This is Shrew. Well, that is his nickname. His real name is Schrodinger, after Schrodinger's cat, a thought experiment made popular by the show, The Big Bang Theory. (Pls dont ask me about Physics, no idea ?).
Shrew came to me during one very hot summer day when I was still working in Doha. He was a thin kitten, around 6 months. He was at the ground floor of our apartment building, meowing. I was on my way to eat out and I thought to myself that if the kitten was still there when I came back, I would adopt him. Luckily, he was still there and I promptly took him to our flat. My flatmates, a couple, took to Shrew right away.
Fast forward to 2 months, Shrew has completed vaccination, neutering and microchip. I decided then to accept a job in Abu Dhabi. I did not inform my employer about my cat eventhough it was always my plan to have him follow me to the new location. Big mistake, the accommodation did not allow me to bring him. I had sleepless nights thinking about Shrew especially when his foster mom, my flatmate, told me that he kept looking at the main door the first few nights, like he always do when I came home late from work. I am not an emotional person at all but with Shrew, I was an emotional wreck. The guilt and the worrying was too much. I felt that I had let him down.
So finally I decided to send him home to my family. Support poured in from a local shelter group and the foster parents with regards to papers and travel buddy and in no time at all, Shrew flew 9 hours from Doha to Manila and was picked up by a relative of my brother in law and rested for a few days in their house. Then he flew for an hour to Cebu and was picked up by my sister and again rested for a few days, before completing the last stage of his journey: boarding a ship and sail for 4 hours to my hometown and finally, to my family. It was such a very long journey that when I came home a few months after and said that I will take him with me when I come back, my sister angrily told me," you will not subject him to that long journey again!"?
Now, one thing you need to know is that me and my family are dog lovers and we have had several dogs while growing. Shrew was and is our first cat. Now, as is normal to all cats, Shrew is lording over the household, the dogs and the neighborhood and is spoiled by his grandpa. Everyone in the village know him more than they know me. ?
So why I'm retelling you this? Simple.
1. Plan and save up for your pets so you will not spend money allocated for other things. (My salary in Doha barely reach 400 OMR. In fact, the bulk of the money for Shrew's travel came from my final settlement which I had use to buy stocks in Doha as an investment. Had I not sold it, I will have gain 4x the original price from when I bought it. Oh well, Shrew is more precious so no regrets ?
2. Don't give up on them. They have not given up on you so why should you. Be willing to sacrifice for them as you would for your human family.
3. Ask for help. It took a lot of people in Doha, Manila and Cebu to make it happen while I was in Abu Dhabi.
4. Pls.don't make the same mistake that I did: inform your employer during offer negotiation that you intend to bring your pets with you.
Sorry for the long post but I do hope you learn something from my experience.