Not without my cat

Just a few meows, some might call it rantings and ravings..

Location: Jiddah, Saudi Arabia

An old Cologne cat that had to adapt to a new home.. lol

Friday, September 30, 2005

Happy-end for a cat

A few days ago my husband and me have been out dining and were on our way home, on quite a dark street. Now my husband - as usual - was driving like a... err.. well, let's say he likes to drive fast, when out of a sudden he said that he wasn't sure but he thought there was a cat lying on the oncoming side of the street. We looked at each other, not sure since it seemed so unlikely that he had seen anything as small as a cat in that dark and the speed, but since we just couldn't ignore it we turned around and drove back, a little slower now.

And yes, there was the cat, lying in the middle of the street as if it were dead. My husband stopped the car and went out to pick the poor thing up (yes I know, not very reasonable on the middle of a dark street..). It was a beautiful grey tabby cat with a small red collar, but obviously badly hurt and profusely bleeding. We called up our veterinarian just to get the answering machine that gave the number of the emergency clinic, and off we went. All the time I had the poor cat on my lap, being afraid it might die right there before we could reach the clinic.

At the clinic we had a typical encounter with German bureaucracy - they looked after the cat and found it was in critical condition and would need immediate surgery, but since there wasn't an owner around willing to pay they hesitated. With no owner, they argued, the cat would rate as a stray and the responsibility would be with the local animal shelter. The animal shelter would not agree to 'adventurous' surgeries with uncertain outcome, and so it would be better to put the cat down. Now there is a law in Germany that no vet must turn down an animal in need and I tried to argue with them, but to no avail. My husband finally put an end to it and said he would pay for the surgery, and that they should move their a....s!
Oh dear how much I love this man!!! ..

And the cat survived the surgery, the next day we saw another vet there that recommended to keep it in the clinic for further treatment and control, but that its chances would be good.
We went to the area where we had found the cat and plastered notes on trees and shops all around in hopes to find the owner. Only two days later we received a phone call from an old lady and it was actually her cat Susi! Since she had no car we picked her up from a rather poor looking house block and drove her to the clinic to see her cat. She was all in tears with joy, especially when it turned out that Susi was doing so well again, would not need any more surgeries and can be taken home this Saturday. She offered to pay us back by installments since she could not afford it all at once, living from nothing but her late husband's meager retirement money. My husband rejected - he told her she should save her money for the future treatment of her cat, since she would need her own vet to check after it regularly for quite some while now. He told her she might view it as a kind of predated Ramadan gift.

The happy end of the story - tomorrow we will fetch a welldoing Susi from the clinic and bring her home to her owner. We are invited for 'Kaffee und Kuchen' (coffee and cake).

To sum it up, we paid nearly 1000 Euro for a cat that isn't ours, we completely ruined our wardrobe (I just got the news from the cleaners that I can forget to get the blood stains out of my apricot colored velvet dress) and the same might be true for the seats of the car. Call us mad if you like..

But we are happy. I will never again say that my husband drives like the blind fury heeding for the Formula 1 championship, and for some time to come I will refrain from all comments regarding the requirements for Saudi driving licenses. After all, he saw the cat - even when he says that it must have been Allah who showed it to him.

We are happy because we are cat lovers ourself and it might as well have been one of our babies lying on that street. We are happy that we made an old lady happy who most likely does not have much more but her cat. And we are happy for little Susi whose little cat life might have ended that night but a lucky angel decided that there still was some more life for her to enjoy.

At times it just does not have to be your own gain to make you happy..


Anonymous Jo said...

I have been reading (lurking) for quite a while now, too shy to comment until today. I loved this entry and being a cat lover myself I wanted to say thank you for saving poor little Susi. I'm so glad he is ok. I certainly don't think you are both mad :)

12:18 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

Thanks Jo, it's nice to meet a cat lover, I guess no-one else can understand. We brought Susi into her home today and she's fine! First thing she did was hobbling into the kitchen and check for the food bowls.. ;) The vet said she's doing just great!

And please don't be shy to comment, I just love comments! When I started this blog my husband said I could as well write leaflets and throw them from the tip of the Dom, he thought the www to be an 'empty space'. Comments prove him wrong.. ;)

9:54 PM  
Blogger Amelopsis said...

There are too few who would do what you did for Susi and his companion.
Die beide sind aber Glueklich!
You will be repaid for your good deeds I'm sure.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too merciful yo 2 !
Boy that was delicate but, don't you think some humans also deserve more of such mercy also ?

1:10 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

Sure they do - but that's no reason to ignore a needy creature you just happened to stumble upon.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Good on you. Just because you help a cat out doesnt mean you wouldnt do the same for a human or that your charity only extends to animals.

But, lol, personally, I think animals are more deserving than many people!

8:53 PM  
Blogger 3baid said...

How sweet :)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Kuli 3am wa antum be-khair.

5:51 PM  
Blogger ritzy said...

lovely write up!

Carnival of the Cats:

all best/ ritzy

8:57 PM  
Blogger ritzy said...

Had to quote you quite extensively, just loved the writing so much!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

Well, thank you, Ritzy - even when it seems to be just 'to keep an eye on the unfolding drama' as you put it. I'll send you an email after I have shot my husband so you'll be the first one to know.

I enjoyed the Carnival of Cats, though.


6:50 PM  
Blogger Qatar Cat said...

You are wonderful people, both of you, and I wish you all the best. Hope little Susi completely recovered!


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