Friday, July 27, 2007

Cats bring people together

Cats bring people together
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I've been working on my talk for tomorrow.

This community cat popped up near my home a few days ago near a construction site. He was so friendly that he would follow people around like a dog (as well as cars!).

I noticed a young boy playing near the cat with a stick - I was quite worried and watched them for a while but it turned out that he was just using as a toy for the cat to chase. A couple turned up a few minutes later and they began to play with the cat too.

The couple seemed very taken with the cat. We spoke with them and it turned out that the boy and his sister, who suddenly appeared as well, had been trying to get the couple to adopt the cat. They decided they would do so. We got together a sand tray, some food and litter to tide them over and they took the cat home. I went by to see the couple yesterday and the cat, it seems, is very happy in his new home.

The interesting thing was that I met two different sets of people - and they met each other as well because of the cat! We probably would not have spoken otherwise. The children have since been over to visit with the couple and I've been invited over for a drink. Cats really can and do bring people together.

And cats really can make a home complete :)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a positive change : cats bringing people together in the nicest possible way.
And no one complained !!!!

27/7/07 7:58 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

Glad this friendly cat has found a god home.

27/7/07 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So wonderful to read about pleasant cat stories for a change. And that is one handsome young tabby they've got!

27/7/07 10:24 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

He is - and a friendly one too. Cats do bring people together - how many caregivers would not have met if not for the cats?

27/7/07 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed. We are increasingly connected by things and animals beyond ourselves, many times unintentionally. This includes how people meet and talk because of cats, as well as how many people become connected and know one another through cat related blogs as well.

So it's not really a matter of how close people are in physical distance, but the relationships forged through such other unconventional networks :)

27/7/07 11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I met my caregiver pal by chance too, now I prefer to call ourselves comrades, in union to fight against irresponsible owners, litterbug-feeders, cat bullies etc...
Dawn, it sure wud b nice for this episode to be included in ur talk.
I remember the impact of Blackie the dog that brought the whole neighbourhood together.

28/7/07 3:34 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

koratmao will try my best :)

Anonymous - absolutely.

28/7/07 6:05 AM  
Blogger EJ. said...

Very heartwarming, Dawn!
Put the smiles on us!

28/7/07 6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We make many friends that we would probably not have connected -except thru a common interest, cats. Sometimes you make friends with people who do not even speak a common language. "Cat" could bind people of different races, languages, religions, background, social economic levels, gender etc etc...

28/7/07 11:02 AM  
Anonymous apple said...

He is so cute,maybe can give him a
kitty friend after he is sterilised?

28/7/07 1:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

appple - he's getting a new human soon - the lady who adopted him is pregnant and was very well informed about cats and pregnancy when I spoke with her.It seems she had grown up with animals herself.

28/7/07 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when I walked into your last workshop, I see a massive crowd with all races, it speaks profoundly of RACIAL HARMONY obviously spurred by a common mission.
I believe as CWS grew from strength to strength (I'm not averse to publicity), we could show our gahment we ARE an avenue to promote racial harmony..
Gambatte (work hard)Captain Dawn!

28/7/07 5:14 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

im glad this cat has been adopted and hope he will make the couple very happy & vice-versa ...

my only concern is - other people who also play with the cat ... will they get worried by his absence - they may imagine the worst happened to him like accident, dogs, traps ?

28/7/07 6:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

He's new Belle - so I think not many people have met him yet.

Koratmao - true! I just got back from meeting some caregivers and it really is a case of people from different races all coming together to help.

28/7/07 7:01 PM  

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