A few Friday Cat Blogging posts ago, I gave an update on Pinchita, the cat we adopted from Aruba with the invaluable assistance of Aruba Kitten Rescue. Seems like stray cats (and dogs, although I didn't learn as much about their plight on the island) are a real problem there. Pinchi was one of three very friendly cats we met at the resort. Besides Pinchi, there was an orange tabby and white cat who we met a few times; he was by himself. The third cat we met was this handsome looking black cat. We met him a few times by himself and a couple of times he and Pinch were hanging out. Here his is, relaxing in the grass.
Here he is walking around the patio outside our room.
Our flight out of Newark to Aruba was early, maybe around 8:00-ish. At that time, Eddie was still receiving enemas to help him defecate. We got up at 4:00 a.m. that morning in order to give him subcutaneous fluids pre-enema; that helps to give him hydrated; enemas can be dehydrating. Then we give him the enema; that only takes a few seconds. Then we wanted to make sure that it worked before we left for vacation bc the housecall vet wasn't going to be by for a couple of more days and a cat can't be going that long without going.
So when we finally got to our room in Aruba around 4:00 p.m., I was exhausted and went to take a nap. Kevin said he was going sit out on the patio just outside our room. Within 10-15 minutes of arriving at the hotel, I hear the patio door open and Kevin's walking in with this sweet cat following him.
So, of course, we fed him. The resort's convenience store sold sardines, which he enjoyed.
A post-snack stretch:
I sure hope he's still making his way there. We saw him being friendly with several guests, so I hope he's still making friends and influencing people there. He and Pinchi seemed to be buds; I wonder if he fathered her kits. Aruba is a vacation paradise for people, but it's a rough life for the large number of stray cats and dogs. I'm glad we were able to make a difference in Pinchita's life (and I think her friendliness played a big part in enabling someone to help her), but I often wonder how this happy little fellow made out.