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P'choo's Story
 
 
 
P’choo (whose name is taken from the word “cat” in Pashto) has come a long way from the United States Embassy in Kabul where she hung around the offices and entertained embassy staffers with her crazy personality and friendly ways.

 

 


Of course she had no idea that the US Embassy cats had been the subject of an article in the Washington Post three years ago.  But her future owner had read the article and was very amused by the battle it described to “save” the embassy cats.  Click here to read about the embassy cats. 

She sympathized with the plight of these cats – who had meant so much to our personnel in Kabul – and thought it would be wonderful to adopt one of them.  But she already had two cats.  She asked about Nowzad’s involvement with the embassy cats and learned that Louise and her team were very involved in neutering the cats and helping them remain.

By 2014 P’choo, also known at the US Embassy as the “diplocat,” didn’t have to be concerned about such conflicts resurfacing.  A staffer had already decided to adopt her, and it was intended that P’choo accompany that person to her new post in Burma.

While her owner was away and making arrangements for P’choo’s transport, P’choo enjoyed life at the Nowzad shelter.

She got along with the other cats, but wasn’t too interested in playing with them.  Climbing and jumping on the highest possible available surface was more of P’choo’s idea of a good time.
 
 

Then two events happened that changed P’choo’s world.  Her owner felt she could no longer take her to Burma; and the person who had originally read the article about the Embassy cats, lost one of her cats to a debilitating illness.  Now she thought of adopting a Nowzad cat.

Louise was able to match the now-adoptable P’choo with the person who had originally felt an attraction to the Embassy cats in 2011.

Would P’choo get along with other cats?  Her new owner-to-be had a large black cat, Zorro, who had become very lonely and sad since his former companion had passed away.  Louise thought P’choo would get along with him, but cautioned that it might take some time before P’choo would play or interact with another cat.
 
 
 
Before long, P’choo was on her way to her “second” owner in Washington State.

P’choo arrived with two other Nowzad rescues – dogs destined for another city in Washington. As soon as she arrived in the cargo area her owner was asked to get her papers in order and get her out of there as soon as possible.  P’choo was complaining very loudly about the injustice of her travels – while the two dogs remained silent.
 
She was soon introduced to her new condominium residence. The original plan was for P’cjhoo to be kept in a separate room and be gradually introduced to her new surroundings.  P’choo nixed that plan immediately.  If this was to be her home, she was in charge.
 
 
 
Lots to explore.
 
 

 
 

Plenty to eat
 
 
 
Many things to play with.

 

 

 

 

And then there was Zorro...

 

 


Would they get along?  P’choo was having none of the “separate quarters” bit.  She quickly made her presence known to Zorro and in an amazingly fast time, they became close friends.

 

 


Maybe she made sure that Zorro had no choice but to accept her, but he definitely did.  They now play together constantly – at first they groom one another, then P’choo will grab Zorro in a bear hug – they will wrestle and then they’re off – chasing each other all around.

 

 

  
They can even relax together.

 

 


Louise had cautioned that P’choo is a lady who “likes the creature comforts.”

 

 


Fortunately she now has them – and an owner who really loves her.

 

 


Her owner is so grateful to Nowzad and to all who have made P’choo’s rescue possible.  A cat who once added a lot of joy and pleasure to the lives of Americans in the US Embassy in Kabul now has a wonderful life of her own.