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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Connor from SPCA [@SPCA_sg]

Connor is a handsome silver tabby British Shorthair cat we are fostering for SPCA. He took over Peyton's place, as part of an ongoing foster partnership we have with SPCA. He has a bite wound on his side, and came to us with some flu' symptoms as well. He has been healing well, and when he does, will return to SPCA where no doubt if slated for adoption will be easily rehomed.

We apply Duoderm gel on his wound to help speed up the healing process and as you can see it is almost closed. Normally we would also feed him supplements but he is not keen on canned food at all, let alone with supplements added, so the healing is a bit slower. He has already completed his antibiotics course, no more flu' symptoms too.

He is a very charming cat except when our almost-as-large resident males, Scooter, Sealy and Scotty go near him, then he starts growling away in protest. Otherwise he is very easy-going, like a big teddy bear.

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Alfie De Meow - cat themed jewellery line in aid of cat rescue groups

These hand painted wooded brooches is the first in Alfie's range of kitty inspired accessories!


Alfie De Meow jewellery is available online on Etsy, and at Dulcetfig at 41 Haji Lane. 10% of sales for the rest of this year comes to us! So, pin a brooch on your bag or outfit, help some cats, look awesome, support local.

The hand painted wooden cat brooches featured above retail at $12 per piece. 




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Friday, October 18, 2013

Conclusion of TNR sterilisation project at Changi Road

Last Sunday we went for the final time to the abandoned orphanage off Changi Road where adjacent to it is a back alley behind some shops. We trapped and neutered 3 cats. This brings makes a total of 7 cats sterilised and returned, including the 4 from the first round.


A consolation is that these 3 cats were from the rooftops of the shops, where they have been receiving food scraps daily from the second floor residents who throw food on the roof for them. They almost never come down, and we failed trapping any of these rooftop cats till now.

This Changi Road TNR project cost a total of $500.26. We should be using our Sterilisation Fund to pay this expense but it is in much deficit, hence we borrowed from our Stray Cat Fund which is meant for emergency and critical care veterinary expenses for stray cats, not sterilisation. 

After this project, we are going to Eunos industrial estate where at least 12 cats there need sterilisation, likely more. We are still appealing for funds to help alleviate the deficit caused by these 2 projects.

How you can help: 
Make a deposit to our Sterilisation Fund. HOW: Using internet banking, ATM or Cash Deposit Machines, make a deposit of any amount to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7, thereafter SMS Elaine at 90880675 to indicate you have given for sterilisation expenses.

Sterilisation of stray cats helps in the following ways: alleviate overpopulation crisis, improve health of stray cats, reduce unwanted behaviour that usually triggers complaints or abuse by nearby humans. There are too many kittens born in colonies like these where stray cats go unsterilised: help us make a difference from ground zero.

Don't forget to spread the word! The blog post that links to the Eunos industrial estate TNR funds appeal is here: http://lovekuchingproject.blogspot.com/2013/10/urgent-tnr-need-in-industrial-part-of.html



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Tuna and Timon from somewhere near a dustbin in Tuas

Nadiah and her friend rescued these two babies who were found motherless at about 5 days old, near a dustbin. They tried to hand feed them kitten milk, but they rejected it. Tuna and Timon came over to ours where we hoped Celine would be willing to be their foster mom.


When they were first rescued
It wasn't too straightforward a process at first. The kittens weren't too able to latch on, while Celine's own hyperactive kittens kept trying to play with their new foster siblings. We isolated Celine and the two babies and finally they drank from her. After a few times of doing this, the kittens got the hang of it.

Suckling on their foster mom
Despite having a new mom who was still lactating, the kittens remained very skinny. So we supplemented them with extra kitten milk, colostrum, vitamins, to help give nature a boost.

Supplementing them with extra milk, supplements
Celine's kittens are at the age where they don't need much of mother's milk anymore, so she has time to focus on the new babies. Their cat suite is very overcrowded with 6 kittens and a mother cat, and we hope to upgrade them to a double story suite as soon as space is available.

Doing what baby kittens do: sleep
Tuna is the more lively one
Timon is a bit weak still
These little ones are now 3+ weeks old and can soon be dewormed. We are a bit worried about Timon who is apart from being skinny, showing third eyelids, indication of illness. Otherwise the basic vitals are okay. Will be keeping extra eyes on this one.

We hope they pull through; exciting journey ahead that is eating on own, playing with their foster siblings and each other, learning to use the litter tray, and then being made available for adoption. Keep your paws crossed for them!



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Yunis the cat from Eunos Crescent

We were cycling past Eunos last Sunday when suddenly we came to a halt. Near one of the bus stops, there was a cat, lying on its side on the covered walkway. It looked emaciated, so we stopped to see if the cat was okay.

Turned out she wasn't. Apart from being very thin, she had wounds all over her body, and her eyes were bloodshot. Despite not having a pet carrier we managed to bring her back to the foster space so that we could help her recover and become strong again.

Yunis was spotted lying weakly on the pavement
The whites of her eyes were red
Wounds like these all over her body
We were worried there might be some internal injury, and so we asked the vet whether she would need immediate emergency treatment at a clinic. Yunis was able to eat, and walk. Dr Chong replied saying that it is likely nothing internal because her basic functions where there as per a normal cat. So we got her to the vet the next day when The Animal Clinic was open.

We got her on antibiotics, and applied topical medication to her wounds. Dr Chong examined Yunis and found that the bloodshot eyes were likely just an external infection, and it would get better with an antibiotic eye gel. We had some, applied it for her and the redness subsided. Her wounds got better by the day from the medications and supplements.

Some of the wounds are now less inflamed
Yunis is not neutered, so when she recovers we will neuter her before returning her to the spot where she was from. There are still two wounds that have scabbed over, but otherwise she has finished her antibiotics course and is busy getting fattened up a bit. She is a very extraverted and vocal cat, and is very young, possibly less than a year old. Eunos Crescent is a very popular dumping ground, and not far from where Yunis was found, we are planning TNR to neuter the latest colonies of abandoned cats. Find out more here, and be part of the solution to stemming further overpopulation in this estate.



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TNR update at Changi Road abandoned orphanage

We have made 2 trapping visits to this location so far, and we are going for the third and final time this Sunday morning.

Humane cat traps

This cat allowed human contact

During our first attempt we trapped, neutered and returned 4 cats without mishap.


Tabby
Tabby
Tabby/white
Tabby

On the day we returned the cats after their surgeries, we conducted a second round of trapping at the same time. There were 4 cats immediately present and we trapped 2 successfully. We explained to shop tenants who were observing us that we were going to neuter them to stop the cats from caterwauling and spraying urine, and they were very appreciative.

Luring the cats out of their hiding places with food

However, one of the restaurant tenants there suddenly appeared and proceeded to tamper with the traps before we could transfer the cats to their carriers for transport. We tried to stop him from releasing the cats from the traps but he got into a physical altercation with us and managed to release one cat even after we explained fully what we were doing.

Due to the violent reaction from this tenant, we called the police, and through their mediation, he was forced to admit that he should not have gotten into a fight with us. We did not want to press charges against this man, and told the police all we wanted was to sterilise the remaining cat. Unfortunately, this man was adamant, saying that he would take the cats home and get them sterilised himself. We had to release the other cat already trapped.

We told the police that we would return again to trap the cats we missed. If the same 2 cats were still there we would take the cats to sterilise, no more compromises.

This cat saw what happened and bolted

We have arranged the last trapping attempt, scheduled for this Sunday 13 Oct morning at 8 am. We probably will not be able to get all the remaining cats neutered as there are about 3 cats that live on the roofs of the shophouses and refuse to come down despite our efforts. We will try our best to trap the rest who are there this Sunday morning.

If you wish to give towards the cost of sterilising the cats here at Changi Road, make a deposit of any amount to our bank account POSB savings 188-52652-7 and thereafter SMS Elaine 90880675 to indicate that you have given towards our Sterilisation Fund.



Make a financial gift via a deposit to our POSB savings account 188-52652-7. Find out more.  
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Choa Chu Kang kittens: Kieran, Carey, Charley and Kimmi for adoption

Edit: All 4 kittens have been vaccinated and vet-checked. Charley has been adopted.

Celine's kittens are ready for adoption!


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"Please give my babies a forever home before I return to the streets!"

Estimated birth date of the CCK kittens is 23 August 2013. This means they are now 6 weeks old.

While yet to be vaccinated (we can only vaccinate them at earliest 8 weeks of age) they have shown themselves able to eat both wet and dry food on its own, as well as use the litter box independently. When they first came to us they had the flu' but due to quick and aggressive intervention they are now flu'-free!

Carey and Kimmi are boys, Kieran and Charley, girls. They are very independent, learning very fast where everything is meant to be, especially the oldest, Kieran, who is also very adept at climbing and jumping. They are also very vocal, and love to explore. Kimmi the youngest is less adventurous, preferring to sit quietly and watch the world go by. All of them prefer playing with one another than with toys. In other words, live play mates for this bunch!

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Kieran, the most active girl

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Carey, slightly milder version of Kieran

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Charley likes exploring new hideyholes

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Kimmi, the youngest kitten

Being this young, their personalities of course have room to develop. They are however used to being handled by humans and are considered extraverted, except Kimmi who is a little more shy. They are quick to learn and on the agile side. Their father is definitely outgoing, and cat personalities are formed by both the father's genes and their socialisation. They are also used to being surrounded by other older cats, and are very sociable kitties.

"We meow like our father, which is A LOT!"

"The uncles and aunties here give food give chin scratch, ok we shall LIKE ALL THE HUMANS."

"Adopt us, you must."


Interested in adopting them? Click here to see how, or see right side bar under 'How to adopt'.



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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Urgent TNR need in industrial part of Eunos - We need your help

We received an appeal for a large population of unneutered cats - mostly dumped during the fasting month of this year - and the feeders that moved in to help care for the new cats are very overwhelmed. They have been sterilising them in small batches but there are just too many. We went down to recce the situation.

Eunos industrial estate
The cats there are feral and very anxiously shy, taking photos of them was not easy. We counted about 12 cats not neutered, and the feeders say there are more, but because some of the workshops there were still lit and generating noise, many were hiding. They are likely keen on hiding because of their being dumped (not used to outside noises, unfamiliar territory) as well as the fact that many of the workers here tend to scare the cats off by throwing things at them.

Many tried to hide when we were trying to capture evidence of cats there, save for a couple of slightly friendlier ones.

Ginger cat under a lorry

Hiding black cat
The closest our Sterilisation Volunteers could get to one

Thankfully, many of them respond to the feeders, who feed them nightly at about 8 or 9pm.

The cats here don't all eat together, about 2-3 a time
Wary male cat
With the help of the feeder - working with the human that the stray cats are most familiar with is very important in our TNR projects - we managed to snap the photos of a few more cats:

Tabby
Ginger ah beng cat
Another ginger male, younger
Tortoiseshell female
We are going to try and get more photos of the cats, at the same time conduct 2 rounds of TNR first, before the population explodes. The dates will be scheduled as soon as possible and will be posted on our social media channels. Till then, we will need your help.

Based on the initial cat count and 2 rounds of trapping, we will need an estimated amount of  $760 to trap, transport, neuter and board 12 cats (assume equal ratio of male to female). Our Sterilisation Fund, which is for neutering cats at the subsidised Cat Welfare Society rate, is running on a deficit at the moment.


What you can do:
If you can help, deposit any amount to our POSB savings account 188-52652-7 and then SMS Elaine at 90880675 to indicate you have given to our Sterilisation Fund. Deposits can be made at either a POSB ATM or Cash Deposit Machine, or online through your bank's mobile or internet banking site. (All financial gifts without indication of which Fund is your choice of need to meet are designated as general donations). If you need a receipt, please also provide your mailing address.

Do spread the word to those who you believe might be interested in helping to tackle the cat overpopulation crisis at the bud of the problem. Adoption may not be possible for all humans out there, but we all can put in something to help diminish the overwhelming need of cats needing homes, wasting away in shelters or being euthanised. 9 people giving $10 each can already neuter one male cat AND one female cat. Use the share buttons below or retweet/share this from our Twitter and Facebook links. Thank you for helping to meet the need.



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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