Photo Credit: Andshewas
In my Top Ten Things post, I mentioned that it’s worth your time to visit the cats in Parque Carlos Thays in Palermo.
It’s surprising how tame the cats are. They are used to cat lovers who arrive daily to set out little dishes of food at set locations. They are also used to Argentines willing to sit on a park bench and pet them. Some of them used to be in loving homes, so it’s natural that they enjoy human company.
Despite my best intentions, I could not walk past the park on Friday night without petting one. Despite the large sign that says, “Do not pet the feral cats.” I admit to having a weakness–combined with bad cat allergies.
I found the sweetest cat. When I bent down to greet her, she came through the fence, climbed up on my knees, and hoisted herself on my shoulder. She was really chatty and purred loudly. I was disappointed that I couldn’t take her home because I’ve always wanted a talkative cat who likes being held.
When we left, she cried as she watched us hurry down the sidewalk. I sneezed a couple of times before I got home, but I didn’t think much about it.
Saturday I woke up with a sore throat. Sunday I woke with a sore throat, nonstop sneezing, and chills. I am absolutely miserable. That is the last time I pet a cat at Carlos Thays.