Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Cat's Meow

Most of us do not say much because we already know that we know everything and I mean everything. Efficient communication is a feline’s trademark. But, Hermoine – our youngest sister that mom rescued from SPCA or else it is the gallows she goes – meows non-stop. She is either a little unsure of herself, I suppose, so she expresses her opinions about everything. Whenever anyone walks into the room, she runs and observes from a corner then starts meowing all over again. I guess she likes to hear herself. She meows about the pigeons she sees at the verandah, about dreams she has throughout the day whenever she’s sleeping with 4 legs in the air and the revealing of a tri-colored large belly, about what kind of food she wants for dinner, about where she plans to take her next nap. She still talks about the time she was rescued by a human at SPCA then placed in a cage until mom came along, about her spine deformity and why whenever she walks she’s doing the MC Hammer jig.

The girl talks to everybody of 4-legs and 2-legs. She veritably wastes her words. She meows so much until Arwin and I ignore her these days and due to that, she’s meowed a lot lesser now compared to before. Just like how we turn our backs on the gabby humans. They are the ones who do not they ever do anyway.

Why should we listen to them?

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Economy Hurts Pets

How the Economy Hurts Pets

The economy has hit some of us humans this past year and some are still being affected. But, we are not the only ones that get affected. Many pet owners have no choice but to give up their lifelong companions as they can no longer afford to look after them. I know how that feels as I had to find homes for 2 of my cats, Frodo and Ewoyn.

Before giving them up, below are some tips to consider:

Give yourself enough time. If possible, check ads and contact real estate agents at least six weeks before you plan to move or when you first learn that foreclosure and/or eviction may be in your future. I know in Malaysia it is hard especially when you have dogs. Look for old established condominiums where the strata title has been obtained and no longer under the ruling of the developer. Hopefully your dog is a small to medium breed. I’ve seen Golden Retrievers and Siberian Huskys where I live.

Gather proof that you are responsible. This goes more for rental. If any form of documentation or testimonial can be obtained entailing you are a responsible pet owner from your previous landlord, as well as copies of veterinary records showing ongoing pet care and your dog is well-trained, chances are you may get the go ahead.

Get it in writing. Once permission has been obtained from a landlord, manager or condominium committee to have a pet, be sure to get in writing. Comprehensive agreements protect people, property and the pets themselves. Reminder: Please be responsible by picking up ‘poo’ and cleaning the spot when walking your dog within the premise or at the garden/playground.

Individuals facing financial hardships can reduce the cost of pet ownership in many ways. Try the following tips:

While buying expensive toys and accessories has become a popular way to demonstrate your attachment to your pet, your pet can be just as happy with less expensive toys or homemade toys. They need love and attention more than a pricey product. Visit Daisho @ The Curve. Everything there is RM5.00 and their pet accessories section is quite up-to-date. The cat bowls are only RM5.00 and ceramic. Cheap, good and affordable!

Keep your pets safe inside or on a leash while walking outside. Animals allowed to roam freely are more prone to accidents resulting in veterinary bills. As for cats, supervision at the verandah at all times please. The last thing you want is to see a ‘Super Cat’!

Let your veterinarian know that finances are tight and ask that he or she prescribe only the most vital vaccinations to keep your pet healthy.

Consider pet health insurance to minimize the shock of an expensive bill from the veterinarian in case of an unexpected illness or injury. Unfortunately, pet health insurance is yet to commence in Malaysia!

Instead of buying deodorant or fragrant cat litter, use used green tea leaves in kitty litter. Sprinkle the dried leaves into the litter pan and the ‘poo & wee’ odor will slowly be absorbed.
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The 10 Laws of Cat Physics


1. Law of Cat Inertia

A cat at rest remains at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force, such as the opening of cat food or a nearby scurrying mouse.

2. Law of Cat Magnetism

All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

3. Law of Cat Thermodynamics

Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except for the cat. In which case, all heat flows to the cat.

4. Law of Obedience Resistance

A cat’s resistance varies in proportion to a human’s desire for her to do something.

5. Law of Bag/Box Occupancy

All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond.

6. Law of Milk Consumption

A cat will drink his weight in milk, squared, just to show you he can.

7. Law of Furniture Replacement

A cat’s desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

8. Law of Cat Disinterest

A cat’s interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expands in trying to interest him/her.

9. Law of Pill Rejection

Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity.

10. Law of Cat Composition

A cat is composed of Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn’t Matter.

Source: Cats Magazine

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