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Black Cat appreciation day!

August 17th marks Black Cat appreciation day. As you all know, I have the most perfect cat in the world! He is fluffy, friendly, lazy, a little crazy and black! So although I am one day late, here is a post appreciating my black cat, Roari.

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My baby just 2 days after getting him. 2 months old

After trying to convince my mum for years to let me get a pet, my sister came home with the news that her friend has kittens that she needed to find homes for. We were offered the kittens free of charge as long as we cared for the kitten. Mum finally agreed and my sister and I went to pick up one of the kittens.

There were 3 kittens, all fluffy and adorable. Two were sleeping one was wondering around. The owners already decided they wanted to keep one of them, the one who was wondering around. My sister and I went over to see the two sleeping kittens. They woke up and I fell in love. One of them bit me and loved my sister. The other one loved me and bit my sister. He was the mischievous one who woke up his sister by biting her. He had to be the one we took home. A little bit fluffier than the others and he had slight tiger stripes.

He grew attached to me straight away. When he came home I was worried if he would miss his mum. I heard stories from friends saying that the kitten didn’t come out of the carrier for days or went out just to eat and then went back in. But my little Roari walked out of the carrier, meowed for his mum once and then carried on with life. He wondered around and then came to sleep on my lap.

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Now my baby is 3 years old and as I am in Korea, I miss him so much everyday. Just seeing him wonder around and playing with my feet or playing hide and seek with me. He acts like a dog! Runs to the door when the post man comes, follows me around the house, plays fetch and even drinks water from the tap. He used to wake me up in the morning by kissing me, eating my hair or biting my nose. He takes care of my mum and tells us if the water is boiling or if the bath has over filled.

It is so hard for me to understand why people do not like black cats. Put all stupid superstitions aside, black cats are just the same as white or ginger cats. If anything they are more affectionate and have such a sophisticated look about them.

Appreciate all cats. No matter what colour, size, breed or personality. They are lovely creatures.

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Memories

Today I woke up to the sound of a kitten crying. I first wondered if I was imagining it but then I was sure.
I instantly remembered the tiny kitten who I found on my door step. (read about it here)
I wondered for about an hour if I should go to look for it. The crying was on and off so I wasn’t that worried.

I then thought, what if this kitten needs me like the one on my door step in London. I wished I could have saved that kitten so I had the chance to save this one.
I step outside and the crying stops. I go back in doors and it starts again. I walk around the block, can’t find anything. I walk back to my apartment and it starts again. I walk beside the building behind my house and bingo. I see a cat.
But it looks bigger than the sound. Too old to be the tiny voice.
I turn around and there is a cat looking at me with a worried look. It runs beside me and I see them.
Three little ginger fluff balls right beside me.
I was so glad that they weren’t going to end up the same way the little kitten did. Although part of me wished they didn’t have a mum so I could adopt them!

Should I get another kitten while I am in Korea? I miss my Roari so much.
Anyway, if you hear a kitten crying, please try to find it. They are babies. And very similar to human babies.

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most emotional day

In the early hours of the morning, around 4am, I woke up and heard a cat crying. At first I thought it was my cat Roari, but he was fast asleep at my feet. I then thought that it was Roari’s girlfriend who is a stray cat that always calls him. I went back to sleep.

At 7am, I heard the cat crying again. I go downstairs and tell my mum to give Roari’s girlfriend some food on her way out to work. 7:30am, my mum opens the front door. There is the tiniest ball of fluff at our front door.

The most emotional day of my life begins.

When my mum opened the door, she got shocked and called my sister. ‘Dalia, come here, look at this’. Hearing this, I run downstairs. There is a tiny kitten on our door step. After telling my mum to go to work and that I’d take care of the kitten, I bring the baby in. My sister calls the RSPCA who say to her, the cat is not in direct danger so it is not classed as an emergency case and we have to call our local vet, or come in for an appointment at 12pm.

I call my local vet, they are closed. I rap the kitten in a blanket and hold her close to me so that she can get warm. She shivers and finds it very hard to keep her head up.

8:30am. I call my local vet. They tell me to bring her in straight away. 20 minutes later I am at the vets. They check her out. They tell me she is weak but she seems like a fighter. They confirm that she is a girl. They ask me if I want to keep her, to which I reply, ‘Yes’.

They tell me she is 5 weeks old. My first thought: ‘too young to be away from her mum’. They tell me she has diarrhoea. She also has flees. I am provided with milk, a hot water bottle, a new towel and some medication for the diarrhoea. I am told that events could go either way, she will either get better or die.

I am told by the vets that I should take her home. She is at risk of infection at the vet because of the amount of pets that come in and out. I bring her home. After 30 minutes. She seems to get worse. She jumps. She is finding it hard to breathe. I call the vet and leave the house to make the short journey back to the vets. 10 minutes of the 20 minute journey goes by. I look in the cage at this tiny kitten who looks so much like Roari when he was a baby. She is still. The vet confirms her death.

To the person who left that little kitten on my doorstep, I have a few things to ask. Why did you leave her there? Why didn’t you ring the door bell? Why didn’t you knock on the door? Why didn’t you wait until the morning? Why didn’t you wrap her in a towel? Why couldn’t you have taken care of her? She could have been eaten by a fox, there are loads of them in our area.

I hope that you suffer the same way that the poor defenceless 5 week old kitten did. I know the kitten was dumped on my doorstep by a human because she was too weak to hold her own tiny head up. She was too small to get up one step, let alone 3 steps. She was hidden behind my recycling bin. If I ever find you, God forbid what I would do. I hope her death stays on your conscious for the rest of your life.

Too many emotions have run through me today. Shock, scared, joy, worry, hope, pain, sadness, heartache. Today I learnt that humans are actually disgusting. Being a vet is probably one of the hardest jobs. I am glad I did not name the tiny kitten. It would have been 10 times harder to see her die. I wish I had opened the door earlier. I am sorry.

R.I.P Little Kitten.

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Prepare for Kitty! Part 2

Please read Prepare for Kitty! Before this one!

Roari at 8 weeks!

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.