A Quick Update

In 2010, we moved back to the small town in Colorado that I never stopped missing while we lived in Mexico. Now I sometimes miss Mexico, but I wouldn't travel as freely as we did when we were there, camping out in remote areas and so forth.

Mexico today is in a period of change, and in many ways it is more dangerous now. That said, I have plenty of American friends who still live there very happily, just taking a few more precautions than they did in the past.

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Cat with flowers

Aug 20, 2008 — There are plenty of Mexican cats, since spaying and neutering are pretty rare here. One of them lives with us:  Misty, shown here exploring a bouquet. She came into our lives through an unlikely series of events. In 2005, we were living in the charming small town of Bernal, about an hour from the city of Queretaro. We rented a house, fixed it up, and thought we were going to live there indefinitely.

One day, a small kitten turned up in the inside patio of a an American friend of ours, chased there by a huge tomcat. His houseguest fed the little waif, but it couldn’t stay long as our friend was quite allergic to cats.

I enjoyed holding the pale orange kitten, who was quick to purr in my arms. When the kitten was offered to me, I could think of many reasons to say no, but my heart yearned for her. Kelly was inclined to be rational — who needs a cat when they are planning to go back to the US for a few months? But our landlord (who lived next door to our rental) was willing to feed the kitten while we were gone and nobody else had turned up willing to take her. Tossing her back onto the street was not an appealing option.

mistyball2So Kelly and I agreed that Misty would become ours. She was a dear little thing, and very entertaining as kittens are, chasing balls around our house and back patio. Other cats could easily get into the patio via rooftops, and twice we came home to find she had literally been scared sh*tless by one of the large cat bosses of our neighborhood. It was quite a mess to clean up, and Kelly created a little covered cat area in the patio where she could be outside, with her own door inside, and sheltered from the bullies.

Spaying Not Easy

We thought Misty was younger than she must have been, for very soon she went into heat. Once that was past, we looked into having her spayed. A vet in a larger town could do it for 1500 pesos, about $150 US. A retired vet in Bernal was going to do it for a more reasonable price, but after some time he confessed that it had been some years since he had spayed a cat, and he was concerned that his skills might not be up to it. By then, we needed to go back to Colorado, where we would sell our house, pack things up, and return to Mexico. We found a local horse-and-cattle vet in Bernal, who gave Misty a "birth control" shot not available in the US, but he had never spayed a cat. He said he would come by and give her the shot while we were gone, but he never did. Luckily, the housing Kelly had created for her kept the boys away.

Departure and Reunion

I was in tears when we left her there, but I had to agree with Kelly that it was the best thing to do. Once back in Colorado, we did succeed in selling our house, but everything took longer than we expected. It was half a year later that we came back to Mexico in our little RV, with LarryDog. This is when fate intervened by bringing us to Lake Chapala, where things unfolded and we ended up buying our house here.

When we finally went back to Bernal to get Misty, it was no surprise that she hid under the bed and wouldn’t come out. We slept there that night, and I woke in the night feeling her climbing over me and purring gently. We were friends again, and she was a good little traveler back to Lake Chapala. Getting her spayed her was simple and inexpensive.

So now Misty lives with Moonlight, our part-Siamese cat we brought back from Colorado the next year, and our two dogs. Misty keeps them all in line. Just yesterday there was a startled yelp from our Rottweiler Lola as Misty whacked her for some infraction. Misty has had enough large animals bothering her; now, she’s the boss.

2 Comments from the old blog:

  • At August 21, 2008 12:57 PM,  Catalyst said…

    Wonderful story! When we moved to Mexico back in the ’80’s, we were told by people in Guadalajara who sold a service about moving to Mexico that we should leave our cat behind, that it was way too much trouble to bring one to Mexico from the U.S. So we tearfully did, only to find out that was all b.s. We soon adopted a Siamese in Mexico who traveled to the U.S. with us several years later and lived happily here until he was nearly 16! We have more now but still miss our Mexican Siamese, Chulapay.

  • At August 25, 2008 11:04 AM,  1st Mate said…

    Here in Sonora we have affordable neutering, and two vets in town who’ll even neuter ferals for free.
    I’m glad your Misty was still there when you got back. What a joy it must have been when she woke you up to tell you she forgave you.

2 Responses to “Mexican Cat Misty”

  • JGoldman10 says:

    Is that a pic of a Mexican Domestic cat? I’ve been trying to find pics of that breed. 

  • Rosana says:

    Born in the streets of a Mexican town, parents never known by us, sure you could call her that. In Mexico you see every possible color. If there is a specific breed called “Mexican Domestic” that doesn’t mean alley cats, she might not be it.

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