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Sunday, February 19, 2017

[Adopt] Aiko and Aimi from Toh Guan estate


Aiko and Aimi were rescued from Toh Guan industrial estate. We were up to our ears in kittens in November, but the area is very dangerous for cats and we just about managed to take them in with the help of a #FosNet fosterer.  The mother cat, who was named Akemi (meaning bright beauty in Japanese), was in the process of moving her litter of newborns from her birthing nest in a warehouse to a warm spot under a truck when the truck drove off. One kitten was taken in by the truck driver and two were left behind in a shuttered warehouse, but soon rescued by Akemi with the intervention of a human rescuer. Akemi was soon trapped by the rescuer so that she could nurse and raise the remaining two kittens, who were named Aimi and Aiko by their fosterer.


Akemi is terrified of humans

Tiny Aiko

Tiny Aimi

The kittens were so little that their umbilical cords hadn’t even fallen off yet. Thankfully, Akemi accepted them and they benefited from the nutrition and antibodies in their mother’s milk. She also taught them cat skills like grooming, using the litter box properly, and playing well with other cats. Akemi remained extremely feral and terrified of humans, and preferred to stay hidden in her carrier with scary hisses and claws out when humans came into the room. Fortunately her kittens took well to humans and explored their surroundings bravely, even interacting reasonably well with their fosterer’s dog. Akemi was spayed and released after she had weaned her kittens.

Aimi at 3 weeks

Aiko is the chubbier tabby boy, and his name means love child. He loves to play tag and tackle his sister. He learned from his mom to hiss at the foster dog, but that bad habit it slowly fading. Aimi, whose name means beauty, is a tortioseshell kitty with a sweet temperament to match her name. She was the first to explore her surroundings and go up to meet her foster humans. Both kittens and their mom suffered from bouts of ear mites and fleas, which were treated with Revolution, medicated baths, as well as cedar oil, which worked particularly well.

Aiko at 1 month-old
Both kittens are well socialised and love to tumble and play together. As kittens, they would need a good deal of daily play time, and so would ideally be adopted together or into a house with other playful cats. But they are generally well-behaved and make also the cutest chirping noises. Both are extremely loving kittens who love to keep humans company, offering non-stop purrs and lots of headbutts. They love human contact, snuggling up to humans for petting and cuddles. You can see more of them in this video, made by their fosterer. (Plokoon, the ginger adult cat seen playing with Aiko at 2:55, is a foster cat for Cat Welfare Society too). 


Aiko and Aimi were even featured in the most recent edition of Pets Magazine (Feb/Mar 2017)! You can see a preview of that article here, and read the full story on pages 42-43 in the magazine. 

Their fosterer and Akemi have been through a lot raising Aimi and Aiko from wee newborns to healthy, strong, three month-old kittens. They are now on a diet of raw meat and goat’s milk and have been dewormed and given their first round of vaccinations. It’s time for them to go to their forever home!

If you’re interested in adopting one or both of them, please read the info on the adoption page carefully. Besides these two, special needs kitten Wobbles is still up for adoptionSend your responses to the questionnaire and indicate which kitten/s you are interested in visiting to Diana at adopt@lovekuchingproject.org. She will screen your responses and contact you for a visit if you are suitable. 

Can’t adopt? Please consider donating and sharing our donation appeals. As a tiny, not-for-profit shelter, we rely on donations and volunteers in order to keep rescuing and rehabilitating community cats that need help. Rent and medical bills are high and any amount helps.
You can also volunteer with us! We need more volunteers in communications, outreach and events, and our main work, foster care (weekly shifts doing shelter maintenance and clinical care for the cats). If you want to help with outreach (i.e. cat therapy!), email outreach@lovekuchingproject.org. If you can't commit to regular volunteering but still want to help, try the ad hoc clean/play shifts.








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