I never wanted to have pets as I did not like to have hair all over the house. My husband one day became very adamant about having a dog. I knew that I was the one who would have to take care of the pet so I insisted on no. When it became a recurring argument, I asked him to find out what all it takes to have a pet and he was reluctant for that. So I went to a neighbor who has dogs and cats and asked questions and made notes and was overwhelmed with the tasks, vaccinations, pet visits, cage, pet food, sterilization, walking time…
An year passed. One day suddenly a cat appeared in the porch, it was evading us so I did not bother. After 2 days I still saw it there, so gave it roti(flat wheat bread) pieces, brown rice. It ate some bread pieces and stayed there. I sat close by and called her. She came with inhibition and I started petting it. It starting making some sounds so I was not sure what was happening. I left the cat outside and went to sleep.
Next day went to store on my neighbors recommendation and bought pet food and the cat gobbled it as if it was hungry for days. She was very skinny. I went to my neighbors house and asked about the sound it made while I touched it and they to my delight said it is called purring and it means it is content. Then they told me to spay it, to vaccinate it and gave some food for it.
Since am a vegan, I asked my gardener to cook chicken for it and since then it dislikes dry pet food. My neighbor had suggested to give cooked chicken and fish. Y
Two days ago I googled “What is spaying” and was horrified to know that it means “taking out ovaries and uterus”. Then I youtube some videos and came across these links and it disturbed me very much to know that the way humans are brainwashed into western medicine dependency and preventive organ removal (young adult humans get their tonsils and wisdom tooth removed on the advice of the doctors, breast feeding was discouraged and bottled food was encouraged, real food is made expensive and cheap processed disease causing food is made available every where), the same way the pet industry is.
My neighbor on my questions said “It is curious that we have had cats and dogs all through our lives of 70+ and never questioned what is spaying, what the alternatives are…”. THIS is what I call brainwashing and not-questioning-the status-quo.
I asked my gardener of 50+ an innocent big heart village man, to bring raw meat the next day and he said “It will not eat it. I do not even feed my cat cooked meat, she only eats pet food”. I said “let us try”. And no-guesses here…my cat loved eating raw meat….but at the same time I felt so sad that why people do not question??? A cat whose natural diet is raw mice, why do we cook meat for it???
So that is the update until now. Back to the question of if I like the cat having around??? YES it feels nice to give love. It likes to cuddle in my lap close to my tummy and chest and is playful and yet independent. It is a quiet loving presence at home.