Lessons from Tom

DEBBY NG
Sep 30, 2009
*Special to asia!

There's a saying that goes, "Everything I needed to learn about life, I learned from my cat." I always thought whoever said that was exaggerating.

I first met Tom in 1998. His was a healthy, furry, ginger-coloured, cross-persian, 8kg cat. I always said to Tom's owner that he behaved like a dog. I too have a cat who is her own cat. She does what she wants, like most cats do, but Tom was different. He always wanted to be near people. He'd play fetch, chase a ball, eat table scraps, and get sick when his owner was away. The latter, of course, was not favourable.

I first met Tom in 1998. His was a healthy, furry, ginger-coloured, cross-persian, 8kg cat. I always said to Tom's owner that he behaved like a dog. I too have a cat who is her own cat. She does what she wants, like most cats do, but Tom was different. He always wanted to be near people. He'd play fetch, chase a ball, eat table scraps, and get sick when his owner was away. The latter, of course, was not favourable.

 

Tom with his brother Jerry (block collar) in 1992

Tom with his brother Jerry (black collar) in 1992.

debby ngDebby Ng forayed into journalism following failed attempts at becoming a world-class equestrian. A wildlife crime investigator, underwater photographer, dive master and founder of a marine conservation organisation, she spends what remains of her time writing about the environment, its wildlife, and its people.

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