14 Years of Love and Care

她心系流浪猫十四年

Special Focus - - Contents - By Yan Biyu and Zhou Xianx­ian

Yan Biyu and Zhou Xianx­ian 颜碧玉周献献

At roughly five o’clock each af­ter­noon, a sil­ver-haired hunched old woman strug­gles to drag her small cart in the Chutian­liyuan Com­mu­nity in Wuhan, Hubei. This woman has been feed­ing stray cats in the com­mu­nity for four­teen con­sec­u­tive years.

I’ll eat af­ter the cat fiN­ISHES ITS MEAL

Hu Qifen is a 79- year- old lady with a thin fig­ure and wrin­kles on her face. De­spite her age, she is dy­namic and en­er­getic, with a clear mind. We in­ter­viewed her on a scorch­ing hot day in Wuhan, one of the “three fur­naces” in China. Our ar­rival made her a bit un­easy at first, but af­ter we ex­plained our vi­sion, she be­came calm and told us her story in a slow man­ner.

Her en­coun­ters with stray cats be­gan with an ac­ci­den­tal oc­ca­sion. One af­ter­noon, she came back from a trip and saw four hun­gry, skinny stray cats near her house. See­ing it, she felt very sym­pa­thetic. She went to the mar­ket for some left­overs to feed them. She didn’t ex­pect what hap­pened next. The cats started to wait for her ev­ery day in the same place. When they spot­ted her, the cats would gather round in an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Day af­ter day, month af­ter month, the num­ber of cats in the com­mu­nity grad­u­ally in­creased, and they gath­ered in sev­eral

每天下午五点多,在中国湖北省武汉市一个叫楚天丽园的小区里,总能见到一位佝偻着腰,费劲地拖着小推车的银发老太太。她在小区里辗转着喂流浪猫,十四年如一日,从未间断过。 猫吃完了我再吃

老太太名叫胡其芬,今年 79岁,即将步入耄耋之年的她,身材瘦削,脸上布满皱纹,但精神矍铄,思路非常清晰。我们采访她时,“三大火炉”之一的武汉正值中伏天气,骄阳似火,气温接近 40 摄氏度。我们的到来令她感到很突然,待我们说明来意后,她才镇定下来,慢慢地跟我们聊起她与这个小区里流浪猫的往事。

她与这些流浪猫的缘分,起源 于一次偶然的邂逅。十几年前的一天下午,她外出回来,看到自己家附近有四只流浪猫,饿得有气无力,瘦骨嶙峋,她觉得怪可怜的,就到菜场上要来一些剩余的卤菜喂它们。没承想这一喂就收不住了,这些猫每天都到这个天上掉馅饼的幸运之地等待她,一见她总是满眼期待地围过来。

一天两天,一个月两个月,慢慢地,小区里的猫越来越多,它们分别集中在小区里几处角落。没多久,菜市场的剩菜就不够吃了。猫粮成了一个问题。胡老太太不忍心饿着它们,就开始给猫做饭,每天要花两个多小时,一煮就是十二年,而且每天都是喂完猫才回去做自己吃的,有时一耽搁,晚上十点还吃不上。她边赶着蚊子边风趣地说: “它们非常准时,我怕它们等不到我就走开,然后又找不着吃的,挨饿!所以,我也得准时。”

渐渐地,她越来越觉得,每天买菜做饭给流浪猫吃,有些力不从心了。去年,她知道了猫粮的存在,就改喂饭为喂猫粮了。

她告诉我们,小区里的六十多只猫,一天就能吃掉7斤猫粮,每个月要买 200多斤。除了猫粮,胡老太太还会给生病的流浪猫买药,在猫吃东西的地方喷防虫药,每个月要为这些猫开销近两千元。 把流浪猫当自家猫打理

虽说胡老太太喂的是流浪猫,她却格外细致讲究。为防止灰尘、雨水等掉进猫粮里,她在拖车上搭上塑料布。每次喂猫前,她都要用

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