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.

cat’s in the bag

*PUTI is really special among all my kitties. As i’ve mentioned before, she is a deaf cat. The only advantage of being deaf was that she’s the only one having a chill of her life on new year’s eve while the rest of the kitties were all bothered and tensed with the loud noise of fireworks, music and merry making.

She loves getting inside of things like paper bags, boxes and handbags. Drawers left partially open is also a great hideaway. She would literally squeeze herself in and nothing could stop her.

My bag is probably one of her favorite places that she enjoys hopping in. Leave it open and she’ll come right in and sleep to her heart’s content.

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Puti, despite her hearing disability is just like any ordinary kitty. She is very playful and loves cuddles. It melts my heart that she would never know her name because she couldn’t hear. One way to communicate with her is i gently press her body to my chest so when i talk she would feel the sound vibrations. Her meows are also funny. Sometimes it’s so soft like a whisper but during feeding time or when she is looking for me it is a bit loud .. a crescendo and decrescendo of meowing. But i do understand. She couldn’t hear herself meowing and if she already sees me, she stops and makes a very soft meow.

*PUTI means WHITE in our language.

In response to The Daily Post daily prompt: INTERIOR

if only i could speak

If only i could speak…

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. I was so afraid, hungry, tired and cold when you found me. You did not hesitate to scoop me up when i followed you and rubbed so hard on your feet until i stumble and fall. Who would have thought that i used to fit on your palm and that’s how small i was. Now i am fat (hehe…), happy and so grateful to you mom. I owe you my life. Had you not saved me, i might have died of hunger and cold from the rain or maybe torn into pieces by stray dogs. You are truly my hero mom. Love… Ashton.

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Thank you mom for adopting me from the shelter. With lots and lots of cats i am so lucky that you’ve chosen me or shall i say i chose you. Well, i tried so hard to catch your attention. I tried to be a good boy, i tried to be calm when you carried me, i tried to be as sweet as i could be because i really wanted a forever home. Had you not adopted me, i still might have been at the shelter. I hope all my siblings have also found their forever home. It’s been 5 years since then and i am so happy to be with you. I know i am making you happy too as i have been your constant nap buddy and laptop buddy. You said you love to cuddle me because i have the softest fur. I also love to cuddle with you too. You are my hero mom. Love… Tiger

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Thank you mom for rescuing me. Ever since i walked inside the yard as a tiny kitten, you made me a part of the family of outside cats that you are regularly feeding. There are a lot of challenges and dangers being an outside cat. I know that you take good care of us by feeding us and by making sure we are spayed/neutered but i still got into trouble. One day, you found me with a big wound on my tail. You got so worried upon noticing that the lower part of my tail has no life already. I know vet bills are expensive but you hurriedly brought me at the vet for tail docking. I guess i have to thank the unfortunate thing that happened to my tail because from then on you made me an inside cat. You said i am too sweet and timid to be an outside cat which often resulted to other toms bullying me around. Now i sleep in comfort inside your home. I have a lot of furselfies too like the rest of the kitties which you post regularly on your Instagram. You are my hero mom. Love… Kuting 

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When grandma has been experiencing difficulties because of grandpa’s illness, grandma decided to bring me to you for fostering. Grandma had no choice during that time because grandpa sometimes gets angry with me for no reason at all and grandma always cries. Inspite of my disability as a deaf kitty, you never get tired of giving me lots of extra care and attention. Today marked another milestone as i have been spayed. When i heal, sooner i would be with grandma. Well, i know she would take care of me like you do and she says it’s okay and safe to live with her now and nobody would hurt me again because grandpa had crossed the bridge. But i am not taking that against grandpa because he had Alzheimer’s and he was not aware of the things that he says or do. When the time comes that i will be back to live with grandma, i will surely miss you mom. Thank you for all the love and care. You are my hero and you will forever be my mom. Love… Puti

In response to The Daily Post prompt: MARTYR

charming and colorful

December is the happiest and most colorful month of the year. Shining and shimmering Christmas decors and twinkling fairy lights adorn houses, streets and malls… and restaurants too.

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The mixed and unmatched chairs, lovely ceiling lamps and flowers made this place so charming. I instantly fell in love with the pink couch. It is so attractive that i took a close up photo of it and i am dreaming of owning a similar one in the future. Will definitely add that to my wish list. I could almost feel how RELAXING it is sitting or lying down on that soft couch.

Puti says it’s 18 days til Christmas. She is so excited to experience her first ever Christmas.

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She’s so lovely with those big blue eyes. One of the benefits of owning cats is by just stroking your kitty’s fur you could feel that magical effect… it is so calming and you could feel your worries and tension slowly VANISH and melt away. I would surely be having a fun fur stroking session before the year ends as i would like to leave all those bad feelings behind.

Bonus shot… Happy Taco Tongue Tuesday #TTT from Ashton. Wishing everyone a happy day.

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learning the art of cooking

When i was still living in my parent’s house, i never cook. My mother does all the cooking. She’s one talented cook. I remembered all the dishes she served us through the years and somehow they served as inspiration when it was time for me to cook for my own family.

Is cooking a talent or a skill? For me it is both. One needs to learn the skill to be able to know the techniques and be talented. While some learns faster and finds it easier some don’t. It is really the love of cooking that inspires us to be better, to try again and to improve our creation.

The need to serve delectable food on the table and my love for cooking made me  a good cook (that’s according to my children).  Over the years, i learned and continue to learn. I never follow an exact recipe but rather relies on inspiration from recipes that i read, or cooking shows that i’ve watched. The problem with recipes or in cooking shows is that either the ingredients are not available locally or just cannot be found or just plain expensive so there is a need to be creative in switching to an alternative ingredient which i do most of the time and that’s where my MAGIC goes to action.

For today, i am sharing my own version of SALMON PASTA WITH MUSHROOM AND SPINACH IN WHITE SAUCE. To put it simply it’s just an ordinary pasta dish with shredded salmon toppings. It is so easy to prepare.

Season salmon with salt, pepper and rosemary. Pan fried in oil (or add butter if you wish) til cooked. Set aside to cool and shred the meat. Then prepare white sauce or bechamel sauce. Put some butter on pan, add a little flour while constantly stirring then pour in milk (or add cream for a thicker sauce) and season with salt and pepper. (My secret ingredient is pork bouillon cube for the sauce flavoring). Add the shredded salmon, mushroom and spinach. Set aside some shredded salmon for toppings. Serve on cooked spaghetti, fettuccine, linguine or any pasta that you like.

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A post would not be complete without kitty photos. Sharing with you Puti’s adventures. She decided to dive into my bag. I’m not really sure what she’s looking for.. “Sweetie, i got no MILLIONS in my bag.”.

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Oh, what did you find? Sorry for interrupting your adventure kitty but mommy’s gotta go. 

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Puti my foster kitty has that habit of going inside of just about anything, bag or shopping bag, plastic bag which i am always closely monitoring for safety, cabinets and drawers. One advise for cat parents, never leave shopping bags, especially plastic ones just lying around the house. They should be kept properly as kitties love them and sometimes get stuck or snagged on their handles.

Happy Wednesday and i hope my kitty Puti made you smile today.