Category Archives: Isam

Semi-pet cat: First spotted on the morning of 24 Nov 2006. Wears a collar. Now housemates with Ian.

Area1 new cat: Isam lookalike

Isam_20081122_05xYesterday evening, while walking home after work, we saw a new kitty lounging around Isam‘s territory. He looks exactly like Isam, except that he is grey where Isam is a lovely chocolate. As it was late, we can’t tell if he has the same beautiful green eyes as Isam. But he is different from Isam in that he was extraordinarily friendly – he turns tummy up as soon as you call him. He was of course, full-eared with his equipment intact.

Earlier tonight I saw him again, and this time, very surely, he was lounging right outside Isam and Ian‘s “home”. Ian was there but as the alpha was very calm and did not seem to mind him in the least. This time, instead of jumping in quickly to sterilise their new free-ranging pet as we did Indy, we’re going to watch and see if the family sends him for mojo-robbery themselves.

Again, because of the lighting, we can’t be sure, but this new gentleman in town seem to be older than Isam.


Isam, Sat 22 Nov 2008


It’s been a long time since we updated on Isam. He’s still holding his own as a free-ranging pet cat. Not to say that he is safe from abductions. I’ve come across people trying to lure him, and probably get him home due to his looks. But the fact that he’s still around says something about his character. He is really not an easy cat to like, unless you are willing to give him time. He can seem affectionate but swipe at you without warning. He also does not take food from anyone.

That is why we’ve not attempted to send to send him to the cattery and rehome him. We believe it’s partly due to his lineage. He probalby has Siamese in his heritage and it’s been said that Siamese are fiercely loyal. He’s a difficult cat to read, even to us. So even though we’re not happy that the Malay family has once again co-opted a good-looking cat we sterilised as one of their free-ranging brood, we are at least relieved he seems to be contented where he is.


Idris is friendly-personified tonight


While out looking for Becky whom we’ve not sighted since her return from sterilisation, we met Idris who was milling around with Ian. They showered love on btmao’s legs and then mine.

Tonight, Idris seemed completely different from the last time we saw him. Judging from how friendly Ian is with him, we believe Idris may be the latest addition to Ian’s part-time family. Lucky him… at least he did not get that family’s Iggy treatment. Isam‘s nearby and definitely hissy with Idris, but then Isam’s hissy with every other cat, even the semi-pet alpha, Ian.

Isam’s established… semipet?

Since Isam lost his mojo, and started settling down, something happened that did not surprise us. He’s been hanging out more and more at the home tuft of the other lot of semipets – Ian, Baby’s and Chica. We’re not surprised, the family has a penchant for luring attractive new cats to their flat, as happened with Izzy who was bullied ceaselessly by the resident alpha Ian before we took him out and placed him in fostercare for adoption.

We had to remove Izzy because the ruckus of Ian’s bullying might trigger complaints and cause Izzy and Ian and his housemates’ lives. We explained this to the family before, and they knew and were aware of the dangers and problems because we had asked them to help look out for Bobby when we first moved him to the carpark in Area 1 to save his life. In fact, they had told us of early problems caused by another neighbour’s free-ranging pet cats, who had all disappeared since.

But here we are, with history repeating itself. We had witnessed the confrontations between Ian and Isam before, but since the family is oblivious, we could only watch and hope no one complains. Despite being a semi-pet to the family, Isam, like Ian is always hungry for food. But unlike Izzy, Isam is not a good adoption candidate due to his temper and so we did not remove him into foster care.

Vid: Isam tucks in to btmao’s dinner service

Isam the day after de-mojo

Here’s Isam this morning, none the worse for wear despite his new ear-do.

Look Ma, no tip!



More pensive brooding – what the hell am I missing

Getting over it: Smell the grass!

Resigned… maybe?

Isam’s new ear-do

V delivered the newly tipped-ear one back this evening. Isam‘s none the worse for the wear, no photos as I was out and btmao was doing a OMO for his release.

He went straight to pigging out, showing no sign of the fierceness and aggression that V said he was treated to from the get-go.

Tomorrow, there’ll be pics if he shows up for brekkie.

Isam in the carrier, and notes on the camera flash

Here’s a vid of Isam before V comes to cart him off.

It’s a bit dark, but the main feature is the audio, he’s got a sweet voice you’ll find.

I did want to take a picture of him, but he’s quite spooked so I didn’t want to move the carrier any more than necessary. In the end I did not take a picture because it would require using the camera’s flash and pointing it into the carrier, right in Isam’s face. I refuse to use the flash at close-range because:

  • cats caught for sterilisation are usually stressed and spooked already -why freak them out further with a photo moment that’s only for human use anyway?
  • cats have eyes that are far more sensitive to light than human eyes. If you’ve ever stared at a camera and have the flash go off, you’re familiar with the residue ‘blind spot’ that got left behind on your eyes. It can be disconcerting and annoying, and your vision is impaired for maybe up to half and hour. Imagine how much more impact it makes on a cat, especially at close range and he/she has nowhere to hide or turn to shield his/her sensitive eyes.
  • The flash is HOT. Once I got too engrossed and didn’t realise I’ve placed my hand right before the flash. When it went off, my hand felt like it got burned.

With all these points in mind, I make it a point NEVER to point a camera with the flash up at any living thing too closely, just to be on the safe side.

The cat doesn’t know or understand what we’re up to with our silly quirks and obsessions. So it is up to us to know what we’re doing, understand the possible implications and try to minimise or avoid it altogether.

It may take a while for us to “get it”, I know it takes ages for me sometime. But I try to not forget the lesson, and share what I know or discover with others.