Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Raya Greetings

Me and my cats would like to wish everybody...

"SELAMAT HARI RAYA EIDILFITRI
MAAF ZAHIR DAN BATIN=)"


And I do realize that I owe this blog and the readers an apology for not posting any new updates...huhu=( I'm very very sorry for that... Something came up, and I have been very very busy these past few months... Tak caye, tanye Karpet;p

But, don't worry, sem break is coming...thus, I hope I could find the time to post all the juicy, cute and adorable stories as well as pictures of cats during the three-week break;)

With that, I wish everybody a blessed and happy eidilfitri! =)


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Ugly's Beauty" - a very very touching story

I took this piece of writing from The Star Online dated November 18, 2007, Sunday. It is a very touching story and it moved me to tears. Please read it...

UGLY'S BEAUTY

Scarred on the outside, he had a heart full of beautiful love for everyone, even those who hurt him.

EVERYONE in the apartment complex knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat that loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, and, shall we say, love. These things, combined with a life spent outside, had their effect on Ugly.

To start with, Ugly had only one eye. And, where the other eye should have been, a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side. His left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner. His tail had long ago been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch.

Ugly would have been a dark grey tabby, striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, and even his shoulders, with thick, yellowing scabs. Every time someone saw Ugly, there was the same reaction. “That’s one ugly cat!”

All the children were warned not to touch him. The adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave. Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around his feet in forgiveness.

Whenever he spied children, he would come running, meowing frantically. He would bump his head against their hands, begging for their love.

If you ever picked him up, he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, or whatever he could reach or find.

One day, Ugly shared his love with the neighbour’s huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment, I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was lying, it was apparent Ugly’s sad life was almost at an end. Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front.

As I picked him up and tried to carry him home, I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. It must be hurting him terribly, I thought. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear. Ugly, in so much pain, suffering, and obviously dying, was trying to suckle my ear.

I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye toward me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest of pain, that ugly, battle-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion. At that moment, I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen.

Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me, completely trusting in me to relieve his pain. But he died in my arms before I could even get inside. I sat down and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly.

Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that, I will always be thankful.

Ugly had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for. Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, and beautiful. But for me, I will always try to be “Ugly”.

This touching tale came through the e-mail. If you receive similar stories or anecdotes worth sharing, send them to starmag@thestar.com.my. Include the source or author if possible. Today’s story was sent in by TERRI CHIN.

Link: http://thestar.com.my/lifestyle/story.asp?file=/2007/11/18/lifefocus/19274176&sec=lifefocus

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Thin cats

(As to answer Wati's question in the cbox...)

Hmm..saya bukanlah pakar sangat...But I will try to help out by writing what I know from what I've read and from experiences=) Mula-mula kita kena tahu punca, baru kita cari penyelesaian.

Sebelum saya teruskan menulis tentang isu ini, mula-mula saya ingin mengingatkan tentang tahap kekurusan kucing. It is reminded that there are two types of thinness, the normal one and the abnormal one. The normal one is when you can see that your cats are eating healthy food, they eat regularly, they behave normally, they still enjoy playing with you or the other cats and they don't seem to be sick, YET, they are thin. In contrast, the abnormal thinness, the ones that we should be worried about is when the cats are so thin that their ribs or waist bones can be seen protruding a bit. Hmm.

Now, as I said, based on what I've read and what I know, there are actually several common reasons of why cats become thin and remain thin, though they like to eat a lot. Sebab-sebabnya:

1- Sesetengah kucing ada kadar metabolisma yang tinggi dan sesetengah kucing tidak (macam manusia juga). Oleh itu, sesetengah kucing akan jadi gemuk bila makan banyak, tapi sesetengah akan tetap kurus walaupun makan banyak. Jadi, kalau ini adalah kes yang terjadi, tiada apa yang perlu dirisaukan=)

2- Kucing akan menjadi kurus, kalau ada cacing...eeee...;p Selalunya, kucing yang ada cacing ni, perut dia gemuk atau buncit, tapi kaki dan anggota badan yang lain kurus;p Saya dah tak tahu cara lain untuk detect diorang ada cacing ke tak, melainkan kita bawa diorang ke vet yang terdekat.

3- Kucing juga boleh menjadi kurus disebabkan penyakit-penyakit lain, tapi yang lebih serius, seperti stress, ketumbuhan dan kalau ada masalah dengan organ dalaman diorang. Harap-harapnya, kucing-kucing kita tak tergolong dalam kategori ini (harap-harap semua kucing dan manusia dijauhkan penyakit-penyakit serius macam ni). Kalau terjadi masalah seperti ini, tiada cara lain melainkan membawa mereka ke klinik berjumpa vet.


Jadi, kita haruslah periksa, kucing kita tu menghadapi kurus yang normal atau abnormal, metabolisma tinggi atau rendah, ada cacing atau tidak dan adakah diorang sedang menghadapi penyakit lain. Kalau diorang makan banyak, kelihatan sihat dan masih aktif, tetapi kurus yang 'normal', itu masih okay. So, nothing to be worried about=)

Saya tidak tahu sebarang ubat yang boleh membuatkan kucing gemuk (Haruslah diingatkan bahawa, gemuk atau kurus tidak berapa penting. Yang lebih penting ialah kucing kita sihat. Diingatkan juga, kucing tak boleh overweight...bahaya..). Tetapi saya tahu satu supplement yang boleh membantu memberikan kucing kita mineral dan vitamin yang diorang perlukan. Nama supplement tu, Nutri Plus gel. (You can google the name to know more about it). It's a good supplement for both cats and dogs.


Kucing-kucing saya di rumah mengamalkan makan vitamin ni=) Tapi, tak semua yang suka makan dan tak semua yang senang untuk diberi makan vitamin ni;p Yang betul 'fanatik' dengan vitamin ni hanyalah Karpet;) Kalau dibiarkan, satu tube tu boleh habis kat dia sorang je dalam masa sehari;p



Mujur vitamin ni tak cair, tapi likat. Jadi untuk kucing-kucing saya yang tak sefanatik Karpet, saya letakkan dalam 2 inch vitamin ni di jari, dan sapukan saja kat mulut diorang. So, diorang suka tak suka, diorang akan jilat;p Secara automatik, diorang juga telah consume the minerals and vitamins=) Nutri Plus boleh didapati di pet shops atau klinik haiwan dan harganya sekitar RM25 - RM30.

I know this entry is a bit elaborative...heh...tapi saya ni memang macam ni...suka terang panjang-panjang;p Harap-harap, ia membantu=)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My Dearest!

Introducing my cats!!!;p

Well, originally, there were 11 cats in this house. But since five of them had gone forever (sob..sob..), there are only six left. Thank God these six cuties and entertainers are still here=) They just never fail to make me smile=) So, these are their pictures:


First, we have Amot (panggilan manja for Comot). She's a Siamese cat with some mix features of Persian..



Then we have Kajol..Hmm..bapak aku yg bagi nama ni..sabar jelah..=p



Next, we have Karpet...yes..it's an odd name indeed..;p




And this is Titi...My mum called her by this name cause Titi was first found playing and jumping under a 'titi' (bridge) before my mum took her to the house;p




The most mischievous of them all is this girl..Cindy! Oh she is uncontrollable! ;p



Lastly, we have this girl who is getting prettier every day...Lucy!



In spite of their naughtiness, they are indeed cute, adorable and lovable creatures... All in all I love them so much!=)



Sunday, June 15, 2008

As Innocent As A Kitten

Look who I caught playing and jumping cheerfully in front of my cat hater neighbour's door? Two cute, adorable and INNOCENT kittens!!




God knows how did they manage to reach level three of this block...and why, of all the rooms, they dared to choose to play in front of the cat hater's room...!! Menempah maut sungguh diorang ni;p I was so shocked myself. Worried of the cat hater's wrath towards these innocent kittens, I quickly took these curious kitten to the ground floor and let them play at the parking lot...It is definately safer there.

Hehe...kittens! You can't blame them...they are just plain curious and innocent;p


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Minyak Gamat

Other than having a first aid kit for humans, in our house, we also have a kit for my cats;p (Al maklum lah, jumlah kucing lagi ramai daripada manusia kat rumah tu;p) There are all sorts of medicine in that kit; from a minor flu to serious fever and injuries.

Now, other than the usual medicine for cats that we got from the vet, the kit for the cats also contains a bottle of minyak gamat! Why minyak gamat and what's the use of it? Minyak gamat ini digunakan untuk merawat luka-luka pada badan kucing-kucing aku. This is the ilmu that has been practiced by my mum's family since long time ago. My mum and my Mak Long said that during the old days, it was hard to get medicine for their cats and they didn't have the money to go to the vet. The only medicine to cure their cats' injuries that they could think of was minyak gamat. So, every time any of their cats had any injuries, they would apply minyak gamat on the injuries. And this is still practiced by my family...especially when we discover that it helps and it works!=)

One more thing that makes me feel okay with applying minyak gamat to my cats is, minyak gamat is not dangerous to the cat's health in case they accidentally or deliberately lick it. Well, you know cats..they just love licking themselves;p

Hopefully, everybody and every cat could benefit from this simple tip;) Saja berkongsi tip...mana tau kalo berguna;p But remember, minyak gamat is safe to be used externally and if the injury is a serious one, it's better for you to bring your cat to the vet for a thorough check up=)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Abu and Paw

This is Abu... He always comes to my room, buat muka seposen and begs for food as if he has not eaten for days.. Padahal, baru sejam lepas dia dah datang mintak makanan;p Kadang-kadang memang ada rasa macam malas nak layan si Abu ni.. But he has his way of capturing my attention and sympathy;p So, terpakse layan kan juga;p Lagipun, tengok la muke dia yang adorable tu...muke kesian...tak sampai hati nak ignore;p


Tapi, satu perangai dia yang tak larat ditanggung ialah, since he knows that he will easily get some food from me and I will definitely give him some no matter what, he likes to come to my room, begging and meowing for food, even though it's already late at night and I'm still asleep... Being me, aku bangun juga dari tidur ku, semata-mata nak bagi dia makan;p Lagipun, aku tak nak my neighbours bilik sebelah sampai terjaga dek panggilan kelaparan si Abu...


Speaking of which, some of my neighbours at my hostel, who are foreigners, do not like cats...or accurately speaking, they hate cats and do not like the idea of having someone like me, a catlover, staying on the same floor. No doubt, there are Malaysian students who do not like cats and they are staying on the same floor wth me, but, I believe we have this mutual agreement that as long as I won't disturb them with this "hobby" of mine, they won't mind. Tapi, foreigners ni, salah seorang daripada diorang siap datang lagi jumpa dan warned aku, suruh aku jangan bagi makanan kat kucing. Kalau tak, dia akan tangkap kucing tu, and letak kat tempat lain. I just cant be bothered by this cause, they are also guilty of doing the things that attract the cats to come to their rooms (Panjang ceritenya, malas nak cerite dekat sini). So, I still continue giving cat food to the cats;p


Next, let me introduce you to Paw. She used to be Abu's partner (note, I said 'used to be';p) and she used to come to my room begging for food, just like Abu;p Paw is not too pampered like Abu, she's a little bit aggressive... But I do pity her cause according to my neighbour,Sarah, who's also a catlover, dah due kali kandungan Paw gugur...Kesian die...


Then, one day, Paw's tail was injured. Her condition was quite serious. Thank God there are people like Amira, Sarah and friends who are catlovers...they helped her, brought her to the vet, gave her medicine and gave her all the attention that she needed;) Due to my neighbours' profound hatred towards cats, one of the catlovers found Paw a new place to stay. She is now adopted by a new family in Seremban and she is now in safe hands=)


At first, Abu was a bit lost without Paw. Everytime he showed up in front of my door, he would be meowing and he would look straight at my face, as if asking me, "Have you seen Paw?";p But I am not that worried about him cause I know that he will survive;) All in all, I hope Paw is happy with her new family;p

Sunday, June 1, 2008

The Story of Fifi a.k.a Pepi

She was one very pretty, fluffy, well-trained,well-behaved,disciplined, obedient and not to mention proud as well as lazy cat;p Yet, she was and is still my number one buah hati;p She is none other than my dearest Fifi or Pepi...;)


She had been with the family for 10 years and she had made them among the wonderful years of my life. She was given to us by my mum's friends, from Parit Buntar. With her proud and sophisticated look, no one would've guessed that she was once a kampung cat;p But still, she was such an adorable cat=)

One of the adorable things that she liked to do was, she would jump here and there excitedly every time I got back home for holidays..and every time I returned to my hostel, she would wait in front of my bedroom door, meowing and begging, as if mourning and feeling sad for my absence;p Yes, she was one very 'entertaining' and 'dramatic' cat;p


However, gradually, she turned out to be a bit 'quite'. She was not as active as before. This probably had to do with her age...well, 9 and 10 years old are considered old for cats. Later in her remaining days, she became weaker and weaker... Her most critical stage was when she couldn't even walk, eat and drink on her own anymore. And I am thankful that I was there to take good care of her..

On the 29th of May 2007, while I was giving my dearest Fifi drops of water from a syringe, I realized that something was wrong and she was struggling hard, not because she refused to have a sip of the water, but this time it was because of something else...she was struggling to endure the pain of death. I couldn't do anything except watching and praying so that it won't be very hard on her. Tears started to fill my eyes as I watched and witnessed my dearest Fifi's last dying breath...and in just a few seconds, she slipped away and died..

It's been a year now and I still remember clearly how it all happened. In fact, I don't think this sad feeling of loosing her will ever go away. To me, having Fifi around was one of the best things that ever happened to me...and the best things in life are not meant to be forgotten...

Dear Fifi, though you are no more around,you will always be my dearest buah hati;)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Of Cats and Kucing

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim…

Alhamdulillah, I have finally gotten the chance to “officiate” this dream blog of mine=) God knows how many times I have been trying to do just that. And God knows how grateful and happy I am now that I can start blogging about CATS!!!! (Weeee!!!!) Hehe.

As you know, I am a catlover=) But wait, I’m not an ‘ordinary’ catlover…I’m a fanatic of cats!;p So, that basically explains why I came out with this blog. I will be writing about my cats, the cats that are around me, the cats that I meet, the cats that I feed and the cats that manage to “touch” my heart thus make me smile;) I will also include everything that has to with CATS in this blog. For example, I might be sharing some health tips for the care of our beloved cats or I might be helping out SPCA to ‘promote’ their cats;) However, this does not mean that I will be concentrating on cats only and abandon other forms of animals that God has created. Since I am also an animal lover, I may be writing about other animals as well; dogs, birds, ants, monitor lizards perhaps...hee…;p

In spite of my “madness” towards this fluffy creature, I have to confess that I am not a ‘zoologist’ and I’m not an animal expert. I will be writing the stories of the cats or the animals from my point of view. In case I’m wrong in giving facts or information, do correct me and share some knowledge on the matter discussed. Sharing of knowledge is never wrong and if I may put it in simpler words, sharing is caring=) All in all, hopefully this blog will have its own special benefits to everybody, not only limited to CATS!;)

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