a-meow-ncement

April 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm (cat chat) (, , )

Hello Kitties,

This is just to let you know that my bloggie has now moved! You can now find me here.

I will appreciate it purry much if you could update your feed list/ change it in your sidebar/ follow my new blog.

Meows to a new beginning!

– Sherkhan

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Can I hiss the Mondays away?

March 16, 2010 at 8:57 am (cat behavior) (, , , , , )

It’s been long since Mama figured out that I am not a Monday-cat; as in, of all the days in the 7-day-cluster that humans call ‘a week’- I like Mondays the least!

On Mondays- I meow more, I definitely do NOT want Mama to get out of that door for her daily hunting; on Mondays I’m super-cranky because I hardly EVER get my way on this: Mama hardly ever misses her hunting!!

I guess it is a way to tell that weekends spoil me rotten. I must have picked this up from the humans….. which leads me to think- you know you are living with humans for a long time when you start to pick up their sentiments for a particular day of ‘the week’!

I believe it will be no surprise when I say that of my 17 months life so far- I have spent 15 of them with my humans…. a quick calculation… and that is 88% of my life so far…?

Quite some time, heh? Meow!

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Curious Sherkhan: the ‘mouse’ poll

March 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm (cat behavior, cat chat, cat curiosity) (, , , , , , )

Further to my latest post, I am now starting a poll to figure out other kitty experiences with ‘live’ mice.

So- go on kitties- VOTE!

Meow!

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Cats and Mice

March 12, 2010 at 12:41 pm (cat behavior, cat chat) (, , , , , , )

Mama pointed out to me last night that despite me being a cat and all that- I have never seen a mouse in my life! Of course- she means the ‘live’ ones and not the ‘toy’ ones; because… oh… I have seen plenty of toy mice!

Now that I think of it, it does seem a little…. mm… odd…. for a cat- you know?

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Furry Monday!

March 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm (cat behavior, cat photos) (, , , , )

As my friend Huffle Mawson pointed it out- Mama is not doing very well with her 2010 resolution. I (with some help from Huffle’s mummy) managed to ‘guilt’ her into blogging for me by pointing that out- so there we go!

Today, I have my Mama home with me; even though Papa is out all day hunting. It is a pub-lic holiday here in Victoria- it probably means that Mama is a pub-lic and Papa is not, but I still have no clue what this word otherwise means. Anyways.

It also means I’ll have to keep a close watch of when Papa gets back home.

I have helped Mama today in cleaning the house, even though I have no idea what is wrong with having cat furs all other the place… I mean- what CAN be the problem with having zillions and trillions of cat furs all over the place!

Humans and their ideas of cleanliness!

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My silly Mama

January 11, 2010 at 8:36 am (cat ailments, cat behavior) (, , , )

This year, Mama kept a list- of people she thoughts deserves a ‘thank you’ card from her. My vet human, Laura, is one of them. She thinks that if it wasn’t for Laura, then I’d have to endure even more pain from my Pancreatitis- if not things far worse and Mama cannot bring herself to even write here. I’m all cured now.

So…. Laura was sent a ‘thank you’ card and Mama signed it for me (as in- it said it was from ‘Sherkhan’)… but that does not say half of how grateful Mama feels towards her. I guess it means that Mama loves ‘me’ a lot.

I’m scared of Laura- she prods me, pokes me- and does all the annoying things a vet human does to kittens… and I wish I do not have to visit her anytime soon…. if EVER!

Strangely, even after Mama and I having polar opposite feelings about Laura- both of us wish we do not have to see her for a very very very long time!

Isn’t it strange or what?

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The mixed bag

January 6, 2010 at 8:31 am (cat behavior) (, , , , )

It’s a sad day for me… Mama went back to her daily hunting today after the big Christmas break. I guess that means life is coming back to its usual. Hunting, home, limited cuddles- I was quite spoilt the last few days- attention whenever I want it, a lap to sleep on anytime I want to. I like Mama likes to cuddle me as much as I like to be cuddled by her. Meow!

In the last few weeks I received Christmas cards from my dear friends Huffle Mawson and Angel & Kirby. Thank you, kitties🙂. You are wonderful! I hope you got my cards too.

I heard Mama and Papa discussing about some guests. I think we’ll be having some guests over at ours the next few days. Meow! I’m a little weary, you see? Will they like me? Will they bring me presents? Will they take over my humans’ time even more? Will my humans neglect me because they’ll have some new company? I have a lot of concerns, but I just have to wait it out and see, don’t I? I don’t like it at all! MEOWHH!

Anyway, Mama says this year is called 2010, and her resolution this year is to help me blog more. Let’s see if she keeps it, right? So, a happy 2010 to everyone who’s reading- kitties, humans and woofies alike.

I’m having a lovely summer over here, I hope you are too!

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Holiday Cards

December 7, 2009 at 10:39 am (cat chat)

Hello kitties,

Just so I can have a chance to say ‘thank you’ to my regular readers- kitties, woofies and humans regardless- I have decided you all should get a card from me this holiday!

But of course- for that to happen, I’d need your home addresses🙂

If it’s okay with you and if you’d like a card- please send me your address by leaving a comment here or mailing to mama at emcie at y7mail dot com.

That’s all for now. See ya soon!

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Magic Meows

November 30, 2009 at 10:00 am (cat language) (, , )

I have noticed one thing- meows work!

And if you are consistent with your meows, they work like magic!

Like if I want the human to play with me the meow I make is ‘meowwwwwwww’, or if I want cuddles the meows I make are sort of like ‘meeeeeeeow’. Be consistent, do it a couple of times and the humans start to ‘get’ it.

Try it, and tell me how you go- okay?

Sometimes the humans need some basic training, but I have to say they do make good pets!

Meow!

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Meowie!

November 27, 2009 at 9:52 am (cat behavior)

I’m just dropping in to see how everyone was doing! I’m doing well! Growing up and recovery is still in progress. Meanwhile, I’m keeping up my cute kitten ways- thankyouverymuch. Pancreatitis is a nasty disease to have. Even after you are good and kicking, the weight takes time to pick up. I’m still on the special diet, but I also like it these days- unlike a few months ago when I was constantly refusing my food! These days, I eat them up quick and on some days I ask for more!

My humans are busy. I think Mama is a little sick too- she smells different. But it may be that she is also getting better. She needs to have a few tests- blood etc- and then she will be cleared.

Mama is also taking driving lessons for her license. As if she did not have enough to do already! Meow!

There was a bad storm in Melbourne yesterday- lots of lightning and loud sounds. I hid under the sofa, hoping that those lights will not find me there. They didn’t! I guess it means that my house is a safe place…. even those lights cannot find me when I’m in the house! How cool is that?

So? How have you kitties been?

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Life of a Kitten!

November 12, 2009 at 8:42 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

Many thanks to my sweet friend Brandi and her Mama for remembering me🙂. My Mama needed the ‘push’ I guess. I have been here- around- and mostly well; but my mama was under some sort of ‘spell’ and papa totally lazy- that leaves me with no one to help me blog.

Here is my update; I’ll try to keep it short:

I am one-year old now and officially out of kittenhood. Things are nothing much different though. Mama keeps saying that I will always be a kitten to her and she keeps on treating me like one. I still claim her lap and bestow all sorts of affection on her when I see her after a break of a few hours and I still look around for Papa because he has my most favourite lap! I keep doing the kitten things, after all- I have never learnt to ‘grow up’.

It’s summer in Aussieland now. Very hot- around 33 degrees Celsius everyday (that is 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit, for your ease of understanding)! Mama seems to like it. She’s mostly enjoying the crazy dry heat and the sunlight, Papa too (crazy humans!). Not me though. After all, I have a fur coat that I have to wear all the time; can you imagine how hot it gets under this coat? Well, let me answer that. It gets VERY hot! Not good at all! The strange thing is- it’s not even the ‘peak’ of summer. I cannot imagine how much more hot it will get in the dreaded month of ‘January’. Meow!!

I’m still on my special diet and I’m still losing weight. I have lost another 20 grams in the last two weeks. I had started with 4.5 kg 2 months back to 4.3 two weeks back and now I weigh 4.1 kg. The vet human, Laura, thinks I should have gained weight after I am cured from Pancreatitis- but she is not too worried because I look healthy and my coat looks beautiful and since I am now one year old- I will not be gaining weight as much as I used to while I was still a small kitten- anyway.

Since its so hot now- I’m shedding a lot. Mama needs to clean the house everyday to get rid of my furs. I got a new fur bush, too- to groom me better- that way I should shed less. Mama’s not sure it’s working, because I keep shedding just as bad. Meow!

This is it for now, kitties. Mama promises to help me blog more often from now on. Her work is keeping her busy, she is an ac-coun-tant, you know- she says those wretched numbers tire her eyes too much to do anything else at all, but she’ll be better from now on. She loves and misses all of you, too.

I hope all of you have been well…! Purrs, meows and head butts to all.

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A letter from a happy kitten

October 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments) (, , , , , , , )

Hi kitties,

I’m back!

Actually I was always here- it’s my humans who weren’t. This time it was Mama who was hit by what she calls ‘a bad flu’… she still is suffering, but a little better now. She sounds different- with sort of a broken voice and all; also she smells a little different- she says it’s the anti-bio-tics that makes her smell like ‘medicine’ all the time. She stayed home some days, to my delight- but she went back to work today and I’m mad at her for that. Meow!

My second bloodworks result came in and it seems like I’m cleared from the Pancreatitis finally. I go back to the vet’s again next week though, since I have lost a little weight (0.25 grams) – and for a young and (now) healthy cat like me, losing weight is not ‘normal’. Laura, the vet, thinks it’s because I do not like my ‘prescription’ food much and do not eat as much as I used to. They’ll see next week and probably put me on another diet. I hope they give me a good-tasting food this time.

I’m turning 1 on the 21st of this month- Mama says that is still a couple of weeks away. That means that I have been with my humans for 10 months now. I guess months and years are a ‘human’ way to measure ‘time’. I don’t understand them much. To me, this seems like a lifetime. I’m a happy cat. I hope the humans and I can keep keeping each other through the ‘years’ and continue being ‘happy’.

That’s all for now, kitties. All the best to you all. I will post again, when the Mama is less busy and less ill🙂

Love-

Sherkhan

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Play time!

September 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm (cat behavior, cat photos) (, , , )

The headache that Mama had through last week- continued through the weekend, too. But she was still better because she was home; and I was home… and Papa was home.

There is no place like home, after all. We cats know that. Sometimes humans do, too.

Anyway, see the photo- you’ll see I had fun… with Sam the puppy, Greenie the croc, Toydle the turtle. Also, I think bean bag sofas are one of the best things that humans ever invented!

Okay, I’m off to meow at my humans. Hope you had a good weekend!!!

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Is my human cheating on me?

September 25, 2009 at 9:05 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

I’d like to apologise to the kitties and humans who read my blog and left comments in the past few weeks. I have not been a good friend lately. I have things piling up on me- have lots of blogs to visit. I blame it all on Mama.



Sherkhan, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

Mama had a headache yesterday. She said it was caused by some sort of wisdom tooth (?) coming out and err… fire alarms (!). The fire alarm went off at her work- as there was some sort of fire in the downstairs supermarket- and that sound, together with the pain in her gums, gave her a ‘migraine’.

She skipped dinner last night and locked herself up in darkness of that room in our jungle… you know, the one with the huge human bed? Yes, there.

Now… how is THAT going to help things exactly is beyond me.

She went hunting this morning though. My point is- if she chose to be all by herself last night, shouldn’t she have stayed in with me today at least?

I feel so un-loved! Do you think she found herself another kitten to love?

Meow!

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A cat’s life

September 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm (cat treatments) (, , , , )



I’m Sherkhan!!!, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

Oh boy, have I been busy! Actually, me and my human- both. Otherwise- life has been well.

My friends will be happy to know that I am now much used to my new (prescription) food. I don’t meow for my favourite brand of food anymore. I think I now know my humans will not give it to me. Mama wishes that I find the new food taste good, too. I do now, as I have started to ask for more food after finishing what is in my bowl on some days.

I’m getting to understand that this new food is probably doing me good- my tummy hurts less and yesterday, after many months, I asked Papa to play the shadow game with me. He did. He was very happy to see me jumping high up on the wall. Mama too.

Tuesdays are vet days. I like the vet a little less with every visit- she pokes and prods me and measures my temperature (I hate this part the most); and then she’d give me the vitamin injections that pricks my skin for a long long time afterwards. But Mama says I should not feel like that. She likes the vet, because she believes that human has saved me from much more suffering in the future. Sometimes humans speak like they can see many alternative futures through some crystal ball. I don’t know if they are right.

I am a cat after all… and I am a much happier cat than a few weeks ago, too.

Meow!

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Changes Changes Changes

September 17, 2009 at 12:05 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )



What goes there, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

Mama and Papa have been giving me the special diet that I’m supposed to be on since I have been diagnosed with Pancreatitis- it’s been some days now.

I’m getting used to the change; very very slowly!

I used to have the Science Diet Chunky Meat in Gravy- the high in protein nutritious diet that is very good for growing kittens- from Hill’s.

I am a wet-food person-cat; I eat dry food, too- but just as a snack through the day; wet food is what I eat as my meal! Yum! Bring it on, Mama-Papa! Meow!

Since I was diagnosed with the disease, some things have changed in my life- the major one being my food type. I still get Hill’s- but not a Chunky Meat version of wet food, rather those dull ‘minced’ kind. I have refused my food and meowed plenty to my humans so that they switch me back to my old food, but they just won’t listen!

They say that those high protein diets can be deadly for me now (as they’ll make my sick pancreas to release the enzymes that would make it decay itself) and they just cannot be indulgent now, even though it breaks their heart. I don’t understand. Those taste so good- how they can be so bad for me! The vet says that since I got Pancreatitis in such a young age, I might need to be on a special diet all my life; that sounds like a long time!

Meow!

Also- I got my first Vitamin injection shot last night. That seems to have to go on for some weeks as well… *sigh*.

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Wordless Wednesday: Two Happy Cats :)

September 16, 2009 at 12:05 am (cat behavior) (, , , , )



We are happy cats!!!, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

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Cat Shower

September 13, 2009 at 6:14 pm (cat behavior) (, )

That day, Mama was sad. She did not feel like doing a thing, she even left work early.

Papa thought Mama needed some cheering up and he sent Mama this video:

This made Mama smile, despite her mood that day.

Mama thought she would help me post this video in my blog- in case you need to be made to smile, too.

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Pancreatitis in Cats

September 12, 2009 at 10:15 am (cat ailments, cat behavior, cat treatments) (, , , , , , , )



Precursor to sobriety, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

It has finally been diagnosed; I have tested positive for ‘Pancreatitis’.

It explains my five vet visits in the last two months for vomiting, diarrhoea and constipation. It explains my meowhhs to Mama and confirms Mama’s gut feeling that something was indeed wrong with me. The vet thinks I have had this thing for some time now.

From this website, in short, Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas caused by leakage of active digestive enzymes into the pancreatic tissue. Which means, my Pancreas*- instead of doing its job of breaking down fats and proteins into simpler forms is inflamed and unable.

For now, I am to be put through a prescription diet; one of the simpler ones that does not put too much pressure on my pancreas. This may be a lifelong thing, as in- I may need to be on a special diet all my life. Mama will go to the vet today to pick up my new food.

I will also have to take a weekly injection for Vitamins (Mama is not sure if this also is a lifelong thing). Mama thinks since the new food is simpler for my digestive system break down into the necessary fluids- so that my pancreas does not need to work too hard and has time to heal- I will need to be supplemented with Vitamins- but she needs to ask the vet if that really is the reason.

The third thing is that I will have to take pain medication. This disease causes a lot of pain on the stomach, and even though cats are less complaining and more prone to hide pain- than dogs are- the pain is still there- pain medication will be a way to help me be comfortable.

So, this is it so far in my health grounds. While my parents are much distressed that I am in so much pain in such a small age (I am 10 months old!), they are determined in getting me fixed and making it as comfortable for me as possible.

One advice from my humans to all the kitty parents out there- if you can afford it at all- please think about getting a pet insurance. They know how much you love your kitties, and it will be easier for both you and your kitties in the long run. Mama-Papa had one taken for me since I was 2 months old and that has been much helpful for them. In the last 2 months the vet bills have been more than AUD $650, and the parents will be able to get most of it back. It is a large amount of money regardless and without the insurance taken for me months back, it would have been very very difficult for them to manage. Another thing is that the prescription diet that I will need to take, the cost can be claimed by the insurance; as well as the cost of Revolution.

If you need some information about pet insurance, please leave a meow and Mama will try her best to help you with whatever information she can provide.

That’s all for today, kitties and humans. While my parents are still very upset- they are also determined that they will NOT let anything happen to me.

*The pancreas is a pale pink, lobulated organ located near the liver & behind the stomach. More can be found here, if you are a knowledge junkie as my Mama is.

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Emergence

September 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm (cat ailments) (, , )



I dream in lofty clouds, originally uploaded by Ehtesham.

I apologise that I have not been updating much.

I have been a little ill again and still am a little tired. Mama has written about my illness on her blog, but both of us are too tired now to do the same on mine right now.

I’ll be back to my catnap and Mama will now go to bed for her nap, but you can read the details here if you are interested.

Alternatively- I will try and let you all know how I am doing once I am feeling a little less sick.

We hope the ‘linkies’ actually work. We have not even checked if they do, we are so so very tired!

*yawn*

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