May 29th 2014 1:35 am
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CATS ARE CARBON COPIES OF THEIR LARGER COUSINS "BIG CATS" :- In May 2014 had been on a safari to "Tadoba Andhari tiger reserve" and was blessed to see 7 tigers in 4 safari rides ! People normally see a single tiger with great difficulty unless billionaires and making up-teen safari tours inside the core forest area of a tiger reserve.I came across one such gentleman at Tadoba tiger reserve who stayed for a month and made almost 40 safari's inside the park with his Rs 10 lakh camera, a sheer hobby ! I was privileged to watch a tigress and her 4 cubs from a close distance and they reminded me of my cats back at home in Mumbai.The approximately 5 month old cubs were as playful as kittens, only larger in size. As for the mother "Madhuri", she seemed as protective as cat matahari was with her kittens. Read the link:- http://tadobaandharitiger.blogspot.in/ .
November 3rd 2013 7:15 pm
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CAT MATAHART'S BIZZARRE BEHAVIOUR since "ALL SOULS DAY(Saturday 2-11-2013):- As a Catholic "All Souls Day(2-11-2013)" is a very important day in our religious rituals.Had visited the "St Peters Haines Road Cemetery" at Mahalaxmi at 0730 hrs in the morning.Both my parents are buried in this cemetery and as usual the cemetery was crowded with relatives and well-wishers of the dead.After attending the normal mass at the cemetery chapel i drove my way back home.This day also happened to coincide with Deepavali celebrations in Mumbai and hence fireworks were on abundant display, including loud crackerts. Strangely that night cat matahari slept under my bed in the bedroom, something she avoided after i refrained her from entering the bedroom. She disturbed us the entire night with her soft "Me-oow's", something she never did before, especially at night. It was normally tomcat matata who would "Yowl" at night, never ever matahari.The next morning she was perfectly normal, having her food and squatting on the gallery ledge as usual, her very normal daily cat behaviour. She again slept under my bed the next night and refuses to leave the bedroom, sleeping on the floor in the corner below my bed .I will be touring Vietnam and Cambodia in December-2013 and Cat Matahari has demonstrated her bizarre behaviour. Do you believe in Ghosts and spirits ? Why did cat matahari change her behaviour abruptly after i returned from the cemetery ?Tomcat matata never ever demonstrates irregular cat behaviour unlike his dam matahari. We have always had pets in our small household since my childhood in Mombasa(Kenya), the pets being a extension of our human family.
July 10th 2013 10:21 pm
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Queen cat Matahari has been on "Heat" since the last 2 days, indications being the normal female cat display of overt affection towards its human owners.She rubs herself against me or my house-keeper Sabina,rolling on the ground and rubbing her face against my slippers or my personal possessions. At 6 years of age she is in the last year or two of her fertility for kitten rearing.Strangely, Tomcat Matata at 4 years of age is totally "ILLITERATE' in the mating game, a bizarre failure as a "STUD CAT". He totally avoids her when she is on "Heat" and in fact is scared of her as she becomes playful and chases him around the house, typical mating game amongst cats.Strangely, when he approaches her she chases him and has never ever allowed him to mount her as would have been the case in a normal mating behaviour of cats.In fact a "Stud Cat" akin to a "Stud Horse" will imediately mount a female cat in heat , bold and daring irrespective of the female cats response.This was the manner in which Matahari got mated to the male stud i had brought home, the result being 6 kittens, the first born kitten being tomcat matata.She will be on heat for another day and then get back to her normal behaviour of eating and sleeping throughout the day and night .I don't intend mating matahari to any other Persian cat for the sake of monetary profits although she is a excellent breeder and mother.As for Tomcat Matata, seems he is destined to be a celibate without ever experiencing the joys of sex! Bizarre. I wanted to "INBREED" the mother and son to produce a localized "MUMBAI PERSIAN CAT", a cat acclimatized to the damp humid weather of Mumbai. Humans will be aghast at a "Mother to Son or Father to Daughter " breeding as also most pet owners ignorant of "LINE-BREEDING" in animals for producing a new cat breed. All new cat and dog breeds were created through human intervention in choosing the mates for the breeding programme and initially always mated a "Father-Daughter or Mother-Son" to create a prototype of the new cat breed. Hence the "Punch faced (Ultra) Persian cat" was developed by humans through gradual breeding of the "Traditional Persian Cat" over a few years.My intentions and breeding plans have been a spectacular flop but in the process i have been lucky to own one of the most comical cat, half-dog and half-cat in behaviour, the one and only Tomcat Matata.
Animal Husbandry is a very difficult business and i am reminded of the spectacular flop of the American Billionaire/politician Late Mr Nelson.A.Rockefeller in setting a "PIG-BREEDING FARM" in South America.High quality Pigs were specially flown from U.S.A to a Country in South America but bizarrely they all turned out to be "STERILE" and hence that was the end of Mr Nelson.Rockefeller's brilliant scheme of setting up a "Pig Industry" in Latin America.If a Rockefeller with all the world's money could fail in "Animal Husbandry" then so could anyone else.Today both the cats are my non-human children, the centre of my life at home along with India's best talking Alexandrine parakeet "Mittoo".
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