Memories of a tomcat - still a tear-jerkerIt was a tomcat (male cat) having grey and black colour. I found him as a kitten separated from his mother in my backyard. He was very friendly and came to me on my first call and started to snuggle on my feet. At that time I was staying in a old cottage type residential quarter allotted to me by my department and had some small lawn in the front of this single house and some land on the sides as well as on the back side. Soon the kitten started playing there. My wife saw the kitten and being an animal lover offered him some milk etc which he quickly finished and started asking for more. Initially we did not allow him inside the house and he was sleeping near bushes and playing and running after the butterflies and little birds sitting here and there on the lawns.
Slowly we allowed him inside the house also and he remained in the house as well as went out for long times. We named him and just called him Kalu. We were feeding him regularly. Gradually he became like a member of the family.
2-3 years passed and by that time it grew up as an adult tomcat sometimes very aggressive to the nearby cats, birds and especially the rats which were often coming out in the night. Anyway, he was very affectionate with us and we used to miss him when he was roaming outside.
Meanwhile, I got my transfer to another place and with a heavy heart we left him there only and went to the new place. It is difficult to keep a tomcat as a pet in a new environment and moreover I was going to a big city where I was going to stay in a flat.
We were missing him much and then I got an opportunity to go to my earlier place for some work and I just visited the cottage where we lived. There was a new occupant there and they told me that the tomcat was coming there regularly and sometimes crying and searching us. Though they were giving him food but he was always trying to find us among that family.
I stayed there for some time and then it happened. Kalu was there on the back door and as he recognised me he jumped and just sat on my chest purring and making strange sounds. My eyes filled with tears. With a heavy heart, I left the place. Kalu was staring towards me.
Today also when I remember the whole episode it acts like a tear-jerker.
This is my entry for the TOW tear-jerker contest.