caring for a special needs cat

Puti (means white in English) is my all white deaf kitty with sparkling blue eyes. She started out as my foster but i ended up giving her a forever home.

We never knew at first that she is deaf until one day when my son playfully made a loud noise while holding her and she didn’t even flinch. My son made more loud noises near her ears and never reacted. It was later on confirmed by the vet when she was spayed.

Puti has a funny meow. It is a combination of cresendo and decrescendo of meows. Oh i wish i could record it. Anyway, it may also be a sudden burst of meow that will surely catch your attention.

At feeding time, she’s the only one with the loudest meow. Sometimes it is so loud that i thought i might have stepped on her tail or what.

Here are some pointers on how to care for a deaf cat/kitty.

  • As much as possible, avoid disturbing a deaf kitty while asleep. Deaf cats startle so easily while a normal sleeping cat would almost always curl up more and welcome the gentle strokes as it lays sleeping. If there is a need to wake the kitty up just be gentle as much as possible.
  • Provide toys that produce sounds. Deaf cats may never hear the sound but they will surely feel the vibrations the toys make.
  • If you want to communicate with your deaf cat, place the cat’s body under your chin or chest so it could feel the vibrations as we speak. (I say “eat” when it’s time to eat. I say her name a few times during relaxed moments. I say “play” when it is time to play). I prefer to say one word than phrases so my cat could easily remember it and it worked.
  • Another way to communicate is to teach a deaf cat some simple hand signals. During feeding time, i do hand signals to Puti so she would sit before i give her bowl of food. I raise one finger (pointing up) which signals her to sit. Being constant is the trick. Now she knows and follows my hand signal.

Above pointers are all based on my own experience. I honestly BELIEVE that they could serve as a guide in dealing with a deaf cat. Just devote a little time, some patience and a little training.

My cat Puti may be a special needs cat but it doesn’t stop her from being so playful like any normal cats.

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little emotional appeal

I am obsessed with journals and i have a wide collection of them. These are the newest addition.

I love the quotes written on their cover.

Beige Journal:

LITTLE EMOTIONAL APPEAL
every day
has a little surprise
every day
is unique and different

Purple journal:

The best way to predict the future
is to invent it.

Pink Journal:

Appreciate the beauty of the world
beautiful scenery can be seen on the road.

Among the three, my favorite is the pink one. It has lovely multi-colored butterfly prints adorning its layered pages. It’s so cute and unique isn’t it?

These days, i am filling out the blank pages of my orange journal. I adore the little pineapple trinket dangling on its page marker. At the end of the day when everything is relaxed, i often write my feelings and how my day was. I write to express my emotion. My orange journal is a wonderful listener. It is always open for my thoughts. It has become the WINDOWS to my soul as it knows my deep down emotions.

Hello October. Looking forward to more exciting things ahead. I know that challenges will come along the way but life goes on… i will just be bringing out all the goodness in every single day.

an awesome cat cafe experience

With about 6 cat cafes in the metro, Le Cat Cafe is the nearest to my place and just a short drive away.

Upon entering we were immediately greeted by the welcoming furry committee. Meet Barton, Butter and Prince Harry.

barton, butter and prince harry

Barton, the all white Ragamuffin Puspin is the very first one to greet us. He is fluffy and soft as a cotton. I could hug him all day. He is so sweet and friendly. Butter, a Ragamuffin is very affectionate. And Prince Harry, a Ragamuffin Persian would roll over to seek attention because he loves belly rubs.

sophie

My sister told me that if ever there’s a cat that she would want to take home, it’s going to be Sophie. Her almost cross-eyed looks make her even more adorable . She is really a sweetheart.

arthur

Little Arthur, an exotic short haired Persian cat loves sleeping. He’s the one i would love to take home.

kid

Kid, also a Ragamuffin Persian is very lovable and huggable. He has long thick soft fur, loves attention and enjoys to be petted.

rocket

Rocket, the Scottish Fold was almost asleep the whole time we’re there.

mochi

Mochi, is a Napoleon according to the staff but is quite long-legged.

Snack time is so enjoyable and entertaining to watch. All the furry babies scrambled for every CRUMB of cat treats. Finally, we got to see all of them.

And here are the rest of the kitties including Ashley the American Curl, Orange the American Shorthair, Happy the Ragamuffin Persian and Tyrion the Munchkin.

ashley, happy, tyrion, etc.

With all the international breeds of cats around, the cat cafe has a Puspin which is our local domestic cat breed. A big shout out to Charlie, the 2 year old male Puspin. I love his nice coat patterns.

charlie

We paid P199.00 or about less than 2 US dollars inclusive of one hot coffee and 2 hours stay at the cat lounge. We were so lucky that we have all the cats just to ourselves as we were the only visitors. I guess i need to thank the bad weather for that as it has been raining almost the whole day yesterday. It is really best to visit the place on ordinary days because during weekends, the staff said that the place is filled to the brims.

A few observations and suggestions:

  • All the cats are well groomed. They look good and smell good. Just furrfect! They are well taken cared of and most of all they are so friendly and social. Almost all of them seeks and craves for attention.
  • The cat cafe is clean and neat and airconditioned. But it is rather small. Parking area is very limited too. The good news as told by the staff, is they would soon move to a bigger place before the year ends and hopefully with a bigger parking area.
  • They have limited novelty items for sale. I suggested that they should offer more like journals, pencils and pens, mugs, figurines, key chains, etc. Of course with cat prints or designs on them that most cat lovers would love to buy and collect.
  • Photos of the fur babies should be updated as not all the cats’ photos are on the wall. We always ask the staff for the names of other cats.
  • I hope they would think about having more local cats or Puspins and putting them up for adoption. There are so many rescued local cats that need forever homes. Or maybe partnering with a cat rescue organization or a shelter which would certainly provide them with lots of adoptable cats.

Overall experience. It’s a fun activity bonding with the cats. The 2 hour experience surely gave me that wonderful happy feeling. Absolutely worth it! The staff is very accommodating and they even gave us a loyalty card. I would love to visit them again someday.

 

a promise of a brand new day

I took these photos of the sky about early September. The colors of sunset are a sight to behold. It is a mixture of bright reds to orange to yellow colors that slowly fade as the sun hides in the horizon. It is …

beautiful
GLORIOUS
golden
magnificent
perfect
spectacular
stunning
and wonderful

Living far away from the ocean, a sky view like these are truly rare.

Sunset is that time when everything has toned down. It gives me that certain dreamy feeling as i watch the vibrant colors gradually faint and disappear. For me it represents a kind of closure as the day ends with the hope of a peaceful night and the most beautiful dreams. More than anything else, it signifies A PROMISE OF A BRAND NEW DAY.

What does sunsets mean to you?

put a ring on it

A visit to the mall has turned out to be exciting because of the weekend bazaar.

The good thing about it is that it showcased only locally made products ranging from clothing, jewelry, food, bags, shoes, etc. But what i was drawn to are the copper jewelries. They are unique, beautiful and cheap. The saleslady told me that copper has health benefits. She said that it improves blood circulation and reduce pain in joints for those with arthritis.

 

Although there are a lot of jewelries to chose from i opted to buy a simple ring. I am not really fond of rings with protruding stones as they get in the way whenever i would get something from my pocket or bag. Besides, a simpler one costs cheap too and this is the one i bought. I love it. If wearing it has some health benefits, then that’s a bonus.

There are also copper earrings which are all so cute. I love the one with the black bead on it. I think it’s a neutral color and could match any color of clothes. Failed to buy that one.

The next time they would show up in another mall event i’ll make sure to catch them early because i would love to buy an anklet which has gone out of stock today.

In response to The Daily Post Daily Prompt: STING

 

you complete me

There is only one thing in my kids’ mind when you ask them about their ultimate comfort food… it’s lasagna. (See below if you want to know my lasagna recipe). And what is lasagna without cheese, lots of cheese? My fridge is never without cheeses… cream cheese, quick melt cheese, cheddar and mozzarella.

Cheese makes everything delightful. It is so FLAVORFUL, so good, so addicting. It is so versatile too. It could be an appetizer, a dip, mixed with desserts and great for baking/cooking. Just thinking about it makes me want to grab for some bread right now and make a grilled cheese sandwich. Cheese… you complete me. Yum!

How about you? What’s your ultimate comfort food?


My lasagna recipe. (I’m sure i already blogged about this but i’m sharing it again)

As a busy mom, i oftentimes make shortcuts when cooking. So i use ready bake lasagna sheets and store bought spaghetti sauce when i cook the ground meat. I sometimes make use of mozzarella sheets if i have them. It’s not often available so grated mozzarella is the next best thing. If out of mozzarella or on a budget? I also make use of quick melt cheese.

For the white sauce. Just melt butter in pan, add some flour, stir to cook and slowly add milk. Stir to prevent lumps. Season with salt to taste or in my recipe i just drop a pork bouillon cube to add more flavor. You may add some cream too for that creamier texture. Bring it to boil with constant stirring to make it even more glossy.

For the ground meat. I usually buy a combination of pork and beef. Based on my own experience, purely ground beef results to an oilier meat sauce. Put ground meat on pan, add some salt, chopped garlic and onion. When cooked, stir in store bought spaghetti sauce. Give it a dash of italian seasoning, some salt if needed and a little sugar to balance acidity. Simmer and set aside.

For layering. Just alternate white sauce and ground meat on a baking pan adding some mozzarella if you want an ooey-gooey lasagna but quick melt cheese will do just fine. I bake it for about 40 minutes with the pan covered in foil at first to prevent burnt cheese topping then i remove the foil covering and bake it just a little more time until the topping has a golden glaze. (Tip: To test if your pasta is cooked, just pierce it with a toothpick or a chopstick and you will know and feel if it’s done.)

Cool… serve… and enjoy! Best paired with toasted french bread with garlic parsley butter spread.

Boots: Mom… did you just say LASAGNA?
Mom: Yuppp! Oh! I thought you’ve just eaten ’cause you still have food stains on your mouth, hahaha… 

goodbye Lemon

Yesterday morning i lost Lemon.. It was as if she just waited for me to wake up because she knows that i will go straight to her and check on her which i do everyday. I hold on to her and she did not even struggle, no biting, no chirps. She was just so weak to do that. I noticed how thin she was under those orange and and yellow feathers. I gently dipped her beak to her water bowl and she sipped a little. I began to worry because she feels cold. I wrapped her in both of my palms to give her warmth but i know her end is near. I decided to take some photos because i know i may never see her again…

As i was taking photos, she slowly faded away, looked at me and closed her eyes one last time. And there i was, i couldn’t stop it from happening, i was trembling and i was crying watching her fade.

Lemon and Lime were given to us way back 2009. If they were a year old at that time, Lemon is about 9 years old.

I will miss her. I will miss her noisy happy chirps and her PENCHANT of crunchy vegetable stalks. Oh boy, she loved them. (Lime loved vegetable stalks too). I used to watch her biting at the stalks and make little threads out of them which she would then tuck in her feathers to bring it to her nest.

Goodbye Lemon. Fly free little one… Lime is at the rainbow bridge to welcome you. I could almost imagine how happy you are with Lime now… perched on a tree and singing happy chirps while kissing beak to beak.