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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween Post - 20 Pawesome Pet Costumes

Halloween is here again and it's an exciting time for those who don't like to be themselves! *cricket noise*

I mean like really....I don't quite want to delve into the whole significance thingy. But I'll tell you this, what I discovered from my school days was, Halloween is a day to dress up in costumes and be somebody else. So for me, it's like a day for escapism. To be honest it's really fun. Subsequently, pet lovers have taken this tradition to their furkids in order to enjoy the celebration together.

So here I have the 20 Most Pawesome Pet Costumes.

20.  His majesty looks really handsome in this. Narnia inspired!

19. This bunny supposed to be Robin. But it looks more like a bank robber here.

18: Harry Potter and Fluffy

Every night after work, I'll usually feed stray dogs here and there. But if I see a dog like this somewhere, I swear I lari tak cukup tanah. Scary wei..

17: First time I see geese dressed up like this. Really Adorable! Although the big ass and vibrant colours kinda remind me of Nicki Minaj.

16: The Disinterested Race Horse

I reckon the race format must be changed to race for food?

15.  The Great White Shark

Imagine if sharks have hard shells..I think everyone in the movie 'Jaws' would have died.

14.  A Pile Of Leaves

This is probably the most ridiculous costume ever. I laughed so hard at this. I love the 'do I look like I care about creativity' attitude in this. This costume is particularly good for surveillance and camouflage. Imagine thieves jumping over your fence and then suddenly that pile of leaves in the garden wakes up and chases them. LOL.

13.  The Reluctant Bride

A look like this on wedding day, makes every divorce lawyer happy. No?

12. I don't care who he's playing...

This gentleman here, hats off sir!

11. The Pirates. LOL

Just stealing some stuff. Must be the treats from my cabinet.

10. Tiger

The friendliest tiger you'll ever meet. He wants cuddles. Beware!!

9.  Spider Pup

This one comes with the caption from the owner. I love it!!

8. The King of Jungle

Curiousity kinged the cat

7. The Zombie Dog

If there's one animal that can wear this costume to perfection, it has to be the Basset Hound. Their droopy eyes and 'zombiefied' look can never go wrong in this avatar. Real badass costume for Halloween!  Look at his face. Really menjiwai watak habes!

6.  The Skeleton Horse

Think about this horse running at night somewhere. People who see it from some distance will have a story to tell their grandkids.

5.  Elvis Presley

The King of Rock and Roll. I can tell that the legend himself is smiling in his grave looking at this. Let's rock this party people jjyeah!!!

4. Thor

Personally I'm a fan of the Thor film, and this is just super cuteeeeee...hahaha. Look at him. Since, this Halloween falls on Thursday, I would like to call it a Thorsday instead! :DD

3. Pandog

I can safely say that everyone loves panda. Like, who can hate a panda right? And since pandas are rare and threatened by extinction, God thought about it and created Chow Chows. The pups are so pandy and uncanny! Look at them lah.. OMGGGG!!

2. PiCATchu

Siren...........Pokemon fan alert! Pikachu has to be one of the cartoon characters that made a huge mark across the globe. If you're taking this baby to a party, make sure you practice a No-Borrow-Policy. Because once someone pinjam to cuddle,  people are going to run away with it. How to resisttt.....

1. Alligator Dog Mermaid?

Wait..like what do you even call this costume? LMAO

For me, this costume bags the number one spot simply because it's so creative and like WTF. It's a real head-turner. Thinking of how it will look like when the dog is running is just hilarious. One poor thing though, when the dog takes a crap, the crocodile will look like an organic Indah Water.

And there you have it. My list of 20 Pawesome Pet Costumes. Of course there were others, but these are the ones that really caught my attention for each of their unique wackiness. 

Let me know what's your personal favourite too! 

Happy Halloween fursians :)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Flatter Over Fat

The statistic above is a worrying FACT. The figures were released by the Health Ministry last month, and went on to note that: Obesity is a serious health problem in Malaysia, with 8.5 million people having weight issues. About 4.4 million people are categorized as obese.

"This is an alarming scenario and the figure is expected to increase if there is no effort to curb the problem and no awareness among the people. Death caused by Non-communicable disease (NCD) is expected to increase 17 per cent over the next 10 years." -Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam

This is a stark reminder of our current lifestyle, and the health hazards that come with it. Awareness is certainly something that's always been mentioned here, and I guess it's all going to be about exercise and healthy diet. However, I believe there should also be some form of awareness for the public, to help obese people. Obesity used to be a condition, and now it's recognised as a disease. Sadly, there's still plenty of vile discrimination towards people suffering from it at workplaces, schools and even within family itself. I think the complexity of obesity is something people are failing to understand. And why is this so? Perhaps we are not informed enough, or some of us have no regard for the disease. What's even more sad is how people often look negatively at overweight people, without realising that many of them don't have control over their weight. Not everyone is obese due to overeating McDonald's, you know. Medication, hormones, childbirth, sickness, fibroids, genetic issues and other factors make a whole lot of mess to our body. So stop the stigma and don't discriminate. What a waste to have educated people around you who judge you based on your waist. *I bet some lame rapper gonna steal this rhyme for his song soon*

Ok moving on..wait...something huge is blocking my way..OMG, it's a fluffy fur ball cikebombom!!

There you go.. Ironically, while obesity among people is something that's stigmatised, it's totally a different case when it comes to your pets, especially cats. Let's face it, people love fat cats! Maybe not all, but most people. Apparently they look cute, eh? Ok I won't deny that. I feel you. They do look super duper cute and cuddly *guilty face*. Then there are invention of terminologies like, fattybombom, chubbybi, genduts, gomok, debab, montels and more, for us to embrace feline obesity, as we unconsciously sink in the cuteness. In contrast to humans, we are actually glorifying fat cats. Why?

Suddenly I feel like the complexity of our perception towards weight in itself, is a disorder. A disease in understanding a disease..?? *grasping my chin and looking up to the sky for divine enlightenment* I'll let you know the answer when I get it later.

Ok, I'm not gonna delve deep into the health problems of overweight cats in this post. We've featured lots of articles regarding this in our Petster magazine, and you can check it out. Basically, to reiterate, the problems aren't very different from humans' actually. A few examples:
  • Diabetes mellitus.
  • Stress on the heart.
  • Joint, tendon and ligament problems that can lead to lameness and arthritis.
  • Skin disorders due to the cat having difficulty grooming himself.
  • Shortened lifespan.
I think some of you are still relaxed, because these names have become too common to sound life-threatening. Hmmm... Let's look at it this way...

Even...even when a cat which appears to be in an acceptable weight, (not very fat, just a little) an unbalanced diet can accumulate lots of fat inside their bodies. Reality check coming soon with a scroll down..

credit: catinfo.org

According to Dr Lisa A. Pierson, (DVM), this is a cat being fed a high carbohydrate dry food diet and you can see what his insides looked like. All of the light-colored tissue is fat. There is so much fat inside of this cat that his kidneys (oval, pink organs) are barely visible.  Some of you may also have heard of 'omental fat' that human nutritionists and doctors talk about, when discussing risk factors for death in overweight humans. On the left side of the top picture, and the right side of the bottom picture - you will see omental fat.

credit: catinfo.org

Isn't that gruesome? And this is not even in a distinctly obese looking cat's body. Imagine, what's on the inside of a real overweight cat? So it's about time for us to save our cats. Let's start with dropping that feel good factor regarding the oversize-ness and chubbiness of our furkids. Don't feed on the comments people make such as: "OMG your cat is so fat and fluffy!" Flattering, no more. It's a reminder for myself too.The longer people make these sort of comments, the more you're failing to act in keeping your cat healthy. Let's encourage our friends to keep their cats in an ideal weight instead of glorifying their size. I know it's hard to resist fat cats..LOL..But let's try okay.. In fact, the term, 'you are what you eat' definitely applies to your cats in this case. So let's help them and be responsible by feeding them the right diet. We want to live a long life with our furkids, right? The key for that is hidden and concealed deep among the fat jellies you saw in the picture above. Clear those fat, and you'll find the key. It's that easy. 

Also, kuatkan semangat, and don't fall for their cute inducing, hypnotic ability of fattybombom power anymore! Even if they ask you...

Do I look thinner in this dress?

I think I finally got the enlightenment to the question I asked myself earlier. Why do we glorify obese cats as opposed to humans? I think we animal lovers get so engrossed and absorbed in our love for animals, that we even love their imperfections and make cute names for them. Don't you think so? Or at least that's what I feel. Well, let's start working on our cats' health...TODAY. That should be the ultimate expression of our love to them!

Soon I will post ways to keep ideal-sized cats. If you have successfully trimmed the sizes of you cats before, email and share your experience with me. I'd blog it here for everyone to share. :)

Disclaimer: This post was meant to be educational and by no means aimed at condescending anyone. If you think it offends you, then you didn't read the entire post.
#credits: Catinfo.org