Stupefied & mortified. That was my reaction when I see the crafts of Angel Of Death lies upon my very eyes. The very last minutes; the gasping for the Last Breath. It was indescribable.
The dead body of Sooty, The Stray Cat. Inalillah. I was so sad. *Sniff*
The truth is, I’ve always wanted to have a pet cat since I was young but Mak won’t let me because my sister and I were prone to cold and influenza-ish symptoms; the cat fur is very tantalizing on that department. It was until last 4 days that the urge reemerged. I saw a timid and very scrawny little kitten feline at the backyard of my house! It was groaning fiercely towards another bigger male cat who is a regular ‘visitor’ to my house (this male cat is very fond of me and like to be stroked; very friendly cat!). I just paid no heed; until at night I saw the little kitten was taking refuge at a dry small drain (which happens to circulate my house) from the coldness of nighttime. I was touched.
I never take care of a cat before; hence I didn’t know what to do. So, I just brought in the cat and placed it in the store. I tried to give it dried fish (I didn’t know it didn’t favour that!) but it won’t eat. So, I just left it in the store so that it would be warm.
On Saturday, so happened that I had cancelled my social calendar due to the other party was having professional commitment. So, after my Extra Classes at school; I pushed off to a pet store in Rawang and spontaneously got myself the cat milk powder as well as a cage tantamount to RM65; all in the name to raise the kitten back to health. It was spur-of-the-moment thing; and you know me – I am a spontaneous person.
Islam preaches goodness and kindness towards animals. It was stated that Prophet Muhammad SAW had a cat named Muezza. You can check : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muezza.
With milk, the kitten seemed a little bit stronger. It could stretch the body and stood up although the hind legs were weak. On whole, the body was scaled ala sclerosis and one of the eyes were a bit “watery” – it could be konjunktivitis?; and it had strong BAD SMELL no matter how hard I tried to bath and put a little bit of ‘fragrant smell’ to it! BUT, I was a bit worried because it didn’t consume anything except for the milk that I force-fed. Could it be that I had missed something? I tried to find information on Google or consult a few FB friends who I deem very knowledgeable about cats; but in the end, I thought it was better if I were to consult the veterinarians myself!
When I was little, Mak always bought a lot of English books from Enid Blyton to improve my English. One of the book was Mr. Pink Whistle and his sidekick was the black cat named, Sooty. That was what I intended to name the little stray kitten. *Sigh*
Therefore today, I bought the little “Sooty” (the unofficial name I coin for it; adapted from Enid Blyton’s “Mr.Pink Whistle” ‘s black cat’s name) to Klinik Veterinari & Surgeri PC in Jalan Hijau, Rawang. I showed Sooty to the Vet and his first exclamation was that the kitten is a worst-case scenario. I didn’t understand the terminology he said but I thought it sounded as if “problem of pungent or “pungentry” (which doesn’t exist, by the way!)” but I got the gist of his advice. He said NO MILK should be given because the kitten was having trouble with his digestion/defecation system (that explained the BAD SMELL) as milk would only encouraged that.
Sooty. The night before. I can’t believe she is dead now. I mean…. she was a living creature before this…
He said there was this cat food which was good but since it contained pork; of course I won’t be thinking about that. Since I was adamant to try to safe Sooty, they prescribed liquidified antibiotics and some fever pills to be crushed although I’ve been warned that it would be fat chance. The Vet said tried that for a week. The attendant was nice (I don’t know whether she is a Punjab or a Czechoslovakian as the English accent is very much Eastern European-ish. She was enthralled to learn that I am a teacher in Serendah given my ‘young look’ (another typical assumption); I was having hard time to understand her instructions but I’ve got the fact right.
After consuming the antibiotics; around 3.30 p.m today. Looking a bit peaky.
So, I took Sooty home (today is a very scorching HOT day with 35 Celsius!) and fed it with the medicine. Then, I pushed off to Batang Kali to buy my dinner and all. Around 1 hour and half later when I came back home, I saw Sooty was lying very weak in the cage. Oh, no! I became worried. So I took it out and try to make it stand. But the hind legs won’t erect and the head started to loll! The eyes were becoming sullen and the breath gasping was vigorous. My heart started pumping; I DREAD it would happen…!
Around 6.45 p.m., Sooty was proclaimed dead. 15 minutes later, her body hardened. Huhuhu. It was sad. Seeing the above picture, she seemed so cute; like sleeping in a slumberland…. *Sniff*
But, Inalillah; everything goes back to ALLAH SWT. With one last breath (like in drama), the head and the body stopped moving. No more inhaling breath. Sooty was gone. I was STUPEFIED; I didn’t know what to react. It was for like 5 minutes after that; that I was bawling crying. I felt sad because I thought I could make a difference; trying to nurse Sooty back to health. AND I was feeling consciously guilty – could Sooty died BECAUSE the weak body was shocked to receive dosage of antibodies??? Was it because of me??? I don’t know; and will never know.
Inalillah. Everything goes back to ALLAH SWT. It was irony seeing the tall grass at the backyard of where I used to put Sooty to ‘explore’; now stands above Sooty, the corpse that lied 6 feet under…..
Yes, the Vet already warned me that Sooty is already a considerable “gone-case” but I felt like it was bad to neglect it. In a way, in this sadness, I feel shades of happiness that at least I helped this weak creature when it really needed me. Despite its falling fur, the UNBEARABLE bad smell and condition of the eyes, I manage to take care of Sooty. I hope ALLAH SWT will bless its soul. I hope Sooty will know that I did the best to safe her. May you help me back in the AfterLife, Sooty. Inalillah……..