Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Paquito Is His Name!

The other day my housemate found a stray cat in the street just outside our apartment. I think the cat had an owner before because my friend said that it was not afraid of him, in fact the cat was the one who came towards him and seemingly asking for food. My friend called me so that I would   see the condition of the cat personally. The cat was not in good shape, he was having a hard time walking, a huge part of his back has a bald patch and it seems that there's something wrong with his skin, it almost looks like a big open wound when I saw it.

We already have 4 cats inside our small apartment and I know it'll be crowded, but still we decided to take the cat in. I can't imagine how that poor cat could possibly survive outside without food and water under the burning heat of the sun in that condition. I then bathe and fed the cat. I can tell that he was very hungry and thirsty, but may be because of what he was feeling, he just can't eat the way a starving cat usually does. I also noticed that he moves very slowly, another sign that the cat is sick.

This was not the first time I took in a cat inside my apartment, in fact there were 3 of them (in 3 different occasions), but I released the two back to the street when they got well, I really didn't want to do it, but I had to, I couldn't possibly keep them all. The one that was left now has 2 offsprings and a grandkitten, that is Brüno.

Anyway, the other day I tried to find the breed of the cat in the internet, for me to know more about him and yes I did find out his breed, he is a Himalayan, a cross between Siamese and Persian, meaning they have the color of the Siamese and the long fur of the Persian cat. Himalayans have light colored bodies and dark extremities which are called Color Points, the colors could be lilac, blue, chocolate, flame and cream. I'm just not sure about the color points of my cat.

And about the name of the cat, we used to call the cat 'Sweety', but after I discovered that the cat is a male,  it's appropriate to give him a name that would suit the gender. We wanted to give him a name that has a 'growl' in it, that would sound mean to offset his pitiable condition and so we decided to call him Paquito, after Paquito Diaz, a Filipino mestizo actor who always played the role of  'contra vida' or villain in most of his movies.  I think his new name suits him.





6 comments:

NoBenta said...

i also like to adopt stray cats here in yanbu but i think my flatmates won't allow me to keep them in our place.

i love taking care of pets. there's something in them that makes me happy.

Pepe Cabrera said...

Ewan ko ba, pag nakakakita ako ng mga stary cats naaawa ako, parang 'di ko kayang silang pabayaan. And I'm happy that I'm not the only one who feels that way. TY!

isladenebz said...

You have a good heart JCV. Most of us would simply ignore a cat but you don't. I admire you for that.

When I become a cat next life and I've nowhere to go, I hope someone as good-hearted like you would find me. (Naks!).

怡君 said...

Say not all that you know, believe not all that you hear...................................................

Noel said...

Pwede bang stray man sa apartment niyo? haha! Kunwari na lang pusa ako haha! Anyways, bilib din ako sa'yo dahil mabait ka sa hayop. Sadly, may mga bad experiences ako sa mga pusa and don't be offended sana kung sabihin kong I don't like cats hehe!

Nakalmut na ako ng pusa many times (more than 2 kasi tatlo hehe!), yung mother ko nakagat buti na lang di siya na-rabies. Yung favorite polo-shirt ko noong di ko pa kayang bumili ng shirts ay inihian ng pusang alaga ng katulong namin. Yung pamangkin ko ay nakalmot din ng pusa. Yung sister ko hinika dahil sa pusa.

Waaah! sobra talaga! hehe! Anyways, pag nakakakita ako ng mga ganyang pusa ay naaawa din naman ako, pero not to the point na kukunin ko sila sa aking bahay at aarugain. Kaya saludo ako sa'yo bro. Pero I like dogs and puppies. Hope Paquito's doing great now, I know it's doing fine kasi it's in your safe hands.

俊茹 said...

與人相處不妨多用眼睛說話,多用嘴巴思考,...........................................................................