Dear fellow animal lovers,
Here’s a recap/highlight of what happened at the NUS Cat Talk, organized by NUS Cat Cafe, on 20 March 2013 (Wed). This workshop is centred around the theme – Caring for the Stray Community, where we hope to educate NUS staff and students, including our own Cat Cafe committee members, on how they can better react and help the stray cats when dealing with an incident.
The workshop started off with NUS Cat Cafe giving an introduction on the campus cats in the various faculties as well as the management system, known as Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) adopted in NUS, to manage the cats’ population size and any complaints that arises.
Teen Li, from NUS Cat Cafe, introducing the campus cats
Our first external speaker to present is Veron Lau, president of Cat Welfare Society (CWS) , sharing about the cat management system in Singapore. CWS is a charity that aims to promote a humane, responsible and informed society in Singapore where cats are cared for responsibly as pets and treated with kindness as community cats.
In this session, an overview of Singapore’s cat welfare ecosystem was presented. Veron also shared with us some of the cases they have personally dealt with and resolved and one key take-away is the brilliant and harmless ‘tricks’ to keep cats away from potential issues, including natural cat repellents such as white vinegar, lemon pulp and peppers. We’re also glad to learn that CWS has been making excellent progress over the years in reducing the number of cats put to sleep (PTS)!
During the Q&A session, various questions were raised, such as cats’ adoption and Singapore’s law enforcement towards cats’ abandonment.
Veron, from Cat Welfare Society (CWS), presenting on cat management system in Singapore
Here you go…
In the third session, Elaine Chiam, from Love Kuching Project , has decided to do without the conventional powerpoint slides, but instead deliver her presentation with just the whiteboard and markers, and not forgetting with many laughter as well! Presenting along with Elaine is Cookie, a shy but sweet male cat rescued from a construction site! 😀
Elaine (and Cookie) presenting in the third session!
Shy Cookie during presentation 😛
Elaine started with by ‘drawing’ a mindmap to illustrate the possible actions we can take when dealing with an injured or dead cat. Several grooming tips were also shared. As the presentation proceeds into the Q&A session, many more doubts and topics were raised, including resolving cats’ fights, female cats’ in heat, cat’s bahaviour and many many more! It was indeed a fruitful and exciting session that many of us enjoyed and benefited from!
What do you do when you see an injured or dead cat?
So now you know! 🙂
Mindmap towards the end of the presentation!
Last but not least, Dr Grace Heng, (from The Joyous Vet), shared with the audience her vast medical knowledge, on some of the common diseases faced by the stray cats, such as cat fight wounds, cat flu, viral diseases and old age diseases! Basic kitten care were also introduced, including the recommended vaccine against viruses that have no cure! Not forgetting about the Q&A session, many of us made good use of this precious opportunity to raise any doubts we have with our certified vet!
Dr Grace sharing about the common diseases and wound tending
Wait, that’s not the end of the workshop yet! Even though the sharing by our external speakers had concluded, some of us were still around to interact with the speakers and Cookie of course!
Interacting with the speakers
Overall, it was definitely an enriching sharing session by our experienced external speakers, for the 30 of us present! NUS Cat Cafe would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to the speakers for taking time off their busy schedule to come to NUS to deliver this workshop. We would also like to thank the audiences for joining us at the event and showing support towards NUS Cat Cafe’s inaugural workshop! Without the passionate speakers and audiences, this event would not have been possible! 😀
We hope everyone has enjoyed the workshop – Caring for the Stray Community, and do feel free to email NUS Cat Cafe or leave us a comment at our blog/ Facebook group should you have any feedback!
Once again, thank you and have a great week ahead!
Cheers, from NUS Cat Cafe Management Committee