Jodi Sta. Maria adopts a stray cat she found at the airport: “The poor kitty now has a home”

Jodi Sta.  Maria and her foster cat NAIA

Jodi Sta. Maria and her foster cat NAIA. Image: Instagram/@jodistamaria

Jodi Sta. Maria has received praise and melted the hearts of netizens after adopting a kitten she saw at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The actress showed herself cuddling her new pet cat while sharing how she found the animal, via her Instagram page yesterday, January 6.

“As I walked down the arrival ramp of NAIA Terminal 1, I heard a kitten meow as if asking for help and food. Tapos nakita ko siya nababangga of pasahero basket. Lost in the space is airport chaos,” she recounted. “I asked for a plastic bag, nilagay ko siya sa loob tapos nilabas ko yung head nya then isinakay sa van.”

(As I walked down the arrivals ramp [section] in the NAIA 1 terminal, I heard a kitten meowing as if asking for help and food. Then I saw that he was being hit by the passenger carts. He was lost in space with the chaos of the airport. I asked for a plastic bag, stuck his head in it, then got into the van with him.)

Sta. Maria named the kitten Naia (pronounced Na-ya), after the airport where she found him, and admitted that she initially thought the cat was a girl. She also took Naia to a vet who cleaned and wormed her, trimmed her nails and even gave her mite and flea medicine.

Naia now has a follow-up vet appointment and has received vitamins and other medications.

“That’s all for now. Welcome to the family, Naïa! Sta. Maria has welcomed her new fur baby.

Sta. Maria first told fans about her new pet cat in her Twitter post on Thursday, Jan. 5, when she revealed she found the kitten while it was raining at NAIA.

“Poor kitty now has a home. I found this kitten at the airport… It was also raining so she must have been cold,” she told fans at the time.

Based on his recent Twitter posts, Sta. Maria discovered that Naia is a short-haired domestic male.

Netizens praised Sta. Maria for rescuing the once-stray kitten, while fellow celebrities Cherry Pie Picache, Rita Avila and Raymart Santiago were among those impressed with the actress’ new pet cat. /ra


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