Funds raised for August 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Handmade Crochet Keychains by Whitesundays - 10-40% of proceeds go to LKP

Crafting for a cause - Whitesundays is pledging to support Love Kuching Project.

For items with the Love Kuching signs, 40% of the sale price will be donated.

Black Crochet Cat

The black and white cat keychain is modelled after Sayang, Love Kuching mascot. Designed specially for this merchandise partnership with us!

For all other sales, 10% will be donated.

View more designs at Whitesundays Etsy store

Shop away and support our local crafters!


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Abandoned, rescued, socialised, rehabilitated and adopted - Ranger from Serangoon

We don't normally allow adoptions before a cat is posted on our blog for adoption but we are making an exception for this fellow, a true "cats' cat" who cannot live without feline siblings.

This boy, Ranger, was found abandoned in Serangoon. Likely a cross between a pedigree and a local cat, he was found lost and alone and nearly knocked down by a car. He was extremely feral and didn't enjoy the rescue process -at all-.

He came to us, and it took a while before he stopped hissing at us humans. Then he fell ill with a high fever, for which we had to administer fluids and give him ice-packs for a few days. He recovered and the rehabilitation actually started to make him love humans more.

We realised also, he really much preferred the company of other kitties. He developed a best friend relationship with Stout, a foster sibling. He would suckle and knead on Stout, and Stout would groom him - when Ranger squealed from his vaccination, Stout checked on him to see if he was okay!

We had a visit this Wednesday, and the adoptive family wanted to adopt one of the kopitiam kittens, but wanted two best friends. Because Stout and Ranger are so close, they will be taking this pair home tomorrow.

Ranger already had his adoption ad photoshoot with Furry Photos, so here are his photos nonetheless, because he is really cute. He is a bit slow, very chillout, and like Stout, okay with dogs, other cats old and young.

We always want to give priority to those who can adopt two kittens, not only because it means a better adoption rate and reduces shelter care time for the cats, but also because kittens go better as a pair. And Ranger being uniquely close to his BFF, enjoying very much the companionship and play with other friends his age, this adoption is really a match made in heaven.

Will post the adoptive family's photos with the pair when they go home tomorrow, on our social media. Join us in congratulations to the family when we do!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It is dengue season, but pesticides can harm cats, so how?

The answer is essential oils!

Not only is dengue a risk for humans, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases to cats, such as blood parasites and heartworm. But using pesticides in the home where there are pets is not safe as they might ingest it. We found our answer in an essential oil blend called Purification.

Purification
You can use it in a variety of ways. Diffuse it in the home, drip it on to pet bedding  - it also repels fleas - or drip it into places where there might be stagnant water such as soaking laundry, plant pot bases. Because it contains citronella, it repels mosquitoes, but due to the high quality of this brand of essential oils, it will not be irritating to cats as it is meant to be safe for their use too. (We use the cheaper versions of citronella to get cats off countertops! Citronella plants outside the house also repel stray cats from the corridor.)

How to purchase:

Go to www.youngliving.com

www.youngliving.com
Sign up to shop under our user ID (we get credits for purchases so it helps lower our costs when you buy!)

How to sign up
If you have any queries, you can email Young Living Singapore office at 6391-0170 or custservsingapore@youngliving.com

Then select Purification to buy. If you want to know what other essential oils may benefit your cats, take a look at an earlier post here.

Hope this information on cat-safe mozzie prevention helps!


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Donate to Love Kuching Project with your Credit/Debit Card

You can now give via credit or debit card using our partner site, Simply Giving. It is really easy! Here is how.

Go to our Simply Giving page


You will see a 'Donate to us' button. Click that, and it will lead you to the next page.


Hit the Next button after this page and you will be prompted to key in your card details. That is it.

Simple, right?

(Go rack up some credit card points while you are at it too :P)

Share this link with your overseas pals so they can give to Singapore cat rescue too!


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

[Adopt] Fanta, Soya, Stout and Milo the Kopitiam Kittens

One of our volunteers, Soya, went to an industrial park kopitiam in Tampines and was troubled to see a litter of kittens there that were flu' ridden. She went back over the next few days, coordinating with the staff at the kopitiam, hoping to rescue them to get them medicated and rehabilitated.

Obvious signs of flu'
It turns out they moved to the industrial park itself, to one of the workshops nearby.

Construction workshop
Broken glass
The need for them to get rescued out of there escalated when they started hanging around broken glass and various construction debris that could crush them. Soya finally caught them and brought them over here. We treated them for their flu' immediately.

Applying eye medication
We put them on oral antibiotics and flu' supplements, placed a humidifier in their covered cat suite and they got better very fast! Unfortunately, they needed a lot of time to get socialised, especially Milo who was very fierce at first (but is now a manja pot). Also, Soya and Fanta caught a fever after they recovered from their flu', and had to be given ice packs over a couple of days, and have their temperatures monitored in case it was another viral infection.

As they got socialised, and got better, dewormed and litter trained, they were brought for their vaccinations. Now they are superb house pets waiting for new homes!

Stout
Soya
Milo
Fanta
And here are some of them up to their shenanigans. They are a hyperactive bunch, but Soya and Stout are slightly more chillout than their other two brothers.

Milo and Stout
Fanta loves to run and climb and jump
Soya, who growls when playing with toys
And oh, they are good with older cats, even our Disciplinarian Cat Scooter:

Respect your elders, little one
To adopt any of the kopitiam kittens, see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.



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[Adopt] Cuddy, tabby and white female kitten rescued from near-drowning

Last month a 4 week old kitten arrived at our foster home, rescued by Charles and Diana. Cuddy was found in a small but clogged drain in the Bukit Merah area, and was nearly going to drown to death. An uncle nearby was trying to bail water out, which was what alerted Diana to the situation.

Cuddy at 9 weeks old

They brought Cuddy to the vet to ensure no water entered her lungs, and she thankfully got the all clear. Subsequently, Cuddy did not show signs of remnant fluid in lungs either. However, she suffered a prolapsed anus, and we adjusted it back for her, but were worried, and brought her to the vet. The vet once again declared her okay but to monitor her closely. We were to give her an enema for constipation if necessary.

She then seemed... not to grow! She was stuck in a midget phase, and while we tried to make her eat more, she didn't want to. She was underweight and ate only enough, not greedily like most kittens do.

Mini Cuddy

Because of this we waited one more week to get her vaccinated, at 9 weeks instead of 8 weeks, and to monitor and ensure she didn't get severe side effects from vaccination because of her small stature.

When it came to her socialisation to make her a good house pet for adoption - Cuddy showed all the signs of a diva! She didn't like her foster siblings at first, but grew to enjoy playing with them after effort by all the volunteers. Her favourite activity is now pouncing on her foster brothers and sisters, running after them.

Cuddy trying to get to her foster brother

As such, we are giving priority to adopters who can adopt her with a foster sibling as it would be healthier emotionally for Cuddy to grow up with someone close to her own age to play with.

How to adopt: see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Organise an event, run a marathon, etc. etc. to raise funds for us via @SimplyGiving365!

Love to run? Holding a book or poetry reading? Organising a gig with your band?

So many ideas, and you can use any of them to raise funds for us via SimplyGiving.com, a peer-to-peer fundraising platform.

How to do it? Visit our page at Simply Giving, and click "Fundraise for us" to start.

You will then be led to sign in either via Facebook or with your email address.

The Simply Giving support team is superb with answering any questions you may have as you embark on a fundraising journey for us. There is also an FAQs page for fundraisers on the website, and various tutorials you can use for help.

We hope you will find this an awesome way to give, especially if you don't have that much to give financially yourself but have lots of ideas for fundraising for us. This way, your social network can be aggregated into a pool of funds you can give to Love Kuching cats!

If you have any more questions about how to go about doing it on Simply Giving just go to their support page.

In advance, thank you for raising funds for the meows!!


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Our first #ERFund cases

During our second round of TNR at French Road, Lavender, we encountered one of the caregivers who had 2 unwell cats that she could foster but could not afford vet fees for. This kind of scenario was perfect for our ER Fund to help out.

The first cat was Girl Girl, who just that day happened to get poked by something sharp, into her neck. We brought her back to our foster space to administer first aid before bringing her to the vet the next day with the other unwell cat.

Girl Girl
The wound site was getting infected, so after cleaning it with saline, we applied gentamicin cream and dressed the wound. She stayed overnight at our foster space.

The other cat had a chronic skin condition that had been going on for a very long while and all this time the caregiver could not do anything about it because she had no money to.

Siam Boy
The next day, we got the caregiver and Siam Boy, brought Girl Girl along, to the vet.

Auntie Aminah with the cats at the vet


Girl Girl's wound had already healed a lot cos of the first aid. She was given a painkiller steroidal injection and a course of oral antibiotics, as well as topical medication to apply.

Siam Boy's condition is a chronic allergy condition. It had to be treated with a steroid jab and oral antibiotics as well. It however will return in 6 months and he will need another steroidal jab. The vet advised the caregiver to bring Siam Boy to the SPCA free clinic for the follow up jab when his condition returns. The caregiver almost never leaves Lavender area so in 6 months' time we hope to gather some of the LKP vollies to help bring her and Siam Boy to SPCA to get the jab done, or to administer the jab at her home.

Thanks to you, our ER Fund donors, that this was made possible.

If you follow other cat rescue Facebook pages and suchlike, and find similar cases where, like in Auntie Aminah's case has no money to bring stray cats to the vet, let us know. Our ER Fund can help. Auntie Aminah is retired and sick and she lives alone as a widow.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

[Updated] #pawcircle for Zeus, stray cat with limp from Marine Parade

Zeus used to be a house cat and was abandoned in Marine Parade. Early this year in February, he started limping and now can no longer walk properly. He came to us last Thursday.


Zeus, after a shower


He needs frequent showers because he can't always access the very low litter tray we got for him and often soils himself. Because of this we use oatmeal conditioner on him each bath so his skin doesn't dry out.

"I don't wanna pose when I am all wet!"


It is his front leg that he needs to limp on

When we approached the rescuer, she said that surgery would be costly and Zeus is an old cat. We hope to get a second opinion from our vet and will update on Zeus if his shoulder can be fixed. He hates it when he soils himself and cats' emotional welfare is very important to us as much as physical welfare is.

The vet took xrays of Zeus, and found that there were no broken bones. Also, the way he limped, knuckling on his limbs, indicated more of a nervous system issue than a fractured or broken bone injury.

No broken shoulder as initially thought
If it is thus a nervous system issue, the next step would then be veterinary acupuncture, the go-to treatment for nerve problems. We have already booked an appointment with Dr Oh the best veterinary acupuncturist in Singapore. We will update on his progress on social media.

He also has decayed teeth and gingivitis (hence he often sticks out his tongue :P) but he can still eat and it doesn't seem to affect him. If it bothers him we will manage it with steroids, and he got a steroid jab at the vet yesterday, because the xray process made him bite on his decayed tooth and bleed.

You can help Zeus through giving through the #pawcircle fund or depositing into our bank account (details below) and stating you are either giving to his Boarding needs (he is quite fussy about food, likes Wellness CORE whitefish, not cheap) or his Veterinary needs which will be spent when we bring him to the vet.

Thank you for you generosity and for following Zeus's story!



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Next TNR project: Lorong Lew Lian

One night while Andy was walking Scotty they met Auntie Shirley, a caregiver in Ubi for stray cats in a cluster of blocks not far from here. She mentioned that she had also recently been going to feed at Lorong Lew Lian because there are suddenly a lot of cats there. No kittens, so possibly a new dumping case.

Cats' roaming area


There are technically 2 colonies at this location. One is fed by a teochew uncle and the other by Shirley. She went to recce the uncle's location for us and there are about 5 cats in this colony.

Tricoloured
Ginger/white
Tabby
White/tabby
Tabby
We are going there to trap the cats for neutering on Wednesday 6 August at night. We will 'live report our TNR as usual on social media!



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