Dubai Getaway

Hello reader! On Monday, my mom decided to take me and my sister on a special trip to Dubai just for the three of us. I was feeling a little down in the dumps the day before so it was the perfect way to say hakuna matata and unwind. For this post, I’m gonna let the pictures speak for themselves. We stayed at the Address Hotel that was connected to The Dubai Mall (mega-yay!) and enjoyed great food from The Cheesecake Factory and Aprons & Hammers :D I also may have shopped till I dropped. A boat ride in The Dubai Dancing Fountain was also included, and the weather was amazing ;) Even though our hotel room’s view wasn’t the best, we had breakfast at iHop next to Burj Khalifa to make up for it! On the second day we went to Social House and I got to drink this super yummy Berry Yoghurt smoothie that I am craving right now <3
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 This close-up view beats standing up on the bridge or edge anytime!!

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Crispy calamari and ceasar salad <3

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Literal “hammers” were used to crack open these crabs :P Fun-tasty experience

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I ordered fish in curry sauce and rice~

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I will try to make my own berry smoothie at home :’) If it’s any good, I’ll share the recipe!

Definitely recommend The Address Hotel or any hotel joined to malls in Dubai (-Kempinski) because they’re seriously the best! Breakfast, lunch and dinner guaranteed at the best restaurants! Thanks for reading guys and I’ll post a new Monthly Finds update soon!

– Reem AlHashmi

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One more cat hair & I’ll cough up furballs!!

Hey dudes!

Today’s random rant will be about the all-too-common cat owners’ dilemma: Shedding. Now I’ve been living with Tiny for about a year and a few months, but the shedding has never been this bad. My veterinarian said he’s a cross between a Persian, and another shorthair breed, so this explains the reason somewhat, but honestly, some Persians don’t shed as much as he does :) He could just pass by you and hair would just be trailing behind him like an entourage. I’ve tried so many tactics to tackle this problem but to no avail. At this point, I’m just sick of it :(

A flea comb is what I started out with and which made me venture off and start my De-shedding mission. But of course, by the time I realized it was too small for a cat as large as Tiny, I quickly tried to find the next best option. The slicker brush. I got it from Four Paws and immediately got to work through his fur, and it lived up to my expectations in the beginning but since the start of Summer, it got pretty bad. Plus he flails so much I almost always end up either chasing after him or get worked up and angry when I give up. Next solution, a shedding comb. Honestly didn’t know there was such a thing (thought the slicker was the best choice) but I gave it a try. Let’s just say it was a 30 AED wasted. Maybe it could’ve worked wonders with longhaired cats, but for a shorthair like Tiny, it was like trying to brush out the dead hair with your fingers xD Catches about 20% of it. I couldn’t afford “investing” so much money on a FURminator brush, not after countless brushes proved to be no good, so paying 200 AED on another one was out of the question.

By then I had completely lost all hope in trying different brushes and settled for a tragic decision that I regret so much right now as I’m typing this. Shaving him :( Dropped him off at the groomer’s yesterday morning and asked for a full shave and clearly stated I had a problem with the shedding, NOT the heat (He’s an indoor cat). When I came to pick him up he looked like he was trimmed, not shaved. I was expecting something along the lines of a bald Tiny but turns out that’s what shaving is. Trimming, but just a little shorter than a usual trim :) He was trimmed a couple months back in Spring, and he looked skinny yes but not as much as he does at the moment.

Anyway, so a car ride home and my friend and I unveil what is a still-an-even-bigger-furry-mess of a cat. You probably guessed it right. He is now shedding what seems to me like a million times more of small hairs that could easily be swallowed, inhaled/breathed in by no one else but me :) Worst decision I ever had to make. I’m not too keen about his outer appearance right now, but I knew that would happen before going with the idea, only because I expected it would solve my problem and give my lungs some fresh clean air to breathe. But now not only does my kitty look ridiculous, the problem got worse!! Ajdsnjdnadsda. I’m at my wit’s end. All brushes don’t work effectively now as well please kill me.

This is Tiny now :’) Still love him though, just crossing my fingers for super fast hair growth in the next few hours weeks.

 

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Grumpy kitty is grumpy. xD

So as a way to sort of fix things during the wait for his hair to grow back, I purchased MyBeau supplements that contain them vitamins that help with good coat condition/hair growth and what not. I put some on his dinner a couple hours ago and if I find out he hasn’t touched it I’m going to-KAJNSDJASDKMDAMDKSM

On a positive note, since he has limited exploration capacity around the house (Not sure if I’m ready to post as to why this is a problem atm) I’ve tried different tactics to keep him entertained instead of resulting to letting him outside. I’m not a full-blown “germophobe” or whatever you call it, but I do cuddle and kiss my cat a lot and I would hate it if he had weird dirt and diseases from the outside world on him when I do :> Not thank you.

I purchased the LocoMotion Automatic Cat Chaser toy and he loved it. This is a video of him going a tad bit “loco” over it, lmao.

It was quite expensive, but I was honestly too distressed about the situation he was in and how much I didn’t want him to leave the house’s perimeters that I bought it with high hopes. Did not disappoint, although he does get bored of it after a while if you keep it running for a long period of time. Let’s just hope he doesn’t become too bored with it later on :’)

Another option I found was Frolicat’s BOLT laser toy which is also automatic. I’m a very busy woman :P and I can’t afford to play with my cat every single day of the rest of my life, so I need the help of modern automatic technology. This I didn’t get yet but I requested it from my cousin who’s outta the country to grab one for me as it is much cheaper and I won’t have to pay for shipping. *-* Plus I ran out of money.

While we wait for it to *hopefully* arrive, the authorities (aka: Mom and Dad) bought Tiny some toys to keep him company from the US :3 Three colourful sparkly bouncy balls and a scratching post for him to destroy rather than my carpet. The scratching post is great and Tiny loved it! Just look at how he acts all “Baloo”-like by scratching his back on it xD Silly kitty.

I guess that’s all for tonight folks! If anyone has any advice or thoughts or experience on dealing with cat entertainment and shedding, let me know and share it below~

Have a good week!

-Reem AlHashmi

Trips to the Vet

Trips to the vet are almost always a pleasure for me, but the complete opposite for Tiny. The entire car ride to and from the vet stresses him out so much, he cries non-stop. And because he has Herpes (which isn’t contagious to humans btw), I get stressed out too because he might get an ulcer or his eyes would get red. So that part puts me on-edge too. But other than that, I really do enjoy paying the vet a visit xD

Mainly because I get to meet the different animals and their owners. I mean yeah sure, theres a lot of animal lovers/owners wandering around school and malls and in the general public, but they don’t show that “animal lover” side in them, because their pets aren’t around. But when it’s at an animal clinic, you get to see how they interact with their pets, “up-close and personal”.

One time I came in for Tiny’s check up way back when he contracted Ringworm *worst experience yet  :(* and I got to meet a young woman with her two puppies, Lugi, a Pomeranian, and Shakira, a Pekingese (Wonderful name, right?)  They were such obedient pups, and Lugi literally jumped up the seat to wait next to his owner in the waiting area. How cute is that?

Another time where I was waiting for my turn again, one of the vet’s assistants came in holding a black and white cat (who looked like he had his you-know-whats cut off xD) and he had the most beautiful pair of green eyes, and a glamorous mustache :D Like hitler lol. I love them cats with mustaches.

And it’s not just the owners and their pets, sometimes it’s Tiny and other pets as well. A million possibilities go on in my head when I see a cat meowing and suddenly Tiny stares at him with those big dilated eyes like they aren’t just dilated enough from that car ride alone :P I always wonder what they’re trying to tell each other. Another incident was when Tiny (crying most of the trip as usual) suddenly goes quiet, like he fell asleep in that carrier. And I get a little worried, so I peep down to check on him and see him pissed off, fur standing up like hedgehog spines, staring right at a cute little oblivious puppy xD

Another reason why I enjoy these trips is because I get a chance to look at all the supplies and adoptable pets I will most likely never get :’) They have this big poster with numbers and pictures and contacts of rescued or fostered animals just waiting for a good home to take them in, and I love seeing them :( The same thing goes to the supplies. Even before I owned a pet I used to just stop by the pet supplies section and just contemplate all the animal food, toys, leashes, equipment and products. I don’t know why I do that but I really enjoy looking at all the possibilities and varieties they offer. Plus you never know, one day you’ll have a friend who’s in need for a pet and who could’ve been on that same poster or for a remedy on those shelves ;) At least that’s what I like to tell myself

Okay so I just realized I pointed out all the unrelated reasons to going to a veterinary clinic…
Oh well. In case you were wondering, I go to the Australian Vet in Khalifa City A, with a very helpful and friendly staff and their prices are much cheaper than other alternatives.

Anyway, just wanted to update my blog because I hate not writing often and I just came back from a vet trip tonight. Vaccinated Tiny against Rabies, Flu/Colds and worms. Eck :P

Thanks for reading! If you have anything you want me to write more about, let me know :)

– Reem AlHashmi

Owning Wild Animals

In today’s post, I would love to open the subject of owning wild animals. I’m sure many of you own your little pet monkeys, or have a relative that owns a cheetah cub or know a friend who happens to have a pet snake. It’s rapidly becoming very common in the UAE and other GCC countries, and as much as they can be irresistibly cute and fun to own as pets, many people do not acknowledge the danger it poses on both owners and animals :(

**I would really hope to enlighten readers with the information I’m about to provide, and I ask you to really give it some thought before disagreeing or turning away.**

On the animals:

1) You’re taking them away from their homes, their natural habitats. Just imagine a baby lion cub taken away from its mama, you don’t know how they get from Africa straight to your homes, so it’s possible that that’s the case. Not only are they separated from their mothers who instinctively know how to provide the best care for them when they’re young, but their whole environment changes into something completely different. That also means their diet is also altered. Some of you might say “But I walk my lion..”, “I take my chimp to our huge farm every week”, “I feed my cheetah the best kind of meat there is!”. No matter how you try, the human alternatives owners try to provide will never compare to the actual wild. A huge fenced cage isn’t going to provide the open space for a leopard to run in, frozen chicken and meat can easily be favored over by the thrill of hunting real prey, and trees in farms or homes will never be anything like the ones monkeys climb on in the jungles and forests.

2) Medical Challenges. Your local veterinarian will most likely not be able to diagnose your animal when it suddenly falls ill, and even when it does, it’s incredibly expensive. These wild animals can also get sick from the different climate/environment they’re introduced to, and unfortunately, some of these animals die. I’ve heard a close relative of mine owned a baby cheetah who used his claws as defense from a child who kept on harassing it, and it was taken to an irresponsible vet who de-clawed* it and boom. It died.

3) Contribution to Animal Extinction. Ever had this particular animal you’ve always fantasized of seeing or holding? My list could go on forever: Pandas, Koalas, Tigers and Pandas, and did I mention more pandas? xD Even though they’re not owned as pets since they’re already extremely endangered, the more you adopt a wild animal species, the greater the risk of it becoming endangered and then later on, extinct in the future. Think about it, no more big cats, wolves, chimps. Not in your local zoo nor anywhere allowing outside access. Meeting your dream animal would be impossible. You don’t want to contribute to adorable animals dying out forever right? I hope not :P

And on the owners themselves:

1) They’re wild. You don’t say, right? They’re called “wild” for a reason! They’re built for the tough life, growing up to be independent, and in some cases, hunters. Even if you raised your wild animal from a young age, and it has grown up with you and in your environment, it will still preserve some behavioral aspects and instincts that it needs for..well, the wild. It will hurt you, your kids and other loved ones. If domesticated animals are capable of doing that from time to time, then what do you think wild ones would do?

2) They’re not affectionate. Different than the first point. Wild animals are not used to human contact, and no matter how many kisses and hugs you give, its possible that it doesn’t have the darndest idea of what you’re doing to it xD A leopard won’t randomly come lie next to you in bed or sleep on your lap or anything. It just doesn’t happen :o

3) Again, they are hell expensive to own and care for.

In the end, there are solutions to every situation. And in this case, we can leave it to the domestic animals to provide for our need for a loving pet :)

“God made the cat in order to give man the pleasure of caressing the tiger.” – Fernand Mery

The meaning of this quote is quite obvious. A cat is capable of filling in the role of a tiger raised as a pet. Domestic animals are basically the tame versions of their wild ancestors. Domestication was a process carried on through thousands of years, so let’s give our ancestors some respect and make use of their idea!!
Want a tiger? Get a cat. Want a wolf? Get a puppy. There’s also hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, and even birds who will love you more than a wild animal would, so love them back! Do your research, find the pet that wins your heart and please adopt from shelters and kennels before resorting to pet shops and pet stores. I will provide a list of shelters that provide a great range of animals at the bottom of this post, so please have a look at it if you’re thinking about getting a pet :)

Honestly, I know this sounds overly-dramatic, but one single pet can change your life. …but make sure that pet is domesticated xD I hope this post benefited you in a way, and if you were supporting the ownership of wild animals, I hope I was able to change your mind if not a little bit. Please spread the word & share with your friends and family. Be the voice of the wild animals and help fight against this act!

Thanks for reading! :)

– Reem AlHashmi

*De-clawing is the removal of a cat’s fingernails. Ouch.

Adopt your pet from these options:
Feline Friends (Abu Dhabi), Feline Friends (Dubai), Animal Action Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi Animal Shelter, K9 Friends

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