Adopted - Oct 2003
In mid-October, a neighbor knocked on our door and asked if we had a cat. We didn't, but she said she heard one that seemed to be in our back yard. Sure enough, there was a very young kitten (maybe 5 weeks old) ensconced under our deck. It was very skittish and would hide from us. Jackie got a brief view of it, but I didn't. She reported that it had a very cute face. All I heard was its rustling and occasionally it would answer my own meowing. (I am known for my extended feline conversations, covering all manner of topics.) We put some food out, hoping to stave off starvation.
The motel has a no-pet policy. Also the cat has fleas, until we can start using chemicals in a few more weeks. So we used a flea comb every day, to keep things under control, but kept it in the car. We made the space as interesting for it as we could, and over the course of a few days, it got much friskier and much more playful.
This is a very social kitten. He's now very comfortable with us. Follows us around, plays with us, and manages to bite without puncturing the skin. I have some scratch marks that folks nod knowingly at, but really they were an accident. The cat was passing across my arm and lost its balance.
The small matter of naming the darn thing took even less discussion than most of our other decisions, covering no more than the entire trip. I had quickly suggested Kishi, from an earlier cat I had been around, but the vet squashed that suggestion by informing us that we had been adopted by a male, not a female.
It appears that we have settled on Bumi Putra, or Bumi for short. This is Malaysian, for "prince of the soil" and is what ethnic Malays call themselves. We decided it was apt. We found Bumi in the dirt.