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There's a couple of stray cats at home!
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The abandoned cats
The constant meowing awoke me at night. I went to the comfort room and urinated in a jiffy, then check the dirty kitchen at the back of the house. There, I found a pair of stray little kittens, hungry and cold. I was struck nine times for liking the two, feeding the two and caressed their soft furs as they savored mix of rice and pork meat.
That’s the start of my five-month relationship with this feline couple, Minnie Ming (female feline with gray and black stripe) and Battery (the male feline with black and white fur). My sister’s daughter also adored them and lavish them with food, excluding chocolates. You never feed cats with chocolate because it will make them hyperactive or sometimes choke of its sticky composition.
Living in the countryside or barrio don’t need much fancy treatments on cats. But I see to it that they are well taken care of by getting used to regular bath and feeding it three times a day. Cats like to be cuddled or petted at all times. I often talk to them just like a person talking to another person; play with them in the field. With their presence, rats, their primary foes, never destroy our clothing, put a hole on the wall and other nuisances. It’s also their additional food; much to my relief.
Adopting stray animals don’t require papers, but they should be quarantine to eradicate parasites (fleas, worms). With the help of my niece, we alternately feed, bath, extricate overgrown teeth, brush them (just like normal people), cut their nails and sometimes cloth them.
Here in the Philippines, more and more cat owners are treating their feline friends as their family members, too. When you pet them, it can really calm yourself and ease your stress.
Thing to remember when feeding cats
- Don't feed them chicken bones. It will get stuck on their teeth or in their throat.
- Chocolate is a no-no-no. It can cause hyperactiveness or can lead to early death.
- Avoid feeding them tiny fish bones; better yet, puree it when to feed them.
Minnie Ming: The Mother Cat c/o MrMusicman1971 (My YouTube account)
Info on Cats in the USA
This is not the Broadway Act called Cats but for real, more than a dozen stray cats like kings and queens in their very own Beverly Hills mansion - with around-the-clock maid and butler service! What lucky cats they are!
The lucky felines feast on the fanciest food money can buy and are waited on hand and foot 24 hours a day.
Their lucky fates resulted to the courage and dedication of two socialites Ellen Lavinthal and Deborah Corday - who pursued their advocacy on taking care of once-down-trodden felines to have nothing but the best in life.
The two socialites live in a separate mansion, not far away from the cats’ mansion, spent more than $1 million (US dollars) to help the stray cats and organized the Animal Alliance, registered as a tax-exempt foundation which offers shelter to the unwanted cats.
The women didn’t like their cats to be caged, so they bought them their own posh home in the Hollywood Hills. Wow! These cats are really lucky.
Ms. Lavinthal, also the president and founder of Animal Alliance said that they don’t turn any cat away, even the ones who are too sick to be adopted. They are really committed to providing their food, shelter and medical expenses for the rest of their lives. The kindhearted socialites care for the kitties mostly of their own pockets.
Tax deductible contributions to the Animal Alliance can be sent in checks to: Animal Alliance, 14958 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91403.
Cats Musical - Memory c/o UrChatNoir
Cats-Animals with Nine Lives
Since it was domesticated in the ancients, cats have a formidable effects to its owners. There are stories of heroism in the house, aside from chasing rats that often created havocs at home.
Noted pet owners of the olden times were the Egyptians. These people, especially the royal blood families have an undying respects to cats. They believe that these animals will guard them in the afterlife. Just imagine the Sphinx, resembling like a lion with a pair of wings, in a smaller version.
Tigers and lions are the bigger version of these little cute felines. With the presence of cats at home, pests, like rats evade them . But nonetheless, it's a great help to homeowners because they will lessen the problem in eradicating rats in the household that often destroy crops (like rice and corn).
Cats are like to be pampered, big or small. These domesticated ones will lessen your stress and calm your senses once you pet them. A good suggestion is that you talk to them like a normal person. They'll answer you 'meow' as if they understand you.
Talking about their nine lives...my father used to hate our cats before, because they usually release their feces in our dirty kitchen. One time, he used the shotgun to kill one male cat, but, it didn't die because the iron pellet just penetrated between its fur and skin. The male cat, behaved and often evaded my father's presence. I think, they know those persons who will love or hate them.
Fast Facts on Domesticated Cats
F. catus or Felis catus