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Cat Diaries: Supposed To Be Adopted!

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These cats are not ours. Ok, they were originally not ours – these are stray kittens that arrived in our house. They were supposed to be up for adoption during the quarterly CARA events but for some reason they were never adopted. So they grew.

And grew . . .

And grew!

Now they are too big to be adopted!

Now that my wife has given them names, they are staying. Oh boy!

That’s how we had reached 20-plus cats and still counting.  Current count: somewhere close to 30.

Don’t worry, they are fed and well-taken cared of. They are caged at night and they play inside the boy’s room all day. Sometimes as we lounge in the room beside, I can here banging of bodies on the door. I pity my door! I don’t want to know what they are doing but all I know is that the furniture there is all worn out from cat scratches. My wife normally doesn’t like to cage animals. Maybe it has to do something with group dynamics. So before you animal activists get pissed at me, these cats are not caged all day, ok?! Besides, these cats rule that room and they never leave. If they leave, they will probably fight with the other cats so it’s best to stay put.

So what are their names? Don’t ask me. They pretty much look alike to me!

My wife hasn’t met a cat she didn’t like. Now I have to tell her that she can’t foster any more cats whenever there is an adoption event coming up. We are fully booked! Actually we still have room but don’t let my wife know coz that’s a topic in a future blog. Shhh….

Talking of adoption, visit the CARA Welfare site on how to adopt a pet. They even list 7 reasons why you should adopt a pet! I’ll add an 8th reason – to help my house get back to normal!

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Rescued Pit Bull

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Meet Iris

A few years ago, over 170 pit bulls were rescued from a Laguna-based, Korean dog-fighting ring. These pit bulls were relocated to another location where they can be rehabilitated and hopefully adopted. These dogs do get sick and sometimes, they have to be sent to Manila to be seen by CARA-partner veterinarians. CARA stands for Compassion and Responsibility for Animals. The pit bulls that are operated and that need a halfway house have ended up in our house. Like the pitbull you see in the right. This pit bull has been in our house for about a week now and I didn’t know about it until a few days ago. I understand he was operated on his toe. Contrary to the preconceived notions that pit bulls are vicious and dangerous animals, he is actually sweet and friendly. See? I have no bite marks or scratch marks! And I’m still here writing this!

It isn’t true that pit bulls are naturally aggressive. And even those that were bred to fight other dogs could be rehabilitated. As the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said:

Some pit bulls were selected and bred for their fighting ability. That means that they may be more likely than other breeds to fight with dogs. It doesn’t mean that they can’t be around other dogs or that they’re unpredictably aggressive. Other pit bulls were specifically bred for work and companionship. These dogs have long been popular family pets, noted for their gentleness, affection and loyalty. And even those pit bulls bred to fight other animals were not prone to aggressiveness toward people. Dogs used for fighting needed to be routinely handled by people; therefore aggression toward people was not tolerated. Any dog that behaved aggressively toward a person was culled, or killed, to avoid passing on such an undesirable trait. Research on pet dogs confirms that dog aggressive dogs are no more likely to direct aggression toward people than dogs that aren’t aggressive to other dogs.

I strongly recommend that everyone read up on pit bulls. And if anyone wants to help these rescued pit bulls, maybe even adopt one someday, please check out the Help Save the Pit Bull webpage, or the CARA FB page or visit CARA’s webpage.

Also, there will be a CARA Adopt-A-Pet event of dogs and cats this Saturday, August 9 at Greenbelt 5 Fashionwalk from 3 pm to 8 pm. Check it out!

My Japanese Wife And Her Fat Cat

My Love And My Pet Peeve

My Love And My Pet Peeve

This is my Japanese wife, Kaoru, with her favorite fat cat Cali. I will talk about being married to a Japanese in a future blog. This blog is dedicated to her pet and my pet peeve.

Actually, Cali used to be a bad cat (at least to me) since he would mark his territory and pee on my stuff. I would complain to my wife and she would do remedial measures to minimize marking of territory.  Little did I know that Cali would pee on her stuff but I never heard about it and she would just clean it without fanfare. Maybe my wife didn’t want to add ammunition to my complaints.

Then somehow the marking of territory stopped (thank God), but now he always hangs around my wife especially when I’m around. At night he sleeps on the headboard of my bed. Sometimes I imagine those sharp nails swiping at me in the middle of the night. Good thing that hasn’t happened yet. During meal times, Cali would crawl his way up to my wife’s chest and stay there for fifteen minutes, disabling my wife so she sits there motionless until the cat is content. Ok so this is their way of bonding. But I’m done with my meal and my wife hasn’t even started! I tease my wife about the cat hair going into her lungs but that is a subject in another blog!

My last  comment on Cali is that he is too fat! He is cute and sweet but he is too fat! He eats all day and according to my wife, is heavier than our dog. He eats more than five times a day and when I carry him I have to use both hands. Now Cali needs to go on a diet but my wife is against it. Hmmm…maybe everyone and everything in our household should go on a diet so there is no excuse. Food for thought.

Me and my wife’s cats

One of my wife's cats

One of my wife’s cats

This is me. I’m married to an animal lover. When we started our married life, my wife had three animals. It was like that for over 20 years. Then sometime January 2011, my wife took care of a stray cat with two kittens. Three months later same cat gave birth to 3 more kittens. This kept on going on until we had about 12 cats a year later and I said, “This has to stop!” So I met the head of CARA, which is a NGO that spayed and neutered cats to control the cat population. For awhile the animal population in my house remained in the 12-15 range (we had two dogs). Then my wife was picking up abandoned stray cats. As of the other day, her unofficial count is that we have about 30 cats and 3 dogs. When is this going to stop or abate? I have no idea. But I love my wife for what she is and what her beliefs are so I’m not going to change her. All I ask is that she extend my leash. Hehe