Sunday, August 12, 2012
I've posted about this little kitten who lives in an appliance and kitchenware shop in Shinyanga. I've taken plates, bowls and toys for the cat as well as a weekly supply of cat food in cans. However, every time I visit the shop (once a week), I find the bowls crusted with dirt and old food, the water bowl empty and the little cat, named Joy, ravenous. Every time I kneel down on the floor and spoon food from a new tin (brought from our vast cat grocery store at home) into Joy's bowl. Every time the little cat approaches gingerly but as it smells the delicious jellied meats, it dives in, growling and mewling. Every time I speak to my friends, the three shop assistants and explain that the cat needs food at least twice a day and as I supply the food, would they please feed it. Every time they promise faithfully but I suspect little Joy has food from Wednesday (when I go to Shinyanga) to Sunday and then the enthusiasm, diligence, "care" of it's owners dwindles even though I leave enough food for another three to four days.
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