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

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Saturday(23-7-2016) :- Tomcat "Matata" almost succumbs to "FOOD POISONING" after- devouring a Gecko lizard.

July 29th 2016 5:49 am
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Early on Saturday morning Tomcat "Matata" suddenly rushed out screaming from the kitchen into the bedroom.He immediately vomited some froth and i realized that he had caught a "Gecko Lizard" and had eaten the same.He vomited again twice during the day and later in the night.This had never happened before and he normally only vomited once.Another peculiarity of "Matata is his "WILD-CAT PERSONALITY" and hence cannot be taken to a vet.I myself can't handle him when he gets aggravated and is a replica of a "Big Cat" or a "Wild Cat" needing anesthesia to be treated by a vet.I hoped that this bout of vomiting was not a virus as that would be the end of his life and hoped for the best. Changed his diet to more of dry home food and he gradually recovered the next day.He is now fine, fit and the equivalent of a playful overgrown kitten!


Tuesday(21-6-2016) :- Strange peculiarities of Tomcat Matata after bathing.

June 21st 2016 7:52 am
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I normally just occasionally once every two months or in a month give Tomcat Matata a bathe on his rump to get rid of fleas and matted hair.One peculiarity i have observed is that after a bathe he immediately defecates in the house gallery.Otherwise he normally defecates in the bathroom which is always left open as both the cats are toilet trained.Whats the reason for this strange peculiarity ?


Wednesday(25-5-2016:- Tomcat "Matata" suffers from severe constipation.

May 27th 2016 9:07 pm
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For the first time in his 7 year life-spam Tomcat "Matata" defecated round hard balls of stool similar to round cement marbles. I panicked thinking that it was parasite infection that had worsened and now being discarded from the body in the form of hard stool. He defecated 3 such large stools today and i was on the verge os seeking medical treatment when i realized that it could be constipation due to Matata's excess consumption of "Chicken Bones".Changed his diet to more of liquid food and he recovered the next day back to his normal self.


Tomcat "Matata" behaves like a "Musth Elephant" once a month- !

July 8th 2015 6:58 pm
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Over the months have observed the strange behaviour of tomcat "Matata" whose personality suddenly changes once every month akin to a female cat coming into "Heat" or a Male elephant in "Musth".He starts "Yowling" loudly, especially in the night and goes sniffing around the house for any cat intruder. He also has the tendency to "Spray" his urine around the house and thats the time i am careful to cover my desk-top computer.This behaviour lasts for a few days and then he regains his normal self akin to a male elephant that undergoes "Musth".As explained before its now a mystery as to the reasons tomcat "Matata" can't mate or doesn't know how to mate .Otherwise he is a normal and ferocious tomcat and a skilled hunter who tries to track the occasional pigeon the perches on our house windows.He also has the jaws of a Hyena, extremely strong and he loves munching fried chicken leg bones.



February 13th 2015 12:43 am
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BIZARRE URINATING SEQUENCE OF TOMCAT MATATA :- Since a few months since beginning in 2014 tomcat "Matata" has developed a strange and bizarre urinating sequence that is comic as well as unexplainable by us humans.At times when i use the toilet for urinating i do leave the toilet door open. Strangely tomcat Matata rushes into the toilet and quietly urinates at the door entrance of the toilet while i am simultaneously urinating !He has done this on numerous occasions.A few times i have shewed him away but since my back faces him while urinating he quickly does his urination before i have time to chase him away. The trouble is that being a male cat his urine stinks a special "Cat Perfume" and getting rid of the smell is a time consuming process of pouring water over the toilet floor.Whats the reason for this strange behaviour ? Is he marking his territory in comparison to me ? A "Cat Psychologist" would be able to explain this strange and bizarre behaviour of cat Matata.


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.



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:- .



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"?

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