It is often said that when you own a dog, you're their master for life, but when you own a cat, YOU ARE their slave for life.
After living with my own seven angels, I couldn't agree more with this. Each of them sometimes display diva-like attitude especially when I don't do what I reckon they want me to do, and when they feel like it,they'll display their affection to my heart's content or to ignore me totally when they sulk at me.
I know that once I return home from my travels, I'd have work cut out for me and win back my cats' affection because I was far from them. And each of them has their own character, even their own meow-sound that I know to whom I was talking to. Each has their own adorable quirk, and each would take specific slot of my time to gain my affection. And boy are they good at that!!
Mimi is the mother of my other angels, and I swear she's the most manja of this lot! Mimi would meow the loudest when she demands for her food, but at the same time, she'd shamelessly shows her affection to me and just about anybody when she feels like it.
Mimi is friendly, and when I have guests over, she is the one who helps me greet the guests. Mimi never hesitates showing her affection, and when she likes someone, she'd rub herself against that person and licks the nearest part of that person's body.
There are times when I treat Mimi just like any other babies, and when I cradle her in my arms, she's contend. She loves it when I brush her fur and scratch her neck, and you can see how much she enjoys it from the way she closes her eyes and her loud purr.
But at the same time, you know how montherly Mimi is because even though her kids are all grown up, and even Abang is bigger than her, she'll still lick and groom her kids, and let them snuggle up on her whenever they sleep.
Mimi in her many poses
Abang is such a big boy that you couldn't believe he's Mimi's son. He is even bigger than Mimi. But on the other hand, sometimes I wonder if Abang is aware of his own big size.
See how big Abang is?? He's now bigger than his mum, Mimi, and about double the size of his sister Dedek
Abang has a cute way of meowing and talking to me. If I feel like chatting with him, I'll do his Abang-babble and he will surely reply! But on the other hand, he is soo....heavy! I reckon he's now about 7-8 kilogramme, so once I get a weighing scale I'll definitely weigh my kids! If I'm lying down, and if Abang wants to lie close to me or even land on my body, putting one foot is enough to make you lose your breath!
When he wants to snuggle up to me on the couch, he would do the dog thing, circle on the same spot a few times till I get him to settle and sit. He'll surely put his head on my lap, and asks me to stroke his head.
Sometimes, he'd struggle to rub against anything I happen to have in my hand, and when I have this netbook on my lap, he'd rub his cheeks against my netbook over and over again until he's satisfied. He definitely wants to ensure his possession of my items as much as he's stamping his possession of me!
Every morning when I'm about to leave the house, I would first unlock the grill and the padlock, and Abang usually ignores me, even goes on with his nap. But the moment I switch off the TV and head to the front door and put on my shoes, he would dash from wherever he happens to be at that time and race me to the door. Why? He knows I was leaving and he wants some outddor action before I leave them for the day. If I took my time and try to talk him out of following me outside the door, he would beg me with his cute babbles.
He would still insist on having a look at the outside world, and usually I let him. So he leads me out, and he'd walk right outside my apartment and does his mini exploration while reciting what he sees to me in his cute babbles. After a few minutes of 'Mummy need to go to work now and I'll see you later ok sayang' type of pujukan, he gets back inside the house and let me leave. And this happens every morning!
Abang also does funny positions when he sleeps,and always, I can never resist capturing him (and the others) in action. Love him!!
Dodo is so beautiful I could bite her pink nose! My girl here sometimes, though, doesn't act like a girl!! She really is the only girl among Mimi's brood who is as playful as the boys! She plays with the boys, and she runs very fast. When she and her brothers start their chasing game, they'd run all over the house chasing each other, climb the furniture, dash from their playroom to the back of the couch in seconds, it can literally catch you by surprise!!Sometimes they'd even run over me and before I know it, I'd feel momentary breathlessness because to their speed and weight on my body!
Dodo knows what it takes to steal my heart. If I exit my room, she could on impulse roll heraelf over on the floor trying to catch my attention. She'd give me a sweet meow, as if saying hello to Mummy.
She if also getting friendlier with other people, and not as reserved as her other siblings-this is obviously something she takes after Mimi. However, Dodo has the bad habit of going after the little hairballs after I comb their coat. She goes after them and swallow them before I told her not to. Ishhhh!!!
She loves it when I cradle her and stroke her forehead, the spot between her eyes. She'd purr and close her eyes and enjoy it till she gets bored, and by then she'd just let herself out of my arms.
Abu is another one of my boy who has his own peculiar habit. He has a feminine sounding meow that is unlike any other and he has the manja-ness that matches this manja meow.
However, he is tough when he's required to. As male cats, there are times when they have to fight over territories,and my boys are no exception. Perhaps by this age, being siblings no longer applies in their lives. But Abu sometimes fights with Dingdong, and trust me, this is when he's manly through and through. I just thank god that when my boys have their tiffs, they don't go all out and hurt each other too much. Just enough till they lose a bit of their fur, that's all. No bloodied fights OK:)
Anyway, every morning, Abu is the one who will meow the loudest to wake me up. Really, cats have a very precise sense of timing. Every morning at around 6 they would gather outside my door, and Abu would meow in his feminine and manja way, and he is also the one who will bang my door or scratch it just to wake Mummy up.
After my my weekday morning shower, Abu reserves the exclusive rights of following me into the room so he can play in Mummy's room. While I get ready for work, he would jump on my bed and lie there, or play with anything that catches his fancy. When I need to get anything out of my purse, he would busily rub his face to my hand, or to anything that is mine. Often, I have to stop him from licking my hand as I might have touched anything that is dangerous to him. Then he would often sneak under the bed and sit quietly there cause he knows that once Mummy's done, he has to leave the room. He also likes rolling on the bed (very comfy!) ang groom himself there.
Chikedis is such a good girl that I rarely scold her. Chikedis is manja in her own way.
She doesn't claim my time like the other previous three, and the only distinct habit of Chikedis is that she likes getting into my bags. Especially my handbag or my laptop bag. She would make her way into those bags and sit in there quietly until Mummy notices and get her out. She's also fond of scratching them (her way of claiming possession of me-I'm their slave remember???)
Chikedis sometimes like to reach for things higher up. When she gets on the sofa, she'd try to reach for my framed Ayat Kursi on the wall. Hanging deco? I may have to forget them, cause Chikedis will be the first one to reach for it.
When I cradle her in my arms, she would meow in a mournful way that just lets you know she doesn't like to be held that way. But in some unexpected moment, she would be the one to climb on my chest and snuggle there, taking her nap;)
My boy Dingdong is not really manja, and he can be the terror of the house, but I love him nevertheless.
Doingdong realllly loves it when I sit down on the floor and stroke them one by one, and comb their coat. At times, when I sit cross-legged on the floor, he'd come to me and land on his two feet on my lap before sitting facing me, his own personal signal demanding that I comb him. When I stroke his neck, he purrs quietly and contentedly.
But Dongdong is naughty as he is always the one who starts the fight with the other two boys. Dingdong is pretty lean compared to Abang and Abu, and so he runs pretty fast. Poor Dingdong, when the boys have a bicker, often he's the one I'd spray with water (my special weapon in dealing with my duelling kids:D)
Dedek is the baby of the house, and she's the smallest of my kids. Dedek, at times can be in her own world cause she is a loner at times.
At other times, Dedek can display diva-like attitude. She doesn't like to be carried, she doesn't even want me to touch her. When I pick her up, with her front paws she would fend me off and announced in her cute loud voice that she wants to be left alone.
Dedek, or at times Adik as I call her, has the shortest tail. Hers is a just 'lil cute bobtail that I like to pinch. Like I said before, Dedek has a cute loud voice and she likes to talk to me especially when I'm moving about in the house. She would follow me around, as if demanding that I pick her up. But when I do that, she runs.
When I feed the other kids, Dedek will definitely not be in the pack. She'll take her own sweet time having her meal, but she loves to drink. As she is the smallest, she tends to climb on things she's not supposed to, like the top of my tv. And always, I have to get her off the tv.
Lately, however, I have noticed that Dedek has started to be more affectionate towards me. Before this, I can barely reach for her before she runs. But now, when I sit on the floor and groom her mother or her siblings, she quietly and surely makes her way in front of me or next to me and rub herself against my hand. That is her way demanding a bit of the combing action too. She is also not ashamed of getting Mimi to groom her, so in order to get that attention, she'd rub herself to Mimi and makes sure that she's within licking length!
So glad that Dedek is trusting enough to show her affection now. Just hope that she continues being this way:)
OK this is way too long an entry. Ya la..just like any other mother, I too cannot stop talking about my kids right?...Albeit the four-legged ones hehehe..But well, I love them dearly, and they love me unconditionally!!