Thursday, January 11, 2007

Old Lady and a Kitten

Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Vegancat just sent me this photo. It's from a Cat Therapy programme that we used to have. I remember this woman and how much joy this kitten brought to her. She looked so happy to be playing with the kitten. Thanks Vegancat!


Blogger Kootoo | Muffin | Milo said...

Hi Dawn! What a pity CWS stopped the cat therapy session!! I did a story once on the session at Lor Ah Soo, remember? That's when I first met you and another lovely lady Christine Eng. I still remember the smiles on the old folks' faces when they were playing with the kitties.

11/1/07 2:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I do - the cats though were just getting too stressed out. One of the volunteers though continues to go with his cats as they are quite happy!

11/1/07 2:46 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

small cats and dogs are wonderful companions for the seniors.
They are natural anaesthetic for stress and sadness.

11/1/07 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think in our asian culture where we are not so touchy feely with each other, hugging a warm furry pet must be very comforting for lonely old folks.

11/1/07 5:39 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I used to think that this "older" generation do not know how to love animals the way we do but I was very pleasant surprised at the stories I heard.
Dawn know the story of a Samsui woman,who was single, and whose life revolved around caring for the cats downstairs and a few cats in her one-room flat. She would arise early in the morning and walked to the market to buy "fresh" fish. She was in her 80s. Subsequently her mind was robbed by Alzheimer and when she couldn't remember her cats, she had to be moved to a nursing home.
Another lady in her 80's also told me of wonderful friendship with dogs and cats in her kampong days.

11/1/07 6:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I agree - my grandmother loved animals very much, passed on that love to my mother, who then handed it down to me.

11/1/07 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From young, I would bring kittens
home from wet markets.

Decades later, I am still bringing cats home. Mum and dad never said anything about cats and dogs being dirty or ferocious. We all just knew they were good. We had a cat that lived for 20 years. A family that loves animals always stay happy.

12/1/07 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One senior citizen activity centre adopted a stray cat and paid for her sterilisation. The old folks lit up and laughed when cat returned from vet clinic. She was immediately fed by manager.

If only the schools, with all the
'education' they are dishing out could understand the simple act of love is a miracle of the heart.

12/1/07 1:43 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Education is now a competition. Every school wants to put out banners that they have top students, gold medals for this and that, rather than banners showing kindness to strays :)
Even bank loan commercials show a pregant woman my child going to be an engineer,a lawyer or a doctor. That ad has been replaced by a grand-father who my grandchild going to be chubby with dimples!
Will the day comes when a parent brings up a child JUST to be a good human being who is kind, not only to his own species but to all other species as well, and also kind to the environment. It will been a paradigm revolution!

12/1/07 5:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous nice to hear about families who are supportive!

12/1/07 6:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats are the best pets anyone can ever have! They are so gentle and independent. I have 7 and they are all so loving.


13/1/07 7:34 AM  

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