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

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Cat Matata:- A dog in a cats body!? (Thursday 16-9-2010).

September 15th 2010 9:18 pm
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As i had 2 dogs prior to owning cats, i am well acquainted with "Dog behaviour" and their characteristics. Tom cat "Matata' is more "Dog-like" than "Cat-like" in his behaviour and habits. He follows us when called by name and likes sniffing around the house, occassionally "Spraying" to mark his "territory". He is also very docile and loves being petted, rolling on his back, typical dog habits. His dam "Matahari" is the exact opposite of him, a total feline "Queen cat', bold and cunning.Matata is a total glutton and is happiest eating and sleeping, the typical "Fat cat life" akin to the cartoon cat "garfield". Matata has proved to be poor at "Stud Duty" as he has not yet mated with his dam matahari, scared of her as she resists his amorous advances, very strange as most breeders do inbreed their cats for a better type of the particular breed. "Matahari' has got very good characteristics of the original "traditional Persian cat" breed,besides, also hardy and tough.Akin to some of the best race-horses turning dud at stud duty so also i feel "Matata' is a failure as a "stud cat".He is an excellent and loving cat and will always be the jewel of my house.


Matata turns aggressive towards his dam "matahari'(Saturday- 11-9-2010).

September 11th 2010 3:32 am
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After approx 4 months matahari demonstrated signs of being in extreme heat for about 5 days, beginning from Sunday.As mentioned , her 1 1/2 year old kitten "matata" hasn't been able to mate with her, although he gets extremely virile, uttering his loud "roars' occasionally.Seems either "matata" doesn't know the method of mating, or, either he is always chased away by matahari when he approaches her amorously, hence afraid. Strangely, yesterday, "Matata' demonstrated his true "Cat ferosiousness" . "Matahari" was given a bathe by my house-caretaker Sabina after which she was let out into the house. 'After the bath "mataharI looked totally different in her wet fur, tiny and thin. "Matata" started stalking her around the house and literally wanted to fight with her, growling like a dog with the normal bold matahari totally avoiding him. I controlled matata literally fearing a "catfight" and finally also gave him a bathe. He totally cooled down after the bathe. This was the first time that "Matata" behaved in such an aggressive manner towards matahari,otherwise, he was normally afraid of her, she being the "alpha cat" of the house.What was the reason for this strange change of behaviour in Matata? Was he excessively frustrated sexually? Did he mistake matahari to be a different cat after the bathe? This particular incident baffled me. Now he is totally normal and both of them are existing harmoniously.


"Matata" is the pampered child of the house.(Monday- 23-5-2010).

August 23rd 2010 3:00 am
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As i am a bachelor living alone with my house-keeper Sabina , the entire house is a playground for my pet cats "matahari" and "matata". "Matata" just refuses to grow up and is the equivalent of a pampered child, totally docile and extremely fearfull of strangers. "Matata" is now 17 months old, a full grown cat, yet he behaves like a kitten, totally dependent on his human caretakers for attention as well as feeding.He loves being petted, rolling on his back and although most cats of his age would have had produced multiple kittens , he is still at a loss in the art of mating.He is very much attached to Sabina who feeds both the cats simultaneously. "Matata" allows his dam "Matahari" to eat first and later he only eats his food if Sabina stands next to him, petting him as he slowly eats his meals.This is a regular habit, something strange since "matahari" is totally independent oo her human care-takers, a totally aloof feline.


"Cat Matata" almost succumbs to freak vomitting- symptoms(Sunday 18- 7-2010).

July 18th 2010 10:21 pm
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On Sunday evenening at approx 1800 hrs my house- keeper suddenly noticed some spittum discharge on the chair where Matata was sleeping.Initially i ignored this symptom since he was always in robust health with an appetite worse than a stray hungry feral cat.After being fed dinner at approx 1830 hrs matata vomitted his entire food, something he never did since his birth hence this frightened me.the "spittum discharge" from his mouth and now vomitting of entire food intake was a serious problem as "viral infections' are common and fatal in cats and dogs with personal experience of having reared both these pets.As it was a holiday i decided to try my own medicine of changing his diet as i initially suspected a case of "food poisoning"."Matahari" too had eaten the same "Mince meat/rice" food and was hale and hearty and hence i realised that it was not a case of "Food poisoning". I immediately went to the fish market, purchased fish and fed the same to "Matata". I was just hoping that he wouldn't vomit again after a change in his diet as that would mean an immediate admission to the "Parel Animal hospital',Mumbai's semi-Govt run animal hospital.My diagnosis and remedy proved correct and "Matata" didn't vomit again, although we were still under suspence the entire night.On Monday morning he was fed his normal food of "Mince meat/rice" and relished the same, being his normal self. My diagnosis of "Matata's" sudden illnesscould be a case of "mild poisoning" as he has the habit of exploring every nook and corner of our house. I presume he must heve inhaled some "Camphor moth balls" essence which i normally keep in my cupboard, a prevention against cockroaches.From now on i intend getting rid of all the "camphor moth balls' in my house, totally unsuitable for pets and prevention is better than the cure.


"6Th Sense" of pets.(Saturday 10-7-2010).

July 10th 2010 4:57 am
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The World is undergoing a "Soccer Fever" with the Finals of the "world Cup-2010" due on Sunday(11-7-2010). "Paul, the Octopus" living in a gErman aquarium has become a household name due to its correct predicions of the "World Cup Results". Most pet owners would have experienced some sort of "telepathic" sense of their pet at some time in their lives if observant to details. My own cats "Matahari" and "Matata' have had a strange habit of sleeping at the main door entrance occasionally. This would always be a bad sign to either my finances or personal health. Normally my cats sleep anywhere in the house, most commonly on the chairs, something common with pampered cats. Sometimes, bizarrely "Matahari" would sleep for days together at the main house door entrance as if expecting someone.During these times i would lose heavy monetary speculative investments, mostly on "Horse-racing". Just recently , a few weeks back,"Matata" copied the same behaviour of his dam "Matahari" and began continuously sleeping at the door for days together. i was definitely expecting some misfortune and i did contract "Malaria" severely effecting my health. After i contracted "Malaria" and underwent treatment "Matata" no more sleeps at the main door entrance, reverting back to his original locales within the house.Pet owners, do pay attention to your pets strange behaviour patterns, they could be conveying a message to their human owners."Oscar" the cat achieved World-wide fame for predicting the death of patients in a hospital in the U.S.A. Some pets akin to humans definitely have a "6th Sense" gift.


Matata turns into a 15 month "TOM-CAT" today on- Tuesday(29-6-2010)

June 28th 2010 7:26 pm
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To me it seems that "Matata" is still a "Young kitten' as i was the "Vet" who seperated his umbilical cord when he was delivered in my bedroom on Sunday (29-3-2009) by Matahari, the first amongst six kittens delivered.
Today he is 15 months old, and although has "puppy dog" behaviour, absolutely playfull in a childish manner has now developed the dreaded habit of "urinating Marking' around the house.This is a typical habit of all "male cats", pets or stay and hence most non stud pet cats are neutered to prevent this habit.Matata still hasn't learnt the technique of "Mating" as he has never mounted his dam "Matahari' although he sniffs her and gets frisky, yet has't been able to mate with her.He has matured into a typical "Fat cat' akin to the caroon character "Garfield" and is a real live wire in the house keeping us on our toes and the house lively. His only drawback is his "scent marking urination" which i hope he loses with age or once he actually mates. I don't want to get him neutered as then it would be an abnormal life .Let cats be cats.


Tuesday(8-6-2010) :- "Matata" showing characteristics of typical "Tom cat".

June 7th 2010 7:33 pm
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I had been on an 18 day tour to Europe between Saturday(15-5-2010) to Tuesday(1-6-2010) with my pets Matahari, Matata and parakeet "Mittoo" being cared by my house-keeper Sabina.
"Matata" has grown into a robust and sturdy cat and eats any edible food with no allergies. His only bad habit which he has developed recently after almost a year of age is unrinating in another spot in the house besides his normal toilet which is the house bathroom. This is the trouble with "Male Cats",urinating at another spot in the house or their surroundings to mark their "territory", common with all cats, the big cats of the jungles as well as domestic house cats.
A funny characteristic of "Matata" is that his behaviour is akin to a dog and responds immediately to his name when called unlike his dam Matahari who is mostly aloof and withdrawn, a typical "queen Cat".


"Matata"- Forever the "Young Kitten"(Monday 10-5-2010)

May 9th 2010 8:21 pm
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Matata is now over 13 months old but behaves like a kitten, absolutely playfull and mischievious, the clown of my household.
He is maturing sexually, and tends to "Yowl" occasionally when his dam"Matahari" is in "Heat", a very frequent occurence.
Another strange aspect of "Matata" is that his fur tends to "Matt' on the underside of his belly and flanks , the same having to be trimmed with scissors.
He has grown into a perfect "Traditional Persian Cat' and has acclimatised to the hot humid Mumbai weather, unlike most "Persian cats" especially the "Ultra(peke eyed)Type" which find Mumbai's ht climates detrimental to their natural comfort.
I am trying to breed a "Mumbai Persian cat" by "Inbreeding" matata with his dam matahari, but, the two of them don't seem to pair as a mating pair.Hope as matata matures the two do mate.


"Matata" at 13 months of age.

April 29th 2010 7:27 pm
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On Thursday(29-4-2010) "Matata" attained 13 months of age, growing into the typical definition of a "FAT CAT"!
He loves eating and is not allergic to any food, unlike his dam "Matahari" who is allergic to fish, suffering from "Skin rash".
"Matata" is akin to a child, innocent and mischieviously playfull, a real delight in the house.
As regarding "Sexual Maturity", seems, "Matata" is a laggard as he still hasn't mated with his dam "Matahari" although she comes on heat regularly due to his presence. Another funny aspect is that "Matahari" doesn't prefer "Matata' as a mate, repulsing his amorous advances, making him more confused about the " Cat Mating game".
Matata's fur tends to "Matt" rapidly ,especially on his underside, becoming hard like "Tumours" regarding frequent trimming with scissors. Its a difficult job as care should be taken in avoiding accidental rupture of his delicate skin while trimming.


Matata is sexually mature at age 1 year .(Thursday- 15-4-2010)

April 14th 2010 8:14 pm
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At 1 year of age "Matata" is showing signs of sexual maturity by trying to approach his dam "Matahari' when in heat, but, she scares him and doesn't allow him to mount her. Seems cats also have their liking and fancy for other cats when chosing mating partners. i hope "matata" ultimately mates with "Matahari". Another major problem with "Matata" is that his underside fur on the belly and rump tends to get "Knotted" quiclky and has to be constantly trimmed with scissors.

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