The little, strangely striped cat.

This is a true story.

 

This happened to me.

 

This may make some of you never return to the blog. Because of something I am about to say.

 

I dislike cats.

 

Yes, they are probably the only animals that I dislike. I deliberately avoid “hate” because my dislike is not that extreme. I do read those email forwards on cats and sometimes kind of like them when they are a bit cute but that’s it. It doesn’t last long. The general feeling is dislike or sometimes even indifference. Except one. And that one is the hero of the story.

Every once in two or three days, I am reminded of this little stripey one. It is not hard to remember him because he had this really unique striped neck and then a patch of grey and again striped tail end and grey limbs. I have never seen anything as remotely different as that. In cats, I mean.

When in university for post-grad, I served as the General Secretary for the students’ body. So, I had to work with Cultural Secy for organizing events, ensuring general safety during events and working on making teams for competitions etc. One big event was our university annual fest. We had made a request for a second open air theatre and the construction of the same was going on. When a few months were left for the fest, I used to make a regular visit with some friends and just ensure that the construction is coming up well, giving suggestions for makeshift green room and most importantly, complete evacuation of the premises so that no raw materials of sharp nature or otherwise were to be left out. This was even more of a challenge because there were other construction work like revamping hostel etc. going on around and most of the materials were dumped in one place, near the new open air theatre.

One evening, as I stepped onto the stage, lost in how they would complete so much work in such a short span of time, I felt a soft nudge on my bare, exposed toes peeping out of my sandals. Anything that is soft and squishy squashy gives me a jolt when am caught unawares. As usual, I jumped back. I look down to see who/what did that and there I saw this little guy – the strangely striped cat .

A kitten, about 12-15 cm as his biggest dimension.  He had these really small round eyes that sparkled in the fading light and had that envious green hue to them. I am no fan of cat eyes. But, it just seemed so perfect for him. He looked so tiny, perky, puppy-dog-eyed (Can you believe it, this fellow used his puppy-dog-eyes trick to charm me!) and sooooooo cute! I did not want to fall in love with him.

Call me heartless but that’s what I did. I did not say a word of “Awwwwww” or “kooshy kooooooo” him. I just walked away as if he did not exist. But he followed. He followed me everywhere. I jumped off the stage and thought he will give up. He found a temporary ramp and came down in style. I went up the stage and he came right after me. I tried to mislead him by going down and up and a little further away and slowly slip into oblivion but he always found me. My friends started enjoying this show that went on for about 20 minutes. After a while I just gave up and asked him, “So, what do you want?”

He just rubbed his soft, wet nose against my toes.I don’t know how that little face could accomodate a pair of eyes, a pair of ears, nose, a little mouth and in between all this, little whiskers. I got so overwhelmed that instant. I can still never forget that emotion that overtook me, that day. December 9th 2010.

It was getting dark and I had to go. I smiled weakly at him. As I walked back to my kinetic, he came after me, more slowly this time. Words fail me now. I cannot tell you how much I miss him to this day. He followed me everywhere. He teased me. He overtook me. And yet, I did not do what I really wanted to – take him home. I went for a few days regularly but I never saw him again. I made all kinds of noise, tried to walk in all the places that he had followed me but to no avail.

There are so many questions on my mind, you li’l one.

Are you still the strangely stripey one or did you finally manage to grow stripes all over? Are you big enough now or the puny and adorable one, still? Why were you so little? How could you be so little and yet walk with such agility?  Did you find someone new to follow? No, don’t tell me. I just don’t have the courage to listen to your answer. Did someone listen to their heart and take you home? Away from me? What if I had taken you home that day? How would things be? You would follow me everywhere and I would let you share my bed! You would bask in the glory of being the exception to my cat-rule! I hope wherever you are, you are happy.

 This little guy sits in one corner of my heart everyday and tugs at my heartstrings, every single time. I so miss you, my purr-fect one !

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31 comments

  1. The Girl Next Door · February 20, 2013

    Awwww! I have a cat tale of my own to share, which makes me feel immensely guilty. 😦 I am not a big fan of cats, too.

  2. Destination Infinity · February 20, 2013

    Recently in one of the memorials I visited, one cat kept playing around me and even posed for pictures! Thankfully, it didn’t follow me outside the memorial. I like the guts and intelligence in cats. Unlike dogs, cats select people carefully.

    Destination Infinity

    • kismitoffeebar · February 23, 2013

      That’s a sweet story there! 🙂 Yeah, they are intelligent. And laaaaaaaazy 😛

  3. eschris · February 20, 2013

    I’ll tell you a story which in a sense is a strange irony of your post..

    Once, i had gone home for few days, locking my room and hence the balcony which can be accessed through my room. When i came back, i found a pigeon sitting on her eggs. Not having the heart to chuck it out, i let them be. As the pigeon mother continued to sit on her eggs, i daily poured a few grain of rice to feed her. Then the eggs hatched. The chicks were tiny ones. I continued to feed the family. They grew bigger, but only now did i realize my mistake. It soon became a colony. More pigeons started coming up.

    Even if my balcony was closed for a few minutes, the birds would come back. I started to regret my decision. The next time, i took the unhatched eggs and dumped them in the dustbin, ( with a heavy heart), but to no avail. More pigeons came and more eggs were laid and more hatched. Even, if i shut my balcony for a few minutes ( like when leaving the house, the pigeons came back). After a point, i lost patience and locked up my balcony door. Today, i am unable to access my balcony which is always flooded with pigeons and their poop. 😦

    How much i yearn for a cat now, to chase away the pigeons, only i can understand. 😦

    • kismitoffeebar · February 23, 2013

      Aww! I really feel for you 😦 While I love birds making nests near my window sill and all, I feel really sad that you cannot access your balcony which is one of the beautiful aspects to a house, usually 🙂
      I hope you fond some solution soon. Not sure whom you can approach 😦

      • kismitoffeebar · February 23, 2013

        find*

      • eschris · February 23, 2013

        Believe me, I have gotten as crazy to look up the internet for “cats for rent” and I get a reply asking if I meant “cars for rent “? 😦

  4. Smita · February 20, 2013

    Never been a fan of animals per se….but ur post reminds me of the pet of my Mamaji, a dog, I was scared of him and he would follow me everywhere…his only demand was to be patted & loved!!!

    • kismitoffeebar · February 23, 2013

      hehehehe – with dogs, I am totally different – I adooooooooooore them! :)I think that’s why it is natural for me to dislike cats 😛

  5. KP · February 20, 2013

    Very enjoyable account of your tryst with a striped feline.

  6. suthewriter · February 20, 2013

    I never liked cats myself. But the Lolcats do make me smile. You know, if I were in your place, I would have done the same thing. Done the logical, reasonable thing and gone home alone. I wonder what makes us do that?

    • kismitoffeebar · February 25, 2013

      I really don’t know 😦 And not many like cats at my place either.

  7. pixie · February 20, 2013

    I don’t like cats either! :-/
    But, your story sure made me go – “awww”! 😀

  8. Jas · February 20, 2013

    Awwww… So cute… I am sure she was purrfect…

  9. Visha · February 21, 2013

    I do not like any kind of pets 🙄 😐

  10. Amit · February 21, 2013

    I have two cat tales. One very similar to yours and another one where a cat is a villian. I think I am good with most of the animals. I like cats.

  11. Lifesong · February 21, 2013

    I am not fond of cats at all but Cheebu adores them 🙄

    • kismitoffeebar · February 25, 2013

      Hehe trust Cheebu to like cats 🙂 Cuddly and all 😉

  12. Roshni · February 26, 2013

    Before I forget, I love your header!! Love the clean look of your blog!
    Now, the story! That was so cute!! I wish you HAD taken him home!!

    • kismitoffeebar · February 26, 2013

      Thanks so much Roshni 🙂
      I know 😦 I really should have; something I feel sad about to this day.

  13. Filter Kaapi · March 7, 2013

    You remember the date!!!! So looks like while you were running away from the cat, I was getting hitched 😉

    This is something that makes me guilty as well, I don’t think I can have pets at home. I am comfortable with just staring at them from distance and occasionally stroking them provided they don’t lick me up.

  14. Phalgunn Maharishi · April 6, 2013

    Hey there! I must tell you have got a beautiful blog 🙂 I was just searching indiblogger.in and found ur blog in the Mysore bloggers section! I am from Mysore too 😉

    Guess what… I loved your post and the little strangely striped cat was damn cute I suppose by the way you have written your post! This post has made me remember each and every cat lived with me till now! I am huge lover of animals. Now I have a dog and 7 cats 😀 i just love all of them 🙂

    Now you have inspired me to share my purr-fect thoughts and experiences 😉 Thanks for that 🙂

    • kismitoffeebar · April 7, 2013

      Hi Phalgunn! A very hearty welcome here 🙂 Wow, Mysore, you too? Yay!

      Oh that little cat was ultra cute alright. I would love to read your tales 🙂 Do drop by as and when you like, here !

      • Phalgunn Maharishi · April 7, 2013

        yup 🙂 Mysore 😀 Yay!!! 🙂 sure i will drop as n when i can 🙂 now I am following ur blog 😀

        Do check out my blog http://www.itsmephalgunn.wordpress.com when u can 🙂 I mainly showcase my advertising works, designs, poems and my music compositions over there 🙂

        and once again…. Mysore 😀 Yay 😉 😀

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