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Friday, April 26, 2013

Report on latest sterilisation in Ubi!

During the last week of April we conducted a round of trap-neuter-return for new cats that have appeared in the residential part of Ubi nearest the Techpark and Paya Ubi. The caregivers here do sterilise the strays but not at a pace that can catch up with residents letting unsterilised outdoor 'pet' cats mating and new cats recently dumped.

A sterilised stray in residential Ubi near the factories

We managed to get 2 strays from here sterilised, a tom and a pregnant queen. There are actually 2 more but they eluded us. The other pregnant queen we spotted at our recce before this disappeared. We fear the worst: that she has given birth somewhere.

We met the resident here who has been letting his unsterilised cats roam, mate with strays and inviting complaints to the Town Council. He finally recently neutered one of his cats, leaving another two more he says he will send next week. The pregnant queen we managed to trap to neuter is his cat's descendent (same seal-coloured gene pool):

Preggers girl, seal and white coloured

A black and white tom from this area

Subsequently we went to Ubi Techpark to trap and neuter a mother and her grown up kittens. The mother was already pregnant however, and when she was on the operating table at the vet, she gave birth! The 5 kittens however did not survive despite the clinic staff's intervention. The mother was returned to her territory after neuter and a few days spent trying to get her to nurse her kittens.
Trapping within a Ubi Techpark compound, requested for security access


Mother cat

Kitten approx 4+months old

Second kitten. We couldn't trap the third one.


We do TNR projects in areas where there are no caregivers sterilising, or if the caregiver is unable to financially, especially in areas where cats have been abandoned and the caregivers cannot cope. If you know of any such cat colonies do inform us so we can help.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Harry from Pasir Ris

Harry is a community cat from Pasir Ris whom we have been Instagramming about. Here is his full story, and some updates.










Harry was noticed recently to have been dehydrated, poor of appetite and losing weight. Worried that it might be kidney failure, we intervened and brought him to the vet for tests and a check up.




Thankfully, his kidney function is well. Dr Loh noticed that Harry has gum disease which is why he hadn't been eating well at all. He got a jab, and some steroids. We also got him some enzymatic food/water additive which works very well for mouth problems. He then returned to the streets.




Shortly after, he was noticed to have rapid breathing. Measurements of his respiratory rate was worrying and so his rescuer Patricia stepped in and brought him to the vet on her own. It turns out, Harry has a heart problem.




Dr Chong advises that Harry be taken off the streets for he will not only need lifelong medication (Fortekor) he will also require a low stress environment. While Harry was with us he did not exhibit any breathing problems indeed, so we will be taking him in for long term foster care. He will be coming over when the new cat suites we ordered for the new foster space (located in the spare room of our humans' home) which will likely be next week. Harry is meanwhile in paid boarding that Patricia has placed him in.




Like Balloon who also has a heart problem we hope Harry will do better with less discomfort when he comes to us. Balloon does so well indoors he has been requiring lesser dosing of his meds! His heart sounds good too, and he is never bloated.



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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Gonna be sterillising some newish Ubi stray cats

We noticed some new stray cats at Ubi Techpark nearest to the residential estate, and also received feedback that the residential blocks there had some newly dumped unsterilised cats. So we went to check it out. This kitten is new to the area and is pregnant. She is very wary of humans. In front of this block, we found 3 more strays that are not neutered. Likely 2 toms and 1 queen. Across the road at the Ubi Techpark, we saw 3 kittens that are about 4 months old. Not sure yet if the vets will neuter them this age. Only 1 is less scared of humans but all three are rather feral. We gauge that he is the male and the owhter 2 are female. Further along where this bunch of kittens hang out, there is a ginger tom we have seen a couple of times. This makes the total number of cats that we can TNR to be at least 5, if not 8. We are planning to trap and sterilise these cats next week if the pregnant kitten is not too late to be neutered. The date to be confirmed and will be announced on Facebook and Twitter. It will be in the evening at 6pm. What you can do: It costs $35 to sterilise and board (1 night) a male stray. For females, it ranges from $55 to $75 for the same. Based on the initial cat count, it will likely cost $280-$390 to sterilise these cats, excluding $80 for trapping and transport. If you can give a little to help pay for the sterilisation of these strays, make a deposit to POSB savings 188-52652-7, and SMS Elaine at 90880675 to indicate that you have given to our Sterilisation Fund. Any overflow will be used for the next TNR project. Live or work in this area? If you know of a cat or two that also needs TNR, show us where or better yet, bring it to us when we trap, we will send it to the clinic and release it back to Ubi together with the rest.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nelly the Pasir Ris stray cat attacked by stray dogs, needs surgery

Our latest beneficiary of the Stray Cat Fund is Nelly from Pasir Ris, a cream coloured girl who got brutally attacked by a pack of stray dogs last Sunday, and suffered a torn hind leg and a hernia as a result.





Nelly was rescued by a few groups of passers-by. One couple helped find our contact information so they could reach out for help. One brave uncle used a broom to shoo away the dogs. Eventually, Lynn and her family managed to grab Nelly out of the melee and brought her to a 24 hour veterinary clinic. It cost them a fortune of course, but they got an antibiotics shot for to last for a day. The off hours vet also suspected that Nelly had more than a flesh wound as there was a lump on her abdomen.



When Lynn contacted us we realised that we needed a plan for Nelly as she was not going to be able to return to the streets till she recovered. We are very grateful that Lynn is willing to foster Nelly, so that is a huge burden lifted and savings on resources.

Next, a veterinary action plan. Because Nelly did not receive surgery immediately, she had to go on antibiotics first. This is because if the surgery is not immediate, the wound will become swollen and inflamed, which requires antibiotics to bring down before surgery, otherwise the stitches would open and the wound ruptures. The antibiotics also prevents infection, abscesses from developing. Because Nelly's first antibiotics dose was only a 24 hour jab, she needed a new course before surgery.

Secondly, the strange bump on her abdomen. Dog attacks can cause hernias, which is essentially that the internal organs get pushed out of position, causing a distended abdomen. A serious diaphragmatic hernia can cause a cat to not be able to walk, even fainting spells, and needs surgery to repair. So this also needed to be looked at as soon as possible.

We brought Nelly to The Animal Clinic on Monday. Dr Hsu confirmed that Nelly had a hernia, and manually repositioned it for her. We had to make sure that the hernia did not recur, because if the lump came back, or grew bigger, it will need to fixed in surgery. Nelly wasn't eating well but Dr Hsu believed it to be stress. She did not show any other symptoms. Because of her poor appetite and needing to observe if the hernia returned, surgery was scheduled for this coming Tuesday.




So far Lynn has been taking really awesome care of Nelly. Nelly's appetite returned, Lynn and her family have been medicating her with the antibiotics, and she is now relaxed in her foster home. The hernia has not returned. So the surgery will go ahead as planned on Tuesday to stitch up her leg. After that she will recuperate at Lynn's.



We would like to thank many cat angels have already given to our Stray Cat Fund to help cover Nelly's expenses. Because of your gifts, stray cats like Nelly have a rescue option beyond SPCA, which would not have been able to tend to cases like Nelly's because they do not have a hospitalisation facility. Also, gifts to the Stray Cat Fund aid in sharing the resource burden that every cat rescue requires. Many cat lovers want to rescue stray cats in need, some like Lynn even open their own homes up to foster them, but not everyone can pay the veterinary fees required upfront before appealing for donations either via Cat Welfare's Special Appeals or on their own.

Setting up the Stray Cat Fund, to pay for veterinary needs of injured or ill stray cats in emergencies where rescuers do not have enough capital themselves, has added a new dimension to stray cat rescue in our country, thanks to all of you cat angels who have given before. We are passionate about continuing work like this. Join us in making a change for the cat rescue climate in Singapore, by making a financial contribution today. Make a deposit to POSB savings 188-52652-7 and send an SMS to Elaine at 90880675 to indicate your gift to the Stray Cat Fund.

NB. If you need a receipt we can mail one to you, just provide us your mailing address! Hard copies only. We cannot receive financial gifts for a single named cat alone, contribution will go into the targetted fund, in this case, Stray Cat Fund. You can read more about Stray Cat Fund here.

Thank you for being a big part of our rescue mission.

Monday, April 8, 2013

New blogshop merchant: Kryztarium Trinkets. Flea market on 13 April at *scape!

New blogshop addition! Introducing Krystarium Trinkets and their Cat Earrings range! 80% of the purchase price of any item in the Cat Earrings range will be donated to us!

If you wanna see the range up close for yourself, they are having a flea market sale on 13 April at *scape Orchard, from 2pm till closing.

Here are some our favourites from the Cat Earrings range.




Enquiries? Write to kryztarium@gmail.com. Don't forget to like their Facebook page, and follow them on Instagram.





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Pasir Ris TNR

We sterilised 7 stray cats from Pasir Ris during the last week of March. One cat was from a residential area and the other 6 were from Pasir Ris beach. We discovered a cluster of cats that no one has been sterilising at all at the beach. All the cats were returned to their original territories after neutering. They were boarded longer post-surgery as one of the Pasir Ris caregivers instructed (she paid the extra boarding fees). Here are the 7 cats we helped sterilise!



If you would like to help pay for the sterilisations of these 7 cats, you can make a financial contribution to our Sterilisation Fund by depositing into our POSB savings account 188-52652-7 and SMSing Elaine at 90880675 to indicate that your gift is towards sterilisation of stray cats.

Should you encounter any colony of stray cats that are not neutered (neutered strays have a tipped left ear) do inform us so we can help. Sterilised stray cats cause less nuisance and drive away unsterilised cats from the neighbourhood so the colony doesn't grow.


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Adopt Dobi, Bambi and Cubby with their favourite foster sibling

The dustbin kittens are ready for adoption! Dobi, Bambi and Cubby are able to eat well on their own, both dry and wet food. They have been dewormed, are on Revolution, and just received their first vaccination. They have also been socialised with humans and other cats.

We would like them to be adopted in a pair. Either with their own natural siblling, or with a foster sibling i.e. one of the other kitties that are on the Adoption Alert. Single adoptions will not be allowed.

Cubby, female, tricoloured
Cubby has the sweetest nature among all three. She is friendly towards everyone and very undemanding. She is mostly black, white socks, with a mid-length tail, and small bits of ginger fur around her body and her face.

Cubby's tricoloured markings
Cubby sitting cooperatively for photo
Cubby enjoys Lenny's company very much
Cubby is closest to Lenny, and her own brother Bambi, so she can be adopted with either one of them.

Bambi, ginger boy with long tail
Bambi is shy, used to get scared very easily. We realised he takes a bit longer than his siblings do at warming up to someone. He is the sort that demands a gentle touch, a gentleman in the making we reckon!

Always looks just a little worried!
Dobi looks like Bambi, also a ginger boy, but with a bobtail, and with an outgoing personality.

Dobi
Can be carried  for sure!
Naughty face, no?
Dobi is also close to Lenny (Lenny loves EVERYONE). He definitely needs to have an older sibling because he has the propensity to be mischievous and create a mess if no one is around to kitty play with him. Apart from Lenny, he is also on good terms with his own brother Bambi.

Interested to give one of these abandoned kittens a forever loving home? If you want to be their parent, find out how by looking here, or see right side bar under 'How to adopt.'



Make a financial gift via a deposit to our POSB savings account 188-52652-7. Find out more.
Become a monthly giver to help ensure our rescues continue getting their needs met.  
Feed and provide litter to the cats we foster via our corporate sponsor The Water Dish.  
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