If you're wondering why I haven't written a lot about Cole the Tuxie Cat, or the other cruelty cases I've come across, here's the explanation. Marg: there are no horrible pics or descriptions, just a nice picture of Guido!
Those of you who don't live in Malaysia may not realise that this blog supports Katz Tales, a newspaper column that I write for The Star. When I started writing it back in 2006, I had two overt aims: to entertain and to help new cat lovers understand their pets better.
The 800 word article is always about my cats, and there's a sidebar of facts and information. I knew that many cat lovers here kept their pets in cages (to keep them safe and clean) without inoculation (because animals aren't people so they don't need them) and a host of other popular misconceptions, so I was hoping the sidebar would help those kitties get a better deal.
I also had two covert aims: to persuade those who tolerate cats to love them, and to persuade those who hate cats to tolerate them.
As I think that you catch more flies with honey, Katz Tales is a "feel good" column where I try to make people laugh (at me mostly) and by sharing how wonderful it is to have pet family. I don't write about cruelty - unless it's the way Au and his colleagues manipulate their servants.
Sometimes I get flak from people who think I should highlight abuse cases. My friends sometimes poke at me for never writing about the occasional cruelty cases I help out with and the strays I feed, neuter and medicate daily.
I've explained it's partly a philosophical and branding issue but I have to confess it's partly selfishness too. I already get lots of email saying, "I just rescued 6 cats, when can I drop them at your place?" and I don't want to have to keep explaining that I'm not a rescue centre, a living saint like some of my rescue pals, or a bottomless well of ca$h. Also, cruelty cases break my heart, and I'm not one of those Teflon people who can just shrug stuff off.
So as an exception for once I'll tell you now that Cole the Tuxie cat is fat and happy and totally healed. I tried to take his picture yesterday but he keeps rolling onto his back so we'll have to wait till Saturday when his mummy can hold him up for a nice pose. And that cat down the street who was attacked with boiling water a few days ago seems to be healing thanks to the meds our vet gifted me with.
And to make you all smile, here's Guido! He's giggling because he's had breakfast AND trashed the living room. He's one kitty who's living the good life and I'm hoping that Katz Tales helps some others to do the same.
PS to read two free Tales published in The Star newspaper, check out Scoop Moves In and Scoop Fakes An Illness, and click on Our Books to download How Boris The Cat Was Reunited With His Family, a free PDF download. If you buy the book, Katz Tales, also listed under Our Books, 10% goes to Friends Furry Farm charity.