Cats Hate Fasting Season, Mek’ele, Tigray, Ethiopia, April 2009

Cats Hate Fasting Season, Mek'ele, Tigray, Ethiopia, April 2009

Marigeta Birhanu’s cat was loudly letting himself be heard throughout our interview, and practically attacking the skin for parchment while stretched on the frame, before the meat was removed. It only occurred to me part-way through that the cat was subject to fasting season, just as the people are, because he eats leftovers from the table. Injeera may be sustaining for a cat, but rancid goat-meat was more to his preference.