Friday, March 28, 2008

Mr Snizzles Has The Snip

It's been done. Target went to the vet and had the snip. He's now a retired gentleman cat.

Target is perfectly fine, jumping up and down all over the place - including on top of poor Au!

I know I'll get a lot of flack about this from Malaysian readers, but I believe that neutering is the way to go. For one thing, 5 out of 8 kittens at the back have died. It' s touch and go for the other 3. The last litter died off completely. I hate all this pointless suffering!

So for those of you who read Katz Tales in The Star Weekend section who have faith issues, I'll quote Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker, a Muslim vet and international animal rights worker whose articles concerning Animals and Islam at are read by thousands:

“I cannot overemphasize the need to have one’s cats or dogs sterilized.”

"Animals do not have freedom of choice, only man and jinn do. Hence, animals act upon their instincts. Likewise, they do not have sexual intercourse for pleasure, but only based on instinct, when a female comes on heat/oestrus. Therefore, animals do not rape or murder or steal with ill intention, all their actions are based on instinct and what they are trained to do.”

“For this reason, sterilization of animals will remove the instinct to procreate only, thus controlling the population in an environment where there are no natural predators and help curb disease between man and animals and vice versa, that could be spread by over-population of animals.”

“Killing of animals in an inhumane way for no valid reason is unIslamic. So population control, through sterilization, benefits both man and animal by helping to prevent the spread of disease between species and prevent the suffering of unwanted pets and the unIslamic practice of abandoning domestic animals."

"All animals are a part of Allah’s creation and belong to Allah (swt). Muslims are custodians of this beautiful planet. How we care for animals and what we use them for we will be accountable for to Allah (swt). All of creation is Muslim, submitting to Allah’s will—only man and jinn are granted a freedom of choice. So yes, even animals are Muslim."

"In the Holy Qur’aan (S4:36) we are advised to do good to “… what your right hands own …” According to the commentator Imaam Faghruddin al-Rhazi, this refers to all those who have no civil rights, including animals. Thus, the verse lays down the duty of being good toward animals."

"All things “…have been created for you ...” for our benefit (S2:29). It thus becomes our duty to protect, employ with dignity, and promote the well-being of any animal in our care. In this way, we are expressing our thankfulness to Allah (swt) for His blessings in a practical manner. (Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society, Mawlana F.R. Ansari, vol. 2, pp. 125-126)"

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

COT Superfecund Girl

A stray girl in the back has just given birth to several kittens. We're not sure how many she had in total, but two died yesterday and there are five little ones left. We've given them a Tiger beer box to shelter in so hopefully some will make it.

What's interesting is that we can see quite easily that the fathers of these kittens are different. (BTW, for new cat-lovers: cats are superfecund, meaning that the girls who mate with lots of boys give birth to litters of kittens where kittens may different fathers. Weird, huh?)

The little ginger one is obviously one of Yow-Yow's but the grey ones must be offspring from another stray tom in our area, a funny grey and pale cream cat with pale purple eyes.

One bit of news: our Target won't be adding to the kitten problem. He went to the vet last week and had the snip. He's 100% recovered and is in an excellent mood!

Monday, March 10, 2008

COT On Guard!

Au thinks that living with Target can be a bit trying. Our intrepid kitten keeps diving on top of the senior cat, biting his ears and chewing his neck.

When he's in a good mood, Au plays gently with Target, showing him just how cat wrestling works.

But he's fed up our big kitty simply squashes his small colleague by sitting on him.

We're just enjoying the show.

Happy Cats on Tuesday! For more catty talk, visit Gattina who started COT...