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!=)



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