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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Meow..! Grr..Learn your cat's languages

Assalamualaikum wbt to all my dearest readers!!

Today is the third day of Hari Raya hols [although it's not Raya yet]
And I am extremely happy to be here with my family!
Plus, with their big surprise of adopting a she-cat in our home
Abang Long is the one who found Tini, roaming in our garden when he got back home at late night
He almost knocked her down when he wanted to park his motorcycle
That's when he heard a tiny sound of meww- kinda cat's calling for help.
He found Tini and she seems so tame that we assume someone [her first owner] had chased/ threw her away.
So, we took pity on her and decided to have her as our house pet.
I am very grateful to have Tini as our companion!! ;)
Huhu it's because we haven't adopted any cat as our pet since Tompok 2005 if I am not mistaken

We call the cat Tini since she seems like to be called as that- she kept mewing and purring when we called Tini! Tini!
Ummi said Tini sounds so gedik but yes- she IS gedik anyway- what's the issue?

Well, now, PRESENTING, TINI!!!:

Well,,Tini ni sangaaattt lah manja ok?
Habits: Licking people's fingers especially thumbs, Kissing and licking people's faces.haha
Bad habits!: Scratching ummi's furnitures and carpets [ummi is very mad about this ;p] and biting my chin! awww! 

I know, you guys will assume that this Tini is such an incurably cute thing, living on this planet Earth, aren't ya?
I know, I know..haha..
So, starting from the day I had Tini as my pet, I started to learn more steps and ways to communicate with cats. 
Here are some of the steps. Happy reading, pals!

Step 1: Listen to your cat. If you watch what your cat is doing when it meows, you may learn to distinguish which meows are associated with which requests (or protests) and eventually know the difference between a "let me out" demand and a "give me food" demand by sound alone. Each cat is different and may have its own variations, but some common meows can include:
  • Short meow: standard greeting.
  • Multiple meows: excited greetings.
  • Mid-pitch meow: plea for something.
  • Drawn-out mrrroooow: a demand for something.
  • Low pitch MRRRooooowww" a complaint or displeasure.
  • High-pitch RRRROWW!: anger, pain or being fearful.
  • Chatter (rapid teeth-chattering): excitement, frustration.
  • Chirrup (a cross between a meow and a purr with rising inflection): friendly greeting sound, often used by a mother cat to call to her kittens
  • Purr: Invites close contact or attention.
  • Hiss: A serious sign of aggression.

Step 2: Watch your cat. Since cats are more "fluent" in body language, certain gestures will accompany vocalizations to reinforce their message.

  • Tail straight up or straight up with a curl at the end: Happy.
  • Tail twitching: Excited or anxious.
  • Tail vibrating: Very excited to see you.
  • Tail fur sticks straight up while the tail curls in the shape of an N: Extreme aggression.
  • Tail fur sticks straight up but the tail is held low: Aggression or frightened.
  • Tail held low and tucked under the rear: Frightened.
  • Dilated pupils: Very playful or excited. It can also mean aggression
  • Slowly blinking eyes: Affection, indicating the cat is comfortable with whomever might be around them.
  • Lifting the nose and tilting the head back slightly: "I acknowledge you." Cats sitting in windows may greet you in this manner as you walk by.
  • Rubbing against you means they are marking you as their own.
  • Wet nose "kiss": An affectionate gesture when the cat taps its wet nose to you.
  • Ears back: Fear, anxiety, or in a very playful mood, also used when sniffing something they want to know more about.
  • Tongue flicks out slightly and licks lower lip: Worried, apprehensive.
  • Rubbing head, flank and tail against a person or animal: Greeting ritual.
  • Head-butting: Friendliness, affection.
  • Face sniffing: Confirming identity.
  • Licks you: The ultimate sign of trust. Your cat may consider you to be a part of his/her family, like a mother cleaning her kittens, or you just might have something tasty in your hand!

Step 3: Talk back. As mentioned earlier, cats are always learning how to communicate with us; the more we communicate with them, the faster they will learn

  • Repeat the same word, sleep or bed, each time you go to bed, and eventually your cat will begin to associate the repetitive word sound with your actions, and may even get to the bedroom before you. Use the word shower consistently each time you are ready to take one, and eventually your cat may beat you to the bathroom and might even curl up in the sink to wait for you.
  • If you blink slowly when making eye contact with your cat, they will usually respond by coming over to be petted, as it is a very non-threatening gesture.

Step 4: Be consistent. For example, a cat often "asks" before invading someone’s space, and a common blunder many pet owners make is to say "no", and pet the cat at the same time. This is very confusing to the cat. Instead, a very firm "Later" combined with gentle but firm push, without showing affection, will let the cat know that their presence is not desired at this time. Most cats will try 2-3 times to invade a person's space, often from different directions. When saying "Later", be patient.

  • You can also develop a "command tone" to use with your cat when they are doing something seriously wrong. Use a voice that comes naturally to you, that you can replicate easily, but that is also distinct from your everyday talking voice. If you use this voice sparingly, but seriously, then your cat will learn to associate the voice with the idea that they are being naughty.
  • Another easy "no" command that cats all understand is a quick, sharp, hiss or "spit" sound as is made by their own kind when they themselves say "no."

Time Tini tengah seronok2 camera-whoring..tiba-tiba datang la adek aku, Syakira the Vampayaarr..kacau-kacau Tini...hahaha! Seronok betul tengok gelagat diorang ni... <3 <3

Haha! Hope the steps given above are useful to you guys who are having cats as your house pets!
Besides, nak tambah sikit..cats are animals..and they are also included in ALLAH's creations- living on the same planet with us. So, we as human being should provide them with TLC (Tender Loving Care) because they need it to adamant their live journey ahead as an animal.

Hurmmm...hope you guys are enjoying this entry. I know the content is quite terabur because right now, Tini is playing with my broadband! [aishhhhhh..kacau la ko niee...] =__=

Ok la..till then I guess..
Before I end up this entry, I would like to wish you guys Selamat Hari Raya!
[psstt..tunggu..insyaAllah aku akan kembali dengan entry baru edisi bumper raya punyeee! syiookk!!]

Ok guys? Bye2!
Assalamualaikum ;)


Rusitah said...

Tini!!!Entah ape nak jadi ngan betina ni semakin gedik and is an absolute brute.

Amalina Sulaiman said...

HAHAHAHA ummi niii!!! she's a bitch in hahaha

Amalina Sulaiman said...

HAHAHAHA ummi niii!!! she's a bitch in hahaha