A dangdut band. Traditional dancers. Dozens of attendees. These are things you would normally find at a boy’s khitan (circumcision) party in Indonesia, and not to celebrate the neutering of cats – unless you are this couple from East Java.
Indrawati and Bokianto are the talk of the town in Banyuwangi Regency after they held a khitan party for their cats Cipak, Cipung and Ciko on Sunday. The three felines were neutered on Friday.
Referring to the cats as her children, Indrawati said she and her husband found the trio abandoned in front of their house seven months ago. They adopted the hungry male kittens and nursed them with all their love.
“I gave them the best food, I bought them milk. They were so skinny, so I gave them good food,” Indrawati said.
Now that Cipak, Cipung and Ciko are of age and in excellent health, their fur parents decided that it was time to have them neutered. As an expression of their love for animals, they decided to hold an extravagant party for the cats, which was attended by family, friends and neighbors.
The party caught the attention of people around the country after a photo of the invitation went viral, attracting local news stations to cover the festivities.
“Our family, my husband, our [human] children were all very supportive. Our neighbors were also happy; they thought it was amusing. I had no idea it would be talked about out there,” Indrawati said, adding that they had saved up for months and spent “tens of millions of rupiah” on the party.
Do you love your cat as much as Indrawati and Bokianto love theirs?