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Cat from Buenos Aires {Argentina}

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“It could just have been any weekday… One of those days where you come home late, do the groceries and start preparing dinner. Maybe it was a Tuesday? Or maybe a Wednesday? I don't quite remember. Nevertheless, it quickly turned out that this was not going to continue being just any weekday,” says Rebecca Hoffman, co-author of the travel blog Becci Abroad and of this book. “This was going to be the day where our family expanded with a +1, and we adopted the cutest little cat from the streets of Buenos Aires.”

Keep on reading to get the whole story!

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It was the beginning of December, and the nights were getting warmer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rebecca was heading home after buying groceries. As she approached the entrance of her building block in the Villa Urquiza neighborhood of Buenos Aires, she saw two of her neighbors standing outside on the pavement.

Her neighbors never hung out together because they didn't get along. Once in a while, she chatted with a lady who took her big white cat for walks on the patio of the building. Otherwise, they kept to themselves. However, that night something was up.

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As Rebecca approached, she could see they were looking at a small white and brownish cat. It had the most beautiful light-blue eyes and black spots all over its body, but most characteristically, a big black spot on the nose.

Rebecca asked the owner of the white cat whether she had bought another one. The woman looked worried and answered, “No, this one isn’t mine. It seems lost and has been meowing on the street for a while now”.

They had tried to give the cat some food and a little bed on the pavement, but it seemed more interested in getting petted. “Since I have a big heart for cats, I couldn’t pass by like nothing happened,” said Rebecca. “I stopped to pet the cat, forgetting everything about groceries and dinner.”

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Rebecca's boyfriend came outside. “The cat is leaving when you are leaving,” he said, while they stood in the opening of the front door.

He was right. The small, fluffy feline was slowly walking away.

“It is karma; the cat is meant for you,” he said. “Take her with you.”

“We can’t. What will the dogs say?” Rebecca brought in.

“We'll see,” her boyfriend said.

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Rebecca couldn’t bear to think of where this cat might end up. It was clear that it hadn’t eaten well for days. It was dirty and was continuously requesting love and petting. “We will take care of the cat until you find the owner,” she told her neighbors.

“With the dogs?” One of them asked.

“Yes, we'll see how it goes. The dogs normally don’t fight with the cats in the street,” Rebecca answered.

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She took the cat up in her arms and went inside. The cat was okay with being held but freaked out about the elevator door, so Rebecca took it up the stairs and into their apartment. She showed her new pet to the terrace, where it hid behind a lemon tree.

The neighbors agreed that they would post on Facebook and go to the police to ask if somebody had reported their cat missing. But nobody called. Nobody answered on Facebook. Nothing.

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The cat has stayed there ever since. Rebecca and her boyfriend named her Gata, which is kind of a strange name for a cat in a Spanish-speaking country since it just means “female cat.” But in Danish (and in English), it doesn’t really have a meaning.

“She is super talkative and wants to take part in all kinds of activities, from watering plants to hanging the laundry up to dry – and it is even better if I can include a huge amount of petting,” Rebecca said.

“Gata's favorite spots are on a chair with my old pillow and under the lemon tree (as in the pictures). She has food and fresh water on the parrilla (Argentinian-style barbecue), which we never use anyway. Or she sits on the staircase overlooking the living room. Lately, Gata has been coming down lying next to me when I work as an assistant writer on the blog!”

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Rebecca Hoffman took Gata to the vet to get her checked and get the necessary vaccines. She is healthy but needs her teeth cleaned.

Gata never seems to go any farther than the roof of the building. “Even though she has all the opportunities in the world to leave, she has chosen to stay with us,” Rebecca said. “Gata is doing good, and she gets on okay with the dogs. I believe she told them they are stupid, and she is the master as cats tend to do.”

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So, this is the story of how Rebecca Hoffman and her boyfriend adopted a street cat in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They don’t know where Gata came from. They will probably never know. But now the cat is part of the family.

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Have you ever adopted an abandoned animal? Or maybe wanted to? Share your story or thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Thaanks for sharing our story! Gata is happy to become a part of traveling cats��

  2. Hello, I am glad Gata has a happy home and is healthy. She is a pretty kitty. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. That is so sweet and she gets on with the pups, that's wonderful. I'm tearing up a bit here, haha. What a character in need of love, thanks for the story I'm so happy Rebecca had room in her heart for Gata.

  4. What a sweet cat and the markings are lovely.

    Emma and Buster

  5. What a pretty cat! We're glad she has a happy home now.

  6. This is such a heartwarming story and the pussy cat looks so sweet. I’m Glad the cat chose Rebecca and loves To stay around. I grew up in the country and farmers always dumped their cats and we would inherit them. How can one. Ever do this to an animal and how can one not feed them?

  7. How interesting! I just commented on another blog about cats and their markings ... I do wonder if there is something special that happens in the womb ... Gata is certainly beautiful.

    We adopted two cats from a rescue shelter, where they had been kept in a pretty small space for 6 months after the previous owner got a dog and the three pets did not get along. We could not live to see them stay there a moment longer. We still have Maggie (about 16) and Josie (about 14).

  8. Such a precious cat! I loved the story!

  9. Hi,

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  10. ooh what a cute kitty! I really love her black dot on the nose!

  11. I am a great cat lover, am really happy to read this story about Gata. You did a great job. Keep it up.