Well, this is certainly long overdue! You may recall that back in April I made this post about a tiny kitten we had found in school on the last day of term that we decided to take home with us. That post ended with my prediction that she would run away while we were in Chiang Mai, with different neighbours and friends popping in to feed her and check her.
I’m happy to say that didn’t happen, and Cat the kitten (the non-commital name that I first gave her has stuck) is now a permenant fixture of our temporary home. Obviously I am well aware that she will live a lot longer than the time I am going to be living in Thailand, but if we hadn’t taken her in that day she would have starved to death or been mauled by one of the dogs that live on campus. So, as bad as I feel allowing her to become attached to me, without us she wouldn’t be alive. When the time comes for us to leave we have already spoken to a few people who could potentially take her on.
Here’s the inspiration for her non-name:
We are doing everything properly too; she has been spayed and is getting all the necessary shots. You know, it only cost 500THB which is a little over a tenner – if more people could spay or neuter a stray it would have a massive impact on the amount of street animals that there are in Thailand. Every few weeks we see the body of a dead animal (often a little pupppy) that has run into the road and been hit by a car, or has been abandoned and died. It’s horrible. I know in my last post about street animals in Thailand I was talking about how cute these little pups are, but what kind of life are they going to have living on the roadside, only going on to either have an early death or to create more litters of puppies with no homes, who will go on to.create more litters of puppies…
The issue doesn’t seem to be as prevalent with cats, but in our school alone there must be around 20 cats. At the rate that they can reproduce, that could easily become 200 cats in a year. I’m not saying that everyone should take in a stray as a pet but surely some sort of spaying programme could be set up? We are heading to Koh Lipe this weekend and they had a big problem with stray dogs and had to set up a programme. Now when you see dogs on the beaches they have all for different tags and marks on them to show if they have been spayed or have had rabies injections. Eventually the number of dogs will go down, reducing the dog problem overall.
Koh Lipe Vet Care Project video:
Speaking of dogs, Khao – the neighbour’s dog that got left behind – is still living outside our house. We have been feeding him oily fish and complete dry food and he is looking so much better already. The neighbours only used to feed him their left overs which were minimal and usually only consisted of a bit of rice and some fish bones. All the fur has grown back on his tail and he is no longer horrible to touch. He’s got less sores and generally seems more comfortable. I think it’s a mix of having a better and more stable diet and simply being happier – he looks like he has stopped waiting for the neighbours to return so maybe he is getting over that.
Anyway, enough doom and gloom. Here are some cute kitten pictures! Yay!
(Look away now if repetitive photos of cute animals are not your thing. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)