iN NINE LIFETIMES, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT YOUR CAT AS YOUR CAT KNOWS ABOUT YOU. -MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Year 2006- One usual morning, when I was preparing for school, I heard a meow outside the door. At first, I didn't mind it because I was so preoccupied with things I had to do. But the constant meowing didn't stop. I was curious of the sound so I told my dad about it. He opened the main door and yes.. we found a beautiful cat with a little accent of brown and, black white as the color of her fur. She was afraid that time but my dad eventually managed to bring her inside the house. After school, me and my sisters arrived home and saw our mom patting the poor cat. She's not that shy anymore and so from that time on, we took her in not as a pet, but as a part of our family. By the way, we named her Snow because of her color. Being a pet-lover is the best thing I ever know.
-Giving someone love without expecting something in return.
But the story doesn't end here. We moved in to another home after 3 years and brought all of our cats and dogs with us. We know that Snow is smart enough to be put outside as a garden cat. She goes out for a walk and comes back during meals or during night time. This happened just as we thought but as all stories have a downfall, Snow's had too. A time came when she went inside to have her meal, she wasn't the usual Snow we knew. What's surprising is that her beautiful tail was cut, bleeding and she kept on licking it. Our suspect is that maybe her tail got run over by a car because she stayed outdoors most of the time. She stayed for almost a year like that (but my mom put on some antibiotics as the vet prescribed) until we finally brought her to the animal shelter. The vet said that her tail had to be amputated to get rid of infection. We were terribly sad to hear the news. But for her safety, we had to listen to what the vet said. After few days, we took her back. She had that funny pink, flowery cone wrapped around her neck to prevent her from licking her operated tail. We also got her spayed at that time so she was really dizzy. She had difficulty to walk straightly or jump to higher places because she just lost her tail. Seeing her struggle to get back to her normal life was the saddest thing our family had to witness every single day. From being a jolly, pretty and active cat to one who just wants to jump but couldn't. *Sigh*
In every story there's defeat but don't forget the victory.
Finally after a few weeks of struggle Snow went through, she finally managed to get her strength back. We took her back to the vet. Her silly cone is no more, the thread in her stitches at her stomach and tail are now gone too. We had her immunized, microchipped and boostered. Snow is all - healthy! Just for more stories about Snow, I just want to mention the time when she ran out of the house then someone from the neighborhood took her thinking she got lost. We looked for her everywhere until my dad stumbled upon a poster saying they found a cat without a tail. Now we're sure the cat is Snow. We contacted the numbers on the poster and eventually made good friends with the people who found Snow and of course, we got our cat back!.
I live an ordinary life; striving and making it work in the giant sandpit aka Dubai. My life isn't perfect (I wish it was!) But I guess there's something about the imperfection in my journey that makes it worth the write and share. I believe that we don't have to have everything figured out because if we do, a lifetime won't be enough...
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