I had a cat. For 2 days :(

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This is a sad story.

That I dreamt, one night last week, about having a ginger cat sitting on my lap and purring is not so strange; there are several cats pass through our garden, including a ginger.

But a couple of days ago I went to lock the side gate in the early evening, and from the outside loo comes a shouting ginger and white kitten. Meeow, MEEEEow!

Luckily I had some left over chicken. We gave it three pieces, it ate one and the crows ate the other two.

Yesterday, I didn't see it again until late afternoon. I gave it some milk, which it lapped greedily, finishing ever drop, and shared a couple of prawns from my dinner with it. It seemed less impressed with the prawns.

In fact, although very light (but not skin and bones), it seemed more interested in affection than food, and did the usual kittenish thing of rubbing against my legs, letting me pick it up, jumping onto my lap.

I say, usual --- but most cats here are not at all friendly to strangers. India is not, in general, a small-animal-friendly place; cats tend to be kept by poorer people, richer people consider them more as pests. So I was quite surprised by the amount of affection from this little creature.

And, of course, despite the we-won't-get-any-animals plan, rather pleased, having always had a cat as a close companion up to a few years ago.

Anyway, this evening someone told us that they had seen this cat outside our house, and then noticed it dead in the empty plot accross the road.

This is India, nothing goes to waste. The crows will have eaten it by tomorrow.

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Oh heck! Feel sorry about that, Nick! Here in my campus there are so many cats around and we do get to play with them for a while. They are so very affectionate.

Your sorrowful experience reminds me of my 'pets' I had in my engineering hostel. At different times I had one very nice cat, and two pups. The cat was taken (stolen) by someone I think. It was with me for quite a good time and all of sudden it disappeared. To not think the worse I presumed someone took it. Then that cute brown-white mix pup also disappeared. (. And then the most tragic one the very cute all-white pup I had kept on the third floor of my hostel came under a friend's bike while he was pulling it backward oblivious that CyDo (Cyber Dog) was sitting nearby. Someone told me that news and I did not even date to see its dead body. Someone disposed it.

Really made me sad for days.
Just this evening I was talking about that dog to my friends. Your story reminds me about it again.
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aw, gee, nick. such a sad tale. i'm so sorry. it's a poignant reminder of the fleetingness of life's bounty, of impermanence, and how we must seize it and enjoy in little bits, as you did for two days with that kitten.

i hope you can find some solace in knowing that you were, during its brief life, a source of comfort through food and affection.
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Any one remember that CSNY song?
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Aww Nick... Not a cat here, but it's a song I'd often play for me doggie, I'm sure you can relate (although you hate dogs if I recall..., and misspellings and all below). My version is by Dave van Ronk (entitled I Buyed Me a Little Dog).



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Little Brown Dog

I buyed me a little dog, its color it was brown
I learned him to whistle, sing dance and run.
His legs they were fourteen yards long, His ears they were wide
Around the world in half a day and on him I could ride.
Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a little bull about four inches high
Everybody feared him that ever heard him cry
When he began to bellow it made such melodious sound,
Till all the walls from London came a-tumbling to the ground.
Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a flock of sheep, I thought they were all wethers
Sometimes they yielded wool, sometime they yoelded feathers.
I think mine are the best of sheep for yielding me increase
For every full and change of the moon they bring both lambs and geese,
Sing taddle o day.

I buyed me a little box about four acres square
I filled it with guineas and silver so fair
O now I'm bound for turkey, I'll travel like an ox
In my breevhes pocket, I'll carry my little box
Sing taddle o day.


I buyed me a little hen, all speckled gay and fair
I sat her on an oyster shell, she hatched me out a hare
The hare it sprang a handsome horse full fifteen hands full high
And him that tells a bigger tale would have to tell a lie
Sing taddle o day.
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Don't dislike dogs... just temperamental better suited to cats...
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Ah yes 'twas the thought that counted anyway. Sweetest little nonsense lullaby kind of tune, I think there's a midi on that link but no sound here.

Your loss is palpable, your account vivid as hell. Just makes one sorry.
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Thanks. Mach.

A sad day.
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when I was in Pune (1998), there was one cat in our building. since we used to feed the cat regularly, it used to wait for us at our apartment door every evening and used to enter before us to get its food and then it used to watch TV with us.

then it suddenly disappeared. we asked the building guard. he told me that there was some small function at our neighbors place. few kids came in that function. someone had told those kids that cats can survive a fall of 3-4 floors. they tested that theory on our cat.
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...I have had some murderous thoughts towards whoever might have run over it, thrown a brick at it, or whatever. Might have been a dog. But I'd rather not know.

Very sorry to hear your terrible story. Is it true that children can survive a fall of two or three stories?
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Sad story, Nick. Poor little thing!
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Nick, sorry to hear about your cat . Pets do break our hearts sometimes don't they. Fascinating things, these dreams, and how they portend.
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find some solace in knowing that you were, during its brief life, a source of comfort through food and affection.
These are the most soothing words for someone who has got a blow of impermanence of things we love in this world...specially with pets and animals we come across.

Our relation with animals is so intricate. It rips us out at times. I was roller blading down on that beautiful road in Lahaul...somewhere near Sissu. I was just mesmerized in the beauty around....the valley on the right, the gorgeous mountain ranges on the other side.....and whew! All of sudden I see some small stones rolling down the slope on the left......and then then I see a very cute, grown up tho, calf coming down the hill.....tumbling.....guess lost its footing. and that scene was scary to say the least while imagining the pain it must be going through....(I think such four legged animals get hurt more than we humans wud in such cases. We can grasp....or simply roll down with minimum damage to our bones but their momentum and their structure does not allow them this). And then I see a lady(probably owner) come running from her house nearby on the slopes...running and crying and shouting.... sheer hapless situation for both and for me to watch. I freaking cud not get a thought what to do.....I was tied with blades...cud not hurry up the slope and grab the rope it had around its neck(wud certainly not be advisable tho). Oh....her moaning...I cud feel it. That cattle may have been a good source of labor/milk or whatever for that family but she certainly was more than just thinking of such materialistic things when she saw it falling so helplessly. Luckily it got stuck somewhere...her quivering hands grabbed the rope and with some efforts she cud get it up...hopefully without major damage. I am sure she must have cried while examining that calf for damages if any.

My blading thence was not enjoyable tho it was such a beautiful sunny day.

And I was also moved when I saw Steve Irwin crying over his dead crocodile in his zoo. On that youtube video I did read comments of 'fake tears' and 'emotional show off' but am sure he must have felt terrible at the death of that corc.
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I hope that calf lived...

At least when we go away from a scene we can hope for the best.

Yes, it is some consolation to know that the kitten and I made each other happy for a couple of days.

You know how it is when a cat decides to adopt you (even if it only as one of several humans). It (he actually) ran up from 100ft away, meeowing, "Ahh! There you are; I'm here! Feed Me!"

I wish we hadn't been out all afternoon.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Yes, it is some consolation to know that the kitten and I made each other happy for a couple of days.

You know how it is when a cat decides to adopt you (even if it only as one of several humans). It (he actually) ran up from 100ft away, meeowing, "Ahh! There you are; I'm here! Feed Me!"

I wish we hadn't been out all afternoon.
sad, Nick, so sorry! at least it had comfort and love from you in the last days of its life, maybe the first that it had in its short life, and that is a blessing.

as you know I have three spoiled boys, all were strays, and what you describe above is exactly how we got Sox -- a stray kitten that we used to pet every time we walked our dog. On the day he "adopted us", he saw us coming and ran up the street to us and touched noses with Sam, my big black Lab. That was it, he trotted along with us, and came into the house like nothing was. and now it's 16 years later. My old friend Sam is gone, but Sox still trots along next to me.

I always have to tell myself that I can't save them all. ask about how I was with the starving puppy at the St. Thomas church....a scene that I still think about.

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