Inti was born in faraway Peru. He was found in March one month old by a young Finnish exchange student in Lima in a park where people dump unwanted cats. She was lucky that her landlady had a cat and dogs so she could take him there and care for him. He is red and white so he got the name Inti, which means sun in Quechua.
The original plan was to find him a home in Peru but Inti and his new mom became attached to each other so she investigated how she could bring him home when she left Peru. The little cat had an infected eye and his new mom feared he would lose his eye, but after treatment his eye recovered. He also struggled with parasite infections, and his new mom and dad worried that they wouldn’t be able to take him home as he couldn’t get his mandatory rabies shots until he was otherwise in good health. But he finally got his rabies shots and a lot of tests to show that he was free from infectious diseases. So in the beginning of September Inti made the long journey from Lima in Peru to Helsinki in Finland with his new mom. Inti still snuggles with the sweater his mum had when she found him, just like some small children have a blanket for safety, Inti has a his mum´s old sweater.
Nowadays Inti and his friend Talvi, a rescue cat from Tampere in Finland, has just moved to an bigger apartment with their mum and dad.
The picture is taken when I visited my son and his girl friend in Helsinki in November 2016 when I first met Inti. I share this with Camera Critters and Saturday’s Critters with the permission of Inti´s mom and dad. Instagram picture courtesy of Inti´s mom and the copyright remains with her.
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This is how Inti looked like when his mum found him.