Monthly Archives: August 2005

Billy meets Momo

Ok, Billy was probably just upset because of the visit to the vet and being confined to a cage. I let him out onto the balcony during the day now, unless he tries to jump on the ledge or manages to open the sliding door. He met Momo briefly yesterday (through the glass door) and the two really seem to like each other. I have to keep Momo out out of the flat so that they won’t annoy the neighbours with their meowing. I can still let her out until the deadline (Sept. 1st) given by the town council. Billy has a good appetite and seems quite content now.

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Billy aka ‘Bad Boy’

Billy is an old fighter cat. The other feeders call him Bad Boy because he is always looking for fights. I meant to get him sterilised long ago, but he always had some sort of injuries. New ones appear even before the old ones have a chance to heal. This time he has a big wound on his front leg and is limping badly. I brought him home yesterday and we went to the vet this morning. Actually planned to bring him to the SPCA but they no longer open their clinic on weekdays, only on saturdays… and were fully booked until the 10th. This is really bad news! Many cat feeders are not well off and can’t afford to bring a sick or injured stray to a private clinic. Shouldn’t the welfare of the strays be of more concern to SPCA? The vet charged a total of $64.- today for consultation and medication, which is already after a discount in the consultation fee from $35.- to $18.-

Billy will be with me for the next 2 weeks. Poor Billy, I hate having to put him back. He lives right in front of the town council office, and a number of cats have recently ‘disappeared’ in that area. Billy is actually a good cat, and he was so brave at the vets. He is really big and tough looking and has black fur with some white patches.and lots of old scars. He doesn’t look too good now, but I hope he will pull through. If only someone would adopt him….

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Guess what the cat brought in….

We had quite a shock today. I let Momo downstairs for a while and she brought back a little white bird. I scolded her but I know it’s the mother cat’s nature to bring back live prey for the kittens to teach them to hunt… Anyway, I quickly took the bird and put her in a box. She can’t fly, maybe had her wings clipped? She also has lost some tail feathers, which I guess was Momo’s doing. I don’t know much about birds but luckily my son’s girlfriend is a bird person. One of her birds died of old age recently. She thinks that the little bird is a female budgie. We named her Snowy. Snowy is eating and drinking, so we hope she is going to be alright. Sarah will take her home tonight.

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Being Vegan

Being vegan means trying to do as little harm as possible. Vegans believe that animals are not ours to eat or use in any other way. The number of vegans is steadily growing worldwide. I just read that Heather Mills is thinking of going vegan like her husband Paul McCartney. Which reminds me of his famous quote “If slaughter houses had glass walls we would all be vegetarians”. It is our traditions that have blinded us to the inhumanity of it all.

Speaking of “Traditions” … There is a new cook book out in the stores “New Asian Traditions” by the Vegetarian Society (Singapore). I have tasted almost all of the dishes during the cooking and photo shooting sessions and can highly recommend this book. All the recipes are vegan and easy to prepare.

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Momo, Maya, Mickey and Moby

Momo gave birth to 3 kittens when she herself was only 5 months old. I was just waiting for her to reach the age of 6 months to get her sterilised. Me and some neighbours have been feeding them, and looking after them. They did not dirty the place, nor did the feeders… But all it took was one compaint that “they were loitering outside the kindergarden” to prompt the Town Council to remove them on the eve of National Day, which means that they would be sent to AVA to have their little lives snuffed out. I took the family in and managed, with the help of CWS Bulletin Board, to find a home for 2 of the kittens. The family who adopted Maya and Mickey were very kind in choosing Mickey, as the more hendsome Moby would stand a higher chance of being adopted by someone.

Had to keep all my windows closed yesterday, and could still smell the sickening smoke….. the place was littered with food offerings (not for cats!). All this we have to tolerate but community cats get killed just because someone does not like them or is “afraid of cats” as the Property Officer pointed out. Birds and trees are also targeted by the TC. Our carpark is lined by rows of trees, or rather tree trunks with all the branches and leaves removed. What a brilliant idea to prevent the birds from dirtying the cars in our neighbourhood. Wouldn’t it be best to remove all the trees everywhere to keep the birds away? It just makes so much sense, just like the killing of neutered cats…

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