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

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"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.

 

Tomcat matata howls the entire night.(Sunday 22-1-2012)

January 21st 2012 7:12 pm
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Since his dam matahari has been on heat cat matata started the habit of 'Cat Howling" in the night, intermittently, disturbing our sleep akin to "Dog Howling" at nights.Now Queen cat Matahari is not on "Heat" and normal but matata still hasn't stopped his habit of "Night Howling".Yesterday night was the worst, he yelled almost continuously giving us a sleepless night.He sleeps in the morning and is very normal in his behaviour and food habits, one of the most gluttonous cats i have seen, including the stray street cats in Mumbai city's roads and markets.Now i understand the reason of some cat owners abandoning their cats in "Stray cat shelters" or "Streets" in U.S.a, these cats ultimately either euthanized or if lucky adopted by some other pet lovers.Hope he stops this sudden bad habit and returns to his normal self since i would never like or ever give him to some other cat owner.He is a very handsome specimen of the "Traditional Persian cat Breed" but a total flop as a "Stud cat" for breeding and hence his loud "Cat howling" when his dam matahari is on "Heat".

 

Queen cat Matahari in "Heat" while Tomcat Matata "Cathowls"- in the night.(Wednesday 18-1-2012)

January 17th 2012 6:31 pm
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Its been approx 4 days since Queen cat matahari has been on heat but tomcat matata is totally confused of the situation.Whenever tomcat Matata approaches matahari she chases him away and he is literally terrified of her. At night matata has a tendency to "Cat howl", disturbing our sleep.He normally does this when matahari is on heat, expressing his sexual frustration. a very bizarre cat relationship in my house and a advantage for me as i don't have to be bothered about "Spaying" or "Neutering" my cats since they are incompatible and do not mate.Of course, i have failed in my intention of "IN-BREEDING" them to produce a "Mumbai Persian cat".But the in life, you always win some and lose some and all your ambitions, passions or hobby's always don't materialize.

 

Tom cat Matata, a total flop as a "STUD CAT"?

January 15th 2012 10:08 pm
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Queen cat matahari again showed signs of being in "Heat Distress",absolutely restless, rolling over and continuously wanting to be petted by us, its human care-takers!Strangely, she repulses the advances of matata, chasing him away when he approaches her and he also gets frustrated , showing his resentment by "cat Yovelling" the entire night.The entire Sunday night was a bit sleepless for me as these two cats didn't sleep with matata intermittently yowelling.I don't want to get matahari mated again with another cat as "Monetary Profit" is not my agenda of "Cat Breeding".I was hoping that matahari would mate with her kitten matata in my hope of developing a indigenous local "Mumbai Persian cat" breed, a common method used by "Professional Breeders" to develop a new strain or breed of animals.Have to admit that my dreams of producing a "Mumbai Persian Cat" have flopped and also happy that both matata and his dam matahari get along well, although never mating and provide us ,myself and my hose-keeper Sabina with fun and companionship.

 

Tomcat Matata given his "De-worming dosage" of- "Plozin".(Friday 13-1-2012).

January 12th 2012 9:47 pm
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Gave cat Matata half a tablet of "PLOZIN", a De-worming medicine, same given every three months.Bizarrely, Queen cat matahari has taken total occupation of my "Television Chair" since the New Year(Sunday 1-1-2012) and sleeps on it throughout the day.Just yesterday she left the chair at night sleeping on the sofa, her previous normal couch place in the house.As for tomcat mata, he has taken a liking to his permanent chair in the hall, adjacent to his dam Queen matahari's arm-chair, also my chair!Its hilarious living in the house with my cats.

 

Tomcat Matata's fur parasites under control.(Saturday- 17-12-2011)

December 17th 2011 1:43 am
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I had been on almost a months holiday away from home during the month of November and my cats matahari and matata were under the care of my house-keeper sabina.Dias.She bathed matata once during my absence with anti-tick shampoo, also removing his knotted fur while bathing him.After i returned home found a few knots on matata's fur and decided to give him a bathe, the only time he allows us to remove his entangled fur knots which are sometimes infested with flea parasites. He is now cured off his flea parasites but has become a horrible glutton having an insatiable appetite for food.He tends to rob food if kept unattended in the kitchen, a habit he didn't exhibit before.He is in perfect health, robust and sturdy only drawback is his tendency to grab unattended food of which we are careful.

 

Tomcat matata given his second bathe within 3 days for- "Flea Infestation Prevention".(Sunday 23-10-2011).

October 23rd 2011 4:25 am
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Housekeeper Sabina.Dias gave both the cats,queen cat Matahari and tomcat matata a bathe together as they have a tendency to quarrel if bathed separately.Matahari is very well behaved with a good temperament and hence after the bathe i used the "Hair-Dryer" on her wet fur. She did have fleas which were not visible although she did have the habit of scratching and licking her fur.Hope she remains free of fleas after this shampoo bathe and fur drying.
As for matata, he is a very restive and scared cat by temperament and hence i couldn't use the "Hair-Dryer" on him.This is his second shampoo bathe in 3 days,and hope the fleas have been exterminated although they do relapse after a period of time. we have a small gallery potted garden which is definitely the source of the fleas since both the cats are "Indoor Cats".
Henceforth will give both the cats a "Anti-Flea Shampoo Bathe" at least once a month to control the flea menace.

 

Matata had a severe infestation of "Flea nests" which formed- hard "Fur Balls" on his coat.(Thursday 20-10-2011)

October 20th 2011 2:58 am
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Finally decided to give matata a bathe and later trim his puzzling fur-ball knots.I gave him a bathe and used "Bay-O-Pet Shampoo" having 0.1% of propoxur, manufactured by Bayer-Pet care for protection against fleas for both, cats and dogs.To my utter disgust and surprise i found dark insects coming out of his fur on rinsing the shampoo, a real surprise to me. I thought that matata's "Fur Ball mats" were due to some moisture absorption and common on long furred cats, little realizing that these "Fur-ball mats" were actually 'Egg-Nests" of fleas on his body.Mata is physically in perfect health and fat unlike normal flea stricken animals which usually become thin due to the parasites, hence i couldn't detect the same and mistook his "FUR-MATTING" as something due to improper brushing.After giving him a bathe i later trimmed away the "Fur-Matted Knots" and tried using a hair-dryer for drying his fur. He was mortally afraid of the hair-dryer sound as well as the hot-air and hence avoided the same.He seems alright and hope the fleas are eradicated, a utter surprise to me since he is not an "Outdoors cat". I presume he got the flea infestation from our house potted garden plants. Strangely, his dam matahari seems free from any flea infestation, her fur absolutely normal and healthy looking in appearance.
Hope other cat owners benefit from this personal experience of mine of parasite fleas on cats.

 

Matata's fur has a tendency to matt into thich fur-balls

October 14th 2011 10:31 pm
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Matata has rough and coarse fur , brownish in colour unlike his dam matahari who has soft silky pashmina type fur and is white in colour, the typical "Doll-Faced Persian cat". Matata's fur has a tendency to matt into thick fur balls, especially on his under-belly.I still don't know the reasons for the same although he is groomed frequently, the same as his dam matahari.Its become a big problem for me to maintain his fur coat in prime condition as i have to trim the matted fur balls, a dangerous procedure as the chances of hurting his delicate skin while trimming are high. The matted fur balls cause no harm to his physical well-being but do hurt him while combing or trying to clip away the same.

 
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