Bima was another one of my extreme rescue cases. I met him sometime in July 2015, and he was the skinniest, saddest looking stray I’d ever met. He had a hole on his nose, and that time I thought he had been hit by someone. I fed him every day and was trying to get close to him, but he just wouldn’t let me. He was very cautious.
I continued feeding him and I noticed the hole on his nose was getting bigger. He also started to have new wounds on his legs. I still had no idea what caused it, since it was the first time I encountered a cat with such injuries. I kept trying to rescue him for about a month, when an animal loving friend encouraged me to rescue him immediately. He needed help desperately.
So I did, and I took him to my usual vet, Doc Ida. That day his whole demeanor changed. He seemed trusting, and appeared relieved, as if he knew that we were trying to help him. I named him “BIMA”, which is one of Javanese shadow puppet’s characters, known for his strength.
After days of observation, we suspected his wounds were not caused by abuse. So I took him to a more senior vet – the one who performed Lily’s amputation – and he said it was cancer. My heart dropped, and I didn’t know what to do. There is no cure for cancer and to let him live on would only add on his suffering. I consulted a friend who has a special ability to communicate with animals and she told me he wanted to live, and feel loved in his last days.
So the senior vet performed a cauterization – a medical practice of burning of part of a body to remove or close off a part of it – and I started looking for a home for Bima. I visited him every day at the clinic and he was just so lovely..he loved being petted and sitting on my lap. I would let him out of the cage and he would walk around and explore the clinic. He was having trouble breathing, and his body was literally all skin and bones, but he was one of the sweetest kitties I’ve ever met.
After a few days, to my surprise, a very kind lady agreed to adopt him and provide him with love until he passed. He had spent three weeks in the clinic before he got adopted.
It was one of the most heartwarming things I had experienced, to see someone so caring and patient and accepting of a cat with such condition like Bima. In his new home, he was loved, very well taken care of, and treated like family. I am forever grateful to a friend who introduced me to Bima’s mommy.
A month after he got adopted, he passed, surrounded by his adopted brofurs and sisfurs..and people who loved him like family. We were all saddened by his passing, but at the same time blessed to have given him the chance to feel loved. We never knew how long he had to survive on his own with his sickness..but we are forever inspired by his strength and amazing will to live. Today, I look back and remember what a sweet and strong boy he was. I wouldn’t change a thing, and he is forever in my heart. Run free at the rainbow bridge, Bima. Until I see you again.