I was going to have both my cats neutered, but when I mentioned it to people here I got some very negative feedback. Neutering is frowned upon in this neck of the woods; it's regarded as mutilation. When in Rome...
(but if things get really out of hand I'll just go ahead and do it.)
The fights are with a cat that lives two doors down, that comes round here looking for trouble sometimes. I chase him off if I see him, and my cats run into the house if THEY see him. My cats don't go very far, especially Silver; they hang around the house most of the time as they like to be together (maybe they're just scared of this other one
). When they do go out it's usually just into the garden - there's a tree that they like to climb (trying to catch birds) and various nooks and crannies to play hide and seek with each other. It would be difficult to keep them in anyway, as my maid would just turn a blind eye when I'm at work.
Speaking of my job, I do indeed find it very enjoyable and rewarding, but unfortunately not in a financial sense. :lol: Although my job title translates as "professor", I wouldn't qualify for an equivalent job elsewhere - educational standards are not that high in Thailand. This is compensated somewhat by the fact that although teachers are not well-paid, they are held in high esteem. In the Thai class system, only Buddhist monks and the Royal family are higher.
All in all, I love living here - the weather is sunny 90-95% of the time, the food is fabulous, the people are friendly and the students are great fun.