Friday, December 26, 2008

Doji is missing


Doji the dog next door went missing a few weeks ago. I thought he was out with his mum and dad a lot so it was a few days before I realised he'd gone missing. And as his dad wanted to give him a bath because of ticks (I know! I told him about Frontline!) Doji wasn't wearing his collar.

I hope that little dog has found a good home with people who think he's a stray. Doji was a kind and gentle person. We miss him.

Missing pets are always a nightmare. I've taken an interest in search and rescue for some time now, and have found some interesing papers online about the science of hunting for lost people.

However, there isn't one for lost dogs, which makes me think we should write one. I've made a start in tomorrow's Dog Talk article in The Star that talks about how to find lost pets.

In the meantime, here are some interesting web sites to check out:

Predicting Lost Person Behaviour: a basic overview of how the science works.

Behaviour Characteristicts (of the Lost) from the Canadian BC Council. Great if you have lost your kid while out nature rambling!

Also, if you're in Malaysia, send in a snap of your cat or dog with a caption and win a gift basket from Heartguard (dogs) or Friskies (cats). Send entry to:

Katz Tales and Dog Talk Photo Competition
StarWeekend
Star Publications
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
Petaling Jaya 46350
Email: weekend@thestar.com.my

Don't forget to include your name, town and contact number so the prize can be sent to your home/office.

The picture is this week's Adopt Me! candidate Browny.

Browny was taught to sit and shake paws when he was little. But when he grew up, his family didn’t want to feed him.

Today he is at Friends Furry Farm where he gets on well with people and dogs. This 2 year old neutered male dog now needs a loving home.

He’s had his injections, heartworm and worming tablets. If you want to adopt him please email sabrinayeap AT gmail.com or sms to 016-6319018.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

COT Creepy!

A last minute note: please help Yvonne Foong save her eye by buying one of her T-shirts. Yvonne is one of my neighbours, I have met her and vouch this is for real.

To explain what's going on, this stolen from the Facebook page:

"For a good part of her youth, Yvonne Foong has had to battle Neurofibromatosis(NF), an illness of the nervous system that causes benign tumors to grow in her body. There is currently no known cure for NF.

This brave young lady has decided to fight her condition , by obtaining funds using her own resources and effort. The recurrence of tumors in her body has only fortified her resilience . She has turned her condition into her prime motivation to help others like her battle their medical condition.

A former recipient of the AYA Dream Malaysia-‘Most Outstanding Youth of the Year Award, Yvonne aspires to be a a Psychologist and therapist providing support to children who face similar conditions to her own.

All she asks, is that you buy her self designed T-Shirt for RM 15 (USD4.40) , which she hopes would provide her with the funds to Save Her Eye.

To place an order, send your preferred sizes and postal address to yvonnefmn AT gmail.com

Payment may be made by direct bank transfer."

Please place an order today.


Cats on Tuesday is hosted by Gattina.


Eeeek! He's waving at me!

Target continues to be totally creeped out by our lucky beckoning cat. Every time he jumps up ont he table and sees it, he creeps along on his belly ad growls at it. We're living with the scardiest cat in the whole wide world :-)

We're taking some time off this week to party and hang out. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

The Weird But Wonderful Sphynx Cat

If you enjoy the weirder things in life, take a look at the hairless Sphynx cat.

These fuzzies have such fine thin coats that you can see their skin. Every wrinkle and bit of flab is revealed. Unlike their furry cat colleagues, the Sphynx can't hide their love handles - or their belly buttons!

Check out Katz Tales tomorrow in the print version of the Malaysian national daily, The Star, Weekend section.

The article also comes with a sidebar of information on what you need to know about pedigree cats and pedigree cat certificates.

Clip it out for too-trusting friends who may be caught out by unscrupulous breeders out to make a quick buck.!

In the meantime, here are some links to more information about hairless kitties:

Cat Fancier's Sphynx Cat profile

Don Hairless

Animal Planet About Sphynx Cats

Peterbald Cats

Wikipedia's Sphynx and Don Hairless.

Dragonheart and Merlin Sphynx blog

Also, if you're in Malaysia, send in a snap of your cat or dog with a caption and win a gift basket from Heartguard (dogs) or Friskies (cats). Send entries to:

Katz Tales and Dog Talk Photo Competition
StarWeekend
Star Publications
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
Petaling Jaya 46350
Email: weekend AT thestar.com.my

Don't forget to include your name, town and contact number so the prize can be sent to your home/office.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Malaysia Cat Spit Superstition

My friend Sara who runs Kusar Cabana pub in SS15/4E, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, told me of this local superstition where you can stop yourself being allergic to cats by spitting when you see one.

Sara maintains that if you spit 3 times when seeing a cat, you won't have sneezes or wheezes. Nor will you have any sort of odd luck if you see a black cat, white cat, cat walking away from you, cat walking towards you - or whatever cat superstition you happen to believe in.

The thing is that Sara's kids also believe in this. So when they all drive past a kitty in the street, Sara can hear his brood spitting quietly in the back seat.

We are now nicknaming his car the Spit Mobile....

Any other cat superstitions out there? I have written about it before but have found some new ones:

If you hear a cat sneeze you're in for some good luck. - Italy
The life-giving rays of the sun are stored in the cat's eyes at night - Ancient Egypt
Cats tell tales and will gossip about their family - Holland

Au reading the newspaper while lying on Tom's feet isn't just being idle. His laser eyes show he's keeping the sun's energy giving light safe during the night!

Happy Cats On Tuesday. For more cat stories, check out the links in the menu bar or visit Gattina.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Party Time - And The Fuzzies Are Invited


There are two animal parties taking place this month.

Tomorrow Saturday 13th December: Yuletide season of love @ Sid's Pub, 34 Lorong Rahim Kaju 14, Taman Tun Dr, Ismail, 6000 Kuala Lumpur(Close to One Utama Shopping Centre) (Tel: +603 77277437) Dec 13 3PM-8PM

Message from Friends Furry Farm: "Celebrate this coming joyful season by spreading the joy of giving to those who are in need! There will be several activities lined up for the day such as Pub quizzes, Lucky draw with some fab prizes such as golden class tix @ Signature, massage spas, pet product hampers, etc. Grand prizes are pet leather bag carrier, 3-course dinner for 2 in the privacy of your own home, chocolate xmas hampers and so much more! There's also a surprise activity at the end of day where winners will get to enjoy dinner with some new friends - contributed by our gracious sponsors! Do bring your family & friends along this Saturday, Dec 13 from 3PM - 8PM @ Sid's Pub, TTDI. Happy hours extended till 9PM!"

"While Sid's pub is a dog friendly place - On that day however, we are cautioning visitors not to bring as the pub space is small & we're afraid the dogs might go ballistic with the noise and crowd! The contribution per raffle ticket is RM50 and it comes with a free pint & free bar snacks from 3-7pm plus pub quizzes & lucky draws as in poster..."

"We are negotiating with food suppliers to get reasonable rates to purchase dog food for the farm but as you know, most 20KG bags goes for RM100 above. So as you can see, RM50 is less than half the amount we need just to purchase a 20 kg bag."

"And we are feeding one 20kg bag per day for 60 dogs at least (yes, I know that is sad but that is the current ratio!) and the target is to achieve a 3-month food supply. So if you think about it, the contribution is at bare minimum... Hope you can spread the word around that we really need help as you can see, the dogs really do need it!"

"FFF will also be selling raffle tickets @ Sid's Pub every weekend evening, starting Nov 28.. Every Fri & Sat from 8pm till 11PM Sundays from 12PM - 7PM"

"And of course, on the day itself Dec 13, 2008... See you there!"

On Saturday 20th December: The SPCA Animal Shelter in Jalan Kerja Ayer Lama, Ampang will be having a Christmas Paw-ty on Saturday, 20th December 2008, from 12.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.

The prices for the buffet lunch is RM20 per adult and RM10 for children under 12. Guests are required to bring a non-gift wrapped gift (pet food, toy, treats or pet supplies) for the shelter animals, to help offset the costs of operating an animal shelter.

(NOTE: ALL FOOD SERVED IS HALAL AND THERE WILL BE VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN OPTIONS)

Please e-mail Ee Lynn from Combat Loaded and Mission Ready at wongeelynnATyahoo.com if you are interested in attending the said event, and please spread the message to your friends. Well-behaved pets are most welcome to attend this function and will not have to pay for the lunch.

For the month of December, we are also collecting pet food and supplies, old towels and blankets and old newspapers for the animal shelter as part of our "Do The Animals Know It's Christmas?" campaign.

For your information, the SPCA has a Charity Shop selling pre-loved goods and we also hold Jumble Sales at least twice a year to raise funds for the shelter. If you are spring cleaning your house and have unearthed lots of old clothes, books, knickknacks and electrical appliances to give away, or simply have old newspapers and old towels for reuse, please donate them to the SPCA for its very worthy work of helping animals that cannot help themselves.

To tie this back in with environmental and green living issues, the SPCA performs an important environmental service by vaccinating and neutering pets, surrendered animals and stray animals, thus reducing the risk of zoonosis, disease and stray overpopulation.

Thank you and please help us spread the word.

If you've time and are in KL/Klang, please go and offer your support.

Puppies For Christmas

Buying a puppy for Christmas looks like a great idea but looking after a pet takes time and money. Tomorrow's Dog Talk in the Malaysian national daily, The Star, Weekend section, looks at what it takes to keep a dog healthy and happy.

The article covers vaccinations, parasite prevention, and diet costs per month and per year. It also looks into how much time you need to spend with a pet dog to keep it happy and healthy.

If you're thinking of buying a pet, please do read it first. And do consider that giving someone else a dog is often a disaster as it is a present that demands loads of commitment. Every year there are thousands of dogs dumped at shelters a month after Christmas and Chinese New Year. Almost all are impulse buys or unwanted gifts.

If you want to buy a dog for the holidays, buy a cuddly one from a toyshop!

In the meantime, here are some links to more info about basic dog care:

Dog Inoculation Schedule and Information

Are Annual Vaccinations Necessary?

Frontline that kills fleas and ticks.

Heartgard against heartworm and other worms.

People Food That Kills Dogs

About Lonely Dogs


PS I came across this picture in Wikicommons that shows Kevin Reese and his military working dog Grek. I like it because it shows how close dogs and people can be. Reese and Grek are obviously great pals. Pity they're in a warzone though.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

COT: Pill Time!



Au and Target had to take their worm tablet last week. Au is a veteran at this. He sits upright on my lap while I open his mouth and pop in the pill. Our senior kitty swallows, gives me a filthy look, and wanders off. He then doublebacks and demands a treat for being good.

But Target is a different kettle of fish. Our junior kitty wriggles and struggles. He won't take his pill the nice way by sitting up. Instead, I have to turn him upside down on my lap, hold the scruff of his neck, lever open his jaw carefully with one finger, pop in the pill and stroke his throat till he swallows.

Here is a video of Target taking his pill. Isn't he wriggly?

video

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Cat Nip Kitty


I bought Target and Au a ball of dried cat nip in our local pet shop this week.

Experts say that catnip family consisting of some 250 herbs in the Nepeta genus contains nepetalactone, a feel-good compound that many cats adore.

BUT! Kittens aged less than 3 months don’t react to the stuff at all. In some cases cats aren’t interested until they are 1 or 2 years old.

Also, the enjoyment factor appears to be inherited. About half the cat population thinks it’s the bees knees - the other half can’t be bothered. Guess what Au and Target think of nip?

Katz Tales tomorrow in the Weekend section of the Malaysian national daily The Star is all about cat nip and cat toys. For instance, did you know that there are no safety standards for pet toys in Malaysia or Singapore? This means there might be unsafe toys out there with lead based paints, bits that can be chewed off and swallowed and more.

For cats who like nip, one way out is to buy your own nip (presticide free!) or grow it, and then use it to make your own toys.

#1: take a square bit of plain washed cotton or jeans material some 20cm by 20cm. Wash it, dry it, iron it, place dried catnip in the centre, then fold in half and sew up the sides with thick cotton. Your kitty will love to wrestle with this toy. If you're not the sewing type, place nip in the toe of a sock and knot.

#2: wind a thick unpainted, undyed hemp rope around a tree trunk (buy in garden centre). Wrap hemp along with dried lengths of nip plant around your scratching post to encourage your cat to scratch claws here instead of on the sofa!

Check it out tomorrow, and in the meantime, here are some cat nip and poisoned pet toy links:

How does catnip work?

Pet Owner Tests 24 Chinese-Made Dog Toys For Lead

Tests Find More Toxic Pet Toys

Consumers Respond to Toxic Wal-Mart Pet Toy Stories


Dog Toys - the Unregulated Market


Wikipedia's Catnip
Also, if you're in Malaysia, send in a snap of your cat or dog with a caption and win a gift basket from Heartguard (dogs) or Friskies (cats). Send entry to:

Katz Tales and Dog Talk Photo Competition
StarWeekend
Star Publications
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
Petaling Jaya 46350
Email: weekend@thestar.com.my

Don't forget to include your name, town and contact number so the prize can be sent to your home/office.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

COT: We've Been Memed!

Kitikata-San tagged us for a meme! Can you believe it?
Here are the meme Rules:
1. Each player starts with 8 random fact/habits about themselves.
2. Tagged players write their own blog about their 8 things and post these rules.
3. A the end of your blogpost, choose 8 people to be tagged and list their names.
4. Leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.

Well, here goes, here are 8 random facts about Au:
1. I was born in Malacca, Malaysia in The year of the Tiger.
2. I have a big white tummy.
3. My favourite treat is ham.
4. I waken my slaves at dawn because I like to eat early.
5. I love to hunt rats and mice.
6. I love wrestling with Target. See me in the picture looking all blurry cos I'm going so fast.
7. I can't decide if my favourite spot is my box, the sofa or the garden wall.
8. My tail is very short and has a kink in it, proving I'm a true Malaysian cat!

And here are 8 random facts about Target:

1. I was born in Subang Jaya, Malaysia in The year of the Pig.
2. I was named after the creamy circles on my sides.
3. My favourite treat is boiled chicken liver.
4. I have my own two pillows in bed.
5. I love my snizzle circles, my pingpong ball, and my string.
6. I love wrestling with my big brother Au. That's me in the picture putting on my fight face.
7. I have a very small meow but I'm using it very effectively!
8. My tail is long and looks straight but if you look closely, it has two kinks, proving I'm a true Malaysian cat!

We tag these cool cats to participate in this meme:

Luzie and Olli in Germany who hold tails,
Maia in Holland who got locked in the desk last week,
Poppy who is ill and his friend MeowMeow
Any one of Miilo's Dearest because they are new friends and we'd like to learn more,
Abel who is now living with the Spice cats, and
Copito, the hamster who likes to visit cats!

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