Sunday, February 22, 2009
Yes and no. The photo illustrates Dolby girl in the "no" mode. The statue of this village god in South India makes a perfect vantage point. There is no reason to think he would not appreciate a cat headdress. He seems a bit surprise to suddenly find a cat on his head, but that's only natural. This form of god is found on the outskirts of villages in small wayside shrines, often without the cat hat. Our cook put the pottu on his forehead and the eyeballs one day when we were out. I retaliated by adding the gold ornaments from candy wrappers, which the cats subsequently redesigned. Dolby, by the way, is mentioned in a previous post as the cat who was spayed inadequately. She went in four days ago for a second operation by another vet ... who found that the first had not only left in the one ovary he first admitted to forgetting, then later denied, but both! And still had the gall to charge for the operation! Incredible INDIA!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
The search goes on for a vet that might be able to find the component that is causing us to lose sleep and want to park her in the oven when she's in season. (UPDATE: Dr. Sunil Kumar, who operates on elephants and cats, unzipped her and showed me that TWO ovaries were left in her. Unless she had three ovaries to start with, Dr. Giggins, her original spayologist, was being modest about saying he "intentionally" left one in there.)
In contrast to Dolby, with or without ovaries, Uppali boy only emits a small sound used sparingly to encourage us to take him for a walk to eat grass, which every day he delicately throws up in a slime on the living room floor. He is known variously as St. Uppali, Mr. Mischief, and Oopser (the later a reference to errors he makes in repeatedly trying to open locked doors and sliding off in disarray). This silver tabby, a U.S. citizen and former resident of the Santa Isabel Indian Reservation in California, has never met a human he didn't like to rub up against, although sadly not all humans reciprocate.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
2. Water bottle tops, preferably blue.
3. Sprung springs.
4. Pen caps.
5. Small manuscript clasps in colors.
6. Gold and silver candy wrappers; cellophane candy wrappers.
7. Small pencil.
8. Small Christmas ornament or marble.
10. A cardboard box. FAVORITE PLAYTHING OF ALL!
11. Long green bean.
12. Ping pong ball.
13. Roll of paper towels or toilet paper (not cost effective).
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
This is Soobu and Tuboo, sister and brother, found one following behind the other, happily scampering down a busy roadside in Cochin, Kerala, where the life expectancy for six-weeks' old kittens is zero. They were optimistically following a man who was oblivious of them but was swinging a package in his hand they must have thought was fish or some fun food. We passed the clueless trio, summed up the situation and made a U-turn, hoping they'd still be on track. Our driver rushed out of the car and caught each (of the cats) in turn from behind, a proven kitty-snatching technique that guarantees they'll be living off the fat of the land in no time. After the compulsory couple of weeks in our bedroom-kitten nursery, they joined their new six step-siblings.