In the spirit of Japanese Cat Day, here's my extremely high maintenance cat, Jackie.
I get weird looks when people see me having a cat. Partially because I'm Chinese (which is subtle racism here in Malaysia) and partially because I live alone with a cat (crazy cat man?). I never set out to own a cat. I just didn't want to let 4 kittens die in a box abandoned by a foreigner whom didn't speak the same language well. I started out as a rescuer and if you're a rescuer, you know the problems are very real. Over the years I've fostered more than 20 kittens (and a elderly abandoned dog once) till they were adopted and its those decisions in life sometimes that make us who we are. I don't do it anymore due to the lifestyle I lead (I'm never in one place long enough to properly foster a kitten or puppy) and I give credit to those who still make time to do it.
On Japanese Cat Day, I would like to send a message to those who discover a kitten or puppy, don't just throw it to a rescuer (I was a recipient of that countless of times) because they're probably overloaded as it is. Instead, maybe do it yourself and who knows, you might come out a different and better person at the end of the day. I know I have
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