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8 Traveling Cats, Ronald & Vi

You have stumbled upon eight beautiful cats and their adventures starting from the Philippines in 2011 up to present in Austria. The story begins in my home country where we met mother cat, and where her seven babies were born. My name is Vi and I will help tell their story. 

Once upon a time, my husband Ronald (from Holland) found a cat and fell in love with her. We named her Lucky. She was very dirty at first, and we had to bathe her. While scrubbing her clean in the outdoor sink, I thought out loud “You’re so lucky!” And Ronald grinned and said, “Let’s call her that. Lucky.”

Mama Lucky and Her Brood of Seven

Ronald and I took residence at Vina Village in Imus, Cavite after we got married on his birthday, February 11, 2011. It was out in the yard of that same house where Ronald kept seeing Lucky and started to feed and play with her. That was in late July or sometime in August 2011. Before we left for our holiday in Europe from September to November of the same year, Ronald knew that Lucky was pregnant because of the belly swell. I was not very experienced with cats, so I just thought she was getting fat. 

Lucky’s first babies were twins. We named them Aiko and Oue. They looked like they were born just a few days before I arrived on November 28th from Europe and found them with their mama under the outdoor sink. 

Then four months later, on March 21st, Umeko, Dancer, Snoozie, Cotton, and Splash were born. We were going to give them away… but we didn’t. We had to attend a cousin’s wedding in my hometown in Kiangan, Ifugao a couple of days after they were born, and we had to take all eight of them with us since there was not enough time to arrange for somebody to take care of them especially mama and her newly-born kittens. Up to the last minute, we were running around buying things we needed such as travel cages, etc.

As it turned out, their very first trip from Cavite to Ifugao was not meant to be the last time they were to leave their place of birth, because in July 2012, my husband put them on a plane from Manila to Phnom Penh before he boarded another flight bound for Siem Reap. The brave furry babies had to fly from Manila to Kuala Lumpur, and from there to Phnom Penh arriving 24 hours later. Meanwhile, I traveled from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh to collect them. They set foot at our new home in Siem Reap after another eight hours in a taxi with me.

We resided in Cambodia from June 2012 until August 2014, the cats from July 2012 until they crossed the Poipet-Aranyaprathet border with Ronald in September 2014. I was waiting at the Thai side to welcome them. We and the traveling cats lived in four different homes in Thailand — in BangYai where we lost Dancer, Ratchada Soi 3 in Bangkok, downtown Ratchaburi, and back to Bangkok in BangBon 3.

In January 2017, Aiko, Cotton, Splash, and Umeko flew to Vienna, Austria from Bangkok. Mama Lucky, Oue, and Snoozie followed in February. I took care of export from Bangkok side, while Ronald welcomed them in Vienna. I joined them on May 13th.

On July 21, 2017 we finalized the purchase of a house in the town of Königswiesen about 160 kilometers from the capital. And on August 11, 2017 we received the keys to our new home. We moved in with our cats on August 12.

Whenever my husband and I moved to a new place, we always thought and hoped we could settle and live there for good. The same is true for Austria. But we never know, and so we can never say if The Traveling Cats would no longer be marking new territories again in the years to come. 

But one thing my husband and I agree on is that home is where our precious furry babies are. 🙂

Thank you for dropping by!

Your furry and not so furry friends,

Ronald, Vi and The Traveling Cats (Lucky, Aiko, Oue, Cotton, Umeko, Splash, Dancer – lost in Thailand, and Snoozie)

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