We’ve been doing this a while now and I thought it’s be nice to go back and talk to a few of our adopters. There have been so many good people (you know who you are and we thank you ALL) but we want to start with Pia, for Kai was especially dear to us and we worried a while no one would ever see his magic and appeal. Pia is also a great cook and vegetarian, her blog is inspiring (or drool inducing if you’re a foodie like we are).
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Im a multi-cultural Malaysian who has been living here (this time around) for about 7 – 8 years. I worked in human rights and gender issues, as well as being the producer of a theatre company. But I am now changing my life and embracing my true passion – cooking! I adore animals – always had them growing up, and for the first five years or so while in KL, really missed the company of a cat. But then, fate and luck and love gave me PutPut and Kai and life feels very complete.
How many cats do you have and can you tell us a bit about them?
I have two cats.The first, I found under a car in Bangsar outside my brother-in-law’s house. She is grey, fluffy, and was tiny enough to fit in the palm of my hand when I found her. I advertised for someone to adopt her (because I thought I didnt want the responsibility of a cat at that time in my life) … but everyone who answered my advert was not “good” enough. Finally, my sister got frustrated, and told me to just accept the fact that I had been adopted by this little creature! My life has never been the same. I named her Putri Bising Manja Sayang because she was so tiny that I thought she needed a big name to compensate! But we call her PutPut and even though she is quite scared of humans (I think she was abused before I found her), she is incredibly manja, very sweet tempered, incredibly intelligent and quite bising. She has her quirks, but loves to sit and watch the birds from my bed, and is the best cicak catcher I have ever met.I felt that PutPut was a bit lonely with just me for company, and so after about six months, decided to adopt a companion cat for her. I went to Pet Epicure because I knew that not only did they have rescued animals for adoption, but also because I knew that they really interacted with each and every animal. They knew their personalities, their idiosyncrasies, whether or not they got on well with other cats / children, etc. I had two very specific desires for my second cat – I wanted him to be able to live in an apartment and I needed him to get along with PutPut. I explained the kind of character I was looking for to Olivia and Alicia, and they took a while to consider. When they suggested Kaiser (as he was called then), I went to meet him and adored him on sight. Not only do Pet Epicure know the personalities of each of their animals they put up for adoption, but they also know the stories of how they got there. Kai found his way to Alicia’s door in a rainstorm. And he too was tiny – and was adopted by a female cat who had lost her own kittens. He is a gorgeous brown tabby, with the hugest green eyes. Very very loving. He was tested for FIV and neutered before I adopted him (a practice I completely agree with), and I took him home a few weeks later. I renamed him Kai Very Manja Sayang – and he is exactly that. My friend Kit says that Kai was napping when they handed out the intelligence gene, so he got double of the love gene. He adores everyone – loves being with people, plays like a kitten, is incredibly patient with children, and is endlessly fascinated by visitors. He is happiest sleeping in the arms of a friendly person.
What influenced you to adopt your cats?
I missed the companionship of cats, and I was lucky enough to find PutPut … who adopted me! I have never had “full breed” cats – always adopted. (I have a bumper sticker which says “My favourite breed is rescued.”) I believe they are healthier, stronger, and more of a mix. I would rather give a home to an animal in need rather than an animal bred to be bought. Also, I feel that animals who are up for adoption have a special kind of love.
What do you think the negatives are with adopting?
I have never encountered a negative in adopting from the sources I have used. Adoption is opening your heart to a creature who needs it. Its a satisfying and joyful interaction.
What would you tell someone who was connsidering adopting a pet?
Be clear about what your expectations are, and what you can give the animal. Know that it is a lifetime commitment, and that your life from now on must factor in the needs of the animal as well as yourself. But know that given all of this, adopting an animal is one of the most soul satisfying and joyful acts in life. It is pure joy and happiness, love and comfort. It is a wonderful and humbling experience to have a sentient creature living with you and loving you.