My Pet Story: Mikey makes his claim

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  • Friday, 31 Dec 2021

Mikey longing for Albert’s attention. Photo: Samantha Dason


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Any pet is truly a man’s best friend. They can come in any shape and size, and their innocence is always projected through their eyes (or so it seems).

I am always astonished whenever I look into their eyes and I wonder at that very moment what is going on in that cute little head of theirs. Pure innocence or sheer mischief, I should think.

This article is in honour of a cat named Mikey. We had bought a house in Puchong, Selangor. It was more like a weekend house.

Meeting Mikey was fairly by chance. It so happened I was putting out some rice grains for the pigeons at the backyard of the house one beautiful Saturday morning when I noticed that there were no pigeons in sight.

I waited for a while longer and still no sight of pigeons.

After some time, I noticed a kitten creeping into our backyard and eating the grains. I stood there with my son Jeremy, out of sight of course, with delight as I am truly a cat lover. I am a dog lover as well but that is another story for another day.

The kitten began eating the rice grains, and then left. I was delighted.

Not long after that, it brought a few other kittens as well to our backyard for food.

Jeremy and I watched as the kittens started to play among themselves as their tummies were full and it was playtime.

I started buying food and milk and feeding bowls for them. So whenever we were back on weekends, we would be feeding four kittens. It was something we always looked forward to.

My husband Albert was not too fond of cats, though. Albert was more of a dog lover.

After some weeks, only one kitten kept visiting us during the weekends. We named it Mikey.

Mikey is a male cat with black and white markings all over and is just adorable.

As Mikey grew, Albert became fonder of him. Wherever he went, Mikey was there. Mikey brought us joy and laughter. During the daytime, Mikey was mostly asleep but most nights he was active and alert.

He would bring us “gifts” in all forms which at times left us jumping out of our seats in horror!

Since Mikey was very affectionate towards Albert, he decided to work from home on weekdays. It was just impossible to get any work done with Mikey around. Albert would constantly send me photos and it was hilarious just seeing the both of them.

I believe animals choose their owner and I truly believe that Mikey chose Albert. In 2015, Albert suddenly passed away one day. Mikey came to the house the following day but was afraid as there were too many people around. I carried Mikey and showed it to Albert – who was laid to rest peacefully in the coffin – for the last time.

Eventually, after that, we were in Puchong less frequently and Mikey was adopted by another family around the area.

Whenever we were back in Puchong, Mikey would visit us and look around for Albert. He would swiftly run upstairs to Albert’s office and just sit there. I guess he misses Albert just as much as we do.

Till today, I cherish the moments we had with Mikey at our weekend home. The thought of Albert bonding with a cat, a pet he never knew he could love, is a memory of a lifetime for me.

I do hope Mikey, wherever you are with your new family, you will fully love them as you loved us.

Till we meet again, dear friend!

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