I wrote, recently, about the awful experience we had with our older dog Bess. She is still in vet care in Ipoh but is getting better and stronger all the time. Our vet hopes to move her back to her own home soon.
While I was in Malaysia I was able to spend some time with our other pets, with Perdie at the vet’s home and with Kismet just a few hours in an office in KL before her flight to Jeddah. She flew a few days before I returned home and because Mr EE was at work she spent her first few hours in Jeddah in the corner of his office. We were worried this would stress her but she seemed quite happy to be among people.
|Kismet is settling in|
We put all her things in a small room, our plan being to allow her her own space to settle in and get used to the family again without being overwhelmed by all the people in the house. We had instructed the children not to fuss her and to leave her to settle. We needn’t have worried one bit. Kismet sniffed at a few bits and pieces that had been in the house in Malaysia and went straight to the sofa to sit next to Mr EE and lick him to pieces. She clearly remembered him and was keen to re-establish family bonds. She was happy to see the children but wary of Mini EE who has grown an awful lot since they last saw each other.
|She has settled into family life as though she has never been away|
When I arrived a few days later I found a house with a cat who behaved as though it had always been her home, which, of course, it has. Our family has been her home since she was a little kitten and she clearly does not mind about the gap. Within minutes of my arrival she was sitting on my knee and purring her distinctive, loud, motorcycle impression. We know dogs remember people they love for their whole lifetimes, we were worried that cats would not. Clearly and happily, we were wrong.
As the days have gone on Kismet has become more independent and less clingy. She has always been a house cat and although she enjoys looking outside we are wary of letting her out incase she gets into a fight. For her part she talks, through the window, to cats that visit the garden but has not asked to go outside. She slept on our bed the first few nights, chasing our toes as we slept and curling up in the smalls of our backs. As time has marched on she prefers to sleep downstairs and do the rounds of all the bedrooms for a few minutes every night.
|She talks to the local cats|
|Keeps us company in the evenings|
As a house full of dog people that just happened to find themselves with a cat Kismet has exceeded all our expectations as a pet. Clearly, unlike the dogs, she is self sufficient and has not suffered from our absence in quite the same way. She loves us but does not need us. She is, however, genuinely good company. She talks to us, sits with us, plays games and makes us laugh with her antics. 8 months older than when we had to say goodbye in Malaysia the worst excesses of kittenhood are past and she is a calmer (though still mischievous) cat. Mr EE was away on a trip for most of last week and her presence in the house made the evenings far less lonely.
|Makes sure that we don't forget to pet her|
|and keeps us warm at night|
People here, both expats and locals told us we were crazy to spend money importing a cat to Jeddah when there are so many here that we could adopt and then leave when we leave. We don't agree, we made a promise to a little lost kitten that we took into our home, we promised that we would be her home for the rest of her life and nothing short of a disaster would make us renege on that promise. Kismet has come home and her presence has, in turn, made our house feel more like a home. We had not quite realised how empty it was until she came to fill the ‘pet void’. We now need to try to get the papers in order for Perdie and, if Bessie is strong enough, get the certificate reissued for her so that we can finally be together again.
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