|rice with whiskas, sardines and crab fat|
I dont cook at the house anymore since I only have to feed myself. I discovered its more cost and time efficient to just eat out than go through the whole trouble of preparing then eventually cooking. I like cooking but its honestly exasperating when you live in a place where there is no constant running water. I have to haul water, get the veggies or meat in the fridge next door, then go to my brother's house on the other side to cook. Normally , I can get everything done in an hour. But in this house Im currently staying at, it takes twice the amount of time. I decided to just get my food from either my brother's internet cafe/mini restaurant or have food delivered.
Everyday, I cook 4 cups of rice just for the animals. Sometimes when Im lazy to go out to get my lunch/dinner, Ill also help myself to a cup or two of the rice. Rice is 32php for 1 kilo. A kilo lasts 3 days at the most.On the other hand, a kilo of catfood costs 135PHP. If I buy the meow mix from the new veterinary clinic in Tikling, I can get a 3kilo bag for 400PHP. A kilo last for 4-5 days and thats not cheap considering I am feeding 12 cats and also 4 dogs. The dog food is 90PHP for 1 kilo. Pedigree is the only brand I get since dogs do not like any other (cheap) dogfood. The great news is, the dogs like the rice mix I make. They finish it like I was serving them steak.
By serving the animals "rice mix" I get to stretch the cat and dog kibbles I buy. I usually save it also during times I have to be somewhere and Im in a hurry. This way I dont leave the animals hungry the entire day.
As for the dogs, they usually get rice mix for dinner. I sometimes also give them bread for snack.
|Squid waiting on his dinner|
|Baby Gibor - had to cage her temporarily so the others wont steal her share|
|Arnold, Yubi and Docman|
|Thumper and Boomer|
|Dapper and Thumper passed out after dinner|
|Enchong on my pillow|
These cats in the house were starving when I first got here. For the past 3 years Id come and visit my family, there is hardly an addition of other cats. Not because they are spayed or neutered but rather because the new kittens die from starvation. Sometimes Id even meet a new member but then I would hear the news they too died. I had a 3 year old cat named Fishy who unfortunately died from some weird disease shortly after I left on my visit last 2008.
|Pretty, PJ and Fishy|
The mainstay cats who have been around since 2006 are still alive though namely Glory, Pepper and Pretty. The other additional cats now (Squid, Maki, Dalja, Gibor, Enchong, Boomer, C2) are alive because they are being fed.
I am not an upstanding citizen by proudly implying I do my best to take care of these animals. Its a basic urge to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. Instead of using my money to buy useless junk or expensive clothes, shoes or bags, I find an unexplained joy in watching the pets in the house eat and survive for one more day.
Sadly, one day when I know I have to leave them behind (Im not dying but I have to move somewhere), I have a feeling I will be pulling the plug to their lifeline if I dont find them a suitable home. For now I have not stopped trying to look for someone who will be willing to love them unconditionally..and yes the ration of kibbles and rice mix must must go on.