Some may say that cats are the least loyal companions humans could have.
Personally as a cat lover, I would argue otherwise because cats are delicate and sweet creatures who just need some space. But that’s a topic for another day.
Instead, we’re gonna take a look at Malaysia’s very own Hachiko who remains loyal to his owner years after his death.
Meet Nana, a ginger tabby from Kelantan, Malaysia.
On September 19, Hazlynn Nozi shared Nana’s tale to a local Malaysian cat lovers group on Facebook.
Six-year-old Nana had belonged to Hazlynn’s father, who was a retired teacher.
The two had a special bond and would rarely be seen without each other.
“Nana always followed dad to the mosque and waited for him to finish his prayers before he followed him back home,” Hazlynn said to the Malay Mail.
“There was a bond that this particular cat had with dad as compared to the other cats at home.”
Two years ago when Hazlynn’s father died, Nana was deeply saddened to the point where he lost his appetite and lost some weight.
Thankfully, he recovered within a few months and began to regain his appetite.
“But he would also linger around where dad spent his time — like on the swing which was dad’s favourite spot or even sit on his old car,” Hazlynn said.
For the past two years, Nana had a strict daily ritual: Visiting his grave every morning.
Hazlynn’s father was laid to rest in a compound near the family’s residence.
And from the very first day, Nana has been the first to visit his grave for the past two years.
“Can you imagine, (Nana) was already sitting there waiting for us when we arrived. He reached the graveyard earlier than your children, father. Please forgive us father,” the text above reads.
Nana now spends his days sitting or sleeping by his owner’s grave.
He would return home every morning from her visits to be fed with damp paws from the grave site’s morning dew.
If that isn’t love I don’t know what is.
Cats truly are creatures we need to appreciate more.
Cover image sourced from Hazlynn Nozi.