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

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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.


How to train your cat.Understanding "CAT PSYCHOLOGY". Tomcat- Matata's behaviour improves.(Thursday 6-10-2011)

October 6th 2011 4:02 am
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In my previous diary entry have mentioned the abrupt change in matata's "TOILET HABITS".He continuously passed his stools in the house gallery, something he had never done before.
I decided to change the gallery furniture location, covering his "Shitting spot" with a chair since cats mark their spots by urine scent.Since the time of covering the spot of his gallery shitting hide-out with the cane -chair matata has stopped defecating in the gallery and goes to his usual spot in the bathroom. Also seems that both the cats were suffering from mild diarrhea,which could be one of the reasons for tomcat matata's strange change in defecating behaviour.When sick, cats deviate from their normal behaviour.
As of today he has returned to his normal habit of defecating in the bathroom as does queen cat matahari and both the cats are passing normal "Hard stools" and not "Diarrhea stools".
I have left the chair in the same position in the gallery, a change of the gallery decor due to matata.
My case presents a successful rehabilitation of an erring cat mending its behaviour due to right training methods and understanding of "CAT PSYCHOLOGY".
Any other owner would have got berserk with this behaviour of matata and in worst cases would have even got rid of him as is the case with numerous cats that are given to "Cat shelters" or abandoned on streets.
I am very happy that my training of matata has been successful and a guidance for other cat owners having problematic cats or finding suddebn changes in the behaviour of their pet cats.
Don't give up hopes on your cat if it misbehaves, try to correct its bad behaviour akin to a human child as our cats are our non-human children.


Owning cats or a "Cattery" is a major- responsibilty.(Saturday 1-10-2011)

October 1st 2011 3:42 am
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Cat matata has suddenly in the last two months occasionally taken to defecating outside the "Bathroom" his normal toilet. His new place is the house gallery garden and he has consecutively defecated for two days in succession(Friday/Saturday).I feel something might be wrong with him since he is passing loose motions of late, could be an excess of rice in his diet of rice/minced meat.As a "Stud cat" he is a total flop and has put off my plans of breeding a localized Persian cat by 'inbreeding" the dam to the son.He is an excellent specimen of the "Traditional(Doll faced)Persian breed" also having the rare brown colour.I had "Big Plans" of inbreeding matahari to matata and forming a new indigenous bred Persian cat acclimatised to Mumbai's humid climate, "THE MUMBAI PERSIAN CAT".I even wrote about the same on "Pictures of cats " blogs hosted by Mr Michael.Broad from London. As they say, "Never count your chickens before they hatch" and hence i am saddled with a pair of cats incompatible of mating with each other.Otherwise, tomcat matata is the most loving cat i have owned, a little non-human child in behavior, mischievous and loves to eat, a glutton like his dam matahari.
As a animal lover i have tolerated the behavioral shortcomings of my cats, especially matata, but manny cat owners aren't so magnanimous.Manny badly behaved cats or useless stud cats are normally given to shelter homes in "First world Country's" where if no one adopts them within a stipulated amount of days they are then euthanized.In U.S.A cats are euthanized as much as rats in cat shelters, same applies to other country's where feral or stray cats are considered pests.
Just because of my cats i have to have someone at home while away to look after them, the same being done by Sabina my house-keeper.What i am trying to depict is the responsibility of pet owners once they own a pet. Owning a pet, is a life-time commitment for any responsible owner and hence always take into considerations the maintenance problems involved before buying or acquiring a pet.Never ever abandon a pet mid-way ,akin to discarded clothes or toys as they get emotionally attached to their human owners.I have observed these facts through ownership of both dogs and cats in my house-hold, including my oldest living pet, Alexandrine parakeet "Mittoo".
Ultimately, maintenance of cats matata is akin to owning a "white elephant", extremely difficult although i could earn an income by breeding queen cat matahari. As a responsible cat owner i don't want to randomly breed matahari just to make a few thousand rupees as there are no "REGISTERED CAT CLUBS " in India unlike "Pedigreed Dog Clubs".Rather keep her as a normal pet than a "Cattery cat" since randomly breeding her would have no value on improvement of the "Doll-Faced Persian Breed" since her progeny would have no "Cat Pedigree certificates".My main idea was to produce a indigenous "Mumbai Persian cat" by inbreeding dam and son which has flopped and has hence put an end to my ambitions of breeding a new breed of Persian cats.Thankfully for my cats i am reasonably well-off, being a bachelor,hence able to maintain them without any source of income from them!My pets provide me with happiness and are my non-human children and that compensates for the lack of any monetary gains by owning them.Thanks to my cats i have been a prolific blogger, contributing interesting topics on cat maintenance and behaviour.My articles have helped in a small way in raising some money for welfare of cats, including 'Catster Diary" as the advertisements accompanying my blogs indicate.Hence, although i don't personally gain monetarily from my cat ownership, at least my cats have been instrumental in helping the social cause of other less privileged and abandoned cats by raising "Charity Money".This is my way of social welfare, although its linked more to animal welfare.Regarding human welfare, as a bachelor having no heirs, definitely, a bulk of my estate would go to some human cause once i am dead.In life,"You always win some and lose some".


Tomcat matata gets his "De-Worming Dosage" and develops- strange "defecating" habits.

September 27th 2011 7:56 pm
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Got matata dewormed by giving him 1/2 tablet of "Plozin tablet" on wednesday(14-7-20110). The next dosage would be after 3 months.
Matata has developed a bizarre habit of defecating in the gallery when angry with his human companions. He has done this on two occasions for no apparent reason otherwise he is a normal well behaved "Toilet Trained Cat".Another aspect of Matata is that although he is not sterilised he behaves normally, never "Spraying" his urine all around the house, very common with non-castrated cats.He is also a total flop as a "Stud cat", not knowing how to mount a female cat, still behaving like a kitten at age 2 years 6 months.He is more "Dog-like" than "cat-Like" in behaviour and the non-human pet child of the house.
Matata again defecated in the house gallery on friday(30-9-2011), a habit that has become a nuisance for us, his human care -takers. Strangely, he realises his mistake and runs away hiding in the house, akin to a human child who has done a prank.I presume that being a male tomcat matata might be marking his territory, the gallery being his domain, hence the occasional urinating and now defecating in the same place. Hoping that he improves his behaviour to normal otherwise i will have to cope with a truant non-human child behaviour occasionally.This is one of the main reasons that some pet owners abandon their pets or give them to "Animal shelters" in first world Country's. as for me, a confirmed bachelor, my pet cats will always be a part of the house-hold irrespective of their occasional bad behaviour.


Matata's bizarre behaviour with certain strangers.(Saturday- 3-9-2011).

September 3rd 2011 8:04 pm
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My maternal uncle from Mangalore Mr Godwin.Gonsalves had visited my residence on Friday(2-9-2011), a courtesy visit after a year or over. Strangely, cat matata was absolutely terrified on seeing him, avoiding him like as if his life was in danger.cat matata never exhibited such behaviour in front of other strangers although he has the habit of hiding initially when a stranger enters the house, later getting used to the person's presence.With Uncle Godwin, the cat was absolutely terrified , running helter skelter to avoid him and hid away under the furniture for his entire stay until Saturday(3-9-2011). Whats the reason for cats being frightened of certain humans?
My previous cat , albino/siameese mix "Trixie"(1995-2007) was similarly bizarrely afrain of my house-keeper Sabina.Dias, hiding from her through-out the day although she used to feed her.The same has been written in "Trixie's diary" entry. read the same."Animal Behaviourists" should find some answer to this strange behaviour by cats.


matata gets his "Deworming Dosage".(Saturday 9-7-2011).

July 10th 2011 9:00 pm
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Got matata dewormed by giving him 1/2 tablet of "Plozin tablet" on Saturday(9-7-20110). The next dosage would be after 3 months.


Matata becomes possesive towards his human companion, also- an excellent "RATTER"

June 12th 2011 10:24 pm
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I had been away from my home for 4 days, leaving on Thursday(2-6-2011) and returning on Sunday(5-6-2011).It was an outdoors nature trip with the "B.N.H.S Group(Bombay Natural History society)" to the forested seaside resort of Guhagar in the Konkan region of Maharashtra.Spotted leopard scat and claw scratches on a treetree in the forests of Shiroli, approx 20 Kms from Guhagar as also numerous birds.On my return home, refreshed from a exotic and hectic nature tour i observed a strange change of behaviour in my cats. Matata came and slept on my bed, a normal habit of his, but on the first day at home on Sunday night he just refused to vacate my bed, sleeping at the foot near my legs.His normal habit was to jump onto my bed , get petted a bit and then get down and sleep in his own favourite place around the home. Akin to the wild leopards of the forests, matata has left strong scratch marks on my furniture, totally ruining my living room settee.My "T.v Viewing chair" in the living room is partly destroyed by "Tomcat Matata's" scratch marks, a miniature leoperd who uses the chairs arm rests as one of his favourite scratching posts akin to the leopards in forests using trees as scratch posts.One important duty that matata does is scaring away a rat or rats that come into my storage loft, despite barricading the same.I release matata onto the loft and he quickly treks them, if any, a detriment to these pest rodents that at one time almost ran riot in my house.I have mentioned the same in my previous entries and readers would wonder the resons of rats taking a liking to my residence loft, despite regular checks and maintained house.I thought that "Fencing" the ventilation openings would end the rat ingress problem but to my horror on Monday(6-6-2011) we heard a noise in the loft. The next day again heard the noise and hence put matata on the loft.He quicly went towards the ventillation wire near the toilet , chasing the rat away. Seems the rats had bitten through the fencing wire and entered and henceforth the only alternative to controlling these peats is occasionally releasing matata onto the loft.Matata is a good hunter as proved by his hunt on the house gecko's and hope the rats are scared of him and henceforth avoid my storage loft as their home.Its embarrassing facts to put into print but then it could be helpfull to other house-hold suffering from rodent pests. If you have a cat make use of it a a "RoDENT DETTERENT" akin to 'PEST CONTROL", only difference, cats are natural rodent controllers in nature.Let your cat earn its upkeep maintenance expenditure!


tomcat matata's "Fatal Attraction" with the house kitchen- window ledge.(Saturday 28-5-2011)

May 28th 2011 2:13 am
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Today morning the topmost kitchen windowsill was left open by mistake and as usual matata found his way to the top of the window ledge.
Normally, all the kitchen windows are opened whlie house-keeper Sabina does her cooking chores, the same closed after usage.Whenever the top windowledge is left open matata has to climb to the top and watch the World down below from this tremendous height of 5 floors.He learnt this habit from his dam matahari who has now lost interest in the same, preferring the gallery window ledge, an easier and safer place to climb.
Whats the reason for matata's fatal attraction to this most dangerous resting spot in my entire household?
My cats have the entire run of the 0ne-bedroom flat of my house, akin to human children, as i am a bachelor.
Why the attraction to this particular sitting ledge in the house?
Luckily, i have photographed this bizarre circus antic a few times, proof as well as a view for readers to form their own conclusion of this dangerous resting place of matata.
As a professional gamboller i realise that the odds of cat matata slipping at least once during his upteen climbs to the window ledge and falling 5 floors below are quite high and shudder at the thought of the same.
As for matata, seems he really loves living life at dangerous heights.


tomcat matata relishes "New Job' as "House rat- detective"(Saturday 7-5-2011)

May 6th 2011 8:22 pm
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Readers of this diary might be familiar of the "rat Plague" that suddenly infested my household and the methods adopted to get rid or control the same.As metioned, both my toilet and bathroom ventillation openings have been fenced to prevent the rats entering the storage loft through these openings, climbing up the building through the "drain Pipes".
the "brain wave' of putting matata onto the loft to track the rats was a wise decision as the loft space is too narrow and inaccessible for a normal built human.The loft storage space is cluttered with "Hose-hold items" consisting of some nostalgic memorablia framed photographs of another era in our family,utensils and "sentimental memorablia".
the first time i put matata on the loft he seemed a bit confused and later found his way to the floor by jumping onto the stool and onto the floor, typical cat athleticism.
Today, it was the second time i put him on the loft and after a quick reconnoisance of the small loft space he jumped down to the floor via the lofted stool, very enthusiastic in his catwork of mouse trekking.
Seems, we have finally got rid of the mice problem, a real relief after a personal experience that they caused in our house in 2007, literally invading the house, something unbelievable.


"THE RAT PEST MENACE IN MUMBAI AND ITS CONTROL"- (Midday newspaper -29-4-2011).

May 1st 2011 7:42 pm
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Rat race to end as BMC hires killers
By: Rinkita GuravDate: 2011-04-29

Civic body hires 183 night rat killers for the suburbs to keep the menace the rodents pose to the city to a minimum

The suburbs of the city need pipers to lure the rodents away, and the BMC plans to hire 183 of them to control their numbers. Called night rat killer (NRK), they will add to the existing army of 44 NRKs that are currently on the civic body's payroll to fight off rats in the island city. These civic employees with their self-explanatory designation are responsible for keeping the city free of the menace of rats.

Dr Arun Bamne, insecticide officer, BMC, said, "The proposal has been tabled out to fill in 183 positions for NRKs in the suburbs to help curb the rat menace better." In the last 5 years, the BMC has successfully eliminated 13,01,129 rats. As such, the numbers have been steadily declining in recent years. And the authorities do not want this trend to reverse, hence the new recruitments.

Costly affair
Since 2006 until now, rats have gnawed away a humongous hole worth Rs 8.5 crore in the BMC's pockets (see box). This was the money the body spent on trapping and killing rats across the city. On an average, it works out to Rs 1.7 crore a year.

Currently, the BMC has 134 rat trappers and 44 rat killers, all of the latter being deployed in the island city. The partiality springs from the fact that SoBo has more rats than the suburbs. Explaining why, Dr Amne said, "The city area has old buildings in narrow allies. People throw garbage out of their windows and it piles up in the gullies, where rats breed."

For the suburbs though, the corporation earlier used to hand out traps to residents. The rats so ensnared were sent to Haffkine Institute in Parel, which disposed of them (see box). But now, the BMC has opted for hiring more rat killers, as the traps used were expensive, the wire they were made of cost the civic body Rs 1,000-2.000 per cage. Dr G Ambe, executive health officer, BMC said, "A lot epidemics can be curbed if rats are eliminated. Leptospiris, caused mostly due to flooding, will also wane. And most importantly, the number of rats would decline in the city." Standing Committee Chairperson Rahul Shewale said, "With a vision to combat the health problems in the city due to the increasing number of rats, we want to clean them out completely. And with 183 NRKs, the suburbs would be better off."

Nearly 400 rats are taken to the Haffkine Institute in Parel every day, where the rat destruction unit checks them for the flea index. In case of a lot of fleas, the BMC incinerates the rats hosting them, that is they are smouldered to keep the city free of epidemic and plague threats. "An incinerator unit is kept in the Haffkine Institute where the BMC carries out the incineration under the supervision of the Haffkine Institute," said Dr Bamne.

Night Rat Killers
The monthly salary of a night rat killer is Rs 5,000. The rat killer gets a commission of 25 paise on each rat after the target of 30 rats is achieved, and unlike a trapper, a killer is required to kill the rodent on sight. The qualification for being an NRK is that a person should be physically fit and be able to lift at least 50 kg of weight. He should have passed Std IV. In Feb 2010, 33 night rat killers were appointed. The last appointment before that took place 20 years ago.

Number of rats exterminated by the BMC the last three years:
2008: 1,96,307
2009: 1,91,852
2010 : 3,48,000

Rs 5,000 Monthly salary of a night rat killer

13 lakh Number of rats that the BMC has killed in the last 5 years

Rs 8.5cr Amount spent by the BMC in killing rats since 2006

183 No of night rat killers that the BMC is set to hire to tackle the rodent menace.

I have taken an extract from "Mid-Day Newspapers", a popular Mumbai tabloid explaining the "Rat Menace in Mumbai" and control measures taken by the Mumbai municipality to curb or control this menace.My house , is not the only unique residence to have been once inflicted with "Mumbai's Rat Plague", seems its a major city problem :- Matata's owner Rudolph.A.Furtado

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