NUS CatCafe

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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

December 24, 2013
by kyliekohwy
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NUS Cat Talk (16 October 2013) Summary

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