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Friday, June 15, 2012

Calipod's story | Stray Cat Fund recipient |

Remember Calipod?




After she had rehabilitated from her eye surgery she was returned to the streets. However, she eventually became weak again, unable to traipse around in her territory. She was brought to the vet again, where it was discovered she had a tumour.

The vet did a biopsy and managed to remove some of the tumour that was not near her jugular vein or salivary gland.

Biopsy results
Part of the tumour removed
Squamous cell carcinoma does not have a good prognosis if not completely excisable - which is the case for Calipod because of where the tumour occurs. The best treatment we can give to her oncology-wise is piroxicam, which is somewhat like a chemotherapy drug. (There is no radiation therapy available in Singapore). She is currently also on antibiotics for the surgical wound caused by the biopsy. Piroxicam does help in pain relief and prevent the growth and spread of the tumour so that will help.

Meanwhile. Calipod is with us, in our ICU pen. She is small enough, and enjoys it there. She is easily stressed out so we have introduced anti-stress supplements for her and now she is doing much better.

When Calipod first arrived
Her biopsy surgical wound
Eventually she relaxes (she likes catnip pillow!)
Eating and drinking well
Allows us to stroke her
She was brought for a reconsult and TCM prescription at Island Vets and it was advised that we help flush the pus from her eyes once every two days and inject antibiotics into her eye daily. Her eye being busted is likely caused by the squamous cell carcinoma. When her eye is swollen with pus her face droops but when flushed she is much more alert and ambulant. We received saline and needles from cat-angel Catherine, who also got us Calipod's medication piroxicam.

Calipod doesn't quite like the taste of the TCM herbs in her food so we syringe her with it daily. She seems to hate it even more than the injections!

Meanwhile, we are paying for her treatment costs using our Stray Cat Fund. If you would like to give towards Calipod's care, make a contribution to our bank account (details below) and let us know it is for the Stray Cat Fund.

We enjoy having Calipod around. Prognosis is 1-3 months, so we hope she spends her last days happily with us. (Her favourite food? Nutripe Beef!)

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bookmarks from HerPhotoBlog

Postcard-size bookmarks at $3.50 each. $1 from every bookmark sold will go to Love Kuching Project. 5 colours to choose from!

Email herphotoblog@gmail.com with quantity, choice of colours and mailing address. Payment to be made to DBS Savings Plus. Bank account number will be provided in our email replies.

Spread the love for the kittehs now! (:


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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month | Adopt Echo, Chanel or Napolean!

Adopt a shelter cat... so we have 3 cats for you to bring home! (i.e. not kittens anymore.)

If you cannot adopt, do share this post with your friends because someone you know may be able to.

Adoption fees for local cats are at $30, and you can enquire on adopting them by contacting us with answers to these questions.

Our adult cats are still very kitten-like in nature. They have the playfulness and affection-overload of kittens but are not as hyperactive and destructive as younger kittens. They are well trained, have all their kitten booster shots, and are neutered. If you need a kitty that is independent and will shower you with affection when you are home, Echo, Chanel and Napolean are THE cats for you.



Echo
When she was first rescued
Recovered' after a few rounds of meds (taken by Furry Photos)
Before she turned 1 year old
Echo today, taken by Kevin from Cake Images
Echo may have an odd-looking eye but she can see perfectly well. She is the perfect cat in so many ways. She is manja and loves to rub and purr and knead on you. She never gets violent. She doesn't like to be hugged so much, but sometimes she will come to you for hugs - in a purring frenzy. She knows what house rules are - no scratching on furniture or jumping on tables or countertops. She hardly needs to be disciplined at all anymore. She responds to treats very readily, always the first to come to you if you have some treat jar opened! She used to wake us up too early when she was younger, but now she knows that when sleeping next to humans, let them sleep! She is quiet and not overly vocal. Independent and understands that humans cannot always be around for attention. Unafraid of visitors, but doesn't enjoy unfamiliar locations so she definitely does not need any walks outdoors!


Chanel

Chanel when first rescued
Chanel 2 months after her rescue (taken by Furry Photos)
When she turned 1 year old (taken by Kevin from Cake Images)
Chanel today
Chanel is another perfect cat. She is independent yet very, very affectionate. She loves to purr, loves to be carried and held, loves to rub against you. Extraverted and independent, does not need that much attention but loves it when she gets some. She is not very vocal but loves to mew at us when we scold her for breaking a house rule like climbing on a table. Yes, she is very good at acting pitiful! But she eventually responds to verbal discipline. She is very good at taking care of other kitties - always grooming whichever kitty she is cuddling with. She stays out of the way of older cats (our own) that don't want to be disturbed and knows her boundaries. If you are a visual human: Chanel is very, VERY pretty. You need to see her to realise it. Her secret skill: killing cockroaches - she is, as they say in video games - a top frag killer when it comes to pest control!


Napolean

When first rescued with his siblings
While still in rehab
Napolean in quarantine for flu'
Napolean today (taken by Kevin of Cake Images)
Napolean loves HUGS (taken by Kevin of Cake Images)
Napolean (spelt this way for easier local pronunciation) is one hearty chatterbox! He loves to meow at you to say hello or just to let you know you are on his mind. He also meows just before canned food time! He loves hugs, as you can see, and loves to rub and purr against you, a total manja pot. He also likes playing and is responsive to toys and loves to run and playfight with other kitties. He currently needs to be quarantined while at our place because we have immuno-compromised kitties but he can be in a home where there are no very young or sick kitties around. He also does not need any medication, and merely needs wiping of his eyes if ever they are teary. He is independent and understands that a human needs to do human things like work, and can survive well in a single-cat household too, even with a busy human. We need Naps to be adopted as soon as possible because while he is at our foster home, he is in a pen that is not big enough for an active and lively cat his size.

So do spread the word!


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About the recent Diamond pet food recall

Read more here and here.

In a nutshell:
The salmonella infection has only been affecting humans to date, not pets themselves. Also, the recall is more precautionary in measure, it does not mean that every single bag of food has been contaminated already. Locally, suppliers of foods like Link2Link have already recalled their supplies of food brands in the recall list. Additionally what you could do is to check with your pet food supplier to find out if your cat's food is in the Diamond recall batches. Because so far the salmonella has only infected humans, do not let children, elderly or immunocompromised members of the family handle the pet food.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Haig Road #TNR report

It rained halfway through our trapping so we only managed to trap 4 cats for TNR. Apart from weather challenges, we had to deal with 1 very skittish cat, and spotting the non-neutered ones from those with tipped-ears. We covered a total of 4 out of 5 blocks targeted for TNR before the rain came.

Andy and Ash looking for the cats
Some of the kitties could be handled, and easily allowed us to place them into carriers. Some had to be humanely trapped.

Luring kitties with canned food before carrying them
Preparing a trap
Trap all set
This cat eluded all our traps


Here are the mug shots of the 4 cats we neutered.

Black

Black
Tabby
Tabby/white
The good thing is this project would make this group of cats almost wholly neutered and thus lessen the chances of them being culled due to complaints. There are probably 1 or 2 skittish cats that remain, and 2 of the cats we initially thought of the 8 we wanted to neuter, were already neutered with tipped ears.

Here are some pics of the already neutered cats. The residents here are mostly tolerant towards having cats as part of the community.

Calico grooming self
Torbie relaxing
Tabby sleeping near shops, with a collar too!
White cat chillin' out, unafraid of humans
So we hope we have made a difference to the Haig Road residents, not just the cats themselves. Yay for change!

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Pawprints