Monthly Archives: January 2010

Stoney & Bunny

Stoney was found with a fractured jaw on Oct 15 ’09



Bunny was found on Dec 11 ’09 with fractured jaw, broken upper and lower palate and severely dehydrated.



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Handsome Damy

Cat & Mouse

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Snoopy will be released soon

Snoopy has improved tremendously during the past few days.! She can get up quickly now and also ventured out of the cage. Must be all those raw chicken necks she had been chomping up!

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Please help Sadhu

Fom Mary’s blog:

Visited Sadhu last evening; both ‘hands’ are bandaged as he had pull out his drip from his left ‘hand’; thus they have to drip on his right ‘hand’.

Dr. Choi called last evening as i was leaving office to visit Sadhu. He confirmed based on xray results, Sadhu has injury to his pelvic, his pelvic are ‘smashed’; and he will not proceed with pelvic reconstruction as the injury is very near to the spine.

Colonic resection surgery will be done today; and Dr. Choi said he will ‘tidy’ up the smashed pelvic.

Total cost estimated for this surgery, plus 4-5 days hospitalisation and medication = S$2K +. Bill itself for yesterday is $533.93.

As Sadhu was a stray, 10% discount will be granted.

Yes this is a very expensive surgery and i know i am taking a great risk with the funding. i said to Dr. Choi, i have no right to ‘kill’ this cat because (and Dr. Choi agreed) Sadhu is always alert, his eyes tell you he is not ready to die; Sadhu is a fighter.

And this surgery must be done because Sadhu is not suffering from constipation. His ‘constipation’ is caused by injury/trauma to his pelvic thus affecting the other intestines and indirectly cause him to be constipated.

So once again, no amount is too little. Thank you for your contribution, thank you for pledging to contribute.

Sadhu can be visited at Mt Pleasant Veterinary Centre, 232 Whitely Road. Visiting hours 1-2pm, 5-7pm (Monday-Friday); 1-2pm, 4-6pm (Weekends and Public Holiday)

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6 teeth extracted

Nushi was wide awake when I picked her up.

She pawed at her mouth a bit but then settled down to rest. I would normally have caged her for a day or two but all the cages are occupied so she is now in her favourite hiding spot under the bed. A big thank you to E for sponsoring Nushi’s dental work!

So relieved that it is finally over and done…

Had a look at Choc on my way back. He looks good but there are still some scabs. Will probably take the collar off and remove the stitches in a few days time.

Snoopy is improving … able to get up more easily now. Hopefully she will make a full recover soon and can be released. But Snoopy is not complaining, contented being in her cage… a very sweet cat!

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3 kittens and a pack of lies

Saw a group of children with a small black cage holding 3 kittens at the void deck of *23.

Sensing abandonment I asked some questions… every single reply was a lie! I In the end I gave the boy a choice to bring me to his home or I would call the police. He stays at block *16, 5th floor corner unit. The mother said she let him bring the kittens downstairs to play as she was cleaning the house.

My gut feeling is that the mother had asked him to throw the kittens at *23! Why else would they carry the cage all the way there and why bring a big bowl of dry food along??? I was in a rush so I left it at that with a warning that abandonment was a crime.

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Nushi went to Mt Pleasant Vet today

The blood test result is okay except that the platelets are a bit low. However the gums were still too inflamed. She has to take another round of Prednisolone for 5 days (double the dose that I had given her before) and also a course of antibiotics. The extraction is scheduled for Monday. Looks like quite a number of teeth will have to go…

Nushi’s weight went up to 4kg now. I have been syringe-feeding her a 3/4 can of Avoderm every morning and night to keep her strong….

I think Nush is in good hands… Dr. Goh had also operated on her 2 years ago when she had the blockage…. but of course I still worry because she took very long to recover from the anesthetics when she had some teeth extracted at another clinic . That was 5 years ago just after we found her. The vet had estimated her to be 8 years old then.

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Trying raw food

Stoney liked the raw chicken fillet

So did Sasha, Mirko, Orange Boy, Dawn, Rocky, Stitches, Ike, Oki and Snoopy.

Nushi, Ashley, Sky, Bunny, Peaches, Mango, Orange and Damy just sniffed and looked interested but didn’t touch it. Billy Boy sniffed, then licked and chewed a little but didn’t actually eat it.

Verdict: 10 cats liked raw chicken and 9 did not

The idea is getting the cats to eat raw chicken necks and occasionally liver and heart as these are parts not usually eaten by humans… thus not creating any additional demand for slaughter of chickens.

It’s probably true that eating raw flesh and bones are good for them… but then I don’t think I could actually bring myself to go the the wet marked to buy those chicken necks…

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Choco had to be stitched again

The owner called saying that the stitches had come undone…

Brought Choc back to the vet to be stitched up again and also borrowed a big cage from M. Choc’s owner is willing to keep him at home in the cage until the wound has healed. I know that he actually is quite fond of Jumpok… he just dislikes spending money on him. Anyway, he did reimburse me almost the full amount for the second stitching… the vet had also kindly given a good discount.

So hopefully all goes well now…told owner to keep Choc in the carrier over night as he is still drowsy and not to give him any food or water until morning.

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Stitches unwell

Stitches has been vomiting for 3 days and had no appetite today. Have caged him for observation. This evening he took some flaked fish and it stayed in….

Will bring him to the vet if he is not better in the morning.

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Dan tipped and tattooed

… and hungry 🙂

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Chocolate injured

Received sms from M “Noticed a big bleeding wound at right stomach of Choc. Notified his Indian shop-keeper owner. Just hope she will do something.” M had also noticed that choc had been missing for about 5 days.

Sadly, I have reason to doubt that they would bother bringing Choc to the vet.

Went down with a carrier to lent them but made it clear that I would not be bringing him as they had refused to refund me when I had Chocolate treated for urinary blockage 2 years ago… and had also refused to change his diet.

The wife phoned the husband and after I made some noise he agreed to bring Choco (he calls him Jumpok) to the vet. Later the vet called to say that he did not even get to see the cat as the owner told the clinic staff that all he would be willing to pay was $50,- and to just give him some powder to apply… sigh!

I went back to the shop to collect my carrier and also gave Choco food mixed with antibiotics. I voiced my frustration and anger even in front of his customers… told him what is the point of going for pilgrimage (His family went last year) if he is not willing to provide the necessary veterinary treatment for his cat! Allah would surely see his actions! I also threatened to inform the SPCA…

Finally he asked me to bring the cat to the vet and that he would join me there in 10 mins (waiting for his wife to come down take over the shop). When I said I would rather wait for him… he gave me $60.-. Of course he didn’t turn up… the wife cooking…lah!

Decided to go ahead with the surgery to stitch up the wound. When I asked the owner wether he could take Choco home to let him recuperate, he said he could not, because he scratches the sofa… but maybe he would take him home at night.

I requested not to put E-collar on Choco as he will be out and may get hit by a car if he can’t see properly… or may get stuck somewhere. Just hope that he will be good and leave the stitches alone!

Going to collect him now…

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In our hands…

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Dan to be neutered

In the past had seen Dan occasionally at *20. Now he is permanently at the bin center near Donna and White Knight… first let out to roam and then completely abandoned by the irresponsible owner.

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Photos of Cleo

Cleo is getting along well with the other female cat who had just been sterilized. According to the guardian Cleo is very good, friendly and eats alot.

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Ike & Oki after their bath

Not surprisingly Oki caught the fungal infection and/or mites from Ike but I simply could not bear to cage them separately.

Now have started the second round of treatment. Both had Frontline Plus (half a dose). Ike already had one full dose one month ago. Now bathing them on alternate days and also applying an anti-fungal spray. Oki has also been de-wormed (first round). Both of them still have loose stool…

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All I want is a trash bag

It doesn’t take much to make a cat happy 🙂

I even got a ‘Thank You’ from Damy. Jumps on my lap… wobble wobble (almost falls)… steps on my chest and kiss cheek 🙂

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Stitches responding well to Chinese Herbs.

Good thing that Stitches is so greedy and will gobble up the herbal tablets with his food. No such luck with Nushi who also has gum problems…

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Snoopy still the same

Hope that with time and good rest she will be able to recover.

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Bunny’s feeding tube removed

Brought Bunny for re-check today. The vet agreed to remove the feeding tube and also no more medication is needed. The wire has to remain a little longer (until early Feb).

The vet explained that one of the lower incisors hits the upper palate preventing him from closing his mouth and he will need to have soft food. The estimated cost for pulling the two lower incisors would be $300, so I guess we will wait and see how Bunny can adjust.

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A difficult Bunny

Bunny is getting more difficult to handle. Could not tube-feed and medicate him this morning. Managed to do so at night but it took a lot of trying… and changing the bandage is also very difficult… growling hissing and swiping!

Bunny has not touched any food again since that first time…

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He drew a circle that shut me out –
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.

Edwin Markham

The Buddha taught that one should conquer anger with kindness, wickedness with goodness, selfishness with charity, and falsehood with truthfulness.

Came upon this poem in a book by K. Sri Dhammananda ‘How to live without fear and worry’. The following evening I listened to Ajahn Brahm’s latest Audio Dharma Talk ‘Happy Buddhamas’ in which he recited this same poem.

We must increase and widen our circle of compassion until it includes everyone and everything!

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This handsome guy needs a home

Stoney will climb on your lap, give massages and purr contentedly! Given a chance, he would make a perfect pet, completely fuss-free, eats wet and dry food and is litter-box trained. He just loves human company but is also friendly towards other cats.

Stoney was hit by a car and suffered a broken jaw. He had surgery and has now fully recovered.

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Bunny started eating

Bunny is more difficult to handle than Stoney… could not manage to apply the eye drops but at least he allows the tube-feeding.

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