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October 16, 2014
by jinhuan
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NUS Cat Talk: Seeing Like a Cat (14 Oct 2014)

The third NUS Cat Talk organized by NUS Cat Cafe was successfully held on 14 October 2014. The theme for this Cat Talk is “Seeing like a Cat- Cats in our urban environment” where we aim to educate participants about the general behaviour of cats, as well as how they adapt to various living environments such as within housing estates.

Our first speaker was Mr. Siva from the department of Biological Sciences in NUS. He gave a very informative and interesting presentation on various research projects carried out by students which he supervised involving the study of cat activity, followed by an insight to how his own cats interact with each other and with humans in a household setting. He also educated the participants on the key behavioral characteristics of cats and introduced the Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) program which aims to manage cat communities, in order to reduce incidents which may lead to cat culling.

Mr. Siva sharing about his own cats

Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage program

Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage program

The next speaker was Ms Rebecca Ho from LingCat Feline Services who shared with us her personal experience as a cat lover who persisted to promote the welfare of community cats despite a lack of resources since a young age of 14. She emphasized that the common impression that people usually have about cat shelters is untrue, convincing the participants that cats get to enjoy a better quality of life living outside as compared to being confined to a small space. She also mentioned the phenomenon of cat hoarding, where people adopt multiple cats and keep them as pets in their household, and explained that it is not beneficial to the cats as their living standards may be compromised. A brief and well-rounded description was provided to show the various aspects that determine the general well-being of a cat.

Ms. Rebecca Ho enthusiastically sharing her personal experience

Ms. Rebecca Ho enthusiastically sharing her personal experience

How you think a Cat Shelter looks like

How you think a Cat Shelter looks like

 

How it really looks like

How it really looks like

Our third speaker, Mr Samuel Isaac Chua from Neko No Niwa (Cat Café), spoke about the rising trend of cat cafes and the factors that encouraged him to set up the very first cat café in Singapore. He shared that the cat cafes served as a new home to the adopted cats for them to be well taken care of in a loving environment.

Mr. Samuel Isaac Chua from Cat Café Neko No Niwa speaking about the recent trend of cat cafes

Mr. Samuel Isaac Chua from Cat Café Neko No Niwa speaking about the recent trend of cat cafes

Finally, this session of Cat Talk was concluded with a short presentation by Kevin, the project director of NUS Cat Café. He introduced the campus cats that are currently under the care and management of NUS Cat Café, debunking the common misconceptions that people might have about community cats using them as examples.

Kevin with our lovely campus cats!

Kevin with our lovely campus cats!

Cat pouncer toys and calendars for sale during the event

Cat pouncer toys and calendars for sale during the event

We have enjoyed this event very much and we would like to thank the speakers for their informative and enthusiastic presentations, as well as all the participants who took the time to join us!

 

 

October 2, 2014
by jiaen
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Cat Talk 2014: Seeing Like a Cat

Cat Talk 2014- Seeing Like a Cat

UPDATE: Registration closes tomorrow (12 Oct, Sunday), so come sign up! Also, we would be selling food-grade silicone cat pouncer toys at $12 each on the day itself, with $6 going to the NUS CatCafe fund for each toy sold. Limited quantity, and perfect for those with cats!

Cat Talk 2014 is back, and the theme for the third installment is Seeing Like a Cat: Cats in our Urban Environment. We’ll be having 3 speakers to present on various cat-related topics, and it’s for everyone, whether you’re from NUS or not, or a cat lover, or even just someone curious to learn more about cats in general. This event would also be a chance to interact with NUS CatCafe members as well, so do come down to attend!

Speakers:
1) Mr. Sivasothi N. from Department of Biological Sciences, NUS, on the topic “Cats: A wild carnivore on our streets”

2) Ms. Rebecca Ho from Lingcat Feline Services, on cat myths and creating the ideal environment for indoor cats

3)Mr. Samuel Isaac Chua from Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa, on Singapore’s cat cafe scene and the challenges of running one

Details:
Date: 14 October 2014 (Tue)
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm (registration starts at 6.15pm)
Venue: University Town, Town Plaza, Level 2, Seminar Room 9
Registration Fee: FREE

Do sign up at tinyurl.com/nusCatTalk2014, and we hope to see you there!

August 30, 2014
by kevinkucinta
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Trapping of Marie and Einstein in Science – Success!

On Wednesday 27th Aug 2014, at about 8pm, our trapper came down with a friend from CWS assisting to trap our new Science cats. Unfortunately, over the weekend Maxwell disappeared. Marie and Einstein were still around nonetheless, Marie continuing to be over-friendly to passers-by while Einstein mews away safely concealed in the bushes.

Without too much trouble, both cats were trapped successfully! Marie was enticed with food into a carrier very quickly, while Einstein was caught with a pressure-release trap, all under the supervision of two of our feeders, and with the assistance of a CWS member. They were sent to a vet the next day for sterilisation.

On Saturday, 30th August 2014, at 2.30pm, our trapper returned with Marie and Einstein sterilised. Marie turned out unsurprisingly to be in heat when we sent her for the surgery. In normal cases, this would increase the cost of sterilisation a fair amount, but thanks to CWS, the two sterilisations this time were free of charge.

Nonetheless, we do have a bill for the trapping/transportation, as well as the 2 days of boarding for the recovering cats, which amounts to $90.00 (The bill is attached below). We’ll put up an appeal for this on our Facebook, with a running tally of amounts donated until the full amount is attained, whereby the appeal will be closed.

Spaying of Marie and Einstein (27-Aug-14)

If you’d like to donate, please do a bank transfer to  DBS Savings Plus Account: 063-4-016081, and email us at nuscatcafe@gmail.com with your Name, Amount Donated and Date of Donation, so that we can acknowledge it. Thank you!

August 1, 2014
by kevinkucinta
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Calvin found by OCS trapped on SRC parapet, rescued by SPCA

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Office of Campus Security (OCS) works with us, notifying us of any incidents regarding cats on campus.

On Thursday, 31 July 2014, at 7pm, we received a call from Mr. Sam from Office of Campus Security. A cat was discovered trapped along a parapet behind a glass barrier on UTown Stephen Riady Centre Level 3. The cat was described to be dark in colour and shivering. They were looking for assistance to rescue the cat.

OCS did not have the adequate tools nor experience with such a rescue, so they contacted Office of Facilities Management and Pest Control, but with the explicit purpose of rescuing and relocating the cat, not to put it down. OCS also made it clear that noone is allowed to climb over the barrier for the safety of everyone.
Sabrina was contacted to assist. Upon arrival, Sabrina recognised the cat as Calvin, who disappeared about a month ago. Calvin looked visibly skinny, dehydrated, and very scared.
At 9.30pm, there was still no response from pest control or OFM. With OCS’ support, Sabrina contacted SPCA’s 24-hour Rescue Hotline (62875355 ext 9). They have the equipment needed for, and the experience with this sort of rescue.
At 10.30pm, SPCA personnel arrived. With their assistance, they managed to rescue “Calvin” by bringing her over the barrier with a catchpole. However, once she was safely over the barrier, she managed to struggle free and ran off into the bushes. At the least, she is able to seek safety and shelter now.
We will be working with the UTown feeders to try to relocate Calvin back to her family and usual feeding spot. We will try to get her back into good shape as well. I’m sure she misses her family, and will be happy to get back to her normal life.

On behalf of our campus cats, we thank OCS for all their effort and assistance in this incident. A big thank you to Sam, Michael, and the other OCS staff who were there as well. We appreciate that they all went above and beyond their duties to save a life.

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This incident has shown us that campus staff do care for the welfare of animals as well. With their help, we have more assistance to ensure the good welfare and management of the cats.

That being said, this incident also highlights the worries we face during the semester breaks. With less manpower available, and less volunteers present, it is difficult to keep track of our campus cats as much. In Business/Computing, Princess is still reportedly missing, and in Science Roxy is still unsterilised and at large. There have been reports of a new tuxedo cat in the Arts area too, near Hansel/Crumbs.

If you spot any cats on campus, do let us know via email or Facebook, even if you think we know about it. Chances are, it could possibly be a new cat and we need to manage its presence. Your help and contribution means a lot to us, no matter how big or small.

Contact us at nuscatcafe@gmail.com for any enquiries.

June 3, 2014
by kevinkucinta
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Notice put up in UTown to deter rogue feeders

Today, we have put up a notice near the feeding point of the UTown cats to deter rogue feeders from irresponsible feeding. UTown Management Office has supported us in this in order to reduce the mess that these rogue feeders have caused. Even as we put up this poster, two slices of bread were found on the metal grille close by, unreachable to us. The two slices of bread were already rotten and covered in mould, leaving an ugly sight.

Near the end of last semester, there have been a few incidents of rogue feeding for the UTown cats. Most of these were incidents where people have fed the cats inappropriate foods or inappropriate amounts of food, and the end-results were photographed. Irresponsible feeding has repercussions, not just on the cats they were intended to do good for, but also for human users of the area.

a) Milk intended for human consumption should not ever be fed to cats. Once fully grown, cats are lactose intolerant, and can fall ill consuming milk with lactose in it

b) Fried foods and other foods intended for humans should not be fed to cats. Foods with bones, such as fish, should also not be fed, as these contain bones that could choke or hurt the cats if swallowed.

c) Uncleared food, regardless cat food or not, will attract pests eventually. Ants are the main pests, and can be attracted to food very quickly, especially wet foods. Food covered in ants will not be eaten by the cats, resulting in an unsightly mess. This act is also considered littering, and can have consequences if attributed to a perpetrator.

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Food intended for purely human consumption should never be fed to community cats.

Occasionally, you may have walked past a community cat and wondered if it was hungry. You might be then inclined to go purchase some food from a nearby food stall and leave it behind, thinking you’ve done a good deed for a hungry stray animal. This action, however, actually does more harm than good.

Many passers-by take pity on our community cats and leave food behind for them. These foods tend to be made for human consumption only, but some people think it is okay for cats too. However, there are in fact unhealthy substances in them that will harm and possibly even kill cats.

Cooking oil is generally bad for cats, as is the relatively high levels of sodium in our human cooked foods. Some foods like onions, garlics, chives, chocolate are toxic for cats. Even dog food is sometimes unhealthy for cats. In the future, unless you are sure that what you intend to feed them is perfectly safe, do not feed any stray animals.

 

For further information or enquiries, email us at nuscatcafe@gmail.com