Ginger vet experience + future

We decided to bring Ginger to the vet initially for spaying but we found out we had to do it later. It was somewhat difficult to put Ginger in our kennel so she could be moved. Eventually, it worked and I made sure to wear some gloves and a long-sleeved shirt as protection from any scratching. My dad had a camera going and this is a video of it

As mentioned earlier we wanted to spay her but we would have to wait as we needed to vaccinate her. It was advised by the vet, but without the vaccines, it was possible she would catch them during/after the surgery. So we gave her them and in about 2-3 weeks’ time we may try to bring her back. While we had taken care of her since around the beginning of March last year she has given birth to a total of 6 kittens and unfortunately, 2 passed away. They had brought much joy and love to our world but as my family and I are leaving we don’t want her to be alone to continue having litters as without our support it could be a cycle of life and death. I’ll always remember Tora and Sugar will try my best to make sure I take care of any kittens wherever I go. I learnt a great deal in both raising and trying to keep them alive.

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Rest In Peace Sugar May 2020 – You left a paw print on our hearts. Forever Loved


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Tora – You loved us since the beginning and we will love you till the end April 2020


If only I had done better



Kitten update + Ginger

during the last week, my family and I were worried as we could not find the kittens. I’d often climb the wall looking for them, but just yesterday we found them again in our basement

Although we want to interact with them I think they’re to young for that. When we do pick them up they get quite loud especially the black one called Kuro. we also noticed that when we put them into a different box they would hide under the towel we think they were too sensitive to the light. We just make sure that Ginger is well fed and hopefully they will grow well.

Another possible future one is getting Ginger to the vet. Although it is better if we vaccinate than neuter we think we should neuter her without the vaccine. She is a more stray cat and we think that once shes had the first trip to the vet she will not be willing to go again. For now, we’re just trying to get her comfortable with the carrier as she is very skeptical about entering it.

Kitten Update

One task we’ve been doing regularly is just looking inside the box Ginger’s litter is in and taking a short video. Often they are just cuddled together or bundled up but we have seen recently that they are starting to take their first steps, and just yesterday they almost got outside the boxNo description available.

we’ll have to see how they develop, as eventually, we have to bring both the kittens to the vet for a check-up, but also Ginger as she needs to be vaccinated and then neutered.

An assortment of videos

Backyard Cat family – New – goodbye

It has been going for a long time with new developments for the cat family. The biggest probably being that Ginger has very recently given birth to 3 new kittens. They are very fresh as they are still blind and cannot walk, much younger than we found Shiro and Chai

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She hides in our basement, being that there are many boxes down there. We make sure that the boxes are comfortable enough for them. we quite often make a nice bed for her with a towel but she always wants to stay somewhere else. However, the more important topic was giving Shiro and Chai away. We could afford all the pet food for them, but managing one mama cat, 2 young cats, and 3 kittens would be quite the ordeal. I decided a better idea of “advertising” them would be to reach out from school. Contacted Chloe who referred me to Ms. Francemone as she had a friend/teacher called Anna that was willing to take them. It was definitely sad for me to give them away after caring and raising them for so long, but I knew they would be in good hands with Anna, they had a much larger open area compared to our back yard, they also had a dog and judging from the conversation between my dad and her this dog did have experience with other cats/kittens. I am still in contact with them and I sometimes ask for little updates on their development, they were definitely scared of the new surrounding, as when we arrived and let them out they immediately hid under our car. Though I’m sure they’ll like it there

I may add or create new posts here if there are any big developments, one possibility is them becoming comfortable at their home. Anna and her husband made a small area to contain them at home, just so they can get used to their surrounding. I only gave them on the 7th of march, its a bit less than a week, but they seem to be getting more comfortable there.

This is a picture from Anna showing a certain place Shiro and Chai like to hang out

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Here are some pictures of them while I still owned them

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Cat family 2

Kittens :

they seem to be growing healthily now, they are no longer malnourished and we have been weighing them and they continue to gain. although Shiro is still the smaller of the two, they are stil eating healthily, so there does not need to be a worry of them having a disease. Vaccines will still need to be done, but because they are very small its easy to pick them up and bring them to the vet



Now ginger had had some events. Firstly the most concerning is that we want to try to neuter her, however, she does seem to already be pregnant again, it’s unfortunate but I think we will need to abort them.  This isn’t really laziness, but it’s already a handful trying to take care of a mama cat and then 2 kittens, it would be a lot harder with 1 mom, 2 juveniles, and then X newborn kittens. However capturing her is proving quite difficult, I try to gently grab her but she always moves away. My dad tried a bit stronger, but she lashed out and cut him a bit. we sent some messages to vets, to see if they may have a cage or trap we can try to capture her.

Cat Family 1 (ongoing)

This is still an ongoing project, so there will most likely be many more to come


So for a long period of time, ive been feeding these 3 cats

the ginger cat is called ginger and the 2 kittens are Shiro and Chai. it’s not visible in this picture, but the main way you see if its Chai or Shiro, is the feet, as Shiro has white feet, and Shiro is the Japanese word for white.

We mostly take care for them on simple levels, usually food and some shelter underneat out sink, and sometimes in our basement. As this goes on there will be a variety of larger events, which eventually will get their own posts


Our very first medical activity was getting the two kittens to a nearby vet. They identified their gender, both male and they estimate they are around 6 weeks old. Definitely, the scare was that they were diagnosed as malnourished, as they weighed them on the scale and they were underweight. I, unfortunately, do not have pictures, as the vet under new covid rules, only allows one person to bring their pet, so I did not have my mom or dad to take pictures doing the process. In order to solve this, the vet recommended giving them soft food, and yogurt. which we have been doing over the week


3 Future ideas are:

getting the kittens their vaccination, when they were brought to the vet they were to young to get them, but its been 2 weeks since then, and they now should be old enough

Bringing ginger to the vet, first as a general check up, but also to find a source to a particular problem. Me and my mom observed how she drinks an abnormaly high amount of water, even for an adult cat. My mother thinks it may be something relating to her kidney, although we can try to find whats the problem, theres not much we can do to solve it

Getting the entire family spayed/neutered. We dont want the cat population to rise to much.

First 3 times of our Sunday cycling

Recently a group working with the government has made an initiative that on Sunday from 4-7 they reserve a small part of the road for bike riders only.  I and my dad have been doing it consistently every Sunday. It’s definitely a good opportunity since with this initiative there are police who monitor the path, and will often direct traffic or let you know when/if you should cross. Usually, it’s a lot more brutal as cars take priority, and most paths can be very rickety, this Sunday leaves a day where I can bike with a feeling of safety. It’s nearly always on a flat road, with very few inclines either. From my house, the path is almost all the way to school and back. Its about 15 miles long, which is just shy of 24km.

A link to an article about it

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Violin Practice

On the 2nd of November, I had my first (online) violin lesson since perhaps march. over that time I did practice my usual pieces, but only recently I’ve started some new ones to keep it different. It is difficult in our current time to really give a direction to what I’m meant to practice, usually, I would practice scales, songs, and sight-reading for the ABRSM, however, there is really no idea when or if they will come here. I personally would not be surprised that by the time they come, they have released a new set of songs and scales for the curriculum, which in the tale would make my learning of the previous songs null. For now, I’m practicing a piece from the Suzuki Violin book 4. I felt that my sight-reading has gotten better, so I could play the beginning half of it.

For now, I am practicing it slower, as to not challenge myself. Depending on how I feel I am learning, I may also try practicing pieces that may have nothing related to the Suzuki book or anything formal. for example, there is a piece of music I am interested in. Dance Macabre      . However, I most definitely believe that I will play other pieces before taking this one, as it is particularly long, as well as, challenging as it has sections that require playing on two strings at once. Another problem which could also have a solution online is that it has a piano accompaniment

Below is an image of the online lesson we had

Change In physical Activity Running to Yoga

Although I find I do more walks than Yoga, I’d rather choose yoga to document. Although I do walks, I mainly just do it for outside time, and never have any real goals in mind, which makes the walk feel mundane and flat. However, I think yoga can help with that, as there will often be many poses that influence different parts of the body. With that, It can make my documentation easier, as I can explain what poses/activities I did and how it affects X body part. My mother is a yoga teacher and has a subscription for an online yoga site with many videos. from that, I can then search for different types of yoga classes, as they usually span of 30 minutes. Another advantage is that there are a varierty of yoga poses which are used in many classes, although often use they still have complexity to them which i can descrive. Unlike walking where its one type of walk, with not much to explain

Service Idea (cats in the neighborhood)

I have an idea for something I can document as a service, with confirmation from ms fleming. Even before the summer break, I had been feeding some stray cats around the streets. there’s a couple that always appears on our wall in the morning which I feed. and although I have not fed them, I know that there are many more cats nearby. Near my house, there has been a construction site of the new Egyptian embassy, and there is a trio of cats which I assume have been getting scraps from the construction workers. I don’t know names or how frequent, but I also know of another stranger who also feeds that trio. I think my main steps though, is finding which areas they are frequent in, and possibly naming them for convenience


12/1 – Continuation

Further expanding on this cat idea, I may not be able to keep going out and feed these many cats, likely due to it either being too much of a trip, but I also believe that many of these cats are already fed, as they have a very well-groomed and clean coat. However, one plan which I think may have more significance is helping a particular cat who I’ve called Bubzy.

As you can see he does look a bit banged up. He appears to have 2 major issues, one being his swollen face and how very bent his ears appear. Regarding the swelling, I found it could either be a tumor or abscess, which is similar to a large pimple (but can’t just be popped). Another possibility which I think is most likely is he either has a tooth abscess or tumor, I believe this because I see that his teeth are not in the best condition, but he also drools a lot which could be the effect of this tooth abscess. Regarding the bent ears, there’s also a variety of possibilities. The 2 I think is either he gets into a lot of catfights and gets his ears scratched, or he either has fleas or mites causing him to scratch. I think the ear problem is just as important as the abscess. The picture does not highlight it well, but he gets very very bloody ears. sometimes they look very fresh, and even that the skin itself is peeling off.

I did attempt to bring him to the vet during wellness day, but he proved tough to catch, I almost got him into the cage, but right as I was about to close the lid he suddenly jumped quickly and got out. although I have ideas on what ailment he has, I can’t do much to treat it. Which is why I want to bring him to the vet. Looking on the internet it seems that even just a bit of anti biotics may help him. The only problem I worry is that we bring him there, and they say it would be better to put him down, which would break my hear