Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Awan....Where Are You?
Our dear tomcat Awan, whom we raised from small and who stayed in our bedroom like a member of the family until he's about a year old, has disappeared. He has often followed me very early in the morning to go to the Surau for Subuh prayer and will wait for me to walk home. Hiding under a bush or sometimes under a car ( he knows when to run away as soon as the engine starts), he will jump out to greet me as I come by along the road after the prayer. We would then walk home and have breakfast together.
But five or six mornings ago. he overslept and did not follow me to the Surau when I left the house at 5.40am. When I returned home he made a lot of noise as if he missed going out . When my wife opened all the doors and the gate to go out to work, Awan followed her. We have allowed him to go out several times already since he had grown up and a few "friends" had been waiting for him. He would come in again when I opened the door to go out and feed the fish. Since I work only at home after retirement, he will spend all day playing or sleeping in the room. I always leave the door open for him to come and go as he pleases.
When I came out of the house on the April 7, to go and feed the fish, Awan did not come to greet me. He always does so even when he comes into the room when I am reading or busy at the PC. He will rush towards me and extend a hand or even two sometimes to catch the hand that I extended to him. He will wait for us to return home from shopping and we even took him out sometimes. Every time we step out of the car he will rush at us and then roll over on the grass or even in the centre of the road itself, until we pick him up. He will sometime sleep at my feet while I'm reading or writing. And when the chair is vacated he he will waste no time to occupy it just sitting down and resting or sleeping. We sometimes quarrel over the chair since he won't vacate it once nicely settled down in it.
His real fun time is when my wife is sitting on the bed with her Notebook. Awan will sleep behind the opened cover and once in a while pop up his head and stretch out a hand to help her with the typing on the keyboard. When my wife shouts out to stop him from disturbing Awan will hide again behind the cover and pretend to be asleep, only to pop up again with his game of peek-a-boo.
The moment my wife lays a hand on him either to stroke him or wave him aside, Awan will grab her hand and start to pull or make mocking snaps with open jaws, making my with shriek with fear. He also does the same to me although it's often myself who will grab his head or hands and legs to avoid the mocking snaps that he makes.
Now he's gone, has not returned for 6 days and we missed him very much. I'm sure someone has caught and caged him for otherwise he will surely run back home. We've lost two other cats this way. The funny thing is that there are many stray cats moving round our place and no one seems to be interested in them. Why is it that some one always want to deprive us of our beloved pat? Does it make him, her or them happy to see us going all over the place calling for our cat? No, there's no sign of any cat being run over by a car. Our cat must have been held in captivity or otherwise sent somewhere else for whatever reason we don't know for Awan is not Persian or anything special. Just an ordinary tomcat but is most playful and childlike.
The pics are from our album and printed here to keep up our memory and our hope that:
AWAN will return, ALIVE.
Click here to see how Awan came to us.