Over the years we have had a number of people ask us, why they don’t see any cats in Haiti. Dogs are everywhere, but cats seem to be almost nonexistent. We recently had this question answered in a real way while we were home one day. It was a quiet, peaceful day, when out of nowhere, we heard a lot of commotion. Six men were pursuing something within our compound. Les and I exited out the front door to see what was happening. Most of the men by then were out of sight except Michel (Meeshell), one of the men that helps maintain the grounds at the beach house. When inquiring about what had just happened, we were told that there had been a large cat that had made its way into our compound. These six men chased the cat down. It never had a chance. It was going to be their supper for the night.
Animals serve a different purpose in other cultures. In Haiti they have specific jobs and are not known as “pets”. Dogs are guards for the home, and on rare occasion, cats are used for rodent control. The way dogs and cats are treated is so different. Imagine a population where the family has a difficult time keeping food on the table for themselves…food for animals makes no sense at all. As it turns out, cats are a delicacy in the Haitian diet. So maybe that is why we don’t see that many cats.