As I made my way across the busy road towards Funan Centre to pay some bills, I saw a very thin cat in front of me. He was walking at a very casual pace and his nose seemed to be busy hunting for something.
I knew that this poor thing must be starving. So I picked up my cellphone and called my Mum. She happened to be in my office today. I asked her to help me bring down the Kitty Emergency Food Pack that The Flyer and I always have ready for situations like this. We have one such pack at home and another in my office so that we'll always be ready to launch a kitty hunger rescue.
This was one lucky kitty to have an unlucky me stuck in the office on a fine Saturday like today.
I decided to make a quick dash to pay my bills (ie. my Internet bill so that I can blog) at an automated machine. Just as I was done with my payment, I saw my Mum walking hurriedly towards me. "I saw a cat walk up the overhead bridge," she said with my kitty food pack slung over her arm. So off we flew towards the direction of the bridge.
As we approached the overhead bridge, I saw a thin but handsome cat with his face stuck out from halfway up the steps of the bridge. When I reached him, he was flat on his belly playing with some twigs. He was looking up fascinated at the trees when he finally saw me.
"Kitty! Kitty!" I called out to him. I half-expected the cat to scuttle away scared, but instead he boldly made his way towards me and rubbed himself all over my legs.
"Awww..." my Mum said, "He's so tame. Someone here must be feeding him sometimes."
Very quickly, I laid out a paper bowl (The Flyer and I have a stash of about 150 paper bowls that we folded ourselves... yes, yes... we have no life) and a small plastic tray. I took another look at the cat to decide if he should have the canned tuna or biscuits. He looked terribly thin and undernourished. "Tuna it is," I mumbled to myself and proceeded to pour out the deliciously smelly contents into the paper bowl.
The cat needed no invitation to dinner. Before I was even halfway through pouring water into the plastic tray, the cat's nose was completely buried in tuna. Not once did he look up from his food as I clicked noisily on my camera just inches from his face.
He ate so much so fast that he came down with the hiccups and had to stop eating for a while.
I'm really glad I bumped into this fellow and managed to give him a meal. I'll keep my eyes open for him from now on. I doubt anyone is caring for this cat properly as he hasn't been sterilised and he clearly hasn't been fed in a while. But he certainly is very comfy with people so maybe there is someone who is a part-time feeder to him.
Here are some photos of today's chanced encounter.
"Look who won the lottery today! ME!!! I've got tuna!"
"Nothing will distract me from my dinner"
He will not be swayed, he will not be distracted
His singular objective, his only focus is to E-A-T
"Oooh... the tuna is scrrrumptious!"
"I can feel my belly filling up very nicely"
"Gee... is SHE still going on with that clicky thing?"
"I'm finally full! Thank you for buying dinner"
"I think I better take a short recess. Hic!"
"Oops! Did I get some tuna on my nose?"
"Did I get it off?"
"No? I'll try again"
"What? I've got more on my left cheek?"
"Think I got them all now. That sure was strenuous on the tongue!"
"I have such a nice warm feeling in my belly now"
"Now that I CAN be distracted, I'll be happy to pose for you"
"Here are my white whiskers, pink lips and fearsome fangs"
"Do I look like a cactus from this angle?"
"How about a porcupine now?"
"I'm gonna stop with the posing now because I need to rest my belly for better digestion, ok?"
"Aaahh... that's better"
"Sorry, I don't do dishes. YOU will have to"
"How about a li'l back-rub now?"
"Throw in a belly-rub too!"
"Awww... you're leaving already?"
"And just as I was getting comfy too"
"Hope to see you around some time. It has been a pleasure"
"Here's one more pose for the road"