Saturday, 30 November 2013

Kusky & Kurimu (164) - Waiting to Go to Bed

Kusky & Kurimu sleep with us almost on every night. When we go to bed a bit late than normal, this is what we will see...


Both of them will be waiting for us patiently on the way to our bed room...

 
Sometimes I feel sorry for them. They are sleepy but I don't feel like going to the bed yet...

 
Poor kids....
 

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Kusky (162) - The Pomelo Kid

It is very common for Chinese to have pomelo during latern festival (also known as mid autumn festival). After having the pomelo, we decided to make pomelo skin as a bob-cut wig for Kusky...

 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Kurimu (161) - Deep Sleep

I guessed he shall already be in REM stage....


 Look at his adorable face....
 

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Cats' Facinating Facts

Cats purr at around 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as am idling diesel engine. A cat's purr may be able to heal bone fractures, increase bone density and control pain. Scientists discovered that vibrations between 10-140Hz aid bone growth and help heal fractures, torn muscles and ligaments, reduce swelling and relieve pain. A cat's purr not only matches this vibration, but its dominant frequencies are 25-50Hz - the optimum frequencies for bone growth and fracture healing.


Monday, 25 November 2013

Kusky & Kurimu (160) - Morning Bird Watching


Bird watching is an 'every day must do activity' for both of them. Normally they will wake me up around 6 to 6:15am, then leave my bedroom, go to the toilet at down stairs, then ran up to my bedroom again, jumped above the short cupboard that place next to the window and started to observe any movement outside the window. 

Unfortunately they can't stay long on week day as I need to rush to work before 8am. They could only enjoy their 'bird watching activity' on weekend morning. They waved their tail when there were birds flying past my window; they chattered when birds stood on the electrical cable or lamp post in front of my house. 

While they enjoyed watching the birds, I enjoyed watching their 'vase shape' back! Their backs are beautiful, don't they? :)

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Cats' Facinating Facts

Cats almost never meow at another cat. They use this sound mainly to communicate with humans.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Kusky & Kurimu (159) - Exploration

We don't have a garden. When Kusky and Kurimu had the opportunity to explore my mom's garden, they really went behind every pots, exploring every single corner of the area.

They were so energetic and playful. I should bring them to our neighborhood play ground more often.

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He must be curious what was the creatures that jumping around in next door's garden --- They are rabbits!!!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Kurimu (158) - Chattering



Earlier on, in one of the article posted entitled 'Communication' did mention chattering is one of the ways cat express their feeling and 'saying' things to human being.

The above video was taken in last June. Kurimu chattered when he saw a cat teaser above him. He wanted to play, yet so lazy to stand up. It's funny! :D

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Kusky & Kurimu (156) - Long Distant Journey

Last August, hubby and I brought Kusky and Kurimu back to my home town. It was a 10 hours car journey, traveling through at least 1/2 of peninsular Malaysia. From East of peninsular to West of peninsular, crossing at least 6 states within 10 hours (from Melaka to Selangor, then KL, Pahang, Terengganu and lastly Kelantan).

It was Kurimu first long distance journey from south to north. Unlike Kusky, Kurimu was uneasy, walked up and down from one place to another in the car. He was trying to find his way out of this scary, shaking, loud moving machine. We tried to place him inside the cage for his safety, unfortunately he meowed even louder when he was kept inside the carrier. 

After hours of meowing and loituring, finally Kurimu decided to stop and sit quietly at the back with Kusky. 

These are some of the photos taken while we were on our journey from Melaka to Kelantan and vice versa. 


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Kusky is not the type of kitty that likes to be stroked, pat or carry. However, he will become extremely attach when he is in a moving car. I suspect he always get dizzy when riding on a car. He prefers to sleep on in my arm while traveling.


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The only time where Kusky is so attach and wanting to stay in my arms is when we travel in a car.


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Kurimu was anxious. He kept on meowing and loitering in the car. He continued to do the same thing from Melaka to KL, roughly for 2 hours.


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Finally Kusky was put to the back seat. I guess Kurimu must be tired too. They sat together and sunbath in the car.


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This photo was taken when we were on our way driving back from Kelantan to Melaka. We stopped by a local petrol station for a rest and look at what this little orange cutie did! He managed to catch people's attention and they stopped to peek into our car. 
 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Kurimu (155) - Enjoy Being Pampered

Unlike Kusky, Kurimu enjoys being touch. He loves to stay close to any human beings (even a human friend that he has not met before). 

These are the videos I took sometimes ago when Kurimu was still a 6 months old kittens. What a cute kitten! :)




Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Communication

Cats communicate in varies ways: by smell, vocalizing, body language and marking.

Vocalization
Cats have a wide range of vocalizations that include murmurs, meows, spitting, hisses and growls. These can be divided into 3 broad categories: closed mouth, vowel patterns and intense vocalization petterns.

Purring, mating vocalizations and the close-mouth 'mrrr?' uttered when a cat seems to be asking a question are closed mouth vocalizations. Vowel patterns include the more typical 'meow' could be for various reasons but most often because they want something like food, to be pet, attention, or to go outside. Intense vocalizations are made when the cat holds the mouth open throughout the sound when aroused, demanding, or upset. These include growling, hissing and screaming.

Some cats are 'talkative', meowing repeatedly or or an extended period, especially in response to the human voice. Oriental breeds such as the Siamese are renowned for being chatty. Well, my Kurimu is very verbal too. When I play hide and seek with him, the moment I show myself, he will meow non stop. When he needs food or going out, he meow too. When he knows we are at home but couldn't see us around, he will meow until he finds us. He will meow loudly when he is unable to locate Kusky. He is such a verbal cat!



Purring
Part of the admiration humans feel for the feline is its unique ability to purr. Small cats, including the domestic cat, purr on both the inhaled and exhaled breath. The big such like tiger purr only when they breath out. Cats can purr with their mouths tightly closed. Kittens are born blind and deaf yet purr with their mother's nipple in their mouth. Because a kitten cannot nurse and meow at the same time, it purrs while nursing to let his mother know it is happy. Their mother purrs back for the kittens to find them. Also, purring is an act of showing comfort. Kittens do not purr to human touch until around 6 weeks old.This phenomenon of sucking and purring at the same time can occur because purring is not a vocal sound. The purr does not come from the true vocal cords. No one could prove where the purring sounds came from. Basically it's a physical vibration that produces inside cats body. Purring doesn't purely means happiness. Cats will purr when they are in pain too.



Body Language
Cats easily convey their feelings through body language. Everyone recognizes the raised back and flattened ears of a frighten feline.

A cat's ears are used for more than just hearing. The angle of a cat's ears is an important clue to its mood. If the ears prick forward, the cat is showing interest. Ears pointed to the side mean the cat is thinking and considering its next move. If the ears are plastered flat against the head, it shows the cat is vey unhappy. Ears back and down indicate either fear or uncomfort. 

The tail, beside contributing to a cat's overall beauty and balance, the tail indicates the cat's emotional state. The way your cat holds its tail and each movement of the tail communicates what it is thinking and feeling. You just need to learn how to speak 'tail talk'. Below are some information I sourced from internet websites, not sure how accurate it is:


 

Scent
Cats recognize one another by their scent. Scent glands called temporal glands are situated above the eyes on the sides of the forehead. Cats mark objects, including people they consider 'theirs', by rubbing the side of their heads along their object of affections. Cats mark their territory with urine. Other cats smell the urine and recognize the message. 


Monday, 11 November 2013

Hunting

Despite hundreds of years of domestication, most cats display am instinct to hunt if given the opportunity. This predatory behavior has been passed down to the domestic cat through the mists of time. While cats are born with a hunting instinct, killing and eating prey are generally learned behaviors. While a cat may catch and kill a mouse, it might not eat it, even if it is hungry, unless it has been taught to.



Kittens begin to show hunting behavior from as young as six weeks of age. Programmed from birth to chase, kittens practice hunting skills by crouching, pouncing, play fighting and fake attacking with their littermates. A mother cat might use her tail to help teach her babies hunting skills, using it as a tease to teach them to stalk. If the mother is an outdoor cat, she will bring small, dead prey to her kittens. She will eat in front of them, encouraging them to join her. Next she will bring injured prey and encourage her kittens to play with it. She will kill it in front of them. Slowly the kittens learn that prey can be caught and eaten. Eventually the kittens accompany the mother as she hunts and learn to catch and kill on their own.

Cats will exhibit teaching behavior not only toward their own kittens but also other cat's litters. Some cats even include their human owners in the lesson, bringing home dead prey and dropping it on the doorsteps. The hunting feline patrols a specific territory. The size of the territory varies depending on the availability of prey. Most adults are solitary hunters, although at times cats kills with a lethal bite through the spine at the base of the neck. If a cat isn't hungry, it will delay or even defer killing the prey, instead opting for the excitement of repeated stalking, capturing, and playing with the victim. My mum used to received all kinds of 'gifts' in front of her doorstep: birds, duckling, rats, small snakes, huge grasshoppers, even babies of rabbits (I guess it must be from next door as they have lots of rabbits running freely in their garden). I told my mum not to scold the cats. They are proud of their hunting result, and they are waiting to be praised. So what we normally do is just to throw the corpse away. 



Why do cats often appear to torture or play with their catch before killing it? There are several theories. One theory is that these cats lack confidence. They may still be wary of their prey, which if not killed quickly can fight and bite back. Another theory is that domestic cats that live in a relatively rodent-free environment lack the opportunity to catch real live prey. When they finally do catch a mouse, they want to prolong the process of playing as much as possible.

Cats owners may also notice cats will chatter their teeth when seeing prey. It is a kind of special noise cats will make especially when they see birds, dropping/moving feather and squirrel. Indoor cats may just be showing their excitement or frustration at seeing potential prey that they cannot reach. Kusky and Kurimu chattered alot every morning in front of my bedroom's window when seeing birds standing near to the balcony. I shall upload video of them chattering next time.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Kurimu (154) - Getting Bored

I think he was too bored..... he didn't even border to respond!

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Kurimu (151) - Sitting Like A Human Being

One awesome thing about Kurimu is he loves to sit like a human being. 
You don't believe it? See this!





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Friday, 1 November 2013

Kusky & Kurimu (150) - Get Off!

Kusky is a good tempered cat. He is always not the proactive party when it comes to play fight with Kurimu.

I was recording short video for both of them the other day. They were playing with each other on the sofa. Surprisingly Kusky kick off Kurimu during the playing process! Watch this (pay attention after 0.08 second), it was scenes that worth million dollar (at least to me it is)!!!



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