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5th International cat show of India :- Cat Matahari participates in her first show at age of 8- years.

November 3rd 2015 11:00 pm
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Sunday(11-10-2015) :- A few snippets of the "International Cat Show India" held at Bombay exhibition centre in Goregaon. I took my veteran 8 year old "Matahari" in her cage pinion on my motorcycle on a daredevil ride on the Western Express highway.Got to meet old fellow cat aficionado's and owners and also meet new cat owners.A few snippets of the show.Got to also attend a "Cat Birthday" of 2 year old cat "Christina" with owner Mrs Ansari giving us a cake.Last year at the first cat show in Mumbai i was one of the "Unofficial Photographers" and nice to see a large participation of Cat owners and some different breed of cats besides the Persian cat. My cat "Matahari" sat like a queen in her enclosure and akin to the "Great Houdini" evaded the judges in winning a prize !The South African Judge Mr Anthony.Aldum commented on her "Yellowish white colour" stating that a white Persian cat should glisten pure white.The same can be attained by bathing the cat frequently which is not possible in my house as then there would be "Cat-Fights" between "tomcat "Matata" and his dam "Matahari".The Judge also commented on her "Jaw-line" which has become weak due to age and gum- infections..We both returned home safely in peak Mumbai traffic.


Friday(19-6-2015) :-"Cat-0-9 Lives" Mata Hari At age 8 years- Cat Matahari does her "Houdini Act" for the- upteen time !

June 19th 2015 2:04 am
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Today the cupboard drawer happened to be open while i was working on my computer.I later closed the drawer and continued on my desk-top work. After a few minutes i noticed tomcat Matata jumping on the bed and sniffing at the closed drawer. He also began his usual "Yowls" and i shooed him away from my "Study/Bedroom".Later my house-keeper began searching for Matahari and it was then that it struck me that the cat might be shut in the cupboard drawer. Sure enough on opening the drawer spotted her sleeping casually.She just loves getting into any enclosed space.


At age 8 years Cat Matahari does her "Houdini Act" for the- upteen time !

April 6th 2015 7:13 pm
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Monday(7-4-2015) :- I just happened to open my cupboard for a few minutes to check some items.I always had with one eye on the open cupboard while rummaging my briefcase and later closed the cupboard and locked it. The cupboard is next to my desk-top computer and hence after closing the cupboard began work on my computer.After a few minutes i suddenly observed my tomcat "Matata" sniffing profusely at the closed cupboard which suddenly alerted my senses. I quickly opened the cupboard and hiding in the bottom shelf was cat matahari.She quickly slipped out of the cupboard once i opened the door and luckily the house was back to normal. I have now lost counts of the number of times cat Matahari has slipped into a open drawer or cupboard and getting herself locked by us.What fascinates my imagination is her stealth in avoiding our gaze while quietly sneaking into a cupboard or drawer and also remaining quiet when the same is shut.What if she was locked for hours if i happened to leave the house for some personal purpose ?Strangely she only has this peculiar habit, a very intelligent cat that also loves opening doors by pawing on it.


Friday(17-10-2014) :- For the first time in lifetime "Whiskas Ocean fish" food- given to Matahari

October 17th 2014 4:47 am
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Cat Matahari has been fed on a diet of "HOME COOKED FOOD" consisting of "Minced meat + Rice" and sometimes morsels of fish.This has been her staple diet since the time she entered my household as a 2 month kitten in 2007.At the "Mumbai Cat show" i happened to get 2 packets of "Whiskas Ocean fish", each packet being of 85 gms.I wanted to see if she would eat the jelly type cat food and to my surprise she relished the same.It is recommended to be served at the rate of 1 packet/1 Kg of the cats weight.This was just a complimentary gift and i don't intend feeding my two cats packaged food. Will only feed them in case of emergency.One strange fact that i observed was that although i gave both my fat cats only half of the 85gms packet they seemed content and satisfied.Actually each cat would require a minimum of 3 packets /1 food sitting as per the formula of 1 packet for every 1kg weight of the cat.Here i gave both the cats just 1 packet and they are snoring to glory the entire day !


Sat/Sun 27-28th Sep 2014 :-Mumbai City has its first cat- show hosted by the "INDIAN CAT FEDERATION"

October 8th 2014 7:40 pm
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The first cat show in India was held in Bangalore on Saturday April 27th and Sunday April 28th in 2013 at the "Chancery Pavillion". It was a success and now Mumbai was awaiting its first cat show and the same was held at the "Stallion Banquets" in Prabhadevi.Mumbai had its first cat show on Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th conducted by the one year old "Indian Cat Federation" owing allegiance to the "World Cat Federation" of Germany.It was titled "Whiskas 2nd International cat show of India" as it was sponsored by pet food manufacturers "Whiskas".Sadly i couldn't exhibit "Matahari" due to her illness.Since it was the first ever cat show in Mumbai there were teething problems on the first day but the show was a success and cat owners/fanciers became acquaintances through their cats.Finally a "CAT SHOW" has taken roots in Mumbai city and this should be a annual event akin to "Dog Shows".


September-2014 : Cat "Matahari develops a abscess under her- chin

October 8th 2014 2:45 am
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I had been for a holiday to Indonesia and had returned to Mumbai on Wednesday(3-9-2014) happy that both cats were normal.Suddenly within a few days noticed a overnight swelling under "Matahari's" chin and she resembled the freak "BEARDED CAT" i didn't take her to the veterinarian as i realized that this could either be a cancerous tumour or a ordinary abscess as she was eating her normal food.She yelped in pain when touched on that portion of her chin. After a few days the abscess burst by itself and a huge gaping wound appeared, akin to her throat being slashed.She gradually became normal although the wound looks dreadful.Today as on Wednesday(8-10-20143) she looks normal although the scar of the wound is deep.



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:- .



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.


Queen Cat Matahari's unique behaviour in "HEAT". (Thursday- 11-7-2013)

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".


Extreme Mumbai hot weather.matahari given a partial- bathe.(Wednesday 29-5-2013)

May 29th 2013 10:47 pm
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The heat in the month of May is at its maximum in Mumbai and the cats feel it the most. Matahari has a tendency to lick her fur excessively and occasionally vomits the long fur-balls.I decided to give her a partial bathe on Wednesday as a complete bathe could mean a cat-fight between she and tomcat matata, as has happened on previous occasions.After the bathe she seems better and less irritated.

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