Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
HOW TO: Convert a Baby Diaper to Cat or Dog Diaper
Dispense with the notion that changing dirty baby diapers is yucky or burdensome. Put to rest any lingering thoughts of caring diaper-changing men as something of a motherly enigma. We parents have it easy. Check out these three amazing videos from Ngo Thye Aun, a Malaysian blogger.
First, I saw him explaining in detail how to retrofit disposable baby diapers for use on cats and dogs. Interesting and strange, I thought.
Second, I saw him demonstrating how to put a diaper on a puppy and I laughed myself silly. Sure, I know pet diapers exist, but wow, it’s so much more work than baby diapers. The video’s captioning explains that he lives in an apartment and the dog has serious urinary problems â€” very sobering.
Third, I saw him changing a diaper on his paraplegic kitten, Alera. For the first time I saw diaper changing as an act of love. Imagine doing this day in and day out for Alera’s entire life.
Imagine the similar (but infinitely more complex and taxing) dedication required of parents of children who have severe disabilities. I don’t mean to demean or diminish, but that’s the parallel that pops into my mind. Wow. Strength I will never understand.
(A second similar cat diaper-changing video reminded me very much of a routine changing table experience.)
According to a scanned December 2007 article from Britain’s Your Cat magazine, Ngo Thye Aun â€” or “Thomas” â€” is an artist who spends his free time rescuing stray cats and dogs and helping a local animal shelter. He films the animals’ road to recovery to help raise awareness in his country, caring for (at least) three dogs and three kittens in his apartment.
His most recent news is that Alera is acclimating to her new cat wheelchair, there are three orphaned kittens (video) and his long-time dog Bobo’s health is failing. In some posts, Thomas alludes to a dire fate that stray animals face if rounded up by Malaysian authorities.
Want to help? He has a PayPal donation account open to help cover vet bills and basic animal care.
Thomas has three websites:
- Living Days on the Planet â€” his main blog, a chronicle of his pets (think baby blog with lots of doctor visits).
- Living Days Live Multicam â€” Apparently streaming video from his apartment, though it was offline at the time of this writing.
- Kittie Doggie â€” Miscellaneous videos of his and other peoples’ cats and dogs (no longer updated).