Pets and people are fascinating, no matter where they live. In this new series, Pet Parents Around the World, we are going to learn more about how pets shape and are shaped by cultural norms; explore how pets and their families live in various countries; and find out just how universal the human-animal bond really is.

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–Guest blog by Yahya Noori

Catch up on Part 1 here.

The Search For a Cat Begins

Since our family had now reached a consensus to get a cat, I started searching online and contacting a few of my students and friends who I knew had pets or family members with pets. After a couple of days of waiting to hear back, I got a message from a former student:

“Mahad’s cat has given birth to a few kittens, he might be putting one or two for adoption. Please get in touch with him.”

Mahad had been my student a couple of years back. He was a brilliant artist with a deep touch of creativity. It was no surprise to me that he had a cat. Creative people are well known to be cat owners.

I gave him a call, and to my excitement, two of his kittens were available.

We received the pictures shortly. Although my daughter, Dua, had wanted a white cat, she immediately fell for the ginger cat instead:a triple-coat Persian. And how could we deny her?

Mahad then informed us that “They are about seven weeks old. You can come and pick them up on the weekend.”

This was ideal timing since kittens should at least grow to about eight weeks before weaning them. Before that time, they are still quite dependent on their mothers. You can read more about why cats are such good moms and when to wean kittens here.

Gucci at 10 weeks.

Gucci Arrives

On the evening we were supposed to get the kitten, we drove to Mahad’s place and he handed over a little brown furball in a cardboard carton with some cat food.

We decided to name the adorable little fluff ball Gucci.

Gucci was quite restless during the drive back home. He jumped out of his cardboard box, and roamed around the car, meowing incessantly.

As we reached home, Gucci became the center of our attention, and our lives changed altogether. He was our first fur baby. He was quite playful and he became comfortable after a short while. We were all excited to see him play and jump around in our home.

During the six years that we have had him, we have moved to another place, which is more spacious and offers more places to hide and sit comfortably than our original apartment did. This is a good thing since Gucci is now the eldest of our seven cats.

Adjusting to Being the Big Brother

As our very first cat, Gucci had some problems geting used to his new feline siblings. We now have seven cats, and sometimes a scruff breaks out between two of them but it gets settled after a few moments of hissing. Most of the time, they prefer to hiss at each other from a distance, and it’s very rare that a physical fight breaks out.

Gucci is a bit aloof from the others, a bit innocent, and not very clever. He never uses a cat door and would rather send a meow to signal that he wants to go out. If I am sleeping, and he wants to go out, he taps slightly on my face and meows faintly to wake me up, so that I can open the door for him.

He has escaped a few times, but we got him easily, as he is not fast enough to run away.

He is quirky, but we love him to pieces, Fully grown with his beautiful ginger-colored coat and thick tail, he is as stylish as he is important to our family.

Memories, Memories and more Memories: A treasure to cherish

Gucci has given us so many moments to remember and cherish.

Pets are just like that. They come in your life for a few years, but they give you a ton of memories to keep as a treasure. I wonder how different our life would have been if we hadn’t decided to adopt him?

No matter where you live, whether in the United States or Pakistan like we do, opening your arms and doors to a pet is a divine experience. Being a pet parent brings happiness and joy, but at the same time introduces you to a lifelong commitment and responsibility:

  • The commitment that you will never abandon your pet.
  • The commitment that you will take care of them for as long as you live.
  • The responsibility that you will keep them out of the harm’s way.

Pets are innocent beings, totally dependent upon us…as parents and caretakers, we must understand that there is work involved…but our cats are worth all of it.

Yahya and Oreo

Muhammad Yahya Noori is a medical graduate from Pakistan, who loves to write. He mostly writes about personal and professional development, healthcare, and wellbeing. His family lives with seven adorable cats and his backyard is home to several street cats. You can get in touch with him on Instagram, Facebook, Medium, Linked in

Published On: January 27, 2022|Categories: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cats, Diversity and Inclusion|