A few years ago, I didn’t know what to do with a pet licking me or staring deeply into my eyes. Well, I’m lying because instinctively, I’m going to push him away.
Nor would I have long phone conversations with a friend about a cat’s last moments and a pet funeral.
That was until I met Mincy, a Yorkshire Terrier who I believe was both a human and a man in his previous life. Prefer chapati and eggs on dog food!
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He also used to eat cat food when he visited Snowy Cat. Not any cat food but Snowy, a very velvety white deaf cat.
Snowy passed away a few weeks ago and her loss still feels human. It was no ordinary cat. She was snow white, beautiful, and rarely meddled, or jumped fences because she was a rare albino cat, sun sensitive and neutered.
He was lying in the cat’s bed, near the stairs in the living room, undisturbed by the stares of the guests, similar to a fine work of art in a gallery.
At night, he would walk upstairs, jump on his owner’s bed, and fall asleep. I think at some point he must have assumed he was a human.
Snowy adornment. Grooming days, treat days and games were not improvised, but real cat toys.
Snow’s death was shocking. He died of a heart attack after a grooming session. Not to blame the vet, the cat had motion sickness and would get very anxious while traveling.
I was invited to pitch a cat. A cake reading “Ooh Snowy the Best Always” was cut and the children were told to say something about the pet.
In the silence, the children wailed in rude and inappropriate expressions that should not be uttered at a funeral or memorial service. They said their parents told them never to lie.
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What do you do to honor a pet? Some furry dads spin cat, horse, and dog hair into yarn and weave souvenirs, while others bury it in their backyards.
As pet ownership grows in Kenya, so do services such as cremation.
In Kenya, pet cremations are now common.
The Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi charges from Sh27,000 for a cat weighing less than 10kg to Sh42,500 for a large dog.
The cost depends on whether the pet is collected from your home in Nairobi, cremated, and the size of the urn used to store the ashes.
The urn will be delivered to you the day after the cremation. Just for reference, the animals are collected in a different core than what is used to carry humans.
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