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Mother encouraging her toddler for his first bara'a or dagger dance at Wadi Dhahr, Yemen.



I've been told that having a cat lengthens your life.  I think that came from one of those life expectancy quizzes ... answer it "with" and "without" a cat and the answer comes out with a two year difference.  I don't think having cats sequentially adds multiple lots of two years on to your life though.

Nyoman, our not-so-new cat

posted 15 May 2011, 16:55 by Alex Chan   [ updated 15 May 2014, 04:14 ]

This is a growing collection of post-adoption photos of Nyoman's life with us. She's turned out to be a little "si betina" dragging in quite a few mice! She's putting on quite a bit of weight too.  [View photos]

Nyoman, our new cat

posted 15 May 2011, 16:55 by Alex Chan   [ updated 15 May 2011, 17:23 ]

Sylvester served-and-loved us well over many years.  When he passed from kidney failure, we got ourselves a new cat from the SPCA.  While she looks like a pedigree of sorts, she's just an SPCA Blue. 

Being my third cat, we called her Nyoman, which is the name given to one's third child in Bali (called a birth order name; there are only four names used so the fifth, sixth etc child have the same name as the first, second etc).  [View photos] 

Pussy Academy IV: Sylvester graduates

posted 15 May 2011, 16:54 by Alex Chan   [ updated 28 Apr 2014, 18:47 ]

Sylvester finally graduates.  Here's a video of his final examination ... he nearly didn't make the grade as there was a little hesitation in his performance. 

Pussy Academy III: Sylvester shakes hands

posted 15 May 2011, 16:54 by Alex Chan   [ updated 28 Apr 2014, 18:45 ]

Shaking hands was a bit tricky.  I don't think cats like their paws being touched but we managed to achieve this by gently shaking his paws before each meal.

Pussy Academy II: Sylvester learns to stand

posted 15 May 2011, 16:53 by Alex Chan   [ updated 28 Apr 2014, 18:44 ]

The second lesson was actually easier.  Standing was achieved by holding a treat above him.  You just had to remind him "no hands" as he would try grab the food with his paw.  Ouch!

Pussy Academy I: Sylvester learns to sit

posted 15 May 2011, 16:53 by Alex Chan   [ updated 28 Apr 2014, 18:44 ]

Sylvester was named after the cartoon character ... he was nearly called Pingu, aftger the penguin cartoon character but not many people knew that one.  He loves to butt heads with people.  We realised his high IQ early in the piece and started to teach him a few tricks, beginning with sitting on command.

General Santos

posted 15 May 2011, 16:49 by Alex Chan   [ updated 16 May 2011, 04:51 ]

A colleague of mine changed my life and convinced me I should have a cat.  So after a visit to the SPCA I ended up with a ginger and white cat which I named General Santos (that's a city in the Philippines).  He didn't last long and died from a recurring urinary tract infection.  We should have asked for our money back.

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