Monthly Archives: October 2008

A Handsome Tipped-Ear Puma

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Young Ginger Boy killed

Cat-Aunty informed me that one of the young ginger males that was recently sterilised must have been killed while crossing the road. There was a lot of blood…and he was missing at feeding time. They don’t think he could have survived but couldn’t find the body.

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Frosti taking the syringed food but not eating on her own. I think her urine is normal quantity.

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Puma to be sterilised

Puma is causing trouble in Rocky’s kingdom! He even chased and injured the little Bumboo girl last night.

He was easily napped today. Placed a bit of tuna in the carrier and he walked right in.

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Frosti discharged

Frosti is still a little scared but she let me syringe-feed her with Avoderm and also licked a small amount of Fancy Feast. Forgot to get the AD Diet from the vet but I think Avoderm is also good. She still looks very yellow to me and her belly is bulging at the side… could that be because of the enlarged liver?

Silverine has developed a bald spot at the side of her body… keeps licking that area. Had applied the neem oil a few times and today applied Revolution on both Silverine and Pema. Will get them both vaccinated soon…then they will be ready to move to the cattery.

Heino is now on a different kind of diarrhoea medication and antibiotics…Transferred him to the big cage on the balcony. Can’t let him out as he will fight with Pema and Silverine.

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A gift from Orange Boy

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October 27, 2008 · 8:52 am

New videos of the Pearls and Greyee Boy

Black Pearl wishes for a good home

Greyee-Boy wishes for a good home

Light Pearl wishes for a good home

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Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning
’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

~ Mary Elizabeth Frye (1905-2004) for Margaret Schwarzkopf

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Frosti, the cat with liver damage

Frosti is still able to eat a little bit and even did some grooming today.

Hope that she can recover…

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Heino and Blk *33 Female to be sterilised

Heino has still loose stool despite taking the diarrhoea medication. De-wormed him yesterday… maybe that will help. Yesterday Rocky even groomed him and they played and wrestled… Heino is still a hyper kitten. Sadly they will have to part soon, as Heino is from area 2.

The young female is from Cat-Aunty’s area… next to my Area 1. A few days earlier 3 males were done by Cat-Aunty…and 2 of her tipped-ears were caught by Sita Pest Control. Luckily someone saw it and they released the 2 cats. Town Council say they made a mistake…

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A Tent for the Cats



Peekaboo’s guardian got this from Ikea.

The cats like it 🙂

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Pema & Silverine

Pema and Silverine have become good friends

The prospective adopter who seemed very keen on adopting Silverine didn’t show up today. So she will probably have to go back to being a community cat. Really sad, because she is young, pretty and has a wonderful temperament…

For Pema there will be a place in a cattery… and hopefully future adoption.

Even our ‘terror” Rocky would make a good home cat. Can’t believe how well he gets along with Heino…like father and son 🙂

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New Video of Stitches

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3 little kittens need homes

These are the three little kittens that were a dumped at a car park together with their mother.

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Pretty Rose

Sporting a nice collar with bell

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Peekaboo in his new home

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October 18, 2008 · 9:58 pm

The noisy boys

Heino stealing Rocky’s food. He is on dry food only and taking medication for his diarrhoea.

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Pebbles is gone…

Rest in Peace dear Pebbles!

Saw Pebbles yesterday morning and felt that she was weak… The vet called in the late afternoon but by the time I reached the clinic she was already gone.

They had given her oxygen… but then her heart stopped. There must have been more internal injuries.

Penny helped to bury her at midnight… near Old Ginger’s resting place.

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Rocky had a large abscess

Rocky back from the vet

Had not seen him for 3 days (a family on the 4th floor always brings him up) but I was beginning to worry. Then Maxiejane called saying that he has a big lump at the left side of his body. I brought him to the vet straight away. The abscess was drained and he has to be on antibiotics for 24 days. The vet showed me the pictures of the abscess after shaving him and of the pus that was drained… yucks!

Heino in the cage next to Rocky.

Heino still has diarrhoea… will get him sterilised before releasing back. He is very noisy but cute. Somehow I get the feeling that Heino and Heidi are siblings… their behaviour is very similar.

Received a complained about a brown cat that ran into a child care center at Blk *11 Area 2. They already chased him out but complained to Town Council to have the cat removed…sigh! There is no brown cat there but perhaps it was Ginger Tom at *14… or a newly abandoned cat. The TC officer will try to get more details.

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Pebbles is better… there is hope

Pebbles’ face still looks terrible and the vet said that her jaw is loose which probably means fractured, but she is alert and can walk. she kept purring and kneeding and wanting to be stroked.

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Yeshe going “home” soon

Yeshe will probably be released in 2 weeks time. He is now sporting a tipped ear and looks so clean and handsome.

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Super-cute and manja cats

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Pebbles badly injured

Maxiejane found the injured Pebbles and brought her to the vet. At first I thought it was Benny and even when I saw her at the clinic it took me a while to realize that it was actually Pebbles.

The vet said that her temperature was very low and he doesn’t think that she will make it. Pebbles was given a hot-water bottle and put on drip (receiving pain medication)… The vet called at 8pm to say that the drip was set up and her temperature went up a little.

Will see Pebbles in the morning when the clinic opens…

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Newbie with infected wound

Winny and Heino

Infected wound at his left hind paw


Bumboo is well and has been released, but Pema has been unwell for the past few days…probably a virus because Silverine is now also listless and has little appetite.

Heino is in a separate room. He is eating well and is friendly enough to let me clean the wound. Found him at Blk *09 Area 2.

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Yummy Grass

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Melamine Isn’t the Only Thing That Milk-Drinkers Need to Worry About, Group Warns

In light of the melamine-tainted milk scandal, which has killed at least four babies and sickened 53,000 others, PETA is reminding milk-drinkers that cow’s milk is also loaded with cholesterol, fat, and other contaminants—including cow’s blood and pus, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics—which, over time, can be just as dangerous as ingesting melamine.

PETA points out that eating fat- and cholesterol-laden dairy products can lead to serious health problems—including heart disease, obesity, and diabetes—which can send milk-drinkers to an early grave. And since more than 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant, putting on a milk mustache can mean suffering painful abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea.

The following are PETA’s top 10 reasons not to drink milk:

1) Cows are not milk machines. After years of living in filthy conditions, being kept constantly pregnant, and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they naturally would, dairy cows are slaughtered.

2) “Moo” is not your first language. Human babies don’t say “goo goo moo moo”, so why treat them like calves? Humans are the only animals who drink breast milk after infancy and the only animals who drink milk from a different species. It makes as much sense for people to drink cow’s milk as it would for dogs to drink giraffe’s milk!

3) Cookies and cramps don’t mix. Studies show that over 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant. Can you say abdominal cramps, bloating, and diarrhea?

4) Dairy is pus-itively scary. There’s more to that glass of milk than you think. Dairy products are commonly contaminated with blood, pus, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics.

5) There’s veal in your cereal. Milk fuels the cruel veal industry. Considered byproducts of the dairy industry, male calves are dragged away to veal crates when they are just hours old.

6) Milk is bad to the bone. Contrary to a popular milky myth, studies strongly implicate dairy in causing, rather than preventing, osteoporosis, because its high protein content leeches calcium from the body.

7) Milk does the planet bad. Bad for mother cows, milk production is also bad for Mother Earth; it’s a disastrous source of water pollution. Just one dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste every day—as much as two dozen people could produce—but with no toilets, sewers, or treatment plants.

8) The white stuff isn’t the right stuff. Milk is formulated to meet the nutritional needs of calves—who have four stomachs and gain an average of 115 kg in their first six months. It’s mad for humans to chug moo-juice!

9) No grain means lots of pain. Every glass of milk takes a meal away from the hungry. Crops that could be used to feed the hungry are instead used to feed dairy cows. It takes a huge amount of grain cycled through cows to produce a very small amount of milk.

10) A milk mustache is a real heartbreaker. Devoid of fiber and complex carbohydrates but loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, dairy products have been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.

All cow’s milk—whether it’s poisoned with melamine or not—is an unhealthy mix of contaminants, cholesterol, and fat. The best bet for people who care about their health is to switch to healthy and humane soy, rice, or almond milk and give dairy products the boot.

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Complaint about cat attack

A lady complained to the MP that she was attacked by a cat loitering at a car park and causing her a sprained ankle. This cat is a ginger male, a friendly but rather shy community cat.

She also warned that the cat could attack children at the nearby playground and therefore should be removed.

Later she told Sylvia that the cat didn’t actually attack her but kept following her.

The “attacks” happen at around 10.30 / 11.30 which is around feeding time. Could the cat have mistaken her for the feeder?

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Tammy killed by car

Rest in Peace Tammy

Tammy was such a sweet young cat. Her life cut short because she was abandoned…

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My Paper



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Feisty Pema seeks a good home

My Paper 6th October 2008

Feisty Pema seeks a good home

SURVIVOR: Pema has undergone much hardship and catsitter Helga Gamp hopes a good home can be found for her. (PHOTO: HELGA GAMP)

LIFE had dealt her a harsh set of cards. Yet, somehow, she managed to triumph against the odds.

Born on the streets, she had no idea who her parents were. She had no name and lived in constant uncertainty, wondering where her next meal would come from. Each time it rained, ditches and holes turned into useful shelters.

By a stroke of luck, she found refuge in a school. But she was turned out and the expectant mother had to fend for herself once more.

Then, a decision was made to abort her three babies.

All these could have crippled the toughest individual, but not her. She survived the surgery and was given the name “Pema� by a kind-hearted samaritan, 56-year-old Helga Gamp.

Now, Pema the stray cat is looking forward to a new start – and a new owner.

With World Animal Day last Saturday, it is startling to know that Pema is one of 60,000 stray cats roaming Singapore’s alleys and housing estates.

Last year, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) impounded 3,777 felines.

But Pema escaped this fate when Ms Gamp chanced upon her last month.

The part-time catsitter told my paper: “I was cycling past Yishun MRT Station when some students asked if I would adopt her. It seems she had been staying in their school for a while.�

The principal said his hands were tied: “The school doesn’t have the resources to look afte
r cats that wander in.�

Pema is probably unaware of the running debate over stray cats being a nuisance. Neither does she realise there are two camps: Those who want to cull her and those in favour of sterilising her kind to control the feline population.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is firmly in favour of sterilisation.

Executive officer Deirdre Moss said: “More sterilised cats translates into fewer births and, hopefully, fewer strays.�

Hence, it gives out sterilisation vouchers to volunteers like Ms Gamp, who took Pema for the surgery and is housing her for the time being.

Said Ms Moss: “Sterilised cats are healthy and deserve a shot at life.�

Luckily for Pema and her mates, there are organisations like SPCA and the Cat Welfare Society that work with caregivers islandwide to trap, neuter, return and manage cats in residential areas.

The calico cat with orange, brown and black markings now sports a tipped left ear – a sign that she has been sterilised.

Head of AVA’s Centre for Animal Welfare and Control, Mr Madhavan Kannan, said in an e-mail: “It would be good if those who feed stray cats could find homes for them.�

That’s what Ms Gamp is trying to do, and Pema is probably hoping for the same, too.

If you are interested in adopting Pema or know someone who can give the feisty feline a happy home, e-mail Ms Helga Gamp at veganmeowies

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The “Twins”

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Upstairs-Cat watching

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New Novena Kitten to be sterilised

Went with Penny, to try and trap the 3 orange-white kittens (two males and one female). However they were too smart or not hungry enough and refused to enter the trap. We spend 4 hours trying but in the end only this new young male was trapped. As usual there was dry food lying around even though I had reminded the feeder to remove any left-over after feeding them in the morning. Very frustrating when the feeder doesn’t do her part.

We also went to visit B today. The cats looked well-fed, healthy and relaxed and B assured us that they would not take in any more. They have two more females to be sterilised…and one male. The male will be done next weekend. There are also 3 kittens that are about 4 to 5 months old.

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The Pearls wish for good homes

New video of Light Pearl and Black Pearl

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Bumboo injured

Bumboo had not eaten for 2 or 3 days and her lower lip was swollen. Maxiejane brought her to the vet this morning… she needed surgery and was put on drip.

According to Maxiejane… Rocky was the culprit. He is getting more naughty, Little Princess is is also quite scared of him now.

Bumboo ate a bit of wet food and had some Nutri-gel. She will have to stay with me for at least 10 days to let the wound heal.

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Beautiful Silverine

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Update on Yeshe

The stitches have been removed and he will be sterilised tomorrow.

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Silverine to be sterilised

This pretty girl is from Blk *17 Area 2. When the Auntie told me about this newbie I went down several times to try and befriend her so that I won’t have to use the trap. Managed to put her into the carrier after she had some food.

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Update on hoarder “B”

13 cats (5 females and 8 males) have been sterilised so far. B was cooperative, bringing the cats to the vet as agreed and also seemed to appreciate the help and asked us to visit him. However when I tried to confirm a day and time… there was no reply to my sms. Hmmm…maybe I wait one more day but then it’s time for another visit to check on the condition and number of cats. B claimed that the remaining 7 were still too young to be sterilised.

Rose looks a little unwell. I applied the eye ointment as there is some discharge and also the third eyelid is showing…will wait and observe. She still has appetite… ate the Fussy Cat.

Have not seen the Little Princess for 3 days and was very worried… until sms from R that she saw Princess today . Probably taken home by someone… just like Bamboo when he was lost for 4 days. Also one side of her whiskers were cut when I last saw her and she had a small wound at the other side of her mouth.

There is still the filled food and water bowl on the 13th floor and suspect that this family took her in… even though I had told them that a resident of this block had recently complaint about “many cats” to the MP.

Stroked Noisy Joe today….hopefully can nap him soon for sterilisation. A moment later he started a fight with his brother Alex… had to splash water on them.

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Zeroing in on Enlightenment

Talk by Ajahn Brahm on the middle way, non-duality, religion & science and how through deep meditation one can get a glimpse of ones past lives

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Heidi seems to be feeling well again… the wounds have healed. She eats well and is very lively. Will probably release her tomorrow.

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Pema for adoption

No reply from the school principal…and I really don’t like the idea of relocating her to another area.

Pema is a healthy young female… estimate her to be one-year-plus. She has a wonderful temperament. I guess many of the students will miss her. She is also friendly towards other cats. Pema has a nice calico pattern and a long straight tail. She is litter-box-trained.

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