Filed Under (General) by Rob on 09-08-2009

This is Delcie, our new kitten:

(NB She’s the one on the right!)

We’ve never really been cat people, but when one was offered to us before we arrived in Mali, it seemed like a good idea, especially for the kids. One cat’s not too much trouble, right? But then, about a week after our arrival here, we heard a distressed call from our front garden but didn’t know whether is was a bird, a cat, or what! Upon further investigation, we found this TINY kitten, bedraggled and hungry, under a bush in the garden:


Poor thing was in a bad way and was so hungry she (he?) ate almost a whole tin of sardines in one go! She also had a gungy eye and was pretty filthy. Still, after a good wash and clean up, it looks like a new cat (and, well, it is!)


So, we’ve adopted her for the time being, but if you know of anyone (in Mali) who would like to give a home to this loveable feline, do let us know. Meanwhile, we’ve christened her ‘Nyah’ (explanation on request) and she’s getting stronger every day (especially her ‘voice’!!) For the moment, Delcie and Nyah are not mixing much, and Delcie seems decidedly unsure of her.

Of course, this all links in with ethnomusicology; Italian composer Rossini composed some cat ‘heart music’ called Dueto Buffo per due Gatti (Cats’ Duet). Here’s the funniest version I’ve seen, sung by the legendary Felicity Lott and Ann Murray. There’s also an interesting – and mildly disturbing – animated version here with REAL cats singing!


Thanks for reading!

2 Comments posted on "Two for the price of one – MEEEOW!"
anne on August 11th, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

Wendy’s grandaughter Delcie, is really thrilled that your kitten is called Delcie.

Rob on August 12th, 2009 at 8:36 pm #

I hope Nyah is pleased too!!!