|PixieBelle- angel- ♥|
|Purred: Fri Jul 1, '11 2:47pm PST |
|AN INTERVIEW WITH BALTSTER!
PixieBelle: You are one of our spectacular senior members -
Baltster: You’re making me blush calling me spectacular! Ah-hum. *Balty clears his throat and puffs up his chest* Yes, of course.
P: - and you will be celebrating your 21st birthday soon.
B: Yes, the day draws near, I’m expecting the human to throw a huge party for me, or at least a cake. I hear you get a key to the door. Hummmm - that’s a joke around here. There is no key on the cat door.
B It is actually a magnetic one. If we have problems with other cats coming in the house we would use the magnet. Bengy the neighbour tried to sneak in when he was younger, so I had to put the magnet on, only allowing me access through the cat door. Now it has tape over the hinge so no one needs to wear the magnet.
P: Looking back to your kittenhood, how has life changed for kitties over the course of your lifespan?
B: Here in NZ... hummm... It sounds like we are 20 years behind you (North American) guys when it comes to us kittys. I was born in a house on the hill that overlooked Christchurch. My fur mum was a sweet young thing and my fur dad apparently was my uncle - tut tut, I’m not sure if that is allowed. But here I am.
This was in the year 1990. In those days almost every house had a cat ... the ol’ rule ‘A house is never a home without a cat’. We saw in the magazine a couple of days ago it (cat ownership rate) is now around 52 percent. Which, apparently according to the article still puts NZ up there with one of the highest household purr cat ratios!
The food.... not much has changed over the years. When I was young the human feed me the normal supermarket biscuits (dry kibble) and tinned wet meat. When she started working in a vet clinic when I was 8, she was told I should be fed Hills biscuits and that was better for me. So that’s what I went on for many years. A few years later Proplan made its entrance with the senior food and I LOVED IT!!!! I put on quite a bit of weight. I stayed on that until Raza came along when I was about 15, and then it was back to kitten food since I only wanted to eat what she was eating and vice–versa. You know how that goes.
P: I do indeed! Every cat in my house wants to eat MY special food! MOL!
B They (the humans) found it hard to separate us, so we both ate kitten food for the next few years, since D and Sam also came along a year later. Then we were all put on the same biscuits - some bought at the vets and some at the supermarket. When Sam, Mr D and Raza all were diagnosed with crystals (apparently it can run in families) we all went on to urinary tract-friendly food. I didn’t need it but the vets said it wouldn’t hurt me - if anything, it may help with the kidneys. Myself and Raza both also used to get wet meat out of a can every night. I did love treats of fresh raw liver and hearts every now and then.
Life was easy for us then. We always had the freedom to come and go from the house, and we respected the road. Maybe we had inbuilt instincts to keep away from it, like we knew which plant to eat and which ones we couldn’t. Now we have a few more beds, and cat trees are available now. When I was a kitten, the cat trees were only a 30 cm (1-foot) stick with carpet on it - AND that was considered a tree! MOL.
P: Is there any particular medical or lifecare development that you think has helped you become a 20+ cat?
B: I have gone to the vet clinics at least once a year for a vaccination. We only get one. I think the only injuries I have had would be from cats fights. Yes I know I can hear you tutting under your breath. But I was a good defender of my property and I hated to see any cat come near the house. I thought it was my duty. When I was 15 I got into a pretty bad fight, the humans took me to the after hours vet clinic. They worried about me and my stubbornness to defend the home and my aging body. They thought it might be good for me to have help. They never thought of another kitty before then, because I don’t like to share my toys and I’d bully any kitty that comes near the house. Anyway they brought Raza home and although I showed them I wasn’t too impressed I accepted her and we defended the house together. I actually appreciated the helping hand not to mention she was pretty good for a female. BOY!!! You should see her go. Look out any kitty that comes close - she is real dynamite!
P: So now do you enjoy the company of the other cats in your house? Do you have a favorite sibling?
B: I’m the boss. So they have to respect me and they do. I stand proud over them and they roll over if not .... I belt them around the ears till they obey! It’s a cat thing you know.
I respect Mr D. He’s a gentle giant. Raza is my protector. I think she has this "little cat syndrome" where she is a bully, so she makes her presence known. She is all of 3kg of Exotic Persian fluff, but boy is she dangerous to any strange fur that should come near our home! Sam .... well she is a sweet thing and will head butt me. MOL. Raza also head butts me too, but she is too rough and I tend to fall over when she does it.
P: *rolls eyes* Young'uns!
Do you still get to enjoy the great outdoors?
B: YEP!!! Sure do. We love it, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Ya know ... I was shocked when the human found Catster 4 years ago and found out humans locked cats up. It’s almost unheard of here. Since she’s been on Catster she has met Tyson and his family (also in New Zealand) and they are actually indoor kitties but it really isn’t that common here. We have a litter box now for me, but that has only been in the last few years and it’s only a token thing - as I stand in it and always miss anyway.
B: We are pretty easy kitties to look after as we are free fed and no litter box. The only thing is that we insist the human open any closed doors. We like to be able to go anywhere. When they are home the doors are usually open to the outside.
P: So inside or out, what are your favorite places to nap?
B There are three places the humans have put beds for me. One's in the garage for night time. One in the lounge, for when I’m wearing my nappies. And one on the deck, which is my favorite when the sun is shining.
P: What does being an Olde Furt mean to you?
B: Life is rough. I loved to clean myself, and my fur was as soft as silk. Now..... it gets matted, it’s embarrassing ... they shave me. I also tend to stink these days since I pee in my bed now. I used to love being brushed, but now the arthritis is rearing its ugly head and it’s put a stop to that. I do get injections for that, and I do have a strong pain killer in the fridge.
I’m also getting weak in my back legs which makes it tricky to get up after naps. The human has bought me special beds. I used to have a couple of electric ones but after she saw me fly off one she decided they weren’t a good idea. I now have a heated pad that goes in the microwave, so it can’t give me an electric shock.
Just the other day the human brought me some dry beds to add to my bed collection, so when I pee in them hopefully I will stay dry.
P: Feel free to add anything else you want your fellow Olde Furts to know about your life!
It’s great being a member of this group. I always pop in and follow the links. I don’t always post, but if I see someone has their wings or it is their birthday I try to stop by their pages. I’m sorry when I miss a few as the human doesn’t spend as much time as I would like her to on Catster. She should realize life revolves around us cats!
Oops!!! I think I might have said too much. I’d be surprised if anyone got this far through it all.
P: Actually I think a lot of cats are going to enjoy this interview - it's sort of like a travelogue!
B: I’m honoured that you have chosen me this month. I know you think I’m a strange kitty that spells things wrong. But funny enough the words honour, colour, neighour, are actually correct where we come from, but then there are other words we do stuff up in. But.... hey... we are only cats here - can’t we get away with it???????. * BIG GRIN*
*Waves paw* thanks for having me purrs Balty.
P Thank YOU, Balty, for a very entertaining and detailed interview. Make sure you get your Furt of the Month badge from our main group page. and enjoy your month in the spotlight! Also, do you have a brush called a Zoom Groom? It's very soft squishy plastic, and might feel good on your Furty joints and skin while helping to keep your fur nice.
To all Furts: Balty also has a wonderful video from his kitten days on YouTube, if anycat would like to watch a vintage movie! It's about 5 minutes long.
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