I adopted Peri-Peri last April. He is my 1.7 years old naughty cat. I am yet to figure out what breed he is, all I can say is that he has long hair, the color is a combination of black, dark rust and grey. Yeah, that!
Today I will take you through how and why I got around making a water spout for him.
One of the common ailments that happen to cats is kidney stones. A common reason is not drinking enough water, the other is drinking water with a high content of dissolved solids. In an average household, in Bangalore, tap water can contain over 900mg/l of total dissolved solids (TDS). Most generic water filters reduce this to below 100mg/l. The other spectrum of the problem is stagnant water. Water in a bowl will become stagnant over days and can even start smelling odd.
Cats do not like drinking stagnant water. This is one of the reasons we see them trying to drink off a leaking tap at times. Cats love drinking flowing water. It is believed that cats find it difficult to see still water up close and flowing water solves the problem. This is why I decided that I should have a water spout or a fountain for Peri.
Now, there are tonnes of options available in the market, however, they are very expensive. Most are imported into India, thus increasing the cost furthermore. And the cost honestly does not justify the build or the work it does. I figured that most of these fountains were just submersible pumps with a filtration unit in place.
Now, where did I come across a similar setup before? Aquarium Water Filters.
They may be functionally different but essentially pump water through a filter and in turn to create a flow. I had tried different types of aquarium hang filters in the past. They worked but had issues like splashing water outside and not being stable due to the odd shape and size.
Recently I came across a water filter meant to be used in turtle aquariums. It has a slow flow rate and requires only the bottom 5cms of the pump to be submerged. It is equipped with a charcoal and sediment filter to clean the water being circulated. Additionally, it has a rubber suction pad to the bottom of the filter to stick it to the container you would use this in. This helps avoid the filter falling or running dry. This filter coupled with a deep dish became the affordable water fountain I was looking for.
The setup can hold up to 4 liters of water circulated throughout the day. Just keep topping up as you see the level going down. I prefer giving filtered water to avoid any health issues for the cat or scaling in the pump. One needs to clean the filter just twice every month. The filter traps any dust or pet hair that might find its way into the water. Additionally removes any odor the water might have, using the charcoal filter.
The waterfall is the bonus, it does not splash a lot. Just enough for it to make a soothing sound of flowing water. My cat loves drinking directly from the waterfall. It took a couple of days for it to get used to it. Till then it was happy drinking directly from the dish.
Overall, it took me just five minutes to setup & cost me around Rs. 600/- INR (under 10$).
Sometime earlier, my team and I were working towards successfully moving our workforce to a ‘work from home’ arrangement. I like the ‘work from home’ lifestyle as it allows me to have more time to work on my hobbies. However, one tends to overlook their health and immunity in such a setup.
As an IT professional, working from home one tends to forget the boundaries of work times and one gets habituated to be available 24/7. This can be because you have teams that are globally spread out. Or, simply because you do not know how to manage time and you end up staying logged in beyond your work hours. In my experience, it is usually the latter which is the problem area. It is necessary to follow the same timelines you would follow if you were working from the office. Sleep at the same time, have your meals at the same time. In fact, it is a good idea to keep a scheduler to remind you of your mealtimes. This ensures you do not overwork yourself and get the rest your body requires.
Working from home also means that you will not be moving around as much as you used to earlier. No walks around the office for a meeting or the pantry for a coffee break. Even the walk down to the nearby tea shop is no longer happening. Our daily routine before ‘Work from Home’ helped us burn calories without us realizing it. For example, without including exercises, my average step count went from 6000 steps to 1000 in the last one week. Hence, I have taken out time daily to do some basic exercises. Where do you get the time? One might ask. Well, I am utilizing the time I would otherwise spend commuting to work to do my exercise routine.
My food habits had to change too. One, because of the limited resources available. Two, because of the change in lifestyle I was going through. I reduced my red meat intake and increased vegetables & fruits. I consciously tried to increase my intake of proteins and vitamins. These help in improving your immunity and in turn increases your ability to fight infections. How does food habits improve immunity, you might ask?
Good nutrition is essential for supporting a strong immune system. The right kind and amount of nutrients in your daily diet helps protect yourself and support your immune health. Inadequate nutrition increases the vulnerability to infection through a weakened immune system, and infection aggravates the condition, further weakening the immune response. A well-functioning immune system is key to providing a good defense against infectious disease.
Meals, particularly, can be tough, no matter what we cook with the limited resources available, we cannot ensure we get a balanced diet. A supplement like Ensure from Abbott with its 31 nutrients is helpful. Keeping this in mind I also take multivitamins and nutrition supplements. These, I take as an add on to my daily food intake. This way, if not all I will be closer to getting a decent dose of essential vitamins and minerals daily.
I encourage all of you to take your health seriously and work towards improving your immunity in the ‘Work from Home’ days ahead.
Sometime earlier this year Royal Enfield launched a new variant of the oldest motorcycle in continuous production, the Bullet. The Bullet series has been in production in India since 1955 when Redditch company partnered with Madras Motors in India to form ‘Enfield India’ to produce the 350 CC Royal Enfield Bullet.
The Bullet motorcycles have had a very old connection with me, from the times I would wait to hear the thump of my father’s Standard Bullet 350 when he came to pick me up after school to my uncle’s ex-armed forces G2 Bullet which he picked from the army disposal auction at Panagarh.
Last March they launched the Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 & 500 motorcycles in India. The question that popped in my mind, ‘Another Bullet! Why?’
I managed to take a spin on the 500 variant last week and this is what I found. The motorcycle is based on Bullet 500, which essentially means there is no change to the engine. This engine is the tried and tested 499 CC air-cooled fuel injected unit doing its job in the older variants of the Bullet. Oodles of low-end torque from the word go makes it an easy to manage motorcycle, in traffic or trails alike. Yes, trails and Yes, the motorcycle is called the Trials.
Back in 1948, the Trials Bullet was the first production motorcycle to feature a swinging arm suspension. And, the Trials Replica is a homage to the motorcycling legend, Johnny Brittain. He, as a young 18-year-old had great success at the International Six Days’ Trials with the Royal Enfield Factory Team.
The motorcycle has a stripped-down look, with a luggage rack where the pillion seat should have been. Maintaining an old school charm with a dash of bright coloured frames. Functional, with higher handlebars, raised mudguards and knobby tires to make it more capable off-road. An upswept exhaust to tackle deep water crossings without any worry. Though, personally, I would have loved slightly taller handlebars. With all these old-school and functional bits, Royal Enfield also ensured modern dual-channel ABS working in tandem with the block pattern tires to provide all the grip and stopping power you would need across varied terrains. Add to this a bunch of classy accessories to make the motorcycle look butch.
I have said this before and will say this again, Royal Enfield knows how to integrate a bullet motorcycle in your lifestyle. Did we really need another bullet or even a function-specific trials motorcycle? Maybe, Not. But they DO make it desirable. And that is what sets this motorcycle apart, with history and legacy from an armed forces work-horse to a lifestyle statement today and a fabulous service network across the country, Royal Enfield knows how to sell a lifestyle.