Notice put up in UTown to deter rogue feeders

Posted onJune 3, 2014 
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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

NUS Cat Talk (16 October 2013) Summary

Posted onDecember 24, 2013 
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Dear fellow animal lovers,

Here’s a summary of the NUS Cat Talk, organized by NUS Cat Cafe, on 16 October 2013 (Wed). This workshop is centred around the theme – Cat Communication 101, where we hope to educate NUS staff and students, including our own Cat Cafe committee members, on understanding what a cat is trying to express and how to react to it.

First off, Kevin from NUS Cat Cafe gave a brief history and introduction of the campus cats. He talked about the initial overpopulation of cats in school which led to the setup of NUS Cat Cafe. He also described a few cases that Cat Cafe has managed.

Kevin from NUS Cat Cafe kickstarting Cat Communication 101

 

Moving on, our first external speaker was Elaine Chiam, from Love Kuching Project , who delivered an animated presentation with just  markers and mahjong paper, instead of the conventional PowerPoint slides. Elaine started off by introducing how a cat behaves when it is scared and stressed and how it differs from the behaviour of a happy and relaxed cat. She brought along Girlie, a shy female cat, to present alongside her.

A shy Girlie

Being animated helps the audience to understand better

Elaine demonstrating her artistry

Shy but not camera shy Girlie

 

Next, Elaine also talked about how to identify and differentiate between cats that are fighting or just playing, as well as how to break up a fight between cats. Elaine elaborated by using her personal experience with two of her cats at home.

Elaine acting out on how cats interact

Audience enjoying the informative session

 

Following that, Elaine moved on to the broader topic of cats’ stress levels and how it is linked to their overall welfare. She taught the audience two methods to relax a cat: communication, massage and using flower essences. She ended with a demonstration of a massage and usage of flower essences on Girlie, who was initially stressed but calmed down afterwards.

Demonstrating the use of flower essences and massage for cat relaxation

Looking at the bottle of flower essences

Look how photogenic Girlie is

Relaxed Girlie

 

The second speaker was Dr Shannon Heo, our very own campus vet. She taught us how to tell if a cat is sick, which is to observe and take notice of any abnormal behaviour.

Dr Shannon giving advice on identifying and dealing with sick cats

Demonstrating how a cat would arch its back

 

Dr Heo shared with us the case study of her cat Sophie, in which early detection eventually helped to give Sophie a better quality of life.

Dr Shannon is not just a vet, but also a proud pet owner

 

She also shared tips with us about handling and monitoring your cat’s health and answered questions about tooth scaling, among other topics.

Sharing of ideas

Round of applause

 

Last but not least, the third and fourth speakers were Denise and Debra from Cat Welfare Society. They shared their personal experience with adopting cats and talked about training cats with simple commands such as sitting and responding to names. In addition, they gave tips on introducing cats to each other and recommended that cats be kept indoors. They also gave us an update about a pilot cat ownership project in Chong Pang.

Denise from Cat Welfare Society

Debra, also from Cat Welfare Society

A light hearted moment with audiences

Kevin concluding Cat Communication 101

Interacting with the speakers after the talk

Having pizza for dinner

Girlie, “Will you love me too?”

Just relaxing after the talk

 

Overall, this has been a very interesting and informative talk. We would like to thank the speakers who have taken the time to deliver this talk, as well as the audience, who made this event a success. We hope everyone has enjoyed the workshop, and please feel free to email NUS Cat Cafe or leave us a comment at our blog or Facebook group should you have any queries!  See you at the next Cat Talk! :)

- From the NUS Cat Cafe Management Committee (Many thanks to Edna and Venus for doing this wonderful post!)

 

And here’s a final picture of Girlie

NUS Cat Talk – Cats Communication 101 on 16 Oct 2013

Posted onSeptember 28, 2013 
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NUS Cat Talk is back this semester – with a different blast!

 

Have you wondered why do some cats walk with the tail raised straight? Do you want to find out how is the feline creature feeling? ‘Cats Communication 101′ might have the answers to your burning questions! Featuring speakers from Cats Welfare Society, Love Kuching Project and our very own NUS veterinarian, this workshop aims to help you to better understand your cats’ behaviour and to get along with them!

Title: NUS Cat Talk – Cats Communication 101

Date: 16 Oct 2013, Wednesday

Time: 630pm to 830pm

Venue: Yusof Ishak House (YIH), Training Room 2 (Level 1)

Fee: FREEEEEEE! :)

Speakers:

1. Dr. Shannon Heo, NUS

2. Ms Elaine Chiam, Love Kuching Project

3. Ms Debra Low and Ms Daphne Chew, Cats Welfare Society

 

Hurry and register today – Limited seats available! Register Here or tinyurl.com/NUSCatTalk2013

 

For any enquiries, please contact NUS Cat Cafe at nuscatcafe@gmail.com

Feel free to bring as many friends as you want! We look forward to meeting all of you!

 

NUS Cat Walk 2013 (Round Two)!

Posted onSeptember 6, 2013 
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Hey everybody!

NUS CatCafe will be organising yet another Cat Walk soon! We will be taking you to check out our resident cats, share their stories, and inform you about how to coexist with them happily on campus. Check out the details below!

Event objectives: To understand the campus cats’ lifestyle in NUS and how we can play a part in ensuring their interests

Date: Friday, 20 Sept 2013 (last day before Recess Week!)

Time: 7pm to 10pm

Meeting Point: The Deck (FASS Canteen), near Yong Tau Foo stall

Any Fees?: None at all! It’s FREE!

* Route to be taken will be shared at a later date

Sign up now at tinyurl.com/nuscatwalk2013

Once again, the signups are first-come-first-served (We don’t want to scare our cats away with too large a group :3 ).

We will inform you closer to the date if you’ve been successful!

 

For any enquiries, please email us at nuscatcafe@gmail.com
See you soon! :3

NUS Cat Cafe Second Meeting

Posted onSeptember 1, 2013 
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Hi all,

Hope  you had fun meeting our resident cats during the first meeting! :)

 

Details of our second meeting is as follows!

Date: 2 September 2013 (Mon)
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Student Lounge, Level 4, Yusof Ishak House

 

Agenda:

 

1. Cat Walk (happening in Week 6)
- Finalize route, planning duty personnel

 

2. Cat Talk (happening in Week 9)
- Decide on theme
- Choose guest speaker
- Decide on location and timing of workshop
- Refreshment
- Any other ideas you may have

 

For any enquiries, nuscatcafe@gmail.com

 

Hope to see you there! :)

 

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