Poverty-stricken housewife gives shelter to homeless cats in Gujarat

November 14th, 2007 - 10:27 am ICT by admin  

Porbandar, Nov.10 (ANI): A woman in Gujarat’s Porbandar city has nurtured 15 cats as pets despite being a labourer’s wife.

The 45-year-old Gujarati housewife Rambhiben’s empathy for the purring felines originated after an ailing alley cat took refuge at her humble veranda five years ago.

After recovering from her illness the cat, perhaps touched by an unusual motherly care, continued to visit Rambhiben’s home daily. Soon, many other cats in the neighbourhood also joined in to be fed with equal love.

Today, Rambhiben takes cares of as many as 15 cats and kittens.

“I have 15 cats and I simply love all of them. They are part of my family,” said Rambhiben, animal lover from Porbandar.

Rambhiben somehow manages her home budget and the cats’ expenditure within rupees 80 per day that her husband brings home every day. She is a mother of two boys aged 15 and 18 years.

Every day Rambhiben offers them their daily meal that includes milk and a piece of meat at times. Her care for the cats is appreciated by her neighbours.

“People usually have pets like dogs, buffaloes, horses but she has kept cats as her pets. The cats do not support her in earning a livelihood, but she still keeps them. They are like family members and are free to live the way they want,” said Bhikhu Sakaiah, a neighbour.

Rambhiben has also christened these cats with names like Meena, Radha, Bhuri and Som. (ANI)

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