Meet my Daemon ðŸ™‚
He is called Diodium and is a wildcat..
Meet my Daemon ðŸ™‚
He is called Diodium and is a wildcat..
This two-month old kitten is just too young to be left alone all day while the family is away… so I made an exception and took him in. Sometimes people mistakenly think that pet-sitting means boarding. He is very cute….will be staying until Monday. The daughter found this kitten not long ago and took him home. They have already bought all the things he needs and also had him vaccinated. Hope they will consider my advise on wire-meshing.
Betty, a recent abandonee from blk *23 area 1, is the last one for this month. This pretty calico was very shy at first so I waited a few weeks. Yesterday she was lifted into the carrier without problem.
Donna has been released and has us worried as she keeps hiding in the deep drain. She did come out and ate her food last night…but this morning and afternoon again no sight of her… and there was heavy rain.
Greyee’s wound is quite dry so I hope it will heal in time without him having to go to hospital again. He will be going to Phyllis’ cattery tomorrow…
Greey looked quite dull, had no appetite and felt warm. so we decided to bing him to the hospital last night.
His temperature was actually not very high. The vet suspects that he is in pain (from the wound). He was given injections and prescribed oral painkillers. He looks brighter today but still not much appetite.
Greyee Boy enjoying the view….thinking of his home place? I offer him the dry food in paper bowls the way he is used to. He finished only half his food (Avoderm wet food mixed with Fussy Cat tuna) this morning. Randie came to help change the bandage and brought freshly cooked fish and liver for him but he didn’t eat it, so I syringed him with the ‘soup’. I had applied neem oil on both Greyee and Donna yesterday so they are a bit grouchy. Hope his appetite will pick up later….
Maxijane, Randie and myself discussed about leaving the wound open… but not very sure if this is a good idea? Getting the bandaging right is really an art… too tight the foot will swell…too loose the gauze will will not stay on the wound.
I had a look at the Active Manuka Honey today, as it has many uses. Saw it at Nature’s Farm for between $69.- and 118.- a jar. Hmm…I think I will stick with with the liver-flavoured liquid toothpaste for cleaning the cat’s teeth and gums for the time being.
Some photos for the die-hard fans of Greyee Boy…
Received an sms from Fizah last month…she wants her 2 “Persians” to be sterilised. I said she would have to wait until next month and asked her how the mother cat and the kittens were. No reply!
Then a few days ago I went up with the intention of getting the kittens sterilised. They were no longer around…She told me they were given to her cousin.
Cinderella looked well…so hopefully they will not dump her…or give to the cousin.
The two Persians (females) will be done on Monday. Will just lend her the carriers and she will then bring them on her own.
Dark Pearl (male) was adopted in early June and I did not see any need to visit because the photos and emails seemed to indicate that he is much loved and happy in his new home and having a female companion.
The adopter signed a contract, the terms of which include that the cat be sterilised at age of 6 month (which would be Sept â€™07) and also visiting rights.
I advised her to get her other (female) cat sterilised first and I believe she has done so. However when it was time for Dark Pearl she came up with many excusesâ€¦including that she herself is pregnant so she cant bring him to the vet, her vet charges are expensive, waiting for her salary to come in, the vet advised to have him sterilised at age of 10 month and etcâ€¦
Of course I did offer to pick him up and do everything for her free of chargeâ€¦but I was told to mind my on business.
In the end she said that she would sterilize him mid November. I waited another monthâ€¦
Then no reply to my sms yesterday (asking whether he has been done), so I told her that I wish to visit him next week.
This is the reply I received:
â€œHad already send Fifi for sterilization! End of conversation n stop disturbing me! This will be your last warning! I mean it this time!â€?
I have my doubts so I told her that I insist to see for myself.
To which she rudely replied:
â€œHEY LADY!! BUZZ OFF N U R NOT WELCOME TO MY HOUSE!! JUST BLOODY LEAVE ME ALONE!!!â€¦.â€?
The “owner” came down with her grandson but refused to do anything for the kitten as it was “just a cat!”. Maxijane and myself were going to bring it to the vet …but then it died quickly, did not suffer long. We will bury the kitten later. The little grey tabby was no more than 3 months old.
Rest in peace little kitten…
Fruits….meant to be eaten!
From Dreamy’s Blog:
I will never see the sun rise
I will never see it set
I will never feel a kind touch
I will never be a pet
I will never feel love
For I will not be loved
As Iâ€™m led to my murder
Being prodded, poked and shoved
As they cut my tender skin
I wondered who would care
If anybody out there
Would consider my despair
For you did not see me die
And you did not see me bleed
You did not hear me cry
For the meat that you donâ€™t need
You did not watch them kill me
You could not feel my pain
You will try not to think of me
As you blindly eat again
I was the cow you ate on Monday
The pig you had midweek,
I was the turkey for your Christmas,
I was the calf you liked to eat
I was the chicken in your sandwich
The duck you had for tea
I felt pain beyond belief
But you never thought of me
Because thinking can be painful
And you refuse to see
That for every time you eat meat
Those animals must bleed
The cow was killed for Monday
The pig was scalded too
The turkey lived for 16 weeks
And the calf had died for you
The chicken lived inside a cage
The duck could hardly move
And all of this suffering
Occurred for so called food
I fail to see a reason
As there is no need
When humans eat my meat
It is purely for their greed
You may think youâ€™re above me
That you have advantage
But a kind, innocent creature
Is better than a savage
So next time youâ€™re out shopping
Try to feel some guilt
For those animals have died
For your eggs, your meat and milk
My heroes are those people
Who will not bite into me
So I ask a simple favour
And please stop eating meat
Iâ€™m asking for the cows
The pigs and all the sheep
Iâ€™m asking for the birds
Who are more than just some meat
They canâ€™t speak themselves
So please lets be their voice
Every one born into this
For them there was no choice
For you did not see me die
And you did not see me bleed
You did not hear me cry
For the me
at that you donâ€™t need
Anyone able to help this caregiver?
See pic of kittens here: http://the1eyecat.multiply.com/journal/item/1/Ola
– Hi everyone,
I do need a little help here.
I don’t understand why but I will have to hound my town council again.
They are taking cats away once someone makes a complain even though
they are supposed to get me to mediate and see how problems could be solved.
To them, the death sentence is a nice, clean way of solving these petty issues.
I have kittens in urgent need of adoption/foster care, since there are
multiple complains about the “over-population” of cats.
They are about a month old each & are at a horribly high risk of being
put down. I am confident of getting them adopted but I will need a
foster family for them, say for about a month or even shorter.
All I hope is that the town council saga will blow over soon and they
can either be put back with the rest of the cats in the neighborhood,
or be adopted.
Please do circulate this information to your fellow cat lovers.
I’m hoping for some foster care, or even better, parents. I am willing
to pay for kitty litter & food for the period of care.
Thank you –
Donna from blk *22 area 1 went missing for several weeks. Then she suddenly appeared while I was feeding the cats at *21. I didn’t recognize her at first because she looked frightened and different….her long tail was gone and part of what was left looked dead and dried up. There is also a swelling at the back. Will bring her to the vet in the morning to have the tail amputated.
The two Pearls are now sporting tipped ear. Will be visiting them next week and also visit “Fatty Boom Boom” Stitches and “Naughty Boy” Gemma and …. so many more! I miss Lapis and Motor Spot… but happy for them having found homes ðŸ™‚
Friday â€¢ November 2, 2007
Letter by Dr Tan Chek Wee
Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat owners like myself, who wrote to the Ministry of National Development, to keep cats as companion animals were given this reply: â€œCats are not allowed to be kept in HDB flats as they are nomadic in nature and are difficult to be confined within the flats.
â€œDue to the nomadic nature of cats, the nuisances caused by cats such as shedding of fur, defecating/urinating in public areas, noise disturbance et cetera would affect the environment and neighbourliness in our housing estates. In view of this, the HDB has the policy of not allowing cats to be kept in HDB flats.â€?
During the last five years, I decided to keep three cats that were rescued when they were kittens. They are now all sterilised.
I installed door and window grills in my flat to make sure that they do not venture out. However, they are happily home-bound.
They do not make noise from mating calls, called caterwauling, in fact, my neighbours have to make noise to call for the cats so that they can stretch their hands through the grills toâ€?sayangâ€? them.
They are also fastidiously fussy and will do their â€œbusinessâ€? in a bin filled with recycled pellets of paper or pine dust.
Responsible owners like myself support regulations instead of a ban to compel the few â€œblack sheepâ€? owners to be responsible.
Regulations that include microchipping, keeping home cats indoors and sterilisation will be more effective in reducing complaints about cats and in reducing pet abandonment. It is a win-win situation for all.
Steel has been missing for 2 days. He is from block *18 in area 2.
I have heard rumors that some Pest Control dump cats at ar a certain area and went cycling around there twice but seems quite hopeless…they could be anywhere.
Meanwhile some new tipped-ears have appeared, a torty and an all white in area 2 and a white-and-black in area 3.
With this old camera my photo-taking is limited to day time only and then either outdoors or on the balconey where there is enough light…
Nushi’s wound has healed nicely but she is still not eating much. She sneezed a few times and has been caughing last night. Strangely she refuses the wet food but will take some kibbles, although she has problems chewing them and will paw at her mouth. I will srynge-feed her a while longer to see if her appetite comes back…
Thursday â€¢ November 1, 2007
Goh Boon Choo
Like some other countries, Singapore too has its set of pet problems, manifested in our homeless animal population and irresponsible pet ownership.
Government agencies address these problems independently: The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) regulates pet sales, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) does not permit cats and large-breed dogs to be kept as pets, and pet abandonment is a legislated crime.
HDB residents have the added option of requesting their Town Councils to remove animals for culling by the AVA.
Some 20,000 cats and dogs are put down by the AVA and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) every year. And the AVAâ€™s annual culling bill averages $500,000.
In spite of these efforts, we still hear of pet-related spats between neighbours and of abandonment issues.
The SPCA receives up to 1,000 animals each month and the homeless animal population stays at around 100,000. This begs the question: Do the current set of policies need a rethink?
Many abandoned pets are not neutered â€” those which survive become street-smart, ensuring the homeless animal populationâ€™s viability despite consistent culling.
While residents can request their Town Councilsâ€™ help, culling every animal is not a solution.
Another recourse is to contact the National Environment Agency if the issue is hygiene-related. But the agency can only warn errant pet owners or issue fines.
Is a blanket pet ban the solution? That would be a bad decision because it ignores the fundamentals of pet-animal issues.
The increased abandonment of large dogs as highlighted in the article, â€œLarge dogs: Time for a rethinkâ€? (Oct 25), after the AVA tightened licensing rules is a good example. If the problem was simply stricter rules, then it would not just be large dogs being abandoned.
Can this issue be handled better? Possibly.
The key is in acknowledging that people want to keep cats and dogs as pets, regardless of what type of residence they live in.
While some problems cannot be eliminated completely, they can be minimised with a consistent, comprehensive and progressive framework conducive to responsible pet ownership.
Such a framework requires a clear consensus that this is a multi-faceted problem requiring cooperation and coordination among all stakeholders â€” government agencies, pet sellers, pet owners, animal welfare groups and non-pet owners. Therein lies the crux: The absence of an entity with overarching authority that can facilitate communication at all levels.
For example, while the AVA oversees national rules on pet ownership, the HDB sets its pet laws independently, while Town Councils follow the HDBâ€™s lead. According to animal experts and the AVA, sterilised cats are highly suited for flat-dwelling. Also, temperament and training, rather than size, dictates a dogâ€™s manageability.
Yet, the HDB clings to these very reasons for continuing its ban. And Town Councils do not want cats and dogs outdoors.
Where do such rules leave responsible pet owners, or neighbours of irresponsible ones?
Denying the existence of flat-dwelling pets, and legislating them out of home and hearth aggravate existing problems. All parties should come together and play a part. It is time we rethink our pet policies, starting with the HDBâ€™s rules on pets.
The writer is a reader of Today.
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