Pets play a big role in our lives and they should be loved and cherished. Pet owners are filled with so much joy from all their rendezvous with their adorable pets and even regard them as their 'darling daughter' or 'son'! So do we. This blog is all about our darling little paws; Gabrielle, Isabelle, Hercules, Alexander, Victoria The 2nd,Napoleon, Ms. Constantine, Jerry and the late Sidney, Troy and Victoria The 1st...

Monday, December 31, 2007

Lets do the Cha-cha!

One Two Cha Cha Cha, Three Four Cha Cha Cha

One Two Cha Cha Cha, Three Four Cha Cha Cha

One Two Cha Cha Cha, Three Four Cha Cha Cha

One Two Cha Cha Cha, Three Four Cha Cha Cha

Love always,
Abah & Ayah

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

An Evening with the Kids

This is a usual every day scene when it's time for Ayah to feed the kids canned food in the evenings. A large can is shared by 5 of them (Gabrielle and Victoria II do not fancy canned food) so everyone gets a fair share in their own individual bowls. This is the time when the house is noisiest (as you can witness in the video) and when we can see Isabelle actually running around (otherwise she would just sit still and sleep) from the kitchen to their room. Wet food is not served in the kitchen like their kibbles as Hercules would make a terrible mess playing with his food. Somehow he doesn't know how to eat from his bowl but he'd have to scoop the food out and then eat it from the floor. Bad boy!

Abah & Ayah

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Season's Greetings!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year 2008

From us @ Our Cute Little Paws;
Abah, Ayah, Isabelle, Gabrielle, Victoria II, Hercules, Alexander, Napoleon & Constantine

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Cats Make Great Pets

An Article from Pets Corner.

Cats make wonderful companions for children and adults alike. Cats by nature, are curious creatures. They are independent and like to roam where and when they please. Ever heard of this saying, “Dogs come when they're called, but cats tell you to take a message and get back to you later”. Ask any cat lover and he or she would tell you how true that is.

Therefore, before you think of purchasing or adopting a kitten, it is indeed very important to look at all aspects of owning one as a pet. You should be prepared to care for him for his basic needs, that is food, shelter, annual check ups, vaccinations and most important of all, your time spent in building that special bond with him.

Kitten protection for your home

You don't have to discourage their curious nature, but you do have to be prepared for it. Please note the list below for your kitten's safety.

Store all poisonous or dangerous materials in a tightly closed cabinet.
Keep toilet lids down. Your kitten could fall in.
Store plastic bags in a drawer where your kitty can't get to them. Kittens love to bat bags around, but they pose a threat of choking and suffocation.
Keep household items like string, sewing supplies, rubber bands, twist-ties, etc,. away from your kitten as they can be easily swallowed.
Electrical cords should either be tacked to the wall or wound up and bound so your kitty won't risk getting shocked.

The right start — Choosing the correct food for your kitten

Choosing a pet food that is nutritionally balanced, without excesses or deficiencies will help avoid health problems for your cat
It should be also fortified with vitamins and minerals including anti-oxidants for extra protection against diseases.
Feeding the right food to your cat will help avoid adult diseases like obesity, diabetes as well as organ damage when they are older.
There are many pet food in the market, and the choice made by you will determine the health of your cat. Do remember, however, that the transition from one pet food to another should be done gradually within a period of 7 days so that your cat will not have a tummy upset or diarrhea. Feeding too much food can also cause diarrhea in some cases.

Play areas for your kitten

It is your kitten's nature to want to scratch your furniture, your drapes, etc. But contrary to what you might think, it's not doing this only to sharpen its claws (you'll notice that even cats that have been declawed still do this). Cats usually scratch for exercise. They also scratch to mark their territory. A good way to prevent your kitten from scratching the sofa would be to provide him a scratch post that is tall enough to let your cat stretch out along its full length. Your kitten will notice and use it more and more if you put in plain sight. He will then play near it and gradually he will be drawn to the scratch post rather than the furniture. Catnip herbs are wonderful in distracting your kitten. You can place some catnip herbs in a cloth tied in a sachet and leave them near the scratch post to encourage playing in those areas. Your kitten will certainly have hours of fun.

The best person you can rely on would be your veterinarian if owning a cat is a totally new experience for you. Do ask your veterinarian's advice about the important vaccinations if you bought it from the breeder or pet shop.

If you live in an apartment or condo, it is best to make use of cat litters for a clean, hygienic environment. For those of you who allow your cat out, make sure you have some form of identification tag on her so that even if she ever gets lost, someone who finds her can trace you, her owner, easily.

However, when you expose them to the outdoors it is best to keep your eyes open since they can get into injuries. They are also susceptible to disease, fights with other animals and traffic accidents. We have all heard of tragic stories that some of our lesser fortunate pets have gone through.

Brushing Your Cat

How often your cat needs grooming depends upon several factors: type and length of coat, weather conditions, etc. Generally speaking, short-haired cats should be groomed about twice a week, while long-haired cats should be groomed daily. You will soon find the grooming frequency that provides the best results for your cat. It is important to establish and adhere to a regular grooming schedule. These sessions should be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you. Make sure that you allow time to provide proper grooming and are not likely to be interrupted.

Why is regular grooming important

Regular grooming is essential to your cat's health and well-being. Regular combing and brushing will keep the coat clean and healthy, stimulate the skin, and allow the natural oils to circulate to the coat. It will also help to prevent hairballs, which are the result of loose hair being picked up by the cat's tongue and then swallowed. These hairs sometimes accumulate in the cat's stomach forming hairballs which can be harmful to the cat.

Grooming will also allow you to check for potentially serious problems. Check for areas of hair loss, inflammation, unusual tenderness or lumps under the skin. Good grooming habits also prevents fleas and ticks on your pet and thus helps keep them under control. Constant scratching in a particular area may also be an indication of a problem. Check with your veterinarian about any unusual problems you may find.

Monday, December 03, 2007

The Cat's House - Our Dream for the Children

Picture from The Cat's House

How we wish we could do something like the photo above for our kids. They would surely love it if the house is fully accessible and devoted to being their playground. Perhaps it could be done children, when we move to a bigger house that is - so pray hard that Abah and Ayah will be able to afford a bigger place and renovate the house just for you guys.

Abah & Ayah

Saturday, December 01, 2007

THEN and NOW Part 2

Continued from previous post.

Hercules @ Abang

Then (July 2006) Then (Oct 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

Ahahah every time i look at the then pic (first photo) I would laugh my heads out. Hercules was adopted on July 1, 2006 (with Isabelle) from the IPR. When we got him, he was down with flu, was so scared and was called Tina for God knows whatever reason the IPR has. He has since a kid accompanied us when cleaning his letter tray. Now Constantine has taken over that job but Hercules still comes to watch us cleans their litter scoop - he's indeed excited to see the tap water flow and the sound of brushing. He would when we come back from work, greet us everytime without fail by patting our thighs with his two front paws. He loves to be kissed on the forehead and is an indeed a very loving brother towards Alexander and Constantine. Hercules's most obvious trait is his ears, they have outgrown him ever since he was small - ears of the Gremlins!

Alexander @ Abang Chik a.k.a Stuart Little

Then (Aug 2006) Then (Sept 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

Alexander is the only one adopted from PAWS in Aug 2006. He was cute, used to like watching soccer with Ayah on TV and always caught sleeping in awkward positions. He was like the character Howard in the movie Benchwarmers as he spent most of his time under the sofa during his first 2 weeks at home. He then grew attached to his sister Gabby (as seen in the second photo) and until now he would now and then snuggle with her. He is also very attached to Hercules (as seen in the Now photo). Alexander is suffering from hormonal deficiency affecting his tail (used to be really bushy like Gabby's) Because of the hormone pills we're giving him, the fur on his neck gets bushy instead (see Now Photo) Of all the kids, Alexander is the most vocal but lucky for his hormonal imbalance, the voice is rather squeaky than husky - perhaps he's really Stuart Little?

Napoleon @ Fatty

Then (Dec 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

Napoleon was adopted from Ayah's neighbor in Shah Alam. From a nearly a stray (because the previous owner didn't take good care of him - his white fur was yellowish when we took him) to a well groomed eating machine. So far since we practiced closed door policy to our bedroom (no more cats are allowed inside) only Napoleon is somehow allowed to be in as he behaves well compared to the others. Napoleon would be the guard of their kibbles bowl and every time either Ayah or Abah enters the kitchen, there he would be eating. He has grown so huge that Abah calls him "Fatty Fatty Bom Bom". Napoleon would every morning bid us good bye by rushing to the door and lying down legs up not allowing us to go to work. You wont stand a chance to see Napoleon during most of the day as he would be sleeping underneath the sofa until it is time for tea.

Constantine @ Kenit

Then (July 2007) Then (Oct 2007) Now (Nov 2007)\

This little guy has grown from an ugly duckling to a fluffy fur ball in just a matter of months. The first photo was taken when he was about 2 weeks old, the second at 4 months and now at a matured 5 months. Constantine adopted himself well with his siblings and has become the tai koh in the house. He has taken the place of Hercules whenever Abah or Ayah cleans their litter tray in the mornings and evenings. He would sit and watch us clean his poo poo and would be the first to use the cleaned litter tray. Constantine doesn't like to be picked up and would growl (sometimes snort like an oink oink whenever he demands to be put down) Always curious, he likes to play with drinking straws and chases his tail whenever he realizes he has one. Cute!

THEN and NOW Part 1

I recently went through the old family album. I had a good laugh seeing the kids when they were younger (ahaha I laughed at how old Ayah and I had become over the years too!) So, in summary, here's some then and now photos of the lovely kids.We'll start from the eldest to the youngest. Cheers to all!

Abah & Ayah

Isabelle @ Kak Long

Then (July 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

Well, at first we though Isabelle was three when we got her but it seems she's older than that. In the Now picture, she looks older but hehehe I guess the appetite grows with her age! The Then photo was taken on her first day at home, 1st July 2006, the day we adopted her and Hercules from the IPR. Isabelle is still the quiet (except for when Ayah gives her canned food in the evenings - only then she would be see running around chasing Ayah to the kitchen) and is suffering from mouth ulcer - she has taken many rounds of injections and medications but the ulcer kept recurring. Pity her.

Gabrielle @ Kakak @ Gabbyonce

Then (June 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

Gabby has surely matured from the time we adopted her from SPCA in June 2006. Her fur is well groomed now and she is indeed still the Gabbyonce (big ass) we always love and adore. Apart from scratching and destroying the wooden dining chair, she loves to sleep all day and night long. She would only wake up in the middle of the night when we have gone to bed. Gabby is real choose, she would eat unless no other cats are around and she loves to drink from the tap (just refuses to drink from the water fountain we bought especially for her) Because of Gabby, our condo unit is now like a jail house rock as we have to be careful leaving any doors or windows open - she is real clever and had escaped twice!

Victoria II @ Akak Gumuk @ Mbak Gendut
Then (Sept 2006) Now (Nov 2007)

The reason why we adopted Victoria was because Abah wanted another child who resembles his late Victoria I. After a long search we found Vicky and fell in love with her at first sight. Even though we were quite tight in the pocket at that time, abah went to the extend of borrowing money from his auntie. So we adopted Vicky from SPCA in September 2006) When the dorr bell rings she would be the first to disappear and hide underneath the sofa and will only come out of her hiding when the guests have gone home. Vicky is now very fat that she has to use the help of things around her in order to reach and lick her back or even the area in between her thighs. Pathetic eh?

To be continued...

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