I could not find kibbles in Medina and Mecca. I could not believe it. Something so simple and yet…wow! We encountered many stray cats as we traveled from Jeddah/Medina/Mecca. From the stray cats at the airport to skinny ones at the rest stops along the road to Medina and beautiful ones in Mecca. They tend to be unfriendly towards humans but was very pleased to meet a few new “friends” along the way. Those cats that we met on a daily basis while in Mecca were quite friendly towards me. Several would try to climb on my hijab and allowed themselves to be patted and held up. They get to eat rice with fried fish or chicken.
I actually wrote to a rescue group which is based in Jeddah. I also realized that animal rescue is not a big thing in Saudi as I had difficulties in contacting a few other groups for advise especially on getting cat food. Or could it be a language barrier? I have no idea. But those who are travelling for hajj or umrah, and you are a feeder yourself, please bring along kibbles with you as I can tell you this – you cannot find kibbles in the shops at both places. Even if you ask them about cat food? They will laugh at you…soooo……..;-(
A tom cat with his pretty girl friend in the surau of Jeddah hajj/umrah terminal airport.
Two cats we saw (among many…) at one of the rest stops from Jeddah to Medina. The night was cold. Maybe about 15C. These cats were outside looking for food. I felt bad as I did not have anything to give them.
See the black boy at the left side? He is blind on one eye.
We met these two regularly as they were always near our hotel. The one on the right has beautiful Bengal-like spots.
Each time we walk to Masjidil Al Haram, we would bump onto this handsome fella. One of my favourites as he was very friendly. He has many other friends outside of the mosque. Not sure how they survive…
One of the nights on the way back from our second umrah, we went out to feed the cats. Plenty of hungry cats….big and small.
As I was preparing for Maghrib prayers at the outer court of Fatima Az-Zahra (The Floating Mosque in Jeddah), I saw a black cat at the upper wall of the mosque.
Amadeus sleeping after a hard day’s work of inspecting the housing area….
Ok, so, Day 3.
We drove back to Raub to do a few house visits. The most important task was to drop by at my late Abah’s grave and offer him some prayers.
At Mak Andak’s house (aunty Number 1) George enjoying a Raya cookie called Dragon Ball – a ball shaped cookie covered with rich chocolate and coated with crushed peanuts.
Wati (cousin) and me…
George flanked by my two cousins – Ani (L) and Wati (R)
At the pusara (cemetary) of my late Abah. The grave marker is new. Finally after his 10th year of his passing, I finally managed to get his pusara completed, thanks to George for his insistence.
Next stop -over at my cousin’s house – the lovely couple of Linda and Suffa. This is us being a bunch of sillies by having our picture taken, covering our tummies with the red cushions and trying to look cool at the same time;-)
Our little Jane is such a cutie pie. She loves nothing more than just playing with her big brothers and sisters, and loves sleeping in her hammock. But today, she decided that the walk back to her hammock was a tad too far and she decided to sleep on the carpet infront of the TV. Notice the big blue ball at the far back near the sliding door. That is one of her toys.
What a little baby…
I think after a while she realized that I was snapping her pictures away. She woke up and decided that my lap was still the best place to sleep.