May 31st, 2018 / posted by paularath

Eleele on her favorite carpet in the kitchen

Meet Eleele. We found this lovely cat in Malaekahana Park. She was living in the hau bushes and she walked right out of the bushes and jumped up onto my lap. Her green gold eyes never left mine. It was love at first sight.

Of course, in those days she was emaciated and appeared to be on death’s doorstep. My heart went out to her as I visited her daily for a week and waited for her to come out of the bushes for her can of tuna. On our final day in Malaekahana, I went to the park prepared to take her home in a carrying case. But the park was crowded with campers and Eleele was nowhere to be seen.

Jerry and I vowed to return the following week and, if she came to me, we would take her home with us. She came bounding out of the hau and jumped on my lap. She was calm and happy when placed in a carrying case to travel to town with us.

When we took her to the vet before we took her home and exposed her to our other cat, Scrimshaw, we discovered that she had been spayed, meaning she had been someone’s cat at one point. Some heartless person had dumped her in the park to fend for herself.

As a pet she had never needed to scavenge for food and she was no competition for the feral cats who had lived for years in the park at Malaekahana. She would have died there in a matter of days, weeks or, at most, months.

Instead, she lived happily with us for six years. She gained weight and her coat became shiny and glowing with health. Of course Scrimmy wasn’t always happy about her “invasion,” but we all survived. After 21-year-old Scrimshaw died a year ago, Eleele thrived on being Top Cat and she softened and become more affectionate and loving than ever before.

Until a few weeks ago, when precious Eleele succumbed to what was probably a brain tumor.

We will always treasure the years we had with her and she will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

–  Paula Rath


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Lynda Sakraida
June 1st, 2018 at 2:03 am

Although she would rarely show her face when I would come to visit, I sure did know how much she was loved. She was a very lucky cat to have chosen you to live with, and it’s obvious she did choose you. Our pets teach us unconditional love, and perhaps that’s their most significant purpose in our lives. You and I both know how important they become in our lives, how sad it feels when they depart, and how lucky we are that they were there.

Marlene Hertz
June 1st, 2018 at 7:19 am

Hi Paula,

I’m so sorry about losing your beautiful Eleele. I loved reading about her.

So glad you are writing your blog again.

Much aloha,
Marlene (Mel’s wife)

Mckenna Hallett
June 1st, 2018 at 5:23 pm

Mahalo Paula and my hugs head your way and tears form as I write.

I especially want to thank you for shining the light on the fact that this cat (ALL CATS) needed a lap. She needed a life with the love and caring that can never happen in a feral community.

It is delusional thinking that ANY cat has a good life without a lap. Feeding the feral populations – approved colonies or not – means (always hidden in the bushes) a larger-than-apparent percentage (born feral or not) continue to live miserable lives of subsistence.

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