Saturday, 4 July 2015

(Piano) Stranger In Moscow

Finally. At last. 

I started creating a piano version of 'Stranger In Moscow' by Michael Jackson between Feb and March. And now, it's July - and I have, with my current level of skills, completed it.

I'm not a professional, certainly - I only finished Grade 1 ... I did attend another lesson at a different centre: 'play by ear', which is supposed to teach you how to play a song instantly on piano, so that you won't need to constantly rely on music sheets. I never did the class long-term though, the fees were quite expensive and the teacher, well, he does have a good skill when it comes to the piano, but personally after a few lessons, his advice was only 'choose a new song, practice' ... I understand practice makes perfect but the monthly fee is Very. Expensive.

Anyhow, with a bit of theory I learned from Grade 1 and early Grade 2, a little knowledge of chords from the 'play by ear' lessons, some reference to the videos already uploaded on Youtube - voila! This is my own version:

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Different Types of Hay Feeders

Timothy hay makes up 75% of a bunny's diet and must be made available to your bunny at all times throughout the day. Since it would be rather boring for your bun to eat hay straight out from a bowl, here are some suggestions on the things you can use to make the hay consumption process more interesting for him/her:

1. Toilet paper roll/Paper towel roll

2. Metal hay ball

3. Household item, eg: steel toothbrush holder

4. Cardboard box

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Little Tortie

Most unexpected.

After eating out, returning home, having the car parked on the pavement, a distinct "meow" was carried through the car windows to our ears from the outside. The meows continued, and they were rather loud, which meant that the cat who was making them was certainly either in next door's garden or in ours.

For one intense moment, we froze, fearing that our car had hit the cat.

"No, it couldn't be," I voiced aloud. "If there was a cat on the pavement, we'd have seen it and ... the meows don't sound as though the cat is hurt."

Each of us got down from the car slowly, searching for the source of the mewing. I moved towards our garden's willow tree - the sound seemed to be coming from there to me. I looked down, and saw a tiny tortoiseshell cat hunched in the corner of our garden walls. 

This was a time which I'm truly grateful that not all of my family members were vegetarians. (Personally, I am one. Almost 2 years at it.) Remaining calm, we went about putting the groceries we bought earlier into the fridge, opened a can of tuna and rinsed two tablespoons of it to wash away most of the oil.

The little cat had walked under the car and climbed up onto one of the wheels. We had to coax the cat out with tuna; my mother picked some of the larger flakes to tempt her. At one point, she did came down, but only to quickly climb back up again. Eventually, my mother began stroking the cat and it was that, did the cat really came down.

There was the unspoken "How are we going to care for a cat?" question hanging among us, but this little one was so tiny, and as it had rained in the noon, her fur was wet. We couldn't just leave her or let her wander about in the neighborhood, when she had somehow ... decided to take shelter in our home. 

In the late afternoon, we took the cat to a vet. There was a short wait, as the vet hadn't returned from a surgery she was performing elsewhere. Already in line before us were two young adults. One of them was wearing a uniform, she was probably still in secondary school, and I would guess that the other was in her early twenties. They had a cat with them, too. Theirs was a tabby, and although the tom was uncomfortable to be ill and to be sitting at this unknown place (you could see it from his composure and his eyes), his coat was stunningly beautiful.

We talked a bit - this was something that naturally occurred when animal people were in the same place - and they came to see the little tortie in our makeshift cage/pet carrier. They mentioned that they had 3 toms, and we told them how we found the kitten in our garden a few hours ago. 

Kitten food, canned fish, cat litter, cat litter box, cage ... These were the things a staff at the veterinary clinic said. It was quite overwhelming, because all we had at home were hay, rabbit stuff and more hay. 

My mother gave it a try and asked the young adults if they wanted the cat. They were cooing over the kitten, they absolutely love her tortoiseshell fur coat. And since they took in their cats from the streets as well ... it was possible.

There was a hiccup during the discussion when it was found out, that the kitten we had was a female (we didn't know the gender until the vet checked it). They were afraid of their males getting crazy over the girl when she got older ... but other than that, they were happy to have her. And they took her in, bringing the tiny kitten along with their handsome tom as we all exited the clinic. My mother and I paid for a packet of Royal Canin kitten food and the vet bills.

In terms of health, the cat was generally okay ... She had some fleas, which could be easily treated with a spray from Frontline, worms could be cured with a medicine given by the vet, and her slight malnourishment could be solved with vitamins and a good diet hereafter.

I'm glad and relieved that we could help the kitten find a good home. Best wishes, little tortie.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Food Hunt

The Food Hunt is an activity where the bunny has to find hidden treats. This is good stimulation for your bunny's senses (especially that cute, twitching nose!) and encourages foraging.

What you need: 
  • Treats which are dry
  • Note: Since I do not purchase commercial rabbit treats for my bunnies, I use pieces of carrots instead.

  1. Get the treats ready! (As a reminder, a bunny should only have a teaspoon of fruits/treats a day.)

  2. Hide the treats in reasonably challenging places.

    "Ooh, the carrots are on the box."
  3. If your bunny appears to require hints, guide him/her by directing his attention to the correct hiding spot, eg: by snapping your fingers.

    "In my food bowl, hoomin?"
  4. Remember to check that all treats have been eaten and not left in their hiding spots.

Try to change the hiding spots every few days. Being the smart and intelligent creatures they are, bunnies memorise all the same ones very quickly! And predictability wouldn't be as engaging or fun!