Just 5 weeks left until my dissertation is due and I have been suffering from writers block for more than a week. Before then it was just sheer laziness but now I want to write but my mind goes blank.
My dissertation topic is so under-researched so I have to do three-four different fields of research. Popular culture, Fandom, Identity & Adoption. Identity among adopted people is such a sensitive subject that many people are scared to research into it.
Stupidly, in my mind I thought it was a good idea to have a unique dissertation title so it would be different. I failed to realise that in doing so it will make my dissertation so much harder to do!
Along with the pain of research, I have to do five interviews that should last between 30 minutes and an hour and a half. Also the people who I have to interview are hard to find in London.
(If there are any adopted Koreans living in London, please contact me! You will be saving my life! Even if you don’t live in London, Skype can connect us so get in touch please!)
But I know all this hard work will pay off. Once the cloud above my head has passed and I manage to start writing, I am confident that I will do well. If this dissertation goes the way I have planned, it will be a success. Not only for the grade I will get and how it will impact my degree, but as an under-researched topic. Having something I can call my own and have published is my dream.
The most important thing to do as soon as you get Kitty, is to take them to the vet. You can’t get he or she neutered or spayed until it is 5-6 months old but they need injections. Even if they are a home Kitty like Roari. So PLEASE!!! Take your Kitten to a vet!!! The price for injections are worth it because trust me, you don’t want a sick kitty. =[
(I will make a separate post on Neutering and Spaying at a later date)
So part two is going to go over things you should do with Kitty before it gets old.
I think the most important is to teach him or her its name!
The way I did this, was to say Roari’s name every time he looked at me, every time I gave him food, every time I stroked him, every time he came to sleep, every time possible! But make sure that you only call him or her by their name. No nicknames until they reply to their name!
Second important thing would be, for me, get them used to showering!
I know people say cats don’t like water, but if you wash your cat from when they are young they will get used to it. There is proof of this on YouTube. I wish that I could say Roari likes water, but I failed at this part when he was a baby!
Now, you have to be really careful. Please watch YouTube tutorials that actually show a cat! The temperature of the water must be Luke-warm. It has to be the temperature where you can’t say it’s cold or hot. Just feel water not a temperature! You also have to make sure that you never get water on the cats head or in their face. And please get Kitten shampoo for your vet or pet shop.
Also remember that Cats are naturally clean animals and they do not need to be washed as much as Dogs do. I’d say once every 6 months is fine. But I think it is also important to get a Kitten used to it so that if it gets really dirty it is not hard for you to wash it.
Third, when they climb on surfaces that you don’t want them to go on or on the curtain, they need to know this is wrong.
Now don’t shout at them or hit them. That doesn’t work with kids let alone animals that don’t know English! It took me a while and a lot of effort to get Roari to stop climbing on the curtains. But now he never does it.
What you must do is, as soon as they go onto the curtain/surface, pick them up gently, look at them, and say No. In a firm tone, but do NOT shout. When they realise that you always take them off the curtain/surface, they will hesitate a little bit before climbing up, when they get to this stage, simply say No. before they actually climb on to the curtain/surface. If you do this every time, they will get the message!
Many websites I have read suggest spraying your kitten with water. I disagree, I think that is horrible. Would you like it if someone sprayed water in your face?! They don’t understand that what they are doing is wrong. The one time my sister did this, Roari didn’t even care! He loves water! (But not showers -_-)
There are alternatives. Spraying the curtain with a spray you can get from pet shops that apparently stops your cat/dog from going to that surface that has been sprayed, but it stinks!! I got it when we first got Roari, and he hated it at first, but so did we. The smell was horrid and once it faded he was on the curtains again anyway!
You can also try a citrus air freshener or surface cleaner. This works better than that horrid spray!
Please, play with your kitty! When they are young they are the cutest!! And in a couple of months they will turn their tiny nose up at a toy and sleep for 20 hours a day! So enjoy it while it lasts!
Part 3 will be about Neutering and Spaying your cat. This will be up at a later date.
When I was in school, I had the best nails! My nails were long, strong and grew really fast. Then I started working. Working in retail ruins your whole life. My nails would break, they got really thin, they would peel.
So I neglected my nails for about 3 years because I gave up hope.
Then I started to watch nail tutorials on YouTube and a lot of Americans were talking about Nail Envy.
I am so happy I found Nail Envy! I purchased a sample from eBay and I am so happy I did. Within two applications, my nails were stronger, they were growing and they just looked healthy! After I finished the sample, which lasted just over a month, I decided to buy the full size OPI Nail Envy. I purchased the original (green writing) and the Matte (blue writing).
I recommend everyone to use this. If you have strong nails or weak nails, Nail Envy is amazing. The Matte version even makes it possible for guys to wear it without worrying about looking like they have a manicure!
In the directions it says to apply two coats of Nail Envy before applying a colour (if you want) and then put one coat on every other day, then start again after a week. I only followed this for the first month. When my nails started to get stronger, I only applied one coat rather than the recommended two coats.
There are also other versions of Nail Envy that are recommended for certain nail problems such as; Nail Envy for soft & thin nails, Dry & Brittle nails and sensitive & peeling nails.
The only problem with Nail Envy is the price. I didn’t have a problem with paying for them but when I told my sister how much I paid, she thought I was mad. But only until she started using it! I also found a great offer on Amazon! So look around and compare prices before you buy Nail Envy!
On the news & on the Guardian website, I saw an article that adoption rules will change slightly in order to make it easier for adults to adopt children of a different race.
I always thought it was outragous that you could only adopt a child of the same race as yourself.
I want to adopt when I’m older because I believe the world is already over populated, so why should I bring a new child into this world when there are children already, that need homes?
Race is not important. When a child is 5 years old, the won’t care if you are a different colour to them.
If the reason it is hard is because the child will know that they are adopted, wouldn’t it make them stronger? Wouldn’t they love you more because you decided to take them in & that is the most selfless thing anybody can do? Then maybe they will adopt when they are older and give another child opportunites that orphans don’t get?
A black child is 3 times less likely to get adopted than a white child. And that isn’t because people don’t want black children, it is because there are more white families that consider and fulfill adoption than black families & they can’t adopt a child from another race.
So apparently it is better for Black children not to get adopted instead of being adopted by parents of a different race because they will feel ‘out placed’. No family? Ask questions? I know what I’d prefer.
I really hope this change happens soon because it is something that should have always been possible.