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)



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


For any enquiries, please contact NUS Cat Cafe at

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

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
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




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,


Hope to see you there! :)


NUS Cat Cafe First Meeting!

Posted onAugust 26, 2013 
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Dear all interested members,

Please note that NUS Cat Cafe will be conducting the first meeting this week on 30 August 2013. Details of the meeting is as follows:


Title: Let’s Meet the Resident Cats! 

Date: 30 August 2013 (Friday)

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Meeting Venue: Arts Canteen (The Deck), in front of the Yong Tau Foo stall

Description: An informal meeting to greet the Arts resident cats, Hansel, Crumbs and New New (at AS4, Department of Psychology) as we explain in detail what NUS Cat Cafe does! Planning for the next event, NUS Cat Walk (tentative date 20 Sept 2013) commences.


To sign up, please complete a short form here


Look forward to seeing you! :)

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