Matahari had given birth to 6 kittens on Sunday(29-3-2009) of which i have given a detailed history in "Matahari's Catster diary", the first born being "Matata".Two of the six kittens opened their eyes on the 8th day since their birth on sunday(29-3-2009).The kittens have their own different personalities, with the first born(Matata) and only coloured kitten(Chocolate brown) being the most aggressive while feeding, fighting with all its other siblings to reach its mothers teats.One of the other 5 white coloured kittens is a screamer, yelling whenever it misses its siblings or mother.The rest were quite, some having grown round and fat , a few thin and all survived to adulthood.Matahari was an excellent "Queen" taking care of her kittens, allowing us to touch them without any fuss.At the slightest scream of any kitten she immediately rushed to the brood if she was out of her den,either feeding or interacting with us.She is the model of a caring mother cat.On Wednesday(8-4-2009) the tenth day after their birth, all 6 kittens eyes opened partially.
Matahari's 6 kittens at 29 days old were running all over the gallery in their temporary cattery.Each kitten has its own unique personality, a few active, few lazy and a few always wrestling with their fellow siblings.Matahari had gained a little weight and her appetite too had increased, the same as when she was in gestation after mating.As yet, i couldn't determine the sex of the kittens and hence a male could be a female or vice-versa, very difficult to detect their sex at this age by a "Hobby Breeder".The Brown coloured kitten(Matata) was the "Alpha Kitten" of the pack and since birth had been the leader in performing all the initial developments of kitten-hood progress.On Thursday(7-5-2009) the stud owner of the Crawford Market Pet-shop,Mr Imran Khan came over to my house and took 2 kittens at 39 days old.The kittens developed rapidly after the 4th week, and among them were the dominant kittens and the laggards, "Matata" being the absolute "Alpha kitten", his or her sex still undetermined, even after 40 days!?Unlike dogs, amongst cats kittens its absolutely difficult to "AUTHENTICALLY" determine their sex , even by "PET SHOP EXPERTS", habituated with buying ,breeding and selling kittens. On Friday(5-6-2009)sold the rest of the 3 white kittens to the pet shop owner Mr Imran.Khan at Rs4000(Us $'s 84!)each, a pittance compared to the purchase of Matahari as a similar kitten for Rs 14,000(U.S $'S 350!) in August 2007 .Economic depression has taken its toll on everything including the price of doll-faced persian cats in Mumbai.
On Monday(22-6-2009),took kitten "Matata" to the vet at "Shivaji Park animal clinic" run by Dr Satish Rajhans and it was vaccinated by Dr Chavan.For the first time i also confirmed the sex of "Matata" as a male.Kittens unlike puppies are very difficult to detect their sex, especially furry kittens like doll-faced Persians.The vaccination cost Rs500(11 US$'S approx) and pet care is very expensive in Mumbai comparitively to the cost of living and purchasing power of the Indian rupee."Matata" is light brown in colour and a copybook model replica of the "Doll-Faced kitten" as shown in glossy magazines.
Hope he matures into a handsome cat as kittens change drastically as they mature and age, a prime example is "Matata's" mother "Matahari" who at the age of 2 resembles an exotic white doll-faced Persian leopard cat!Kitten Matata was given its first "De-worming tablet" on 23-6-2009.
A quarter tablet of "Ploun(cazole)" was given to him. The same dosage to be repeated after 15 days.Matata has developed into a fat plump kitten, absolutely mischievous and also lazy.His fur coat is sleek and thick and he resembles more of the original "Doll-Faced Persian breed", a freak amongst his 5 other siblings who resembled their parents and more of the "Angora Breed Genes" in their physique and breed behavior.The other 5 kittens of Matahari which were pure snow white like her were very agile in climbing unlike "Matata" who is clumsy at climbing, having short legs and a stubby fat body structure.Matata is never fussy about his food unlike his mother "Matahari" and eats anything edible, hence could survive under any condition akin to feral cats, a hardy tough kitten.Bathing should be made a habit from "Kitten-hood" otherwise its difficult as cats just hate water unlike their larger cousins "Tigers".I bathe Matata once a month , beginning his first bathe as a 1 1/2 month old kitten along with his 5 other siblings.Crawford Market Pet shop breeder, Mr Imran.Khan advised me to use "Johnson Baby shampoo" for bathing and controlling flea's, which he regularly uses as he deals in a large number of various pets.I previously used human soap for bathing matata's mother Matahari, but realized that it caused rashes and after changing over to "Johnson's baby shampoo" the rashes on cat matahari's skin have ceased. I bathed Matata on Tuesday(4-8-2009) in the bathroom with the door closed so that he couldn't run away into the house, but, just stand in a corner of the bathroom while i showered him and later applied "Johnsons baby lotion" instead of soap.My advice, apply a mild shampoo for your cats as ordinary human soaps are too harsh for their skin and could later cause skin rashes.On Sunday(29-8-2009)Kitten Matata had completed 5 months and grown into a mischievous fat kitten.Eating is his hobby and he consumes anything and everything that is "Non-Vegetarian", worse than feral cats, something bizarre.He has developed into a beautiful and fat chubby kitten, a poster boy for the "DOLL FACED KITTEN" species.He is "Toilet trained", hence no major "cat problems" of messing around the entire house.
|Tomcat Matata ,aged 4 years sporting one of the longest "Cat whiskers".|
At 6 months of age kitten "Matata" has redifined the human term "COPYCAT". He imitates each and every movement of his dam Queen cat Matahari and just today , Sunday(11-10-2009) he demonstrated the infamous " CAT SUICIDE WALK" patented by Matahari.In the morning at approx 0700 hrs he went out of the bedroom window sill grating and came inside after the narrow walk on the 3'' ledge with a sheer drop 5 storeys below. "Cat Experts" are still "LEARNING" the behavior and characteristics of various cat breeds. Kitten Matata is very intelligent and its behavior is akin to a puppy rather than a kitten, barring its suicidal skills of climbing onto window ledges.He knows when he commits a mistake and akin to a human child quickly regrets the same, running away from the scene of "Mischief"! After spanking him for going out of the bedroom and kitchen windows he now avoids the same but still goes out and looks outside the window grails. He quickly runs away on seeing me approaching him, absolutely hilarious. Regarding "Eating Habits", they have a hierarchial order of eating with dam Queen cat Matahari eating the lions share and later kitten matata feeding on the leftovers. I feed them in the same plate and both eat together without any quarreling but after a few bites kitten Matata drifts from the plate allowing Matahari to have her complete feed. He later goes and eats again after she has finished her share of the food. Matata, unlike his dam Matahari has the habit of eating our "Table Leftovers" and relishes this food much more than his actual "cat Food" of "Mince meat/boiled rice" and hence also has the peculiar habit of waiting till we finish our meals and then eating his "Cat food" if he doesn't get any tit-bits from us.
|Friday(3-5-2013):- Tomcat matata sitting dangerously on the house gallery ledge.|
Matata just lives to eat, a unstoppable eating machine and is the "MODEL KITTEN FOR GLUTTONY"! Whats the reason for this extreme gluttony? Is it a hormonal deficiency? I have never seen either a dog or cat having a tendency for "Gluttony" as has "Matata".I owned two dogs , a spitz "Blondie" between 1976 to 1984 and a dachshund "Lucky" between 1985 to 1994.Both were never as gluttonous as kitten "Matata".Guaranteed,"Matata" would win a 1st prize in any "Cat Competition" concerning "Eating". Another strange habit about "Matata" is that he imitates his dam "Matahari" to the "T", copying everything she does, including her death defying "window balance" cat walks, a cat- owners nightmare.
"Matata" is more "Dog-like" than "Catlike" in his behaviour and since i owned two dogs prior to owning cats, the similarities are bizarre.He is a dog trapped in a cats body. He is very fond of our meal titbit's during our lunch or dinner and runs like a dog when called by name between me and the house-keeper Sabina.Dias to get tit-bits from us both. I have never seen a cat running towards its master or owner unlike dogs although they do respond to their name.Another factor is his deceptively looking plump stature which makes us humans think he is a clumsy climber, a feline laggard as are most "Persian Cats" compared to other cat breeds.This has been proved totally wrong as although he was a slow learner compared to his siblings during kitten-hood, now, aged 8 months , has climbed every nook and corner that his dam "Matahari" has accomplished. In physical structure he is an ideal replica of the "Traditional doll Faced Persian Cat" that adorned "Cat Magazines" a decade ago before arrival of the "Flat-Faced Persian cat" onto the "Cat Shows".
|Tuesday(9-4-2013) :- A Rare Candid photo of Tomcat Matata and his Dam,Queen cat Matahari.|
"Matata" likes to play with his plastic ball and also follows us around the house akin to dogs which his dam "Matahari" doesn't mimic.Cats are more independent, hence the saying among pet owners, "You own a dog, but, a cat will own you"!
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT BIZARRE BEHAVIOUR BY MATATA(Monday 1-7-2013) :-Matata is today 4 years and 3 months old, a tomcat who has not been castrated. He normally uses the toilet for his normal daily routines, occasionally urinating at odd places, typical of a mature male cat marking its territory.
On Monday(1-7-2013) he shocked me out of my mind by behaving like a possessed cat.In the afternoon he suddenly screamed in the kitchen and i was under the impression that he had attacked matahari as they sometimes do get into cat fights, one such fight almost proving fatal for matahari who was severely mauled.On rushing to the kitchen i was happy to realize that he was alone yet confused as to the reason for him screaming in succh a high pitched cat voice.Confused and puzzled i forgot this peculiar incident. At night i was having my normal dinner at the dining table when matata suddenly jumped onto the table and over my plate. In his short life span in my house he never ever did such a thing, usually jumping on the table and posturing on the show-case shelf, the favourite resting spot of both the house cats.Photographs of the same are on view. The next act of Matata was a knock-out blow.After jumping onto the table he quickly went to the table wall where i keep my World-tour memorabilia and souvenirs.Right in front of my eyes he urinated against the wall, myself speechless with shock at this totally unrealistic and bizarre behaviour.After urinating right in front of me at the dinner table he jumped back to the floor and acted as if nothing had happened.i didn't scold him as i understand animal behaviour having owned pets since the time i could walk and talk!What was the reason for this peculiar behaviour of tomcat matata ? Superstitious folks would presume some unworldly spirit had entered the cat as shown in the numerous horror movies all over the World.Was matata telling me that he is the "Alpha Cat" of the house ? Did he urinate in front of me on my table to show that the house is he's! Cat psychologists could be able to explain this bizarre and unbelievable behaviour of Tomcat matata on Monday(1-7-2013). My house-keeper Sabina.Dias was present in my house during this bizarre behaviour of tomcat matata since cat owners would think i am exaggerating for publicity.Now readers will know the reasons for me nicknaming tomcat Matata as "THE JOKER" of the house.He is truly entertaining and humorous, especially if he wants to attract the attention of his human care-takers.
|"All Souls Day(Saturday 2-11-2013)" :- Tomcat Matata loves sitting on the show-case that has my parents photo with a flower garland and the "Last Supper" mural on the wall.A typical Indian Catholic house-hold in Mumbai.|
Animal Husbandry is a very difficult business and i am reminded of the spectacular flop of the American Billionaire/politician Late Mr Nelson.A.Rockefeller in setting a "PIG-BREEDING FARM" in South America for upliftment of poverty in rural Latin America..High quality Pigs were specially flown from U.S.A to a Country in South America but bizarrely they all turned out to be "STERILE" and hence that was the end of Mr Nelson.Rockefeller's brilliant scheme of setting up a "Pig Industry" in Latin America.If a Rockefeller with all the world's money could fail in "Animal Husbandry" then so could anyone else.Another World famous failure as a "STUD" was the horse "Cigar" which proved sterile after retirement from Horse-racing , also insured for the same by the owners !Today both the cats are my non-human children, the centre of my life at home along with India's best talking Alexandrine parakeet "Mittoo".
|Saturday(9-11-2013) :- Tomcat Matata changes his favourite sleeping locations and in recent days its been next to my bed below by reading book chair.If wealthy i would have tried owning race-horses.|
Tomcat Matata's mystery poisoning scare (Sunday 7-7-2013) :-
Have observed that Matata has been vomiting his food since Saturday evening He has done this occasionally but on Sunday it was a vomiting of both his breakfast and later dinner.He seems totally normal and also passed normal stools, hence did not suspect any virus infection.As mentioned, he was the hardiest and toughest cat , a habit to eat any non-vegetarian food including bones akin to a tiger or lion.We called him "Dustbin" as he relished our meat and fish leftovers unlike his dam Matahari who is very selective in her food and not as robust or tough as Matata.I couldn't take Matata to the Vet as he is a miniature "Big Cat" in temperament, absolutely paranoid of strangers and open spaces. Akin to a tiger or lion he would have to be tranquilized before being administered medical treatment by a vet.In behaviour he was normal and active, no external signs of any sickness..I realized that he was suffering from some bout of minor "FOOD POISONING" and hence decided to give him fresh minced meat without much of fat content. On Monday morning went to the butchers shop on my mobike and purchased high quality non-fat minced beef meat.The same was boiled with rice and fed to both the cats.I initially suspected that Matata was licking the "Cockroach poison" chalk marks that had been placed on the house floor but seems that was wrong. He must have ingested flakes of wall paint as he had the habit of sniffing and licking at house corners where some paint had peeled off from the walls.We banned him from entering the kitchen, his normal habit of venturing into kitchen corners and licking the paint. He is back to his normal habits and has stopped vomiting since Monday, eating his normal food twice a day.This was the biggest scare that Tomcat matata has given me since his birth 4 years ago as cats are very delicate akin to dogs and quickly succumb to a virus infection.All is well that ends well and both cats are back to normal behaviour and living.
FRIDAY(21-2-2014)UNEXPLAINED HORROR BEHAVIOUR BY Tomcat Matata :On Friday(21-2-2014) i went to the "Dadar Voting Office" with my application for the "ADDRESS CORRECTION" in my "VOTING DOCUMENTS".Got a shock of my life when i viewed my entire family names in the area and building voting list as registered in the official Voting Computer.The names absolutely fabricated, read like European names(EG :-Rudolfo andreu Furta).Anyone not knowing me or my parents names would think that some different family was residing in my house at "Vaibhav Apartments" in Mumbai ! Was the "VOTERS LIST NAMES" in the computer "HACKED" and bizarrely only my household family names ?Remember, my Late parents have been voting since 1975 and had "Voting Cards" while i began my political voting rights after attaining 21 years of age.We have lived in the same building since 1975! How is it possible for the "VOTING COMPUTER" to show badly spelt and totally un-connected names. A spelling error could be of a single word or a few alphabets but definitely not the entire family names changed ! I was told to write my name in "MARATHI" by the concerned authority and did so, with a little assistance from a gentleman in the inquiry queue.Imagine the fact that the entire family of "FURTADO'S" of " Vaibhav Apartments" had been voting since 1975 under a different registered name in the "Maharashtra State Voting Register" ! If a celebrity like actor Anupam.Kher of "KUTCH BHI HO SAKTHA HAIN(ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN)" mega-hit play fame goes to a "Voting Booth" and finds his name not on the voting list it becomes "T.V.NEWS".Imagine the legal mess the "VOTING BOOTHS" could cause if akin to "P.A.N" or a "PASSPORT" , the identity of "REGISTERED VOTERS" was accepted as a "IDENTITY PROOF" for "LEGAL DOCUMENTS AND STATUS". After correcting a decades old "VOTING BOOTH MISTAKE" i came home , amazed at the callousness in which some of the States family history records are fabricated, unbelievable but true.Suddenly as i entered the house tomcat Matata jumped onto the show-case drawer and urinated on my parents photograph right in front of me and my house-keeper Sabina.Dias. He has never ever exhibited such bizarre behaviour in his entire life. His eyes changed colour while urinating, becoming fierce akin to a wild cat in a animal horror film.He normally does occasionally "SPRAY" urine in corners of the house, normal behaviour of a non-castrated male cat but has never ever urinated on the table in front of us.This bizarre behaviour shocked us and i kept quiet about the matter not even scolding him as i realized he would never be able to reason out his errant bizarre behaviour. After that he has never ever urinated on the table.
NOTE:- My "PARENTS PHOTOGRAPH" on which "Matata" urinated is shown in the blog with "Tomcat Matata" sleeping on the table.He likes visiting this location in my small house. CAN ANY CAT EXPERT OR BEHAVIORIST THROUGH SOME LIGHT ON THIS EXTREMELY BIZARRE BEHAVIOUR.
|Clown "Matata" in a unique sleep posture.|
Tomcat Matata transforms into a "Elephant bull" in 'Musth' :- As mentioned tomcat "Matata" yowls loudly at night at times causing us sleepless nights. He turns a bit crazy and his food intake also decreases. He also tends to get aggressive towards his dam "Matahari". Worse is his urinary spraying all over the house, especially on tables and photo portraits.Worst was when he sprayed on my computer monitor on Friday(27-2-2015) almost making it non-operational.I got the computer screen dried through the hairdryer and miraculously the monitor started functioning normally after a few erratic starts.I normally cover the printer with a cloth but on this particular day forgot the same and paid the penalty.This is the trouble having non-castrated male cats as pets at home.Worst irony is that tomcat matata is useless as a "Stud Cat" totally ignorant of the method of mating, a one in a million % defect in any normal animal .He deserves a place in the "Guinness Book of Records" for his uniqueness of being a impotent tomcat.Many animals are infertile but are able to mate and in the rarest of rare cases will you come across a cat like "Tomcat Matata" that just doesn't know the method of mating let alone later being proven infertile.The World famous American horse "Cigar" proved infertile at stud and a colossal loss to its owners later compensated by "Insurance" !.Tomcat Matata feels the urge to mate and hence the sudden change in behaviour akin to a female cat in "Heat".During this period he also becomes restless and goes out of the house kitchen window demonstrating his unique daredevilry. A slip would mean a fall 5 floors below to the ground.After a week or two he returns to normal and later the same cycle begins all over again.
|"Matata" with his caretaker Sabina.Dias.|
Thursday(1-5-2014) CATS DO NOT RECOGNIZE EACH OTHER BY SIGHT BUT BY SMELL AND SOUNDS .A observation in my cats :- Today tomcat Matata almost mauled his dam Matahari with me intervening to separate them.and receiving serious injuries.I have observed that whenever cat matahari yells in a shrill voice then tomcat Matata rushes furiously to attack her akin to defending his territory against a intruder.It has happened on numerous time but most seriously today.I was working on Matahari trying to remove some fur that had got entangled in her canine tooth due to grooming. She suddenly uttered a shrill "MEOW" to which tomcat Matata instantly pounced on her.Luckily i grabbed him by the tail and in typical Wrestling style flung him across the room and chased him.In the effort i received a severe gash but providence and my quick reflexes saved cat Matahari from severe injury.After a few minutes they both were back to normal and mingling with each other. This proves the fact that cats do not recognize each other by "SIGHT AND APPEARANCES" as we humans do but by "SMELL AND SOUNDS".Normally Matahari has a soft purring sound which does not aggravate tomcat Matata. Its only when the decibel level of Matahari's purr is raised that tomcat Matata gets aggravated thinking her to be another cat,bizarre but true.Could fellow cat owners explain this phenomenon or their own personal experiences with their pet cats or have i made a new discovery in "CAT BEHAVIOUR" ?
|House-keeper Miss Sabina.Dias with "Matata".He adores her.|
Tomcat Matata develops strange and bizarre skin disease (June 2014) :-
|A Section of the "Matted Hair" removed from Matata.|
He has been suffering from some strange “Skin Disease” caused by flea infection and i have been bathing him with anti-flea shampoo.This problem has been prevelant since almost a year, the fleas being residents in our house garden pots since both my cats are "Indoor cats", never having stepped out of the house. I have normally bathed him with anti-flea shampoo and there was no matting of his fur. Strangely, the fleas only seem to prefer his fur and not of his dam Matahari as she is perfectly normal having beautiful soft textured fur. Matata's fur is coarse and rough, the ultimate freak kitten , now a tomcat from the litter of 6 kittens.His entire fur sheds akin to a dead animal being skinned or a snake shedding its skin .I can’t take him to a vet to understand the reasons for his skin peeling off as he is a mirror image of a wild cat, extremely ferocious and lethal when cornered or angry.The vet doesn't attend pet patients at home and hence thanks to the Internet and "P.O.C (Pictures of Cats) website" that i managed to deduce his freak skin disease. Gave him a bathe on Wednesday(18-6-2014) and cut off the hanging fur mat which resembles a small carpet,the same shown in the photo .His fur is growing back in places where i have removed the matted fur.He is absolutely normal, hale and hearty. Just wondering as to the type of this unusual disease of skin shedding akin to a snake.He is perfectly normal otherwise. Thanks to "P.O.C(Pictures of Cats)", the on-line "Cat Encyclopedia" that i could at least discuss his strange ailment and get some suggestions from Londoner Mr Michael.Broad the owner of the site, a encyclopedia on cats and cat welfare.I was using "Bay-o-pet brand Bolfo Shampoo" and the same could be the reason for his fur matting.He advised me to change the flea shampoo or stop using the same.
BIZARRE URINATING SEQUENCE OF TOMCAT MATATA :- A few months since the end of 2014 tomcat "Matata" has developed a strange and bizarre urinating sequence that is comic as well as inexpiable by us humans.At times when i use the toilet for urinating i do leave the toilet door open. Strangely tomcat Matata rushes into the toilet and quietly urinates at the door entrance of the toilet while i am simultaneously urinating !He has done this on numerous occasions.A few times i have shewed him away but since my back faces him while urinating he quickly does his urination before i have time to chase him away. The trouble is that being a male cat his urine stinks a special "Cat Perfume" and getting rid of the smell is a time consuming process of pouring water over the toilet floor.Whats the reason for this strange behaviour ? Is he marking his territory in comparison to me ? A "Cat Psychologist" would be able to explain this strange and bizarre behaviour of cat Matata.
Tomcat "Matata" behaves like a "Musth Elephant" once a month !(Thursday 9-7-2015) :- Over the months have observed the strange behaviour of tomcat "Matata" whose personality suddenly changes once every month akin to a female cat coming into "Heat" or a Male elephant in "Musth".He starts "Yowling" loudly, especially in the night and goes sniffing around the house for any cat intruder. He also has the tendency to "Spray" his urine around the house and thats the time i am careful to cover my desk-top computer.This behaviour lasts for a few days and then he regains his normal self akin to a male elephant that undergoes "Musth".As explained before its now a mystery as to the reasons tomcat "Matata" can't mate or doesn't know how to mate .Otherwise he is a normal and ferocious tomcat and a skilled hunter who tries to track the occasional pigeon the perches on our house windows.He also has the jaws of a Hyena, extremely strong and he loves munching fried chicken leg bones.6 year old tomcat "Matata" is a freak of the cat World in temperament as well as physiology. -
|Thursday(19-5-2016) :- A "STUDIO PHOTO" in the house while watching "N.B.A Basketball" on T.v|