"Matata" a male kitten of "Matahari" added to- Rudolph.a.Furtado's "Cat Family".
Domesticated indoors pedigreed cats are no natural house- "PEST CONTROLLERS"., unlike feral or outdoor cats.April 10th 2011 9:34 pm
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On Saturday(9-4-2010) decided to check and clean my loft store-room as i suspected a rat of colonising the loft as they had done years ago in 2007, almost creating a rat plague in our house.My house is a small 1 bedroom/hall flat in a plush upscale Mumbai locality,one of the costliest "real-estate" prices in the World, large accomodation compared to the average living conditions of the common Mumbaikar.Our previous albino/siameese mixed cat "trixie" was very agile and used to regularly visit the loft/storage space making us wonder as to the reasons for her strange behaviour of climbing onto the loft unlike Persian cats Matahari and matata who like climbing onto dangerous house window ledges.Little did we realise that rats used to visit our loft regularly, gaining access through the drain pipes and the toilet window ventilation openings.We live on the 5th floor and hence it surprises me as to the reasons for rats taking a liking to our residence or the same might be prevelant in other house-holds in the building with the "Pest-Control" company's being put into business! It was only after "trixie " developed a fatal illness and became sluggish that the rats colonised our house loft and ran berserk all over our house, literally creating a feral rat colony on our storage loft, embarrassing to the cleanliness of our house-hold as well as public reading. The problem became worse in 2007 with the rats at times stealing food kept open the kitchen and hence i finally decided to close the bathroom and toilet ventillation gaps with wire netting.After cleaning the loft and getting rid of the rats, finally closed the ventillation opening with gratings and thought that this was an end to a problem of epic proportions akin to the "bed bugs" plague of New York in 2010.I have personally seen the havoc caused by rats on some ships,the same controlled by means of a complete "SHIP DISINFECTION" where the entire ship is evacuated ashore and a "Pest Control Company" comes on board , fumigates the entire ship, killing all pests.This is usually done regularly during 'Dry-Docking" of the ship or during "shore Repairs", an expensive procedure for shipping companies. Trixie expired in 2007 and i later purchased matahari who in 2009 gave birth to kittens, one of the off-spring being "matata".There were no rat problems for the last few years, but suddenly on Friday(8-4-2011) i noticed a banana partly eaten in the kitchen, typical marks of a rat.Having been an avid reader of Jim.Corbert wild-life hunting books besides being an 'Air-gun hunter" myself in the 1970's decided to track the rat.I left the partly eaten banana overnight in the kitchen waiting to confirm my doubt and akin to a "man-eating animal" the rat did return to finish the banana at night.On saturday ,my house-keeper Sabina and myself decided to clean and check the entire loft storage space.On removing the wire-gratings, observed huge holes in the rusted wire-meshes created by the rats, hence gaining access into our loft storage space.To our amazement we discovered a few rat babies along with the mother rat nestling in a nest created in the corner of the storage loft. The mother rat ran through the gratings while we got rid of the baby rats, becoming our own house "Pest controllers".Would anyone believe a rat laying babies and robbing food from the kitchen of a house which has 2 full-grown cats?This proves the fact that pedigreed home reared cats lose their natural instinct of hunting prey unlike common village and mongy house-hold cats which are natures natural "Pest-Controllers".I thought that the presence of a cat would act as a deterrent for rats , the same proving me totally wrong.Rats are very intelligent and can size up the capabilities of their eternal nemesis, the cat. Our previous cat "trixie" was a mixed breed albino siameese and hence had some natural instincts of the normal cat unlike Persian cats matahari and matata who are total "lap-cats", loving the comfort and security of their human owners.
April 6th 2011 2:52 am
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Tomcat matata was "Catsters "CAT OF THE DAY((Sunday 3-4-2011)".He is an exact real life "duplicate" of the World famous "Garfield" comic & movie animation cat. See the movie "A tail of two cats".Bizarre similarities between "Matata" and animated cat "Garfield". Akin to "Garfield",besides the coat colours being similar, matata also had thin "tiger stripes" on his hind legs which have become less visible as he aged.
March 30th 2011 9:05 pm
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The baby gecko that matata had caught months ago and from whose jaws i rescued it was sighted in my gallery on Wednesday(30-3-2011), a day after matata's birthday.
March 29th 2011 8:46 pm
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tomcat matata has completed 2 years of age on Wednesday(29-3-2011).As his dam matahari is seriously ill from an abscess in the right premolar tooth , it was a hectic day of preparations for taking matahari to the vet.At 2 years of age, cat matata still resembles a cuddly kitten, absolutely playfull and the non-human child of the household.He has proved a colosal flop as a "stud cat" but has compensated by providing his house-hold with immense cat antics, a source of stress release to his owner who is a professional gamblor(Stockmarket & sports),one of the World's most dangerous professions, both, financially and physically.hope Matata ives a long contended life unlike his dam matahari who was always prone to allergies as a kitten and is at present recovering from a tooth abscess.
March 15th 2011 7:50 pm
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Cat matata is the ultimate clown of cats, the duplicate "Joker" of his most famous millionaire syndicated mirror-image "Garfield", the cat.See the film "Garfield, a tale of two cats" to understand matata's bizarre similarities with cartoon Garfield.
March 9th 2011 8:07 pm
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Cat matata has gradually returned back to his normal self after his unbelievable change in personality towards dam matahari. This particular behaviour has been detected only after bathing both the cats, with matahari looking totally different when wet after the bathe.We bathe the cats with a cat shampoo and this time the shampoo was different, a common shampoo for both cats and dogs called "Bay-O-Pet" manufactured by "bayo health care".After using this shampoo the aggressive tendency of matata was totally different compared to his previous aggressive mannerisms.This time his face had a peculiar weird snarl, absolutely horrifying and scary,straight out of a supernatural horror film, even to me,a pet animal hobbyist since childhood.later i went and consulted the veterinarian Dr Shivani.Tandel about the reasons for this strange wild behaviour of matata and the reasons were the same.Strangely, matahari now seems to be on "Heat" but matata seems totally un-interested, leading his normal pampered pet life, akin to "Garfield" his World famous cartoon character.No wonder cats were considered as the "Devils incarnate" during medievial times in Europe, especially black coloured cats and hence numerous cats and their human companions called "witches" were burnt to death."Matata's" strange supernatural behaviour after baths has made me realise the reasons of cat superstition and supernatural beliefs as these simple human pets control their human owners unlike dogs.Today, science has an explaination for bizarre "Cat Behaviour" hence education and science have helped erradicate the prejudices of humans against these cute , self-centred pets.
Bizarre horror, unexplainable behaviour of cat matata - towards his dam matahari after a bath.(Monday 7-3-2011)March 7th 2011 2:55 am
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Monday(7-3-2011):- Today after giving both matahari and matata a shampoo bathe to ward of flees observed the strange aggressive behaviour of matata.He has consequetively demonstrated this behaviour after every bathing and today was the worst side of his aggressive violent "tiger personality" akin to a "Horror Movie".My cats are more calm with my house-keeper Sabina as she feeds them and hence she also bathes them seperately, one at a time.The problem starts after both are bathed and realeased from the bathroom into the house.Tomcat Matata literally growls like a miniature tiger or leopard and goes all out to aggressively attack matahari who timidly runs away, absolutely afraid.Today, thanks to my presence ,a serious authentic "Cat-Fight" was averted since i chased matata away from a docile , timid matahari whenever he growled and attempted to bite or scratch matahari, behaving like a cat possessed, akin to the "Exorcist films", only difference, this was a cat and not a human.""Matata's' facial expression changed beyond recognition, a twisted snarl with his head in the air,strange growling sound, least bothered about my presence next to him with a stick, akin to a ""Circus animal trainer" in the ring.This real life "Cat Drama" continued in my house from morning(approx 1100hrs) upto the night and forced me to stay at home, akin to a guard keeping a watch on a "V.I.P", in this case, my own house cats!This only happens when she is damp and wet after a bathe, looking quite different from her normal self.This behaviour has been observed since the previous bathings and today was observed at its worst.I am totally confused by this strange aggressive behaviour of Matata towards matahari, since even though she looks different after a bathe, her body scent should definnitely be the same.On normal occasions, cat matata is totally dominated by his dam matahari, she being the 'Alpha female", allowing her to eat meals first.She even bully's him and avoids mating with him, chasing him whenever he approaches her, harmless cat play.They both have been existing harmoniously in the house for almost 2 years and hence this strange aggression of matata perplexes my knowledge of cat behaviour.Normally cat matata is the cutest of pet cats, a non-human child in behaviour, absolutely docile and harmless.What is the reason for his change of personality after bathing, both him and matahari?I feel "Matata" has reached peak sexual maturity at age 2 and since matahari seems to be on heat he desperately wants to mate with her, hence the aggression.Matahari is mortally afraid of matata, a strange reversal of fortunes after a simple "Cat Bathe" on Monday(7-3-2011).Hope the situation becomes normal after a few days.
March 2nd 2011 2:20 am
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Cat matata is now 23 months old and a prototype of the "traditional Persian cat".Sadly he has proved to be a total flop as a "Stud cat" as he has been totally humanised by his human owners, myself and my house care-taker sabina.Dias.Hence i haven't been able to mate him with his dam "matahari" as i wanted to breed an indigenious persian cat breed called the "Mumbai traditional Persian".My idea was to breed a localised version of the "traditional Persian cat" accustomed to the humid climate of Mumbai which both my cats have been very successfull, growing into beautiful persian cats, despite the unfavourable Mumbai weather.
February 3rd 2011 10:08 pm
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Tomcat matata is very choosy about his food unlike his dam matahari, a total glutton who eats anything she can lay her teeth upon as long as its "Non-vegetarian".Matata's favourite dish is fis which he relishes and if the same is not mixed with his normal food of rice/mince meat then he avoids eating and also has a tendency , to "Yowel" loudly at night, akin to a dog, his method of protest against his normal food diet.On wednesday(2-2-2011) matata had refused eating his meals properly and disturbed the house-hold the entire night by "Yowelling' intermittently throughout the night, disturbing our sleep.He is lucky to be owned by a human who treats his pets as his non-human kids, being a bachelor .In a normal pet household he would definitely have been evicted and sent either to a "Cat shelter" for "euthanisation or adoption", a normal trend with most "pet owners" who later realise that their pets have certain bad uncurable habits which disturb the human house-hold.Still worse are professional pet breeders who instantly give away or euthanise their cats kittens which have defects or are not true to the "breed Type".On thursday i fed matata his favourite meal of fish and strangely and bizarely he was perfectly quiet the entire night waking us only at approx 0500 hrs, his usual normal "wake-Up time" , as also for me on my regular morning cycling exercise.I only hope that my observation is perfect and that the cure for "matata's yowelling nightmares" is a diet of rice/meat/fish.
February 1st 2011 9:32 pm
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"Tokyo cat cafes not just for crazy cat ladies":-Just read this article in "C.N.N" on "Cat Cafe's" in Japan, a very popular and successful business in a country that loves cats.Have personally visited Japaneese ports numerous times during my sea-faring career and hence understand a bit of their method and way of life.Tokyo is one of the World's costliest city's and maintenance of pets beyond the means of average japaneese wage-earners and hence the proliferation of "cat Cafe's', especially in Tokyo.Proud of my cats matahari and matata who are the epitome of the pure stress relievers in my house-hold ,especially at a time when the economic factor in "Indian stock Markets" is at its lowest.I make a living out of passive investments in "Stocks,mutual funds etc", hence the current nose-dive of the Indian stock market would cause a person to get a "cardiac report"!Daily, matata has to come onto my bed when i sleep, to be petted, something he loves.Even at night, whenever i get up he immediately jumps onto the bed to be petted, absolutely watchfull of my movements akin to a dog a very rare and strange behaviour for a cat.His only annoying behaviour is his loub "Yowling" akin to a dog, totally unexplainable but tolerable for the utmost affection and love that he devotes to his human owners. I sincerely advice people with heavy "Stress Jobs" or "Careers' to keep pets as it would definitely benifit their overall mental health.
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Matata alias "JOKER"