Monthly Archives: March 2009

Stitch feeling better

Stitches was rolling around and kneading when I brushed him…. he is dropping a large amount of hair. Did not notice any fur-mites but might have ear mites because he kept scratching his ear.

Applied the Revolution.

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I accidentally deleted my earlier post…

Rushed the Block *45 cat to the vet this morning because of the bleeding and bruises… but she seems okay…. bright, active and eating well.

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Muddy released

Had to release him yesterday afternoon to make space for a cat with flu. Muddy is still not back to his old self… walks slowly and eats slowly. Sad to see him like that. He didn’t come running at feeding time last night but at least I found him and he ate some fancy feast. Searched for him twice this afternoon and finally found him sitting at the car park…. he went back into the drain after eating.

Muddy used to sleep in front of a ground-floor unit at *02 now he doesn’t go there anymore. Was he chased away?

Be smart and stay safe, Muddy!!!

Yesterday a feeding auntie called to say that someone saw a black-and-white cat at blk *26 foaming at the mouth and fur all wet… it went into the drain. I searched several times but couldn’t find the cat. Later Jacky was missing at feeding time and also Dirty Harry but he is not a regular…

I feel so useless and helpless… unable to protect them!

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Stitches having flu

The gum is inflamed but there is also yellowish nasal discharge… which means he has flu.

Dr. Kenneth gave him two injections and I will start him on Zithromax tomorrow night. Stitch has good appetite but I will have to control his food because he is difficult to medicate.

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Kitkat has also found a new friend

They were greeting each other in a very affectionate way πŸ™‚ This young nameless tipped-ear boy had been moving around the area…probably chased by the others. I am glad they found each other.

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Baby & Alex

Confirmed Friends! Baby, the *28 Terror, has finally found a friend. Birds of one feather… πŸ™‚

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Diuretic Herbs

You Dun Cao

Ivy got this for my Ashley. He took the liquid by syringe and also didn’t mind the pounded herb in his food.

She also gave me some seeds of another plant ce qian cao (wu gan cao) which is also used as a diuretic.

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Mother cat injured

old photo

The Aunty had managed to get all the kittens adopted… but no takers for the mother, although she is young and very sweet. The mother was then released back to the street.

We suspect that she was hit by a car. She walks very slowly with a limp (hind leg) and hunches her back when walking. She looks bright and alert and the Aunty says that she is eating a little. Hope no internal injuries! Gave the Aunty Clavulox and told her to observe and bring to the vet for x-rays and tests if no improvement or getting worse…

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Muddy has a room-mate

This young female is from Area 3 Blk *45. Sylvia caught her this morning and I collected her from the Feeding Aunty in the afternoon. Aunty said that she was very noisy… but so far she seems to be quiet. She will be sterilised tomorrow.

I think Muddy is still constipated…

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Muddy getting better

I was worried because he had not defecated since I brought him in 4 days ago. Have been syringe-feeding him a whole can of Avoderm every day and also gave him some oily Liver-Chicken Feast with added wheat grass for fiber. Today I was thinking of giving him an enema and smsed Ivy to help me hold him down…

Muddy must have sensed that I am up to something unpleasant… a few minutes later there was poo in the litter tray πŸ™‚

Will probably release him in 3 days time.


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Fish gasping for air

Saw a Sheng Siong outlet in my neighbourhood and went in to see how the “food animals” such as life fish and frogs are being treated at this store. Didn’t see any frogs and the tanks holding life fish seemed not to be overcrowded…. but then I saw this fish (in the centre of the photo) still flapping about and gasping for air. The smiles of the sales staff told me that this is simply the way it’s done…

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A Senior Cat

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Please Call Me by My True Names

I have a poem for you. This poem is about three of us.

The first is a twelve-year-old girl, one of the boat people crossing the Gulf of Siam. She was raped by a sea pirate, and after that she threw herself into the sea. The second person is the sea pirate, who was born in a remote village in Thailand. And the third person is me. I was very angry, of course. But I could not take sides against the sea pirate. If I could have, it would have been easier, but I couldn’t. I realized that if I had been born in his village and had lived a similar life – economic, educational, and so on – it is likely that I would now be that sea pirate. So it is not easy to take sides.

Out of suffering, I wrote this poem. It is called “Please Call Me by My True Names,” because I have many names, and when you call me by any of them, I have to say, β€œYes.β€?

Please Call Me by My True Names

Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow —
even today I am still arriving.

Look deeply: every second I am arriving
to be a bud on a Spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with still-fragile wings,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.

I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
to fear and to hope.

The rhythm of my heart is the birth and death
of all that is alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing
on the surface of the river.
And I am the bird
that swoops down to swallow the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily
in the clear water of a pond.
And I am the grass-snake
that silently feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks.
And I am the arms merchant,
selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve-year-old girl,
refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean
after being raped by a sea pirate.
And I am the pirate,
my heart not yet capable
of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo,
with plenty of power in my hands.

And I am the man who has to pay
his “debt of blood” to my people
dying slowly in a forced-labor camp.

My joy is like Spring, so warm
it makes flowers bloom all over the Earth.
My pain is like a river of tears,
so vast it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and my laughter at once,
so I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart
can be left open,
the door of compassion.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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Where Science and Buddhism Meet

Mind and Reality

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

The mind is everything.

~ Buddha

All matter originates and exists only

By virtue of a force…

We must assume behind this force

The existence of a conscious and

Intelligent Mind. This Mind

Is the matrix of all matter

~ Max Planck

Founder of Quantum Physics

Where Science and Buddhism Meet:

Emptiness, Oneness,

And the Nature of Reality

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Update on Muddy

Muddy is a good boy! Some growling and hissing… but he swallows the syringed food and the antibiotics and also let me wash his eyes and apply ointment. He even ate a little on his own today. He is also less dehydrated now.

I transferred him to the storeroom so that he can be more comfortable in the bigger cage (it’s a large storeroom and with windows).

Blaine feels warm and has no appetite.. Ivy is worried. He could have caught the virus from Muddy…

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Muddy found after 8 days

Eyes watery, dehydrated, fever, runny nose, lost weight… looks like a bad case of flu!

I had already given up hope… and almost didn’t notice him sitting at the curb next to the bin center.

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Shiny moved to Block *24

Perhaps she was chased off by Beauty, Frosty, Snoopy or Nora… Now she seems to have settled at a corner of *24…. but this is very close to Rocky’s territory.

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Why did the snails climb the tree?

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March 22, 2009 · 12:51 pm

Silly silly Blaine

Ivy sent pictures of Blaine Long Long….

Silly Blaine is perfectly fine with cuddles.
But he is getting too heavy!
Eats non-stop and simply loves leftovers. He is not flabby though. Just a round ball of tough meat. =)

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Father & Son have been furminated

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March 20, 2009 · 4:21 am

Three Jars of Garbage Enzymes

Three jars have been filled up, mostly with orange and lemon peels and other fruit skins. The enzymes should be ready in 3 months time. The pulp can then be added to the next batch.

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Blaine found but Muddy missing

Blaine didn’t come regularly for feeding and he was scared of Muddy, even Darly and Darky would hiss at him. Then he went missing for more than 2 weeks.

It turned out that he had moved to Ivy’s area. We will leave him there unless he chooses to return.

Muddy has been missing for 3 days…

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Smalley in the Hedge

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Father & Son

The son is deaf, so I have to tap him lightly when I arrive to let him know I am there. Then he will great me with a very loud meow πŸ™‚

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Heino was killed

I was looking for missing Heino and asked a Malay feeder…

She said “mati!”. Probably hit by a car.

There was a beautiful golden full-moon in the black sky yesterday… it reminded me of Heino.

Is he watching over his little friend Kitkat?

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Beautiful trees … now gone!

A row of mature and healthy-looking trees were cut down… sigh!

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Rat Poison

The caregiver is worried that the community cats will get poisoned by this….

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Totally disgusted

From kingsley’s blog:

Update : Pet Station just wrote back to say that they are canceling the promotion.

Dawn’s blog:

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Orange Boy having fun

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Timmy and Twisty

Timmy has a tail injury. The lower part of his tail was quite limp for the past few days but today it’s much better. I think I overdid the powder a little πŸ™‚

Twisty was already tipped when she appeared in Timmy & Tommy’s area. She is no longer skinny… in fact she looks heavily pregnant πŸ™‚

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Nushi is sick

It started with gum infection, then 3 days ago she developed red eye and some coughing. Have Isolated her from the other cats (in my bedroom) and giving her Zithromax and applying eye-gel. Also syringe-feeding to keep her strong. Nushi still eats some of her favourite food and snacks. She doesn’t look too bad but of course I worry…

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Shiny’s wound not healing well

Shiny’s wound has opened up a little. The stitches must have dissolved but the wound is not properly healed yet. I will wait and observe… hope it doesn’t have to be re-stitched. Meanwhile giving her Clavulox and antibiotic powder.

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Rocky & Shiny moved to the balcony

Decided to shift Rocky to the balcony. Billy Boy, Mango, Orange and Peaches were fine with it and Rocky kept quiet so far.

Later transferred Shiny as well, so that she has company and can enjoy the coolness and fresh air.

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Brought Shiny back to the vet to check the two red patches on her tummy. It was just some bruising and one of the patches has already faded. She was also given some iron tablets. Shiny ia a very sweet girl and pretty… but I will have to release her in a few days time. Maybe her “owners” will take her back?

Meanwhile Rocky is still very noisy at night keeping me awake most of the time. Just a few more days….

Billy Boy seems closer to the Novena Kittens now. Saw him lick Mango’s head and then playfully nibble on Peaches’ neck.

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Pregnant female abandoned


Blk *26 Area 1

Young female, all black, long straight tail

Saw this cat for the first time today… tame, shiny fur, hungry and pregnant!

Placed her in the carrier right away, as I didn’t want to take the risk of losing her… hope to get her sterilised tomorrow.

Shiny is clearly a new abandonee! Such irresponsible people… sigh!

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Rocky to the vet

Rocky’s “thumb” is still swollen so I brought him to the vet today… just to make sure It’s not a splinter or something .

There was no splinter but Rocky will have to take antibiotics for another 10 days and at higher dosage… and also something to reduce inflammation.

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