Majhot, Himachal Pradesh, India, 9 September 2016, 4:00 pm :
Uncle brought me a tea infused with Tulsi leaves to help my cough cold and fever. Soon after, he called out the name of their cat “Kittu” who was missing since morning. Apparently Kittu ate some wild leaves a week ago and has been unwell ever since.
On hearing Kittu being called, the neighborhood dog “Sheru” came running. Uncle scolded Sheru, telling him that he had called Kittu and not Sheru. Sheru wasn’t interested. He kept wagging his tail and jumping around. Uncle then told me that Sheru is smart and he came running here on calling Kittu’s name because he knows I call out to Kittu when I want to give food. Now Sheru would budge only after getting something to eat. And so, Uncle gave him a few rotis, after which he was still jumping around. Uncle scolded him yet again and told him to search for Kittu now.
And I was amazed as I saw Sheru run into the bushes, actively smelling all around, looking for Kittu. Sheru ended the search after a while and then Uncle went out himself to look for Kittu. Sheru normally barks and runs after every other cat in the village but seems to have a soft corner for Kittu. Sheru has never even growled at Kittu. Uncle has been very worried about Kittu missing since morning.
A little later, I heard Uncle come in sounding relieved. On asking, he told me he was looking around the hillside near the house and on hearing his voice, Kittu came out of some bushes and joined him to come back home. Kittu drank a little water but is not eating the rotis with the milk. Uncle tried playing with Kittu using a small plastic ball but Kittu is still not fully well. While Uncle is looking relaxed, he is still worried about Kittu’s health. Let’s see how this pans out.
PS: I don’t have pics of Kittu because he’s too evasive. And Sheru takes time to gel with strangers so I can’t go out to meet him and click his pic.