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

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After almost a week tomcat matata becomes normal(.Monday- 26-3-2012)

March 29th 2012 3:44 am
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On Saturday i had been away from my home for a overnight outdoors trek to Phansad wild-life sanctuary , about 5 hour drive from Mumbai city.Returned home 0n Sunday(25-3-2012) evening and was happy to see matata and matahari behave their normal self.I even clicked one of my best photos of these two cats sleeping together peacefully on the settee.Looking at them no individual would believe the fact that just a week ago last Sunday tomcat matata had transformed himself into a real "BIG CAT", same act continuing for almost a week until today.Honestly, if not for my presence in the house i am sure one of the cats would have been seriously wounded akin to 'Big cat" fights that we normally only watch on "National Geographic" or other professionally photographed wild-life media channels.Just an ordinary bathe transformed the harmful and utterly childish matata into one of the fiercest predators i encountered, the first time i got injured by any animal, pet or wild.Now realize the definition of "CAT FIGHTS" having experienced one at close range in my own house and between my own cats.NEVER AGAIN WILL I EVER BATHE MY CATS.

 

Tomcat Matata transforms into a "HORROR CAT" after a shampoo- bathe(5Th Day)-Friday(23-3-2012)

March 22nd 2012 11:24 pm
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Finally on Friday morning, after approximately 5 days it seems that tomcat matata is learning to get back to his normal self.On thursday night i kept both the cats a bit hungry, not feeding them their usual dinner.Hunger for food would bring them close together in the kitchen and realized that matata avoided growling at matahari in anticipation for his regular meals.Both cats were fed seperately during the last 4 days and i was always on the alert with a stick to separate them if they fought.Both cats avoided each other but were peaceful, keeping a distance with matahari absolutely terrified of matata, running to a corner of the house on his approaching her.On thursday night there was a howl, seems matata must have approached matahari and she retaliated by cat-howling with me quickly arriving on the scene with the stick and chasing matata away. The entire night was peaceful and on awakening on Friday morning was happy to see both the cats anxiously awaiting their meals, least bothered about the others presence and matahari losing her fear of matata. Food was given and for the first time in 5 days both the cats initially ate from the same plate, something normal prior to the horror behaviour of tomcat matata.As usual matata ate a little and went away allowing matahari to eat the rest, normal eating habits of both these cats at home.I prevented matahari, a cat glutton , from finishing the entire food, removing the feeding plate.Later Sabina fed matata, his usual method of eating, hand fed by his care-taker, akin to a small human child. After their morning breakfast both the cats behaved their normal self and it was a great relief to my emotional and physical
strain.For 4 days tomcat matata 's behaviour was akin to a human drunk and wonder whats the reason for this b izarre intoxication of Matata's senses after a "Cat shampoo bathe"?After this unforgettable nightmare i have nicknamed matata as "JOKER" for he is the ultimate definition of a "JOKER CAT".As a "STUD CAT" he is useless, hence i haven't even sterilized him as it is unnecessary since he doesn't know the mating process.As a poster "CAT MODEL" he is extremely photogenic as photographs from his kitten-hood to maturity are proof of the same.He is also one of the most affectionate pets i owned, akin to my dogs, besides he is more dog-like than cat-like in behaviour.

 

Tomcat Matata transforms into a "HORROR CAT" after a shampoo- bathe- Day 3.(Wednesday 21-3-2012)

March 21st 2012 3:01 am
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As mentioned in my previous diary entry, tomcat matata has transformed himself into a "HORROR CAT" after a normal shampoo bathe on Sunday(18-3-2012) afternoon.On Tuesday afternoon i again gave him a bath with just plain fresh water thinking that it would alter his sense of smell as sometimes strong shampoo's can be harmful to sensitivity of a cats nose much sensitive than the average human nose.He responded better after the bath, seemed less aggressive towards matahari and later had his meals alone and first, showing his supremacy as the "ALPHA CAT" of the house, something he never did previously. Previously it was always matahari who was the "Alpha cat" , the first to have meals when it was served to them in their usual plate.Today he approached the plate himself and wolfed his food, matahari avoiding him and later eating after he finished.Later he did occasionally growl at her but the "cat attacks" were reduced and it was a peaceful night , although for me a sleepless night as the strain of being "BIG CAT TRAINER" to these two small house cats must have had a effect on my nerves.In the morning matata became his usual self, cat howling a bit and later leaping onto my bed in the morning to be petted, his usual cat play.I was happy that the entire cat fight episodes had ended and on daylight although they avoided each other they both peacefully ate their breakfast and retreated to their respective corners in the house.Later in the day i suddenly heard a "Cat howl" and to my utter disgust it was matata being aggressive towards matahari and she retaliating in defense.Suddenly it was back to square one and matata regained his aggressive horror temperament, , this being the third day of continuous aggressive " aggressive cat war between the mother cat(Dam) and her son(Kitten now tomcat) matata .A big dilemma has cropped up and if tomcat matata doesn't allow matahari to co-exist in the house then i have no other option but to give him to some cat lover.It makes no sense keeping two aggressive cats in the same house as it would be harmful to the cats as well as to us humans who would suffer emotional stress.Hope the situation gets resolved as it would hurt me tremendously to give away matata, a non-human son of my house-hold, both to me and also my house-keeper Sabina.Dias as we both are unmarried and hence don't have children.Matata, along with his 5 other siblings was born in my house three years ago on Sunday(29-3-2009) and hence the excessive emotional attachment compared to the other pets i owned up-to the present day.i always say that my pets are my non-human children and parting away with one of my children is as big a loss as felt if i had real human children.Honestly, if i had to part away with matata it would be a emotional loss after the demise of both my parents, although he is non-human and just another ordinary cat to other humans.

 

Tomcat Matata transforms into a "HORROR CAT" after a shampoo- bathe.(Sunday 18-3-2012)

March 19th 2012 4:31 am
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I have written in previous diary entries about this strange behaviour of tomcat matata turning ferocious towards his dam matahari after they both are given a bathe.On Sunday(18-3-2012) it was akin to watching a real life "HORROR MOVIE" at my residence.
We decided to give both the cats a bath together as i thought this method would reduce matata's unexplainable aggression towards his dam matahari after being released from the bathroom after bathing.Hence house-keeper Sabina took bothy the cats into the bathroom and washed them thoroughly later releasing them into the house.
I was surprised at matata's aggressive behaviour towards matahari, same seemed to have escalated rather than reduced and i realized that with age he had turned more aggressive, the typical tomcat fighting for his territory.The expression on his face changes as he approaches matahari and his head gets tilted at an angle, growling with a roar akin to a tiger, lion or leopard.He has done the same on previous occasions but today it was extraordinarily frightening and he was utterly aggressive. I separated him from an aggressive attack on matahari once when he charged and scratched her on the nose, a deep scar imprinted on her beautiful face.Later in the night he again attacked her and in the process of separating them i got scratched by matata's gashing claws, a deep scratch on my right thumb and finger.I was bleeding profusely and managed to later stop the bleeding.I didn't realize that his claws were that sharp, akin to a piercing knife and honestly, this was the first time in my life that i got injured from any animal, pet or wild.As for matahari, luckily my hand took the severity of the clawing otherwise she could have been severely injured and now i personally understand the definition "CAT FIGHTS". Normally both the cats are very playful and chase each other around the house before meals, akin to "Catching cook" played by human kids.Besides Queen cat matahari is the Alfa cat of the house and matata always allows her to eat first and later he eats, pampered like a human child by Sabina.Its only after both the cats are given a bathe that the roles are reversed and tomcat matata becomes the absolute Alpha males cat, tolerating no other cat on his turf, typical of cats and their larger cousins lions, tigers, leopards.I have kept a huge walking stick at close hand to ward off any attacks by tomcat matata on matahari, akin to a "Big cat" circus handler with matata providing a free horror cat show.Strangely, both cats were quiet the entire night,my sleep disturbed as i was subconsciously expecting a cat-fight in the quiet of the night, ready to intervene with my stick.In the morning it was the same cat-fight situation at home, myself on tenterhooks with the stick, expecting to intervene in a cat-fight at short notice, my bizarre self-employed job at home!An entire 24 hours has elapsed since the bathing and yet both cats are still the worst of enemies, strange two cats, a mother and her son living together since 3 years in the same house and just a mere 'Cat Bath" making them the worst enemies.hence we humans should never equate our pets on human terms as animals have a different method of living and social hierarchy, cats being identical carbon copies of their cousins the "Big Cats". Even though i consider my pets a part of my non-human family i am always aware that they are domesticated animals that have their own lives and hence should never be "HUMANIZED" as do most pet owners, at times dressing their cats and dogs with fancy clothes and artificial make-up.

 

Tomcat matata given quarterly deworming tablet- "PLOZIN"(Wednesday 14-3-2012)

March 16th 2012 4:04 am
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Half a tablet of "PLOZIN" was given to tomcat matata, mixed in his meals.Matata is very child-like in behaviour, absolutely attached to his human care-takers, considering us humans as cats! He has to be coaxed and petted to have his meal from his plate by my house care-taker Sabina.Dias.He is the equivalent of a non-human child to Sabina, such is his attachment towards her as she feeds him.He is also very attached to me and keeps me busy with his child-like antics and mischief.He also wakes the household everyday between 0500 hrs to 0600 hrs with his loud 'Cat howls".Without the presence of my two pet cats matahari ,matata and Alexandrine parakeet mittoo, my bachelor life would have been lonesome at home in Mumbai.

 

Tomcat matata is the morning "Alarm Clock" and is a food- gourmet?.(Wednesday 14-3-2012)

March 14th 2012 3:22 am
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I have previously mentioned tomcat matata's irritating and disturbing cat howls suddenly in the middle of the night.Thankfully, this irritating habit has reduced although he does occasionally howl but quickly quietens on being scolded.His other strange habit is awakening the household between 0500 hrs to 0530 hrs daily by incessantly coming into my bedroom and howling.He does this everyday and this is akin to an alarm clock and makes me wonder as to how he judges the approx time, unlike we humans who can read a clock or other time gadgets.This is the time for feeding him and both, he and his dam matahari get very active at this time.Having owned and bred both cats and dogs i find cats as smart as dogs, only difference is that cats have a mind of their own and hence unlike dogs can't be trained to respond to human commands.Matata is one of the most intelligent pets i owned or came across, bullying us, his human care-takers to pamper him and cater to his whimsical needs akin to a spoilt human child.Tomcat matata is very attached to me and my house-keeper Sabina and has to be "hand-fed' like a baby by sabina otherwise he refuses to eat his food.He also has a special taste for delicious meals and refuses to eat unless his food has a little bit of fish content or pure minced meat without any fat. He refuses to eat minced meat with excessive fat, the cheaper quality sold at the butchers shop, but, his dam matahari never ever fusses about food and eats anything non-vegetarian.Very strange and different behavioral patterns between two cats of the same hereditary lineage.

 

Tomcat matata mortally afraid of strangers in the- house.(Wednesday 8-2-2012).

February 7th 2012 9:33 pm
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I have always observed that tomcat matata is terrified of humans entering my house-hold barring me and my house-keeper Sabina.Yesterday one of my classmates had come to Mumbai from Bangalore for some professional photography assignment.Mr Leonard.Aarons stayed at my house overnight on Monday and although tomcat matata did come out in the open, at times relaxing on his favourite chair he was still afraid of the new human entry into my house.Leonard took some beautiful photos of both matahari and matata .Strangely matata was absolutely silent at night, not uttering any sound of his usual "Cat howling" disturbances during the night.The next day leonard left our house for Bangalore and matata regained his normal behaviour, although his "Cat howling" was reduced on tuesday night.

 

Tomcat matata, the ultimate "Poster-cat" for a "MINIATURE- LION".(Sunday 5-2-2012)

February 4th 2012 8:20 pm
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In my previous cat diary entry i had mentioned the unbelievable act of matata catching a bird that strayed into our house balcony and totally consuming the same, just a few feathers left of the bird, presumably a sparrow.Matata is totally non-interested in my parakeet "Mittoo" as he realizes that the bird belongs to the household, only staring at it occasionally when his cage is cleaned.I presume that matata attacked the stray bird for the simple reason that it had strayed into its territory and akin to "Big Cats", even domestic cats are very conscious of their territory and domain and to tomcat matata, the small flat from which he has never steeped into the outside World is his territory.The sudden intrusion of the bird directly into the clutches of matata must have frightened him and hence he attacked and managed to catch this bird, later consuming it totally.Another strange and horrible behaviour of matata is his daily Cat roaring" at nights in the house, totally disturbing our sleep and he has been indulging in this frequent behaviour since a month, stopping in-between for a few days.This behaviour could be due to a mating urge as also the fact that all big cats and small cats are nocturnal in nature.His dam matahari doesn't indulge in this behaviour, only purring and rubbing herself against us when she comes in "HEAT".Anyhow , i have to train matata not to "Cat roar" at nights, a utterly distressing habit to us humans and i now realize the reasons for manny pets, both dogs and cats that are sometimes abandoned by their human owners to "Pet Shelters" or "Streets".As for me, i would never indulge in such an act but would try to correct my cats behavious for the benifit of both of us, his human masters as well as the cats own livelihood in a human household.

 

"Tomcat Matata", a miniature lion cat catches and eats a- sparrow at home.(Thursday 2-2-2012)

February 1st 2012 10:04 pm
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As a Wild-life lover have watched numerous prey and predator action on "National Geographic" and "Animal Planet" on television.On Thursday(2-2-2012) a scene from the Savannah's of Africa was enacted in real life at my residence in Mumbai, an unbelievable fact of tomcat matata catching hold of a sparrow, killing it and later consuming the entire bird.I was not present at home during this bizarre incident as i daily cycle to Shivaji Park for a swim between 0900 hrs and 1000hrs at the "Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Olympic Pool" , my normal regular fitness program.When i returned from my swim at approx 1000 hrs my house-keeper Sabina.Dias was absolutely frightened having witnessed tomcat matata seize hold of a sparrow in the gallery and carry it below the living room settee.On Inspection realized that matata had eaten the entire bird, just a few feathers being proof of what was once a live sparrow.Having bred matata at home i had realized that he was ferocious, having total "BIG CAT PREDATORY TRAITS", although a total flop as a breeding "Stud Cat", akin to a gelding race-horse ,good at racing but unable to breed. The comparison to horses is because i am a big horse-racing fan and punter, an extension of my "SPECULATIVE INVESTMENT BUSINESS".Matata is equivalent of a miniature lion or tiger, more lion in looks due to his brownish colour and long mane ,having the same "Stalking " qualities of the "Big Cats". He has caught numerous lizards in our house but this was the first time that he actually caught a bird which happened to venture into my gallery.What surprised me most was that he ate the entire bird , a normal feature of "Feral Cats" as home bred outdoor cats normally kill mice or small birds and rarely eat them if house fed."Tomcat Matata" is definitely a "RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT" freak house bred cat.In future i have to be extra cautious while releasing parakeet "Mittoo" in the gallery every evening as matata can't be trusted anymore, can't blame him as its a natural instinct in both "Big Cats" and "Small cats" to prey on birds or mammals.His dam matahari is less feroscious although she has caught lizards at home.

 

Bizarrely tomcat matata turns normal within a night?(Monday- 23-1-2012).

January 22nd 2012 7:21 pm
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My previous entry was on the extreme "Cat Howling" on Saturday night by matata which kept me awake almost the entire night.Strangely, he was absolutely calm on Sunday night/Monday morning, barring a few "cat howls" in the night before sleeping and early morning, his normal routine.What was the reason for tomcat matata being so irritated and restless on Saturday night, disturbing the sleep of the entire house-hold?Agree, he began his "Cat Howls" a few days before since his dam matahari was on heat, but, it was never ever continuous or non-stop like he did on Saturday night/Sunday morning.He is perfectly normal, not sick, has the appetite of a few cats and loves being pampered by his human owners throughout the day.Hope he remains normal and doesn't resume his night "Cat Howls" again.

 
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