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‘Grandma from meow planet’ cares for dozens of cats

By Liu Pin-chuan and Chen Wei-han  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Yeh Yu-mei, 86, feeds some of her nearly 30 adopted cats on Tuesday last week in Jiji Township, Nantou County.

Photo: Liu Pin-chuan, Taipei Times

Starting with occasional acts of kindness to a cat with four kittens 10 years ago, a Nantou County octogenarian has adopted nearly 30 stray cats since then to prevent them from being captured and euthanized.

Nicknamed the “grandma from the meow planet,” Yeh Yu-mei (葉有妹), 86, said she has taken care of the cats because she could not tolerate the thought of them being put down and incinerated.

She said she would be pleased to see her cats adopted, even if that means parting with her loved ones, but she vehemently rejected the idea of euthanizing the felines, saying that she would rather spend her life taking care of them.

All her cats — she has lost track of the exact number — have been neutered, and the local animal disease control center gives them regular health checkups to ensure that the animals do not carry infectious diseases.

Fed a mix of rice and fish, the cats, which roam free during the day, return home on time for lunch and dinner, she said.

Although feeding so many cats is not easy, she feels comforted seeing them alive and healthy, she said.

After Yeh’s son posted stories about his mother and the cats online, fans have begun to visit Yeh and her wards in Jiji Township (集集), and some big-hearted cat lovers even deliver or send her cat food to help out, she said.

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