I know it has been awhile since I last posted here and there are valid reasons. My site had an error that prevented me from posting and we had to take it down for maintenance. After almost three weeks but now we are back, thanks to my web designer.
I was hoping for a better come back story but unfortunately that is not the case. Last week on Thursday morning as I was leaving home for work, I found my beloved cat Zeus dead.
As much as I wanted to believe that it was not him, I parked my car on the side of the road to just confirm whether it was his tiny body or not. To my disappointment it was him. My Zeus! His body was just lying there; lifeless .
My heart sunk to ground level, I couldn’t believe that my 6 year old cat was gone. I picked up his cold body, put it in the car and drove him back home. I was not going to leave him there. To me, Zeus deserved a decent send off.
Here is a short story on Zeus
My sister Farida brought Zeus to us from her former place of work. Him and his siblings were meant to be disposed off since they were not wanted. She put him in her handbag and brought him home. He was just 4 days old. He was too young to walk or eat. He had not yet opened his eyes. He was so fragile. We had to feed him with a syringe. With a few drops of milk, he would quickly blackout and sleep for hours. Everybody in the house took rounds to feed him. During the day, our house manager would take her time to feed him. She would wrap him in a towel and sit with him until when we came back.
Slowly, Zeus became stronger. He started walking and we introduced him to food. I remember the first time I gave him a piece of meat, he literally walked over it. He couldn’t recognize that it was food, so I had to chew up the meat and feed him. He enjoyed it very much. Since then, he became a big meat lover.
I personally grew fond of Zeus and I moved him from my sisters room to mine. I always enjoyed his company. I always looked forward to coming back home in the evening and just chill with him on the bed as we watch TV.
I officially became his adopted mother and Farida his adopted grandmother.
With time, Zeus became mischievous. He would pee in my sister’s bedrooms and shoes and they would get so mad at him that often he would get a serious beating. He was so loyal to me and he never attempted to misbehave in my room.
Since we were living in an apartment flat, Zeus never went outside. The furthest he would go was the balcony. He used to stay there and wait for me to come back home. The moment he’d smell my scent, he would meow until he saw me.
When I decided to move out, I took him with me to our new home. He was scared and for days he did not leave the closet. Every evening I had to literally force him out of the closet. Slowly he started walking around and he realized that in the new home he had enough space and freedom to walk and play.
Over time, Zeus would fight with the other male cats in the court and he eventually became their leader. (At first he used to get beaten a good one but he became tough)He was quite popular with the female cats and most of my neighbors knew him. A hottie he was!
Zeus would always say goodbye to me in the morning as I leave for work. He would walk with me to the car, watch me drive off then head home to sleep. In the evening he would wait for me on the roof top and the moment he sees me driving in, he would literally run and jump down towards my parking spot to greet me. We would walk back home and together with his adopted sibling Zein, I would feed them then off he left to roam.
That was the routine we (my husband and I) were used to.
It is still so hard to believe that he is gone and never to be seen again. We miss him so much and how we wish to hear him meow again. Zein our dog was so fond of him and he still keeps staring at the roof with the hopes of seeing him and bully him as he walks in the house. Zuri too(our newest pet) had just started to grow fond of him as well.
Pet lovers and keepers understand my grief/loss. Zeus, just like my other pets are family. As much as death is inevitable, it still hurts.
My wish is if all human beings would have the courtesy to stop when they see an animal cross the road. I wish humanity would appreciate life even if it is that of an animal.
Till we meet again my furry friend. Till we meet again.