She wants to be born again as a cat in her house because she knows that her great grand children will also love cats and will take good care of her. With all the food and love that Suhasini Kirloskar showers on her felines, its easy to imagine why. An artist, chief marketing officer at Clarion Technologies and most importantly, very happy cat parent, Suhasini is one of those people who believe in letting cats just “be”.
At the Beginning..
“I’v observed cats from close for over 40 years and enjoyed their company. I was very regular about getting them vaccinated and have got my females spayed too,” she says. About three years ago, things changed. “As I saw all the feral cats around my home, I realised that their self-healing system is very strong and that they don’t need antibiotics or other medicines. If there is a cut or a bruise nobody medicates them and they recover quickly. I thought about it and decided that I don’t need to pump them with medicines and vaccines,” she explains.
Health is Wealth..
Suhasini believes that Indian stray or feral cats have the strength to heal fast, so instead of interfering with their healing ways, she should encourage her own cats to build up or strengthen their immune system.
So Monty who joined them about three years ago is not vaccinated or neutered. In the three years since Suhasini started this “going back to the roots” kind of formula, she has had to take only one cat to the vet, that too just once. “That too because Kolaveri D swallowed a fish bone. They are all hardy cats, including Kalimai and Kabali the youngest, and are all doing very well,” she explains.
They don’t go beyond their regular territory of three or maybe four gardens from home and so are in a fairly protected environment. Monty is a big alpha male in the area. He gets into fights but his wounds heal fast. Kabali is fast growing up to challenge his authority.
While we talk about dangers posed by dogs to cats, Suhasini tells us how her cats encounter snakes in her garden. “The dangers can be just about anywhere – at home or when they are out on their own,” she reasons. We just have to ensure their safety.
While Suhasini prepares for her painting exhibition in February at Art2day gallery on Bhandarkar Road in February she smiles, “I want to be reborn as a cat, and not be neutered.” Certainly leaves us chuckling..
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