It’s been a while since I’ve updated on here. Times have been incredibly strange and challenging. The internet is an interesting place to be at this moment. I was not sure what to post anymore, and whether it was appropriate to post anything even. I’ve done my best to be vocal on my Instagram, but it is all so confusing. I have taken a lot of time to educate myself and be an ally as much as I can, and will keep doing whatever is in my means to continue helping the situation.

But I am here to talk about one of the light points in my life since a few months: my cat Nana.

Dion and I had been contemplating on getting a pet for the longest time. But we just moved abroad, and had other things to worry about. Then one day, Dion saw an ad on Facebook from the Japan Cat Network, stating that they were looking for foster homes for their cats, as they did not have enough volunteers to help out in the shelter with the pandemic. We perused their website and fell in love with the cute little faces on there and reached out to them about fostering. We got an instant reply, and after going through a few interviews, we went to the shelter to see the cats. We were particularly interested in their “Fukushima cats”. These cats were rescued during the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, and have lived at the shelter ever since. These cats were all very old and afraid of humans. It broke our heart to hear that nobody was interested in these cats. Most people are looking for young and playful kittens.

My eye instantly fell on Nana. She has the most adorable mouse-like ears and the biggest eyes. Compared to the other cats, she was very small as well. She is 10 years old and very quiet, which would be perfect for us right now. We quickly made the decision to welcome her in our home. This is by far one of the best decisions we made during the entire lockdown period. At first she was extremely shy, and it took a while for her to warm to us, but we were patient and gave her the time she needed. Even though she is still very wary and shy, Nana doesn’t mind as much any more if we sit with her on the couch, and she even allows a daily cuddle. She is also by far the cheapest cat one can own, as she is not interested in toys or expensive cushions or baskets. She only wants to sit in cardboard boxes and play around with balls of paper.

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