Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I got Bintang out of her cage for a while, to try the fountain.....and away she went!!! she was terrified. Maybe she needed time to be acquainted with it. Anyhow, after watching Bulan playing around the fountain, she herself started to drink from the fountain =).
Monday, December 29, 2008
HOWEVER, at 1.00 am, Bulan started meowing for food. The meows, the 'looking for food' look around, and the biting. He meowed and bit me! That is why we say he is Bulan the Mafia. I wasn't to give in to him, BUT he knew better than to wait for me. He bit the pack of 9kg IAMS that Bintang had gotten from the last cat show, he bit with all his might, and from the look of it, he was almost there. OKAY!!! I gave him food alright. Not much but enough to have kept him quiet. And then Bintang the Princess started to meow as in...'oh soo...he gets food...just because I'm in a cage, I don't get late nite snack? then u just watch me getting out of here'. SO, before she proved herself, I had to be fair, and gave some to her as well...They were feeding on different food and it was like 1.30 am already, I was too sleepy to deal with them, but since the Princess demanded to be fed, the Mafia threatened to be fed. What could I do??
Despite of that, they're my darlings...I'll have to figure out the right amount of food for each feeding, so that won't happen again..We'll try again today.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've been reading around and asking around as well...According to some, dry food is their main course, while for others wet food is the choice, to cut cost? Dry food can be as expensive as wetfood. That is, referring to premium food. I guess what matters is the content of the food given to them. So, thinking after thinking and on and on I go.......
I'm still doing further reading on Innova EVO, I will stick with Blackwood, and I'll have them try Orijen.
While Bintang is recovering she'll be given Natural Balance canned food, I'll need to do futher reading on wet food. While that, I'll just stick with steamed or boiled chicken as their weekly treat.
Since Bintang had been spayed, I've been feeding her wetfood. And of course Bulan wouldn't lose the chance to join along. I've stocked up on Whiskas and Natural Balance wetfood. However, Bintang refused to eat Natural Balance, therefore, so far I've only given her Whiskas. Bulan has been eating along, whether I offered him or not, he'd know how to get it himself. He'd scoop out of Bintang's dish bowl (placed inside the cage), splattered on the floor and ate off the floor. Yup, he is THAT irritably cute.
3 days ago I noticed that his stools were rather watery, but still somewhat mixed with semi-solid stools.. It was also like that yesterday, I figured it was because of the food as he was still eating well and playing as usual. Other than the stool, he was just fine. I searched online on the causes of diarrhea, and found that it may be indications of serious illness. It was worrying although he had only passed watery stool once a day as of yesterday and the day before.
This morning...Bulan had passed real watery stool, no longer mixed with semi-solid stool. I was thinking of a vet visit for Bulan, but it was a Sunday, so just maybe I'd wait for tomorrow....Hmm..think again, tomorrow's also a holiday... then again Bulan went to the litter box....So I search for most suggestable vet that's nearby, made calls to check if they were opened...and again Bulan went for the litter box....So that's 3 times for today, we were definitely going for the vet.
And so we did. I was impressed that Bulan behaved well. He was quiet, and immediately returned to his carrier on his own once he was put down. He weighed 3.5 kg and temperature was ok. Not much to be suspected, other than food intolerance. The bill: RM56.00
As for Bulan and his medication..*sigh* It's a real struggle alright..
We had initially planned to have Bintang spayed on the 19th December, so I can be home everyday during her recovery. But we later decided to delay her spaying to participate in the cat show. I wasn’t sure of their actual age, thus where possible I shouldn’t delay their neutering, moreover, I had been advised that they are at a suitable age to be neutered. So, as it was with Bulan, Bintang had to fast from 10 am the night before. This is not so hard on me, as Bintang is not a big eater. She seldom ask for food. By 9 am, we were already at the Klinik Kembiri, left her there, and she was done by about 11.30 am. It cost me RM70 instead of the expected RM60 for a female cat. Because...surprisingly Bintang was on heat. Oh my!! I didn't see any sign of that. She really has grown.
Overall, she was doing well..except for the E-collar. She hated it so much, I figured that maybe she wouldn't be bothered by the wound. As I did with Bulan, I pulled a mattress next to her cage, and slept there....However, I was awakened by Bintang at around 3 am, as she was pulling and biting hard on the bandage of her wound. Then I had no choice, but to force her into the E-collar...It was definitely not easy...Anyhow, I got her in the E-collar and she eventually fell asleep...that was a relief as I was extremely exhausted....
I guess out of boredom, Bintang occasionally show something of a tantrum. She would scratch and pull on the towels covering the floor of the cage. And that means, other than herself and a few small toys, no other things can be placed inside the cage with her. I have learned that she enjoys soft toys and feathery toys the most, but I can't place that in the cage with her, as she likes to jump, run around, throwing it everywhere...Well actually I tried, and it made her realize that she was confined, and as the E-collar gets in her way while playing, she gets even more irritated. So, accompanying her in the cage was a small mouse and a small ball, not feathery and not so soft.
Anyhow, the bandage was off. I hope she heals soon.
I often left the door of the cage opened, she seemed to understand that she had to stay, so she wouldn't step out as long as I was there next to her, maybe because she knew I would stop her from going out anyhow. I went out for a few minutes, but I forgot to latch the door to her cage. Upon my return, I saw her on the scratching pad...Owh..then it occurred to me, maybe she missed that, so I took it into her cage and she played with it inside, and Bulan later joined her in the cage. I guess she wanted to tell me that she was done playing and I was to remove the scratcher from the cage. She pushed and pulled as if trying to turn it upside down, so I took it out. Immediately she landed in the middle of the cage and slept...
Bintang was left at home on her own, as I had to take Bulan for a vet visit due to diarrhea.
I let Bintang out for a while to walk around, but before I knew it..there was Bintang lying on her back and Bulan licking on her wound. Aiyyyaaaa!!! who is to blame?? me! It's never gonna be them.
Her wound was nearly dried up, but because Bulan had helped her licked on it, it has become reddish and so I think it would take some time to dry up again.
It's a pity that I had confined Bintang for a few extended days, while she herself seemed to be ready to go out and play. So once in a while I'd let her out, and as an exchange for her freedom, Bulan had to be caged or I'd need to fully supervise them if both were let free.
After a long 2 week...no more cage and no more e-collar... Back to their normal happy life.... Bintang must be glad it's all over, AND Bulan must be GLAD that Bintang has recovered, so HE gets his full freedom...
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Bintang has been known to be easily moody, hence, from the very beginning we had no intention of getting her to participate in a cat show. In contrast with Bulan, in which, he's usually cheerful and playful, he's always in the mood for playing, invite him to play and he'll join you. But Bintang, if she's not the mood, and you invite her to play, she'll move away from you, and if she thinks you're too much, she'll go to a corner, and sit facing the corner. and yes, she's a cat.
Anyhow, since we were going to attend the show, it wouldn't hurt to just tag a cat along, and put her in a cage, while we roam around looking at the other cats right? ya, it's that simple.
So we arrived early morning at SACC Mall, Shah Alam, on the 21st December 2008 registered in, checked by a vet, and put her in a cage. So that was it. I'd have to say, there's the feeling of inferiority for bringing a typical 'kucing kampung'. But we were there, and whatever it is, it won't hurt anyhow. Yes, as predicted, Bintang was moody. She sat at a corner and was not entertaining our play invites.
Being it a 1st time, we had difficulties leaving her alone in the cage, so we ended up taking turns accompanying her. Yes, I know she's just a typical cat which can be found on the streets or alleys, but the love that we have for her is definitely no typical. It's her 1st time being in such an alienated situation, and it's our first time putting her in such a condition. She's a living creature with awareness, and I didn't want her to feel alone, in danger, neglected or whatsoever, thus, we took turns sitting by her cage, so she was not left on her own for too long.
Well, to cut the story short, Bintang did well. To our surprise, she placed 1st in the Non Pedigree Kitten K6 Shorthair Category. And on top of that, Bintang was also chosen as Best Non Pedigree Shorthair. What a delight!
Friday, December 19, 2008
I simply grabbed this from a supermarket because it was the only one I saw.
When I first took Bulan and Bintang in, they had fleas all over, I used this (just grabbed it from Carrefour) and found it to be effective. Till now, I keep 1 with me, just in case the need arise
I don't use this often, as both Bulan and Bintang don't really like it. Other than that, I like looking at their clear, shining, sharp, pointed claws.
*New* don't know if it's a need or an extra. But I'm thinking that I should use this as well for the sake of the cat show.
*New* Bintang has something called a tear stain, more on the left eye. I've just read a little on tear stain. Will need to do more reading on that.
*New* Somehow Bintang's ear is not as clean as Bulan's. Asked the vet about it, they seem to think that Bintang is just the type of cat who can't take care of herself, i.e. the eyes and the ears.
*New* I guess this is what should be used on them. The FURminator had been left behind at their other home. So I had to get something for combing, only to find this as being more suitable for daily use. At least, I think so.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
However, they didn't seem to find it amusing or of any fun. Bulan takes a visit once in a while. Bintang just completely ignores it, other than the sniffing when it was first placed in my living room a.k.a. their play ground. Anyhow, I'll just leave it there and hope they will later find it to be fun.
Friday, December 12, 2008
so here goes...for as long as he wished...He'd like to prove that he is indeed fine, so up the wardrobe he goes...