Monthly Archives: April 2007

No questions asked…

Just found out today that SPCA accepts cats from pest control without questions asked! This makes it very difficult to identify and claim such cats …especially if it’s very common colour…

Rainy has been missing for about 4 days now and I also have not seen Windy around for the past 3 days. Called YJC today since they don’t reply to my emails. The good news is that they do not engage the pest control to remove cats; in fact the maintenance officer said that they have their own 4 ‘wild’ cats, which they have sent for sterilization. He mentioned that many other cats come looking for food and those will be chased away after they had their meal.

Black Boy is back from the vet and eating his second helping of wet food 🙂

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Black Boy from *30 area 3 to be sterilised tomorrow.

Tried to catch Muddy today. Lifted him up and had him halfway in the carrier…then he started to struggle and my bicycle stand gave way. Luckily another ‘cat feeder’ was there to hold the bicycle…but Muddy escaped.

This ‘cat feeder’ takes care of the big cats at the zoo…lions, jaguars and cheetahs. Felt kind of silly telling him that Muddy is quite fierce when he offered to help catch him. He said that the jaguars are the most difficult and dangerous to handle.

Then I went to blk *38 area…looks like there are only 4 cats left now, with one of them tipped. None of the 3 others let me come close so I had a look at blk *30 area 3 where I met Juliana. There are two more males to be done at this block. The noisy one was not around so I took the quiet black one. I remember that he was a bit sickly but Juliana said that he is ok except for one eye that tears a little…and he is eating well.

Sylvia just send a msg that this cat doesn’t like dry food and is also very choosy about the wet food and that he has fleas. I will leave the fleas alone untill after he has recovered and then try neem oil…although it’s not very effective for fleas but I have to reserve the precious Revolution for the more servere cases like Billy Boy, who is scratching alot and has sores on his tummy.

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I shall say that I want it all

I shall say that I Want It All

I shall say that I want it all.

If you ask me how much I want,

I shall tell you that I want it all.

You and I and everyone are flowing this morning

Into the marvelous stream of oneness.

Small pieces of imagination that we are,

We have come a long way to find ourselves,

And for ourselves in the dark,

The illusion of emancipation.

This morning my brother is back from his long adventure.

He kneels before the altar and his eyes are filled with tears.

His soul is looking for a shore to put an anchor,

My own image of long ago.

Let him kneel there and weep,

Let him cry his heart out.

Let him have his refuge for a thousand years.

Enough to dry all his tears.

Because one of these nights I shall come.

I have to come and set fire to this small cottage of his on a hill.

His last shelter my fire will destroy,

Destroy everything.

Taking away from him the only life raft he has, after a shipwreck.

In the utmost anguish of his soul,

The shell will break.

The light of the burning hut will witness, gloriously, his deliverance.

I will wait for him beside the burn
ing cottage,

Tears will run down my cheeks.

I shall be there to contemplate his new existence,

And hold his hand in mine,

And ask him how much he would want.

He will smile at me and say that he wants it all.

Just as I did.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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The mysterious disappearance of cats in area 2

My suspicion that that residents have been calling in the pest control to remove cats has been confirmed. Many sterilized cats have disappeared in the area between block *02 and *24. Both TC and RC said that they did not remove them and none of the cats showed up at AVA.

A resident of that area, a Indian man named John, told me yesterday that there is a group of ‘cat-haters’ who take things into their own hands…but he claimed not to know their names and where they stay just pointing to a few blocks. I have a feeling he knows them…or maybe he is one of them.

I feel like giving up on this area…but what about all the sterilised cats… Darly, Shredder, One Eye Ginger, Lizzy, Beany, Little Grey, Ginger-White Boy, Lora, Sore Throat, Jade, Jake, Stitches, Lady Jane, Steel and Doppelganger? Then there is Pearl and her kittens, Muddy and the new ginger-white male…

The sterilised cats that have disappeared are:

Shadow blk *02

Patchy blk *11

Louis blk *07

Grey Long-Tail Tabby blk *12

Pearl’s son blk *18

Pearl’s daughter blk *18

Max blk *24

Felix blk *07

Light Ginger blk *14

Shredder’s son Howie blk *03

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Community Human

There is this homeless man sleeping on a mattress…next to where I feed One Eye Ginger.

Saw him many times walking around with an angry expression on his face and fists clenched tightly, stopping every once in a while to deliver some punches and side kicks at an imaginary enemy.

I wonder, is there no better place for him…does he suffer from schizophrenia…could he be helped with medication? Perhaps this is still better than spending his life locked up in an institution?

I was also wondering if he would harm the cats…but Ginger does not seem to be afraid of him.

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Road Runner and Steel

Juliana and Haslina did not manage to catch the female cat…she escaped and scratched Has before she could place her into the carrier. So I brought Road Runner to the vet today, Steel’s turn will be tomorrow. I guess he should be well enough, the wound at his toe seems not to be infected. Will be looking out for Muddy tonight. He is a big-head, a fighter…Beany, Lizzy and even Shredder will move away when he turns up at feeding time.

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Took in Steel, son of Pearl, yesterday. He is now the lone survivor of Pearl’s earlier batch of 3 kittens…and the only one that was not sterilised. He was limping and his front paw was bleeding. At least I can keep the wound clean to prevent infection. He will be sterilised after Road Runner is done.

Shadow has been missing for almost a week…Little Jake did not appear yesterday…

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