Monthly Archives: June 2010

Maddy had infection of the uterus

Maddy is fine now, the sterilization probably saved her life.

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Maddy

Going for snip and tip on Tuesday

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ashley

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Sleepy Rain

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Update from Lala’s adopters

Part of adopter’s email:

How have you been? First of, Thank You for letting us adopt Lala πŸ™‚ We have since renamed her Pumpkin, as she is exactly the shade of a orangey pumpkin..

And as you can see, she has since filled out, let’s hope she doesn’t get as round as a pumpkin. She is about 4.5kg now..

These are some new pictures that we took of her recently. She has a very peculiar habit of tucking herself comfortably under the sheets and usurping my bed , as you can see from the pictures. Usually, I’ll have to carry her down, and explain to her that it’s not her bed. LOL

Thank you for having such a Big heart and caring for these cats which will otherwise be unloved and left to die. Thanks to you- We now have a sweet, manja and very vocal furball… She is so well-behaved, always purring and such a sweetheart!

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Sick Cats and abandoned kitten

Copper has been neemed. She will complete her course of antibiotics on Sunday and will be released. Her appetite is still not good but at least she eats some dry food. No more tapeworm segments in her stool.

The yellow shade of Tommy’s ears if fading. Strangely he seems to poo and pee only every two to three days… but poo and pee look normal. He also spends a lot of time digging in the litter box and meowing before he finally delivers. I let him out of the cage at night when only the more peaceful cats are in my room.

Stitches has been sneezing for some time now… have been giving him lysine.

Sparky had a snotty nose some time back but he still ate well so no need for antibiotics.

An orange kitten about 3 month old was spotted by a resident of *28 yesterday night. We tried to lure him out from under the car and actually I almost had him as he came close to my hand. Then tried using the trap but unsuccessful. The kind Malay Lady is willing to house the kitten and her aunt even offered to adopt him. She said she would try again later…

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Snoopy

Snoopy

Heaviest among the home cats!

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Update on Lady Blue

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Maddy & Muddy

Friendship

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A Fatty

Another ‘Pregnant Tipped-Ear’?

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Update on Rain

Rain at Loving Pets counter

SY updates:

“Fur was so smooth so we didnt want to shave down, just bathed, manicured, cleaned ears n perfumed πŸ™‚

At Loving Pets, so many admirers n he is super good with human. can leave him at the counter n he will just stay there πŸ™‚ can be Mascot for any shop front.

Helga was right his patch of grey is from the car engine, now he s peach color, he looks like a CHINCHILA CAT! :)”

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Surprise in the letterbox

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June 17, 2010 · 9:29 pm

Copper to the vet again

Copper had another injection and is now on different antibiotics.

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Great Pretenders

Dawn slowly inching closer to Nushi’s special mix of kibbles while pretending not to be interested… but Nushi is not fooled!

Fussy Nushi will get whatever she will eat… and it has to be served on the mat, even the wet food!

Earlier was watching Bunny jump up onto the sewing machine not realizing that Orange Boy was sitting there. Both shocked and don’t know what to do! So both looking the other way and then OB yawning and very slowly stretching his legs and moving away a little. Normally Bunny will whack whoever comes too close… me included.

Seems Nushi and Tommy are prone to constipation. Had given laxative to both of them yesterday. Tommy was meowing and wildly digging in his litter trays… managed to topple one… but finally a big poo was delivered! Nushi walked all over the room trying to poo. I was really worried… she even vomited a little. Then finally she managed to get it out.. but it had to be on my bed… sigh! Never a dull day with cats!

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Maddy

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Copper still no appetite

Have to bring Copper to the vet again… Old Lady feeder says she is not eating… Sylvia says she takes only a little dry food and won’t eat at all if other cats are around.

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Tommy

Fixed a hammock for Tommy and M got him a bag of l/d prescription diet dry food. He likes it… It must be tasty!

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Stitches must be feeling better

Stitches is eating the Avoderm dry food again and he whacked Damy. The ear is bleeding but Damy won’t let me have a closer look.

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Pretty has left

Rest in Peace Pretty

THE EULOGY

Look not where I was
For I am not there
My spirit is free
I am everywhere

http://singaporecommunitycats.blogspot.com/2010/06/pretty-just-passed-away-at-vet-clinic.html

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Limping Kitten with stapled ears

Someone spotted a limping white kitten with its ears stapled at Block 239 Yishun! Caregivers from nearby areas have been searching for the kitten for 2 days now. At least 8 people took turns… but no sight of the kitten. Later a shopkeeper heard plaintive meowing from near the rubbish dump at 238….still no luck!

I made several rounds on bicycle after midnight. Saw this white cat looking intensely at something under a car…. I checked but there was nothing…

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Playing with Maddy

Another week or so and I should be able to get her into the carrier.

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Adopting a Cat based on Compassion and Wisdom

From Metta Cats:

The best motivation to bring a cat home is based on

Compassion ζ…ˆζ‚²

1) Save a cat that is about to be euthanised.

* Call the AVA (http://www.ava.gov.sg/)Claiming of impounded dogs and cats Tel: 6471 9987 / 6471 9996 (You may need to pay for impounding fee, boarding fees and microchipping).
* Call the SPCA (http://www.spca.org.sg/) Tel: 62875355 (Ask for cats that are to be euthanised; these are cats that are assessed by a visiting vet as “not suitable for adoption”. You may have to argue very hard with a “we know what is best for the cat” attitude.)

2) Adopt from shelters for rescued cats and kittens such as

* MettaCats (http://www.mettacats.blogspot.com/)
* Vegan & Meowies (http://meowies.multiply.com/journal)
* Rescued Cats for Adoption (http://www.adoptarescuedcat.blogspot.com/)

Adopt the least adoptable cats, such as those with disabilities, those who look “ugly” to most people, those who are “old”.

* Extraordinary cats for extraordinary people (http://extraordinarycats.blogspot.com/)

3) Give a home to a community cat. Most of our community cats are abandoned. Community cats in Singapore are in perpetual dangers of being

* Blamed for “hygiene” risk if they are within food-serving areas
* Blamed for scratches on cars if they are in car parks
* Blamed for spread of diseases if they are near child care centres
* Blamed for making noise if they are in HDB estates
* Blamed for “upstairs” defecation that is usually caused by irresponsible owners who let their cats roam freely out of the flats, or irresponsible feeders who lure community cats upstairs to feed. Irresponsible Property Officers of the town council who do not investigate,will assume the “downstairs cats” are responsible and thereby activating the pest controllers to round up the “downstairs” cats, which will be killed without mercy!”
* Blamed for phobia of cats (Ailurophobia)
* Run over by cars
* Abused by psychotic human beings
* Poisoned from drinking drain water that is often sprayed with anti-mosquito-larval chemicals
* Caught in traps,which are loan free of charge by the AVA (at tax payers’ expense), to human beings who live in landed properties who are upset with the intrusion of cats into their “lovely” gardens.

and

WISDOM ζ™Ίζ…§
Contemplate before bringing a cat home

1) If you are single

* Who will care for your cat when you are on vacation?
* What if you meet a partner who does not like cat?
* What if you get married and have a child and your in-laws are dead-set against keeping your cat?
* What if you fall critically ill?

2) If you are married

* Will you keep the cat when a child is on the way?
* Will you be able to care for a cat, who, like any living being, will fall ill, will be old and will die?

3) If have children

* Are you adopting a cat as a “live” toy? Leaving a cat in the presence of a child unsupervised can give rise to harm on both. A cat is NOT a toy. A good motivation for the addition of a cat to family with children is to cultivate compassion to animals. Will you abandon the cat if anyone in the family develop allergy that most family doctors will readily blame on the cat instead of suggesting ways to reduce allergen-exposure?

4) If you are an expatriate

* Will you bring the cat along to where-ever you will be going? There will be expenses from vet certification, vaccination, air-freight (some airlines include cat in a carrier into the luggage allowance) and quarantine.

5) Ability to afford the cost of caring for a cat that may live up to 20 years.

6) Making the window and door grills “cat-safe” to keep the cat indoors.

7) The patience to wait for a cat to adapt to a new environment, especially one that has a cat or cats or dog/s. Some cats adapt easily. Some cats take a long time to adapt. Sometimes it is easier for a guardian to adapt to a “difficult” cat πŸ™‚

8) Some adopters expect a cat to adapt perfectly into a home without door or window grills because “some of my friends have cats and they do not have grills or put mesh on their grills” or “my home won’t look nice anymore with grills or mesh on grills”. Cats do not have intelligence like us human beings to understand that they cannot jump after that bird at the window! A tragedy worse than instant death is being paralysed from a fall.

Some adopters expect a cat to adapt to a home with expensive leather furniture. Cats, unlike us human beings, do not understand that the furniture is expensive and therefore not to be used to remove their nail sheaths.

We, as human beings, have the intelligence to undertand the limitations of a cat’s intelligence. We, as human beings, have the the ability to exercise our wisdom and adapt to living with a cat instead of expecting vice versa.

Be a GUARDIAN of a cat that you bring home, NOT just a mere OWNER.

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Tommy discharged

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Pretty showed slight improvement today

Pretty seemed just that slight bit more lively today. Fluid was drained again last night… but less this time. She is still very dehydrated. The vet also feels that there is a slight improvement and that she is responding to the antibiotics.

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Pretty’s condition not good

Her belly had swelled up suddenly and the fluid was drained! Dr Bryan thinks it is due to infection…. and that she may not make it!

Whatever happens… at least Pretty has medical care and is able to rest in a comfortable and quiet place… thanks to Morna and the Cleaner who alerted her!

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Funds needed for Pretty

Pretty

From Morna: “Pretty’s fever has gone down but she’s listless and not eating. Vet said that she had caught an infection due to her low immunity. She’s now on antibiotics and forced-feeding. Managed to syringe some chicken soup into her. Her medical fees to date is around $250/- and vet estimated that she will need to be warded for another two weeks. Sponsorship received so far is $50/-.”

Anyone who wish to sponsor any amount towards the vet cost, can email to Morna at maxiejane@gmail.com

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Stitches needed another injection

The Chinese herbs helped for a while but then the gum problem always recurred quite fast. So I thought it’s time to get another injection and course of antibiotics to give Stitches some longer lasting relief.

Vet told me that Tommy did not want to eat but later I heard from the technician that M had given him home-cooked chicken πŸ™‚ He finished 1/2 can of Liver Feast while I was there. Hopefully he can be discharged tomorrow or the day after… The bald patches on his ears could be fungus… maybe the spores are still in the environment even though Ike and Oki are clear. None of the other cats had gotten the ringworm but maybe Tommy has a weak immune system… Will have to wash the cage with bleach before he returns.

Pretty seems slightly better. Saw her drinking water but not interested in food. She seemed comfortable… stretching out when I rubbed her tummy and then resting her head on my hand.

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Tommy is eating!

Brought the Flaked Ocean Fish Feast to tempt him… and to my surprise he started eating! Finished more than half a can! He had not been vomiting since the enema. Dr Brian will order the LC diet for him.

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Pretty has a fever

She called out a few times and was not interested in any food… but still purring when stroked. Vet gave an antibiotic injection. Be strong Pretty!!!

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What to do in cases of animal abuse

Some very useful info from Dawn’s blog:

http://catsandstuff.blogspot.com/2010/06/what-to-do-in-cases-of-animal-abuse.html

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Good and not so good news

Pretty stood up for a few moments!

Tommy was warded and now on drip. His jaundice is worse. Dr Brian felt some lumps of poo but thinks that they are too thin to be causing obstruction. He said that such relapses happen quite often…

All the 3 cats were resting peacefully on thick towels, the dogs are very quiet and the place is not too cold.

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What will happen to the cats at the bus interchange?

Feeder F who is also feeding cats near the bus interchange is worried what will happen to the many cats there when they build a new air-conditioned interchange by April next year. She said the cats are all sterilised but doesn’t know who is the caregiver.

What can I do… if the feeders and caregivers from that are don’t speak up for the cats? They could ask CWS for assistance. Perhaps proposing a sheltered feeding station at the park… that would be ideal! It’s just next to the interchange… but I know how difficult it will be to get approval for that…. given the run-around and then getting some standard reply… sigh!

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Sick of Town Council officers

It’s almost 3 weeks and I should have replied. They didn’t give a deadline this time but I know it’s one week…

Will have to do it one of these days…

The complaint is about defecation in front of a certain unit on the 11th floor and the complainant suspects that the cat belongs to either one of two units on the 5th floor.

I asked Sylvia ( who is feeding the cats in Area 3) to check it out first and then we will see the complainant together if necessary.

I know Sylvia is the very conscientious kind and she actually went there every day either morning or late at night. She tells me the area is very clean, no smell at all and no cat sighted… for almost 3 weeks!!! No cats seen at the two units on the 5th floor and the community cats don’t go up.

The officer could have simply checked with the cleaners, to make sure it’s not a made-up complaint before contacting CWS!

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Tommy getting worse

Enema produced 2 small lumps of poo and lots of liquid and some foamy vomit. Now sitting hunched over the water bowl… not a good sign I think. His urine is bright yellow. Will bring him to Dr. Brian tomorrow… Thanks goodness for Dr Brien, he is taking good care of Pretty and made me so welcome… letting me stay on when he was still doing surgeries after closing hrs . I have confidence that Pretty will recover but worry greatly about Tommy!

*Dr Brian is always so gentle and soft-spoken but I know he will probably change once business is thriving… but nowadays I just take people as they are… without any expectation…. everybody changes! The more highly you think of someone the greater you will be disappointed later!

Quite tired of this life…too long…seen too much.. body and mind are sooo very tired but I am in a catch and can’t even wish to be released… because that would mean leaving the cats in a lurch… sigh!

My late fathers words come to mind very often… “Das Leben ist ein Kampf von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute” (Life is a struggle from the first to the last minute)

* No offence was intended! This sentence was never meant to be taken literally! Thought that it was clear from the rest of the post that this was just a (perhaps poorly worded) way of hinting at frustrating past experiences of people starting out idealistically but then change after becoming successful. Sadly this happens too often…

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Some improvement

Vet said less darting of her eyes today… which is a good sign. She seems more sleepy, not trying to get up today… purring constantly.

Pretty recognizes me and her ears will move when I ring the little fishing bells.

I think she had never missed a feeding although not very hungry… just pretending πŸ™‚ When I come back to clear the plate there is still much left but then she will come running again and eat some more… always had to make a third round to finally clear her plate…. and she likes wet food only. I think she mostly wanted the attention…

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Smily in her new home

Update from adopter:

Storm

“Smily settling in well, her favorite spot now is the kitchen haha.
She is pawing massaging the kitchen floor – cleaning it for me? lol”

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Beautiful

Beautiful Oil Painting

of a Beautiful Cat

This clumping litter is really very good! Clumps much better than the clay type and no mess! I am not sure what it is made of and how environment-friendly it is…

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30% chance of full recovery

Pretty is not paralyzed. She will lift her back when stroked and also did some vigorous kneading with her front paws. However, she is unable to get up because of the brain damage. Dr. Brian said there is a 30% chance of full recovery. She seems to be able to see and hear… but eyes can’t focus.

Dr Brian also advised me to bring in Tommy, to have him on drip “to flush the system”. I have not decided yet… but am worried that he has taken a turn for the worse… not eating and vomiting. Could he be constipated, like Frostie? No poo for several days and only one small piece yesterday.

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Blind Cat needs home

Blind Cat

Blind stray cat needs a home. The cat eyes look normal not cloudy, no discharge, you would not know it is blind if not told about it. I learned from the cat feeder “Cat Uncle” he been feeding the cat for more than a year since cat abandoned. The cat was initially half-blind said Cat Uncle. Gradually the cat became completely blind. I am surprised how the cat survived in the back alley for long time despite its total blindness. It cannot run from predator for sure, as when I as a stranger approached it, it seems lost direction don’t know where am I at. My worried is other stray cats or wild dogs attacking this blind cat, or worse … human (the biggest predator of them all) … animal abuser or mischievous children harming it. I hope someone can rescue this cat for its safety.

Cattery is not a solution as this cat will live with more than a dozen cats confined in the cattery. Cattery workers busy no time, would not give the blind cat individual care whether it eating well or not, stressed or not, also if it get beat up by other cats – it cannot fight or run away as it is blind and cattery workers not there all the time to look after this cat. Blind cat need special personal individual care that is why I hope someone can bring it home for adoption.

Due to its blindness, I noticed it stayed within its comfort zone (territory) and not wandering around. If living in home it probably will stay put in one room and don’t roam further.

Please help find the stray blind cat a home. Thank you.

Warm regards,
Aminah Bee.

Please leave a comment if you are able to give this blind cat a home. She is tame and friendly.

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Pretty has brain haemorrhage

From Metta Cats:

From a Yishun’s caregiver,

8.50am, sms from Morna
“Cleaner alerted me 2 an injured cat hit by car, blood fm eyes n half
paralysis. Old woman feeder said no $ just leave it there…sigh.. I
brought 2 my house, Have 2 bring 2 vet later:-(“

5th June 2010, 1pm
Morna Tan
“Cat is now warded at Acacia Vet. She has brain haemorrhage believed to be from a hard knock from vehicle or maybe from abuse. Doctor said to tell whether a full recovery is possible depends on how she fares the next 5 days, let’s pray…”

Helga:
“Injured cat is called Pretty. Pretty is a very sweet-natured cat. “

Had a shock when reading this on Facebook… but I am thankful that she was brought to a vet! By the time I found out which vet the clinic was already closed (4pm on sat)… sigh! She may have been comforted to see a familiar face…
Please send prayers for Pretty!

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Tommy

Tommy lost his appetite again…back to syringe feeding and probably bring him to the vet again on Monday. Noticed some scraped skin on both his ears… strange.

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Found a feather

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Smily

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New Female “Smily”

What kind of people could have the heart to throw a cat like Smily out into the street??? So sweet the way she stood up to touch my hand πŸ™‚ Smily looks like a British Shorthair-X… the shape of the face… her smile.

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New male in Area 1

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June 3, 2010 · 1:01 pm

Jacky found and returned

Made a few rounds on the bicycle then walked the multi-storey car park then found him under a lorry in front of the car park.

Saw another newly abandoned female at *25 just now… sigh!

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Jacky has been sighted

Feeder F saw Jacky who had been missing for a month… this time at the other end of the bus interchange. He was frightened and very hungry… hope to be able to bring him back once again.

This is really very puzzling! If pest controllers trapped him I would not expect them to release him at the same area as the first time. Did he perhaps hide in a lorry to get away from King who still bullies him… then went in the same lorry to the same place? Guess we will never know…

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