Before Simona: Rewind

Simona the Kitty who has grown up to be Simona the Little Big Cat has had the longest stay here and has remained the longest non-movie inspiration for this blog. But there was a time before Simona when there were other cats who became short time inspirations. I have mentioned a few of them before, but I will talk about them in detail here. This post is actually supported by Simona, and there is no cat jealousy involved hereย – Simona knows none of the deadly sins and she is very much interested in appreciation of other cats.

Simona’s direct predecessor was Zeezee, the local kitten who went missing. She was of almost Simona’s age as of now when she was gone. She wasn’t really that much of a lover of humans, and never allowed anyone to get at the touching distance, while Simona didn’t mind the hand shakes, leg shakes or even head shakes. She was still a fine hunter of spiders, lizards and cockroaches. She loved Tiger biscuits in milk, and sitting on the Honda Dio was a clear priority. [Hometown: Perumbavoor]

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The Badminton Kitty was a well known figure all around the flat. This one was a lover of Badminton and was always there when a game was happening on the court. Whenever the shuttle sailed away from the humans, this one was ready to pounce and check for the quality. The kitty also made sure to pretend to be the official ball boy by running across between the points – may be this one wanted to have a game, but never really managed to the big cat as a car took its life. [Hometown: Aluva/Alwaye]

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The Great Cat of the Ancestral Lands was not that great, even though it was there whenever I visited the place – until some years ago. This one used to have only one priority, which was food, and sometimes even chased hens for no reason. It is not found any more, and the sad thing is that there has been no replacement even after these many years. May be there is no land for cats there? After all, the dogs are the ones who have most of the fun. Simona should complain to her big cat brothers. [Hometown: Kothamangalam]

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This Black Cat is the kind of cat that everybody should have. I have always preferred the black cats because the vampire team got special love for them. Well, this one was very much loved by the kids of the flat, and as they were sad about the demise of the white kitten of the Badminton earlier, they treated this one with a lot of milk every day. But this one suffered the same fate as the Badminton Kitty and jumped in front of a car to end the last of its nine lives. [Hometown: Aluva/Alwaye]

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The Mall Kitty was one of its kind. We haven’t known it for long, but this one was a real entertainer. We did wonder how long it will last considering the traffic around that junction, but the Mall Kitty was wandering around the Lulu Mall finding the food and also jumping around, as if coming right out of circus. This one followed many people, came back to the original place, thought for a few seconds, put its head inside somewhere and returned to its original position. [Hometown: Edappally]

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Among the cats before Simona, there are two who have been there for more time combined. It is the mother and son team which has been the champions of my cat world for a very long time. They belong to the Muvattupuzha area at the home of my aunty. They have been the first case of entertaining cats for me, and you need to check the eyes of the smaller one – he is a big cat now, but his eyes are special; of different colours. The mother cat is no more, but the son is still there, to be the awesome odd-eyed cat. [Hometown: Muvattupuzha]

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***All photos of cats were taken by me only.

Happy Independence Day! ๐Ÿ™‚

TeNy

Season of the Kitty

So, Simona the Lionhearted makes it to the next year. This is the first time that a kitten has stayed with us for a New Year, and also for more than a month. SI-MO is a great achiever in that case, and done well enough to adapt to her new home. She is now aware of each corner of the house and reacts to the voices that she hears. Not ready to be alone, she is quick to run to any place which has humans; she keeps waiting for human voice and she is good at detecting mine.

But there has been the mighty presence of the forces of evil. There have been two kinds of the same. The first is the kind that doesn’t like the so called “creatures” at home, and in their opinion, cats and dogs are the ones which bite and should be abandoned. They feel that these creatures as injurious to humans. They are not good for human health and throwing them into the canal is rather appropriate – this kitten should have stayed in the canal according to them.

I think a venomous snake has caught my legs. Mayday! Mayday! :D

I think a venomous snake has caught my legs. Mayday! Mayday! ๐Ÿ˜€

The second type is those who say that only dogs should be allowed at home, and it is a strange logic indeed, when this kitten has required so less attention so far. A derivation from the same, thinks that only cows and goats should be raised for milk and chicken for eggs. According to them, there has to a benefit for having pets – I would say that there is something from Simona, and it is happiness. She has been good to me throughout her life, unlike most of the humans.

I am the Elastic Kitty. See how far I can stretch. And see, only two legs :D

I am the Elastic Kitty. See how far I can stretch. And see, only two legs ๐Ÿ˜€

Yes, Simona has new needs now. Even as she found no interest in kuzhalappam, she was instantly attracted to murukku, a special version of the same called thengapaal murukku which we have been recently interested in, and Simona also cares to join us. All the bakers in the world should have her attention now. Her interest for food has been increasing at the same speed as her need for more playing time, as her active nature has reached another level.

I love my Mickey Mouse. And I had this pose in my mind for a long time :D

I love my Mickey Mouse. And I had this pose in my mind for a long time ๐Ÿ˜€

She also has a Mickey Mouse bell around her neck now, something which is there to make sure that she is not a random wanderer kitten, but does have a family to look after her. The problem of wandering does have the other side of terror, with those bigger male feral cats wandering around the house, especially one big creature coloured grey and white. There are also too many stray dogs around, some of them even known to have bitten humans in the past during night and early morning.

I am like a tiger looking for the prey; the predator hiding in the darkness :D

I am like a tiger looking for the prey; the predator hiding in the darkness ๐Ÿ˜€

One has to worry about her safety and keep her at home, especially when thinking about the disappearance of the former cat, Zeezee. For now, Simona will thrive inside the house by herself and under the watch around the building. But the question remains what will happen if she chooses to go out by herself. I would guess that it is only a matter of time until she makes that choice without us looking. When she chooses to leave one day, I hope that she comes back.

Until then, lets be impressed by how well she plays football with the ping-pong ball and how nice is her dribbling skills. She takes it and goes between the legs passing through the open door to score that goal. Yes, may be she can play in ISL next year. After all, she is capable of a lot more things, even as she is named after one tennis player. I wonder what new special skills she can come up with ๐Ÿ˜€ *All photos seen this blog post were taken on my Sony Cybershot DSC-W310.

TeNy

Adventures of Simona

The presence of Simona the Lionhearted a.k.a SI-MO the Kitty, the most valiant cat of its times at our home has passed a monthย in total with a few days extra, as of now. November 28 was her day of baptism, with the date of birth unknown, and after being named Simona, she has made a lot of progress these days. She has turned more playful, and is also so much quicker than she used to be – you can miss her easily if you just turn your eyes away for even a second. And yes, she is having a lot more food, and knows what to do when she needs food.

New avatar: Simona the explorer of the Newfoundland.

New avatar: Simona is one of the legendary explorers of the Newfoundland.

Simona is not just a kitten now as she has become part of the family. She is no longer afraid. She seems to understand and realize things better now, like sitting on a sofa only when someone is present, and also to stay with the company of her newfound family instead of being alone. She is never happy when she is left alone, and nowadays, she is very much aware of the house, as she often comes all the way up to my room and starts knocking on the door whenever she wants to play.

A kiss to whatever it is, just because she can. Kitten power.

A kiss to whatever it is, and tries to bring it down, just because she can. Kitten power.

Sometimes, Simona is the Phantom, the ghost who walks, and it is impossible to detect her, but the cover is blown when she finds a familiar leg which she wants to hug. On another day, she might be The Flash, going faster than any creature that has ever set foot in our house. On another occasion, she might be Mandrake, the magician who plays with her magic wand which should the splinters made of any type of wood. There are times when she becomes the enchanting Carmilla, ready to bite the lesser mortal creatures with her mighty little fangs.

Simona can smell what the Rock is cooking. A question answered there.

Simona can smell what the Rock is cooking. A big wrestling related question answered here.

Simona was never the first cat that we have given some space in our home. You might have already read about Zeezee (https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/zeezee-the-oracle/) – the one who is no longer with us. There have been predecessors. There was the pure white kitten which spent time while jumping around our shuttle cat and the pure black kitten which had some happy times around our world, both being hit by cars. There was also another kitten going back to my childhood, which is believed to have been kidnapped.

Simona's mother had told her that she could climb a tree - first attempt.

Simona’s mother had told her that she could climb a tree – first attempt being made here.

But Simona had stayed and mingled with us like no other kitten has done before. She has adjusted with her home and seems to have fallen in love with it. We do keep an eye on her though, as there is a big cat wandering around on the top of the walls and there are lots of stray dogs roaming around just outside the gate. We shall keep an eye on her all the time and try our best to make sure that her time in home remains awesome.

The blue flowers. Simona has seen it and she will find it :D

The blue flowers. Simona has seen the Morning Gloryย and she will soon find the locationย ๐Ÿ˜€

My friend, James dedicated this song to Simona and yes she is getting older now – see how much bigger she is now from the earlier post I had put on my log (https://theteacerebration.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/how-i-met-my-kitten/) ๐Ÿ˜€ When this kitten gets older and becomes the La Belle Dame Simona, there comes the bigger responsibilities; may be she can listen to this one later ๐Ÿ˜€ If you wish to dedicate something more for her, you are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

As I still keep worrying that she might one day go out and be in trouble, you are also welcome to give me some suggestions about having a cat at home. I haven’t had the opportunity to have one at home for this long a period along with becoming this close, until now. Any advice is welcome, but only in the case of cats ๐Ÿ˜€ May be this will also inspire me to have another pet at home, and the next one might not be a cat – who knows? ๐Ÿ˜‰

TeNy