This is Nilo — a sweet cat who has a secret. Well, he had a secret, that is.
Recently, the truth was revealed.
Nilo’s owner, Héctor Morales, adopted him when he was just a kitten, born to a local stray. Since then, Morales has provided Nilo with a cozy home — though he soon discovered Nilo had inherited an insatiable desire for adventures outdoors.
Comfortable knowing that Nilo wasn’t wandering far, and that he always returned safely on his own, Morales was happy to give his cat that freedom.
As Nilo got older, however, he got bolder as well.
Before long, his afternoon adventures began to lengthen, until days would pass with no Nilo in sight. Initially, Morales was worried that his cat was lost and desperate someplace. But oddly enough:
“He always returns home, like he’d never left,” Morales told The Dodo. “Very calm, and fatter, too.”
Something was going on. Morales soon found out what.
The other day, Nilo marched in after his latest days-long outing. This time, though, something was a little different.
Much to Morales’ surprise, there was a note attached to his cat’s collar.
“It was unreal,” Morales said.
Turns out, Nilo wasn’t so outdoorsy after all. Instead, he’d been leading a double life. And he even had an alias.
“We are the other family of ‘Angelo,'” the note read. “When he’s not in your house, he’s at ours.”
Morales was shocked — and yes, he felt a little betrayed. Nilo had been two-timing him. But then that feeling passed.
“When I thought about it, I was grateful that another family cared for him and had even given a name,” Morales said.
After a few days, Nilo was ready to head out again. So, Morales decided to write a note to his cat’s other family in return.
“Can you give me your number?” Morales wrote, adding that they could use it to let the other know if they were ever away on vacation. “PS: Nilo ate tuna before he left.”
Nilo’s (or, rather, Angelo’s) secret second dinners may soon be a thing of the past, but the double helping of affection will carry on, no longer in secret.
“Cats decide who they love,” Morales said. “If we love them back, we can’t deny them that.”