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.
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.
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.
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.
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!