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

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Tom cat matata back to normal behaviour after "Exorcist cat- scare".(Thursday 10-3-2011).

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.

 

Cat matata,the pampered "cat child' of my house. (Wednesday- 2-3-2011)

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.
Another strange peculiarity of "matata" is that he is absolutely "Dog-Like" in behaviour as mentioned in previous blogs, akin to a playfull puppy, a total freak cat. Bizarrely , he is also a split image of his famous comic icon "Garfield" the cat ,as seen in the movie, " A tale of two cats".Both cats having similar coat colour(brown) and light "tiger stripes" , most prominent when matata was a young kitten.Same can be verified from his photos as a kitten.
A strange mannerism of matata is to jump onto my bed and roll over to be petted, especially at nights when i sometimes get up to visit the toilet and return to my bed.He remains on my bed for a few minutes and then bounds off to his favourite sleeping place in the house.Honestly, cat "matata" and "matahari' are the non-human children of my lonely single home.I never feel bored nor depressed in the presence of their company, irrespective of my personal worry's or troubles.

 

Tomcat matata's "Yowelling nightmare" solved/ (Friday- 4-2-2011)

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.

 

Cat matata,a great "Stress Buster".(Wednesday 2-2-2011).

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.

 

Tomcat"Matata" 75% dog and 25% Cat??? A "Ripley's"- Unbelievably "Doggish cat"(Friday 21-1-2011)

January 21st 2011 2:27 am
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As mentioned previously, the behaviour of cat matata was more doggish than catlike, bizzarely a "Ripley's Believe it or Not" fact.Today matata is almost 22 months of age and since he was born in my house, myself performing the post-delivery treatment, i have been able to authenticate his behaviour, the same seconded by my house-keeper Sabina.Dias.When called, akin to a dog he responds to his name, unlike his dam matahari who is totally feline, a cat queen with us humans her servant.Matata likes to sleep on the bad for a few minutes to be petted every day by either me or sabina his care-taker. Every morning , exactly at approx 0500 hrs he comes to my bed and lies next to me for his daily petting as well as a "wake-Up Call" for me.This is his regular habit daily, akin to a dog.His worst habit is his loud "Yowling" at odd times,akin to dogs, including night whenever he is angry with us or wants to convey some message to us, his human owners.He is also a glutton that eats anything and everything barring vegetarian food although he has his taste for certain food delicacies.He resembles the famous cartoon cat "Garfield" to a great extent, least of all his colour, brown.

 

Tomcat Matata, the lizard hunter.(Tuesday- 28-12-2010).Lizards with 9 lives?!

December 28th 2010 2:02 am
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On Monday(27-12-2010) matata caught its third lizard since his existence from birth in my household.At approx 1830 hrs my house-keeper Sabina.Dias noticed matata clutching onto something and informed me of the same.Matata had just been fed its dinner and hence i thought that he must have been munching onto some deliscious morsel of food. Suddenly he dropped the object from his mouth and to my surprise it was a tiny lizard lying still, playing "dead". I quickly chased him away, picked up the lizard and kept it in my gallery garden for recovering. The lizard had not suffered any injuries and its tail was intact hence i hoped it recovered like the previous 2 that matata had caught and i released successfully into the wild.After a few hour the lizard had disappeared from its location and i presumed that it had survived from the jaws of death.Bizarrely, while writing this blog on Thursday(28-12-2010) at approx 1515 hrs Sabina suddenly again discovered the lizard in the gallery, this time attacked by Queen cat matahari, The lizard has lost its tail and in shock. I took it and again kept it in the gallery garden potted plant.Hope it survives as this particular lizard has been consequetively bitten twice by the cats, the previous day by Matata and today by matahari.What i admire about these lizards that Matata caught was their physical toughness as surviving from the jaws of a cat is something unbelievable.The common proverb a cat has 9 lives should also be applicable to reptiles like the common house gecko, absolutely tough reptiles.

 

Cat Matata howls incessantly, a totally pampered pet of the- house.(Monday 13-12-2010)

December 13th 2010 2:39 am
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Tomcat Matata has developed this terrible habit of suddenly howling in the middle of the night waking up the household.Once he begins howling, a strange sound akin to a dogs "yowling", he goes on continouously unless i get up and scold him, disturbing my sleep.He began this strange habit just about 2 months ago, a sign of his maturity and also yearning for a mate.Even during the day he sometimes howls but that is tolerable, unlike his unearthly howls during the night.He is perfectly normal otherwise, a healthy and handsome cat, tough and mischievious.As mentioned previously, he refuses to mate with his dam matahari, either because she dominates him or either the fact that he is unsuccessfull as a "Stud Cat".He is also very feroscious and hence i hesitate to introduce him to another female cat from other breeders since he is unaccustomed to cats besides his dam matahari.

 

"Tomcat Matata":- Irritating habits of the male non-neutered cat.(Wednesday- 1-12-2010)

November 30th 2010 7:19 pm
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Tom cat matata is now 1 year 8 months old and has developed all the traditional herideterary characteristics of the typical alpha male tom cat. He has this bad habit of suddenly "Howling" in the middle of the night, akin to a tiger or lion baying, except thst the volume is much lower.He wakes up the entire household, disturbing our sleep pattern and keeps quiet when scolded .As mentioned previously, he is a total flop as a "Stud cat", afraid to mate with his dam "Matahari", yet having those herideterary urgings of mating and hence the unearthly "Yowelling", a mating call of wild cats, a herideterary behaviour.His saving grace is that unlike most "tomcats" he doesn't "Spray" his urine all round the house, although he sometimes does occasionally urinate in the gallery. Now i know the reasons of most pet cat owners having their male cats neutered unless they intend breeding them. As for me i don't intend neutering matata, letting him live the normal cat life in my household along with his dam matahari.

 

Rescued gecko alive .(Sunday 14-11-2010).

November 13th 2010 7:26 pm
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photo of the gecko that i rescued from " cat matata's jaws on saturday(13-11-2010). I happened to shoot this photo at approx 0745 hrs today(14-11-2010) in my gallery. As usual the cats first tracked him peeping through the gallery shutter opening. Its tail is missing and observe the "teeth marks". Now we know why cats are called miniature "Big cats"! This is the second gecko that matata has tracked and caught within the last 8 months. Managed to rescue both, the first rescued gecko having grown into a magnificient specimen, teasing the cats from unaccessible heights in the house.Another fact that i observed is that gecko lizards are very hardy and strong, i definitely didn't believe that this severely wounded lizard would survive to see the next day. Bizzare and scientifically true.

 
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