"Matata" a male kitten of "Matahari" added to- Rudolph.a.Furtado's "Cat Family".

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Friday(17-10-2014) :- For the first time in lifetime "Whiskas Ocean fish" food- given to Matata.

October 17th 2014 4:49 am
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Cat Matata has been fed on a diet of "HOME COOKED FOOD" consisting of "Minced meat + Rice" and sometimes morsels of fish.This has been his staple diet since the time of his birth at home in 2009.At the "Mumbai Cat show" i happened to get 2 packets of "Whiskas Ocean fish", each packet being of 85 gms.I wanted to see if he would eat the jelly type cat food and to my surprise he relished the same.It is recommended to be served at the rate of 1 packet/1 Kg of the cats weight.This was just a complimentary gift and i don't intend feeding my two cats packaged food. Will only feed them in case of emergency.One strange fact that i observed was that although i gave both my fat cats only half of the 85gms packet they seemed content and satisfied.Actually each cat would require a minimum of 3 packets /1 food sitting as per the formula of 1 packet for every 1kg weight of the cat.Here i gave both the cats just 1 packet and they are snoring to glory the entire day !

 

Sat/Sun 27-28th Sep 2014 :-Mumbai City has its first cat- show hosted by the "INDIAN CAT FEDERATION"

October 8th 2014 7:42 pm
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The first cat show in India was held in Bangalore on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th in 2013 at the "Chancery Pavillion". It was a success and now Mumbai was awaiting its first cat show and the same was held at the "Stallion Banquets" in Prabhadevi.Mumbai had its first cat show on Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th conducted by the one year old "Indian Cat Federation" owing allegiance to the "World Cat Federation" of Germany.It was titled "Whiskas 2nd International cat show of India" as it was sponsored by pet food manufacturers "Whiskas".Sadly i couldn't exhibit "Matata " as he is scared of strangers and totally wild in the presence of people or other cats.Since it was the first ever cat show in Mumbai there were teething problems on the first day but the show was a success and cat owners/fanciers became acquaintances through their cats.Finally a "CAT SHOW" has taken roots in Mumbai city and this should be a annual event akin to "Dog Shows".

 

5 Year old "Matata" almost succumbs to "Shampoo Bathe- poisoning".

July 28th 2014 8:06 pm
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On Friday(25-7-2014) i gave tomcat matata a "Anti-Flea shampoo" bathe using "Bayo Pet Brand Bolfo Shampoo" recommended for both dogs and cats.After the bathe everything was normal and he got dried naturally.Next morning i found "Cat Vomit" and initially thought that it was cat "Matahari" that vomitted as she normally did, vomitting her hairballs.In the afternoon found vomit with traces of blood and realized that it was tomcat matata that was sick.He had vomited after a bathe once before and seems that the shampoo chemical ingredient was ingested into his system by "Fur Licking", a normal practise of any cat.I was worried as unlike cat matahari i could never ever take matata to the veterinarian as he was scared and vicious when caged or handled by strangers, akin to a wild cat.Aklin to a leopard the only method of examining him was by tranquilizing him, bizare for a pet house cat.I decided to treat him myself and kept him on a more liquid diet of mince meat/soup avoiding adding of carbohydrates like rice, his normal food.The "Blood Vomiting" gradually decreased although the vomiting didn't subside, jus became less frequent.In my deepest thoughts i thought that i would lose him to accidental poisoning hoping that he would recover with my feeding methods as cats are very resilient animals.Finally on Monday(28-7-2014) his vomiting stopped and he became his normal self, eating hearty normal rice/minced meat food and also passing normal stools.Cat Matata has used one of his 9 lives, the closest he had come to death due to accidental shampoo poisoning.Cat owners please beware of the "Anti Flea/Tick Shampoo" that you use for your pet cat as some shampoo's can be harmful and even kill your cat as it almost happened to tomcat matata.Most "Anti Fleas/Tick Shampoo's" are manufactured for dogs and are not meant for cats as their system is more delicate than dogs, besides, cats can't be thoroughly wiped dry after a bathe unlike dogs.At times some of the shampoo solution might remain on the cats fur and later licking of the fur by the cat causes the poisoning in the animal.

 

CATS ARE CARBON COPIES OF "BIG CATS" OF THE WILD JUNGLES.

May 29th 2014 1:33 am
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CATS ARE CARBON COPIES OF THEIR LARGER COUSINS "BIG CATS" :- In May 2014 had been on a safari to "Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve" and was blessed to see 7 tigers in 4 safari rides ! People normally see a single tiger with great difficulty unless billionaires and making up-teen safari tours inside the core forest area of a tiger reserve.I came across one such gentleman at Tadoba tiger reserve who stayed for a month and made almost 40 safari's inside the park with his Rs 10 lakh camera, a sheer hobby ! I was privileged to watch a tigress and her 4 cubs from a close distance and they reminded me of my cats back at home in Mumbai.The approximately 5 month old cubs were as playful as kittens, only larger in size. As for the mother "Madhuri", she seemed as protective as cat matahari was with her kittens and tomcat matata resembled one of the tiger cubs. Read the link:- http://tadobaandharitiger.blogspot.in/ .

 

CATS DO NOT RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER BY SIGHT BUT BY SMELL AND- SOUNDS .A observation in my cats.

May 1st 2014 7:31 pm
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Thursday(1-5-2014) :- Tomcat Matata almost mauled his dam Matahari with me intervening to separate them.and receiving serious injuries.I have observed that whenever cat matahari yells in a shrill voice then tomcat matata rushes furiously to attack her akin to defending his territory against a intruder.It has happened on numerous time but most seriously today.I was working on Matahari trying to remove some fur that had got entangled in her canine tooth due to grooming. She suddenly uttered a shrill "MEOW" to which tomcat matata instantly pounced on her.Luckily i grabbed him by the tail and in typical Wrestling style flung him across the room and chased him.In the effort i received a severe gash but providence and my quick reflexes saved cat matahari from severe injury.After a few minutes they both were back to normal and mingling with each other. This proves the fact that cats do not recognize each other by "SIGHT AND APPEARANCES" as we humans do but by "SMELL AND SOUNDS".Normally matahari has a soft purring sound which does not aggravate tomcat matata. Its only when the decibel level of matahari's purr is raised that tomcat Matata gets aggravated thinking her to be another cat,bizarre but true.Could fellow cat owners explain this phenomenon or their own personal experiences with their pet cats or have i made a new discovery in "CAT BEHAVIOUR"?

 

Bizarre and strange change in Matata's cat - personality.(Friday 1-11-2013)

November 1st 2013 1:42 am
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Normally male cats turn docile after castration and also tend to put on weight. Matata is as normal as any Tomcat and has not been "Fixed(Castrated)" but yet his behaviour has changed drastically in the last few days.He has turned very docile and sleeps most of the time and does not come to the bedroom to wake me up early morning. This was his regular fixture akin to a dog.Changing the time of his dinner from 1800hrs to 2100 hrs cured his habit of "YOWLING" in the night, his worst habit that almost made me decide to give him away to some other home or cat shelter.In Mumbai cats are not killed in "Cat Shelters" as in Western Country's but the owner has to pay a fixed amount every month for the maintenance of the cat or cats.Destiny and my own animal psychology study helped in curing Matata from his worst habit of "NIGHT YOWLING" and hence he is still in my house.Now it seems tomcat Matata doesn't exist in the house, a totally quiet and mellowed cat.Whats the reason for this abrupt change in his cat personality? Is it his gradual maturing in age as a cat that has created the difference in his personality ?He is the most handsome cat of his breed and as tough as a miniature tiger.Tragedy is that he is a total failure as a "STUD CAT" something which also baffles me.To sum up. tomcat matata is the freakiest cat i have come across in "Cat Blogs" when comparing to other cat owner accounts of their pet cats.He is a freak of nature and the most lovable cat.

 

Tomcat Matata recovers from severe Vomitting after a change- in food .(Monday 15-7-2013)

July 15th 2013 7:51 pm
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On waking up on Monday morning found the vomit of tomcat matata in the living room.I realized that he was suffering from some bout of minor "FOOD POISONING" and hence decided to give him fresh minced meat without much of fat content.Went to the butchers shop on my mobike and purchased high quality non-fat minced meat.The same was boiled with rice and fed to both the cats.I suspected that Matata was licking the "Cockroach poison" chalk marks that had been placed on the house floor but seems that was wrong. He must have ingested flakes of wall paint as he had the habit of sniffing and licking at house corners where some paint had peeled off from the walls.We banned him from entering the kitchen, his normal habit of venturing into kitchen corners and licking the paint. He is back to his normal habits and has stopped vomiting since Monday, eating his normal food twice a day.
The trouble with Tomcat matata is that he is similar to a wild animal, just can't be handled by strangers and even myself when he is in strange surroundings or in pain.akin to a tiger or lion he would have to be "tranquilized" for medical treatment, unbelievable for a small cat.Besides, most vets in Mumbai do not come home for treatment of pets.Thankfully it was a happy ending to Matata's brief poisoning sickness.

 

To,cat matata is sick. Vomits after eating food .(Monday- 15-7-2013)

July 14th 2013 7:28 pm
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Have observed that matata has been vomiting his food since the last 3 days. He has done this occasionally but yesterday it was a vomiting of both his breakfast and later dinner.He seems totally normal and also passed normal stools, hence do not suspect any virus infection.As mentioned, he was the hardiest and toughest cat , a habit to eat any non-vegetarian food including bones akin to a tiger or lion.We called him "Dustbin" as he relished our meat and fish unlike his dam matahari who is very selective in her food and not as robust or tough as matata.I can't take Matata to the Vet as he is a miniature "big Cat' and absolutely paranoid of strangers and open spaces. akin to a tiger or lion he would have to be tranquilized before being administered medical treatment by a vet.I have changed his diet today and hoping that he doesn't vomit his food again whicjh could mean something seriously wrong with the cat.In behaviour he is very normal and active, no external signs of any sickness.Hope he recovers as cats although sturdy are very delicate animals.

 

Tomcat Matata tries to repeat his bizzare urinating- sequence as on Monday(1-7-2013)

July 4th 2013 4:35 am
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Yesterday(Wednesday 3-7-2013) while i was at the dining table at night having dinner tomcat matata jumped onto the table. He quickly went to a corner but before he could urinate i cased him away.He then went to the gallery his normal place for urinating to mark his "Territory" in the house.Chased him from there and then he went to his normal place the bathroom and urinated.Matata sometimes does urinate in the gallery, typical habits of a non-sterilized male cat confined to a small house. What baffles me is his recent habit of jumping onto my dining table and urinating right before me! I wonder what animal behaviorists have to say about this bizarre and unbelievable habit of my cat.In any other house-hold he would have been dumped on the streets or given to a animal shelter due to his habits. Most dogs and cats are destroyed or abandoned by their owners for their behaviour.As for tomcat matata, he is lucky to be owned by a bachelor and hence owns the house along with his dam matahari and oldest pet resident, Alexandrine parakeet "Mittoo".My pets keep me active and are great stress relievers despite their occasional animal behaviour and toilet nuisance.

 

Matata's "BIZZAREST" behaviour in his lifetime.(Monday- 1-7-2013)

July 2nd 2013 7:38 pm
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Matata is today 4 years and 3 months old, a tomcat who has not been castrated. He normally uses the toilet for his normal daily routines, occasionally urinating at odd places, typical of a mature male cat marking its territory.
On Monday(1-7-2013) he shocked me out of my mind by behaving like a possessed cat.In the afternoon he suddenly screamed in the kitchen and i was under the impression that he had attacked matahari as they sometimes do get into cat fights, one such fight almost proving fatal for matahari who was severely mauled.On rushing to the kitchen i was happy to realize that he was alone yet confused as to the reason for him screaming in succh a high pitched cat voice.Confused and puzzled i forgot this peculiar incident.
At night i was having my normal dinner at the dining table when matata suddenly jumped onto the table and over my plate. In his short life span in my house he never ever did such a thing, usually jumping on the table and posturing on the show-case shelf, the favourite resting spot of both the house cats.The next act of Matata was a knock-out blow.After jumping onto the table he quickly went to the table wall where i keep my World-tour memorabilia and souvenirs.Right in front of my eyes he urinated against the wall, myself speechless with shock at this totally unrealistic and bizarre behaviour.After urinating right in front of me at the dinner table he jumped back to the floor and acted as if nothing had happened.i didn't scold him as i understand animal behaviour having owned pets since the time i could walk and talk!What was the reason for this peculiar behaviour of tomcat matata ? Superstitious folks would presume some unworldly spirit had entered the cat as shown in the numerous horror movies all over the World.Was matata telling me that he is the "alpha Cat" of the house ? Did he urinate in front of me on my table to show that the house is he's! Cat psychologists could be able to explain this bizarre and unbelievable behaviour of Tomcat matata on Monday(1-7-2013). My house-keeper Sabina.Dias was present in my house during this bizarre behaviour of tomcat matata since cat owners would think i am exaggerating for publicity.Now readers will know the reasons for me nicknaming tomcat Matata as "THE JOKER" of the house.He is truly entertaining and humorous, especially if he wants to attract the attention of his human care-takers.

 
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