Heart warming story of Bindu and her visually impaired, paralysed cat Purushu


K B Dileep Kumar

Cat Purushu
Bindu and her cat Purushu | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Pullur (Thrissur): The unique bond between a woman and her visually and physically challenged cat is unbelievable for many. Despite the difficulties in taking care of the helpless cat, she is unwilling to abandon it. The story of Bindu and her cat Purushu will truly melt everyone’s heart.

Bindu feeds her cat ‘Purushu’ by placing it on her lap and lets it sleep in her bedroom on a special bed set aside for the cat. As she cannot leave the blind and paralysed Purushu alone in the house, she usually avoids going out.

Bindu and her family love pet cats. In 2014 December, three kittens were born in their house. Among them, two died soon. Bindu took special care of the one that survived and brought it back to life.

Earlier, the kitten was able to walk slightly. But she noticed that it was reluctant to climb the trees like the other cats. Hence she decided to keep it safely inside the house. They named the kitten ‘Purushu’, which was the name of a character in the Malayalam movie ‘Meeshamadhavan’. However, Bindu affectionately calls it ‘Ponnu’.

Due to a viral fever, Purushu lost its eyesight within a year of its birth. Soon, it became paralysed too and the doctors informed her that it will not be able to walk again. Many said the cat will not live long and they also asked her to get rid of it. But Bindu was not willing to abandon her beloved pet cat.

Purushu can recognise people through sound and smell. Bindu bathes it in lukewarm water once a week and she has kept a separate soap, shampoo and towel for this. Bindu’s daughter, who is an Ayurveda doctor, will often apply a poultice (‘Kizhi’) on its legs and hands.

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