 2 golden retrievers and 1 siberian husky which were all adopted. People did not want them after they became big, a little rough on kids, had white paws* or needed more space and time and people did not want to compromise their lifestyle. I am not an animal activist but I do want people to be aware that animals do have feelings. My dogs sulk when I give them a telling off, they come to me for hugs when they need a little more attention; they get frightened when it rains or thunders and need human company. The one thing I love about Pepper, one of my golden retrievers is that he is always happy to see me no matter how angry I am at him for his silly behavior. He’s such a joy and a great lesson to learn. ALWAYS BE HAPPY!
We cannot imagine our lives without pets and though we do have our limitations to care for more pets, we will do what we can within our means to care and love them while they live with us. I do hope and pray that people will do the right thing when it comes to pet ownership. To you, they are an animal, to them, you are the world to them. Love them and let them love you back.