Make a regular donation with us.

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Our rainy-day fund for our 30 cats is shrinking, and we need more money to care for our cats, who are getting old. Here’s how you can help.


This is Minerva, from Hall 15. The black kitty – who enjoys the safety of Hall 15′s enclosed spaces – is often called ‘meow meow’ by its regular caretaker, a cleaner in Hall 15.

Since AY14/15, NTU Cat Management Network has reached out to these regular caretakers, the invisible heroes who take care of the little kitties we can barely reach. 

Every time our volunteers come to them, they’ll share stories of the not so distant past, of sick cats; of cat abusers who left cats severely injured; of the times they needed to raise funds to help these cats – cats that were, at some point, under the purview of Main Committees and faculty advisors past, that we’ve gone door to door to raise funds for, sometimes successfully, mostly not.

It isn’t easy to run a cat welfare organisation. In recent weeks, our mother cat the Cat Welfare Society conducted a fundraiser which nearly failed to meet its target, despite their work for cats on the national level and their Institute of Public Character status.

We have been in NTU for 11 years now. For the last two, we have been conducting an aggressive publicity and advocacy campaign; revamping our club webpage, increasing our presence on social media, and pushing for greater visibility on campus – so we can reach out to hall residents and NTU students and educate them about what to do with our hall cats.

These efforts have paid off – we have received sponsorship offers, most notably by Silversky – and we have received a lot of help from students and hall residents, who adore our cats more than ever.

But we still need your help. Awareness and visibility isn’t enough – we still need to be able to fund our vet expenses and food bills.

Here are three reasons why you should make a regular donation with us: 


Our kitties depend on a very limited budget of around $250.00 per month on an estimated 168kg of wet food and 20kg of dry food. 

Even with our current food choices, which barely meet the cats’ nutritional needs, we will still spend over $504.00 on food. (A few assumptions are made here – that we spend $1.09 on a 400g can of Angel cat food, which can feed 2 cats in a day, and $63.00 on 20kg of dry food)


We’ve managed to get by in the past due to the kind assistance of several dedicated volunteers, residents and cleaning aunties, who offer to donate or use their own food during their feeding rounds.

Our volunteers have reached out to these caretakers that perennially take care of cats like Minerva alongside our regular volunteer feeders, and offered to sponsor them the cat food they need.

We do this for a very simple reason: we should be the ones enabling them to love our campus cats, because that is our common vision. We cannot simply dump the cats to their care.

So we need your help. 

We need to raise a total of $254.00 per month so that we can ease the burden on these caretakers. If we raise more, we will be able to increase the nutritional quality of our food as well.


We spent a total of $5,685.00 for AY14/15 for 13 vet bills – an average of $473.75 per month, or $405.28 per visit

Most of them were for cats that were, on average, more than 7 years old – 3 years more than the average age of cats in Singapore.

Charlie, Robbie, Midnight and Champion contributed to nearly half of these visits, and both Robbie and Midnight are more than 11 years old.

The NTU cat population – a mature TNRM estate, in cat management terms – is ageing. With that comes a set of completely different problems we will have to deal with – chronic illnesses being the most prevalent. 


Incidentally, Charlie, Robbie, Midnight and Champion are the first four cats to need a vet visit at the start of AY 15/16. Midnight needs long-term medication, and she has just incurred another $152.00 from a recent vet visit (above) last Thursday (Oct 8).

We need your help to maintain a good quality of life for our campus cats. 

By our calculations, we will require $380.00 per month (80% of our previous monthly spending in the last AY) for us to no longer depend heavily on ad-hoc fundraising campaigns. These will also ease the burden on our faculty advisors, who have been sponsoring much of the shortfall. 


Though none of the funds from your standing instructions pledged to us will go to Outreach, your donations will help us focus more of our efforts to public education and advocacy, as we will have more time and energy to put into educating on-campus faculty and residents about what we do for the campus cats – like events such as cat therapy for students and fundraisers for other cat rescue groups that need money more than we do. 

With your help, we get to do more, not just to care for our campus cats, but for the cats of Singapore too.

In short, what we need, and what we will get from your monthly standing instruction to us:

  • $254.00 to purchase better food – and provide a better quality of life – for our campus cats.
  • $380.00 (80% of last year’s monthly expenditure on vet bills) to provide assistance for chronic illnesses like kidney and liver failure, which require constant monitoring and medication
  • Financial assurance to our faculty advisors and vet partners that we can adequately pay our vet bills on time

We will need $634.00 per month to achieve our above goals.

So now you’ve heard why you should donate, here’s how you can make a standing order.

We now also accept ad-hoc cheque donations. Here’s how you can make one. 

FUNDRAISING POST: Champion, who suffers from persistent sores

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The Hall 10 and 11 cat has been suffering from wounds and sores on her ears and is now being fostered

Champion was brought to the vet last Tuesday (Sep 22).


It wasn’t easy for us, though – we took quite a while to trap her and get her to be calm in the cat carrier. Turns out food did the trick.


The vet suspected an allergic reaction, as there were no mites or fleas on Champion’s ears. This also explains why she didn’t respond very well to Revolution, an anti-flea and tick medication.

Champion was given a steroid jab and antibiotics, and recommended that she be kept under foster care.


She is currently in the hands of Asst Prof Jesse Thompson (above), a sculptor/painter/drawer/storyteller from New Jersey – and a new professor at ADM. Prof Thompson will give Champion an allergen-free diet, and monitor her wounds for any complications.

So far, Champion has been responding well to the medication, and we hope to see a full recovery!

We need to raise $95.90 for Champion’s recovery, however.

To donate to Champion’s recovery, simply do the following:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at

Your email will be logged into our mailing list, where we will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network. You may choose to unsubscribe from the mailing list if you like.

2) After contacting Shao Yu, transfer your desired amount into OCBC Frank 5374-0519-3001, Shao Yu

This can be done via Internet Banking or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine. We do not accept cheque donations.

3) Once we have received the transfer, we will send you an electronic acknowledgement. A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

Midnight is back – but we still need your help.

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But we still need your help for her medication – she might need medicine for the rest of her life.


Midnight returned to Hall 10 and 11 last Tuesday (Sep 22) after a very long stay at Love Kuching Project for her ulcer, which had worsened after a fight with Charlie.

There were a few conditions to her release, however. She has to be on ¼ tab of Amlodipine every day – and will be brought back to Vets for Pets for further checkup in 2 weeks. Midnight has high blood pressure, which combined with a high eye pressure would make her blind in the future.


Her eye, however, will permanently remain scarred, and though the vets hope that the condition will improve, her vision will probably be affected.

Her two more underlying problems – like kidney and liver issues – are currently still under control, but there is also the possibility (we have yet to confirm this) that Midnight might be FIV-positive. This would not complicate much – but it may become a problem later in her life.

So far, however, Midnight has been very much herself back at Hall 10 and 11, hiding in drains and generally being the feisty little queen that she is.


We need your help to foot Midnight’s vet bill for her consult at Vets for Pets, which cost $60. We will also need your help to donate for future vet expenses.

To help Midnight, simply do the following:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at

 Your email will be logged into our mailing list, where we will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network. You may choose to unsubscribe from the mailing list if you like.

2) After contacting Shao Yu, transfer your desired amount into OCBC Frank 5374-0519-3001, Shao Yu

This can be done via Internet Banking or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine. We do not accept cheque donations.

3) Once we have received the transfer, we will send you an electronic acknowledgement. A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

We’re changing our operating accounts.

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Our outgoing Financial Controller Yeo Bo Wen will officially hand over CMN’s accounts to incoming Financial Controller Shao Yu.


A year has passed – and NTU Cat Management Network has seen quite epic progress with our former Main Committee’s help. We’ve attended to many cases, and helped many of the campus cats.

One of the people who has helped the most is veteran Main Committee member Yeo Bo Wen. The final-year student has been Financial Controller/Treasurer for NTUCMN for 2 years now, and has managed the club accounts in an impeccable manner. 


Bo Wen will hand over the accounts to Shao Yu (above) – a Year 3 Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student. The duo, along with Denyse Chang Weili (below), a Year 1 Biological Sciences student, will be assisting in the club’s efforts, especially with our upcoming audit.


This, however, means slight changes to our donation procedures. 

For one, we will need to shift CMN’s main operating account to Shao Yu. We also want to keep in touch with our donors through regular newsletters and minor rewards.

We will also need to close Bo Wen’s account after funds have been transferred to our new operating account under Shao Yu’s name.

Our new operating account is OCBC Frank 5374-0519-3001 under Shao Yu.

To make an ad-hoc donation, simply do the following:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at 

Your email will be logged into our mailing list, where we will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network. You may choose to unsubscribe from the mailing list if you like.

2) After contacting Shao Yu,  transfer your desired amount into OCBC Frank 5374-0519-3001, Shao Yu

This can be done via Internet Banking or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine. 

We still do not accept cheque donations.

3) Once we have received the transfer, we will send you an electronic acknowledgement. A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

We would also like to invite donors to make a standing order of $10, $25, $50 or $100 to our account. Here’s how you can make a standing order.

Happy birthday to us!

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On this day, 11 years ago, NTU Cat Management Network was founded.


Sky-kun, a resident for nearly 11 years now

Here’s a piece of history – an article written in an old copy of The Mews, a publication of Cat Welfare Society, detailing how our founders – some of who are still active in NTUCMN – created the cat cafés that define our network today.


An excerpt from the two page article by Judith Lindley:

“Fourteen months ago my husband and I were fairly new residents on the campus. Looking at the residents’ noticeboards, I found a group of people with positive attitudes towards animals and one person who was listed as a cat supporter. I called, we met, and I got an earful of how unhappy some residents were with the animal control policies of our estate managers. I suggested that a cat cafe might be a solution.


In the first 2 months we managed to recruit a few dedicated student volunteers and got sympathetic coverage in campus newspaper interviews and a closed-circuit TV report. The core volunteers developed a members-only website as well as a public website, made craft items featuring pictures of the campus cats as well as freeware graphics (admin note: this was 2004) and arranged two exhibitions for the student-orientation period. These events allowed us to sell things and ask for contributions, but more important, recruited almost 20 volunteers.”

You can read the full article here.

The challenges that we face today are not very different from the challenges we had when we began – but the climate in NTU has changed. Hall residents have become more endeared to cats, and we are grateful to the halls who have incorporated their cats into hall culture, and care for our hall cats with us.

Still, we face instances where kind residents feed our hall cats things they should not be eating; and we still continue to mediate cases where residents are afraid of cats – a legitimate fear, no less – and request for us to relocate them. We have continued our efforts to reach out to residents and educate them on what they should and should not do with our hall cats – and involve them in the caring of our cats.

With your support, we have continued to take care of our cats, day and night. For as long as there are cats on campus, we will continue to care for them.

Thank you. 

FUNDRAISING APPEAL: Charlie from Hall 10/11 who has persistent stomatitis

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Charlie from Hall 10/11, was observed not eating her usual food although she eagerly came to the feeders each day. She was brought to the vet on the 24th August and was released on campus a few days ago.

As an FIV-positive cat, Charlie has a weak immune system and falls sick very easily. She has been in and out of the vet.


Her vet bill this time round stands at $173.10 and we need your help in raising funds. Help us donate by doing the following:

Step 1:

Contact our treasurer, Yeo Bo Wen, via email:

Step 2:

After contacting Bo Wen, transfer your desired amount into POSB Savings, 290-01839-0, Yeo Bo Wen (branch code 081)

This can be done via Internet Banking (if your bank allows it) or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine.

NOTE: we currently

do not accept cheque donations.

Step 3:

Our treasurer will contact you once we have received the transfer.

A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

FUNDRAISING CALL: Midnight, who has an ulcer in her eye

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We need funds for Midnight, a Hall 10/11 cat who has a deep corneal ulcer.

Midnight at Love Kuching Project, in Ginger’s old suite. 

Midnight, a Hall 10/11 cat, was found by our volunteer feeders on 19th July with a limp and greenish discharge on her right eye. We discovered that she had fought with Charlie, another Hall 10/11 cat, and had been bitten on her front right paw.

We brought Midnight to the vet three days later – having had a hard time trapping her – and the vet found that the feisty little queen had a deep corneal ulcer which had been terribly irritating her eye. The ulcer was caused by trauma before the fight – perhaps an earlier cat fight, given Midnight’s territorial nature.

We hospitalised Midnight for a week while applying topical antibiotics, and then when the situation did not improve, we sent Midnight to an eye specialist at Mount Pleasant. The specialist told us that the damage to the iris – including what was previously thought as heterochromia – was caused by the infection. Vision in her right eye will permanently be affected.

Midnight’s eye. The shiny dot in the middle is the size of the ulcer.

Further complicating the issue was Midnight’s liver and kidney problems – kidney failure is incurable, and it can only be treated by frequent fluid injections. Midnight also has hypertension, and both treatments require professionally trained fosterers and volunteers. 

Fortunately, we managed to find a space for Midnight at Love Kuching Project, and she was settled in Ginger’s old suite. She will eventually be released once her corneal ulcer heals, when she no longer needs a cone.

Midnight’s total bill this time round costs $345.00. 

We urgently need your help to spread the message and donate. Here’s how you can help Midnight: 

Step 1:

Contact our treasurer, Yeo Bo Wen, via email:

Step 2:

After contacting Bo Wen, transfer your desired amount into POSB Savings, 290-01839-0, Yeo Bo Wen (branch code 081)

This can be done via Internet Banking (if your bank allows it) or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine.

NOTE: we do not currently accept cheque donations.

Step 3:

Our treasurer will contact you once we have received the transfer.
A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

FUNDRAISING FOR VET BILLS: Robbie, the naughty Hall 2 cat who begged

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Robbie has seen better days.

Robbie, our hall 2 cat who frequents Can 2, was hospitalised at the vet in early April for suspected symptoms of jaundice and pancreatitis.

Our volunteer feeders had found Robbie at Can 2 in an extremely skinny condition, with dry skin. Robbie had been eating very well, however, but we suspected something was wrong.

When we were going to bring Robbie to the vet, we saw several students feeding him sardines which they purchased from the Giant nearby. Our volunteers have seen this many times when they go to Can 2 – students will feed Robbie, and Robbie will come back to Can 2, even though the diet he gets there is not exactly very healthy.

Robbie was diagnosed with pancreatitis, with a mass growing at the bile duct causing an obstruction. The mass was tested and deemed non-malignant, and the gall bladder and pancreas was rerouted to bypass the mass, as it would be hard to remove the mass. 

Robbie was still good old Robbie after the operation:

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Robbie is eating rather well now, after his surgery. He is slated to have his surgical staples removed on Saturday, and if all goes well, he will be released on Monday. #hall2 #ntucats We expect his bill to be quite… high.#cats #catsofinstagram #ntucmn #ntu #猫 #neko #rescue #communitycat

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We were incredibly lucky that Robbie did not suffer from a much more serious condition given his diet. 

NTU Cat Management Network would like to urge all students (and faculty) to not feed Robbie anything other than cat food. Do not feed him canned sardines, fried fish, or anything you think Robbie might like. We need to break his habit of begging.


Robbie incurred a total of $1,225.20. Robbie’s bill, along with Ginger’s, will set the club back an approximate $2,700, of which we are short of $1,700.

We URGENTLY need you to spread the message and donate. 

Ginger is now at Love Kuching Project

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Ginger from Hall 9, the cat with the superbug, was transferred to Love Kuching Project on Wednesday. 


Our secretary gives him the TLC he wants.

His wounds had refused to close even till now, and thus we made the decision to transfer him to Love Kuching Project, where he will get long-term care. Love Kuching Project recently moved to a new location at Joo Chiat, and we believe LKP will give him the best possible care.


Ginger’s wounds, on its lower torso. His wounds are not painful, but he is healing very slowly.

New cat Ginger taking a snooze after his supplement meal.

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The volunteers at Love Kuching adore Ginger and so do the vet staff!

Ginger’s bill came up to $1,437.90 (after discount), of which over $1,100 has been donated. We are currently short of $300, which we urgently need. This, on top of Robbie’s condition and Robbie’s bill (which we will post on a separate update), has strained our club’s finances.


Here’s how you can help us help Ginger:

Step 1:

Contact our treasurer, Yeo Bo Wen, via email:

Step 2:

After contacting Bo Wen, transfer your desired amount into POSB Savings, 290-01839-0, Yeo Bo Wen (branch code 081)

This can be done via Internet Banking (if your bank allows it) or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine.

NOTE: we do not currently accept cheque donations.

Step 3:

Our treasurer will contact you once we have received the transfer.
A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

Thank you!

NTUCMNxLove Kuching Project fundraiser

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NTUCMN is conducting a fundraiser for Love Kuching Project’s new cattery premises!

Love Kuching Project is a cat welfare and rescue group that has worked very closely with NTUCMN the past academic year. They have collaborated with us on talks, and helped us with fostering Bowie from the Administrative Building.

We want to help them this year – by conducting a fundraiser for Love Kuching Project’s new cattery. Elaine Chiam, president of Love Kuching Project, has already secured a new space – and hence NTUCMN’s fundraiser will focus on efforts to ‘cattify’ the space with vertical shelves for additional storage and space for cats to play on. 


Two types of IKEA shelves Love Kuching is proposing to install.

We are extremely grateful to what Elaine has done for NTU Cat Management Network this past semester, and we want to do what little we can as a student organisation to help Love Kuching Project.

We will be selling items like tote bags, notebooks and MacBook stickers:


For every $2 pledged, we will also invite you to leave a message on a card, which will be part of an art installation for LKP’s new space.

Help us make Love Kuching Project’s dream come true! Our fundraising booth will be open on 1st and 2nd April 2015, at the Linkway outside NTU Administration Building (near Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf). 

You can also preorder totebags and MacBook stickers here:

FUNDRAISING FOR VET BILLS: Ginger, the Hall 9 super cat with a superbug

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Our volunteers received reports of a Hall 9 ‘pregnant’ cat at the start of term – and we tracked down Ginger, which was then without a tipped ear. Ginger had an open wound on its belly, perhaps caused by a cat fight, and it was inflamed.


A check by the vet found that Ginger was actually a sterilised tomcat. The vet also found massive pus-filled soft tissue, which was removed through surgery.

During his stay at the vet the naughty little bugger actually forced his way into another cat’s holding cage! Ginger got flu-like symptoms as a result, and was taken into isolation.

Despite the best care at the vet, however, Ginger’s wound refused to heal. A bacterial culture test was performed and it was found that Ginger had a superbug, Staphylococcus, which is commonly found in soil, skin and mucous membranes of humans:


The wound was cleaned (again) and necrotic tissues were removed. Despite that, Ginger’s wound still refused to completely heal, and the wounds reopened when the suture was removed near Chinese New Year.

At the start of this month (2 March), one of Ginger’s smaller wounds was reinfected again, and had to be treated with another cycle of antibiotics and suturing. The situation seemed to take a turn for the better on 16 March, when his wounds had been fully closed. However, scabs fail to form on the wounds which have closed up and as a result, the skin epidermis have not healed.

The vet ruled out diabetes and FELV/FIV for Ginger’s slow healing condition. We are currently considering conducting a biopsy to check if it is a skin tumour, but this means an incision is needed which will face the same healing problem eventually.

We are currently in the unknown with Ginger right now. The vet bill currently stands at $1,200 due to Ginger’s long stay and several different treatments, of which around $650 has been paid.

We need you to help Ginger. Come to our booth this Wednesday and Thursday (1st and 2nd April) to donate to Ginger. We will have a donation box for Ginger alongside our fundraising merchandise with Love Kuching Project.

(NOTE: proceeds from our fundraising activities with Love Kuching Project will not go to NTUCMN. All proceeds from sales of merchandise will go to Love Kuching Project)

Additionally, if you cannot make it to NTU, here’s how you can help.

8 signs of sickness in cats

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by: Elaine Chiam, Love Kuching Project
done as a presentation for NTUCMN


We normally seek our gut instinct to determine if our hall cats – or our pet cats – are ill or in danger. But sometimes gut instinct might not be enough – cats can’t tell you if they feel sick or not, no matter how well you meow.

Here are eight signs of sickness in cats that can help recognise if a cat is injured or ill:

Behavioural changes


Cola, a cat from Hall 4. Cola is usually shy, and hides when she sees new visitors.

Cats are territorial and consistent animals. They may not be creatures of habit, but they are creatures that usually behave in a set manner. 

Behavioural changes can thus be relatively easily detected in a cat, provided if you know the cat well. If your hall’s cat is sleeping most of the time and you find it sleeping at your hall’s stairwell – provided it is where it usually sleeps – that would be normal behaviour. If, however, the cat is usually active and pacing around all the time – and you find it to be hiding and lethargic, there may be a problem.

Aggression may also be a clue. Sickness is weakness – and cats in nature would tend to hide such weaknesses by protecting itself against enemies and predators. Hence, a sick or injured cat may be more aggressive. If, for example, the cat is usually very shy or feral, then aggression may be a usual occurrence. 

The same would apply for hiding, shy cats – if a cat is usually shy, hiding may be part of its usual behaviour. Something will be wrong, however, if a cat that is usually friendly turns shy.

Third eyelid visible


Scooter, one of Love Kuching Project’s resident cats, in 2010. The white part is a visible third eyelid. (photo: Love Kuching Project)

The third eyelid, also known as the nictitating membrane, is present in certain animals, such as cats. When the third eyelid is visible on the inside corner of the eye, it is protruding, and a sign of sickness. The membrane will also be visible when the cat has undergone anaesthesia. 

In some cases, however, the third eyelid may also be visible when the cat is relaxed and resting; in these cases, the eyelid will come up when they are alert or are startled. 


Dehydration is another sign of illness. This often occurs when a cat is unable to eat or drink due to pain, especially in the mouth, or more serious illnesses, like kidney failure. 

The pinch test is used to determine if a cat is dehydrated. A healthy cat’s skin will go back to normal when the skin is pinched and released; but a dehydrated cat’s skin will remain ‘tented’:

Elaine demonstrates the pinch test on Molly, a cat suffering from liver problems and asthma.



Teo Heng, a sick cat which was a former resident at Love Kuching. Teo Heng suffered from flu, which caused severe conjunctivitis. (photo: Love Kuching Project)

Conjunctivitis is when the eye is inflamed and produces discharge. The discharge may be clear, or pus-life. It usually indicates cat flu, which can be dangerous for young kittens and senior cats – as well as those who are immunocompromised (like cats with FIV). 

Cats with cat flu will also sneeze and be feverish (warmer than the usual, with a temperature above 39.7 deg C)

Fur loss and itching


Valentine, a stray found at Yale-NUS College. The bald patches on her skin appear to be formed from stress grooming, but fur loss and itching may be caused by other reasons. (photo: NUS Cat Cafe)

Fur loss, presenting itself as bald patches of fur – coupled with scratches on those bald patches – may indicate a skin condition. Most common skin conditions include allergic flea dermatitis and mites; which can be cleared by Revolution – medication that destroys fleas and ear mites.



Ah Niu, a cat who suffered from a spinal fracture. Ah Niu could not walk or rest on his hind legs.

When a cat limps, this usually indicates an injury. It may have had a fall, or it may have had some sort of accident or trauma. Lameness can also come in the form of the cat dragging its hind legs; this may be caused by slight paralysis from a spinal injury.



Charlie, a Hall 11 cat, suffered from gum disease due to its FIV condition.

Drooling isn’t a usual sign of hunger for cats – but it is almost always a sign of gum disease. Gum disease includes decayed teeth, inflamed gums, or ulcerations in the mouth. 

Like humans, cats with bad teeth and gums will also have bad breath. Gum disease can be treated either with medication or surgery – but if the cat is immunocompromised (like Charlie, above), gum disease will be chronic and require long term medication.

Flesh wounds


Ginger, a cat from Hall 9, with a puncture wound.

Flesh wounds can look like open wounds or bleeding puncture wounds, swollen abscesses (looking like they are filled with pus) or large torn skin ‘holes’ in the cat skin, exposing flesh underneath.  A wound that is not tended to can turn into an abscess and if the abscess bursts, the cat’s skin will tear, requiring surgery. As such, it is important that a cat with an open wound be treated for its wound as soon as possible, to prevent the wound from getting infected and turning into a abscess.

Swollen lumps can indicate other illnesses as well, such as tumours and hernias.

Colour of gums

If a cat is close enough to you and allows you to touch its mouth, checking the colour of the gums is also a good indicator of disease. Abnormal gums that look pale, blue or yellow all indicate disease. 

Elaine demonstrates how to check the colour of a cat’s gums with Molly, the same cat as above.

Be vigilant when handling the cat around the mouth, however – if it has gum disease, the cat will feel pain and will retaliate. Be sure to hold it in a firm position – and ensure that it is relatively immobilised.

So, what do you do when a hall cat exhibits one (or more) of these symptoms?

Contact us, here
Email us at

If there’s no time, you can follow the procedures as stated here.

NTUCMN Semester 2 Extraordinary General Meeting

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The members of NTU Cat Management Network met on Monday (9 Feb) to discuss events that NTUCMN will be launching in the coming semester.

The meeting began with a recap of what we did in the past semester – our rescue operations, amidst others:

  • One major event that NTUCMN handled last month was Currie’s abuse case – the Hall 6 cat that went missing was found in Jurong West in a state of abuse, and adopted by its rescuer.
  • NTUCMN volunteers also created legacy training documents, such as adoption procedures and cat rescue standard operating procedures.
  • We also had a campus cat phototrip from 5-7 January; where we photographed 19 of our cats. This is, however, not the full number.
    • The photographs will be used to create posters that will be posted up on Hall noticeboards.

One of the posters to be produced

NTUCMN will also be organising a members-only talk, as well as our Inaugural Cat Talk, coupled with fundraising elements this semester.

Members-only talk with Love Kuching Project

Date: 28 February
Time: 1pm to 3pm
Location: Love Kuching Project foster space

The trip will allow our members who are currently taking care of our hall cats to learn more about cat rescue operations in a shelter, and the common and uncommon signs of illness in a hall cat.

Fundraising and our inaugural Cat Talk

NTUCMN will also launch its inaugural Cat Talk and its first fundraising event on the week of 30 March to 2 April – something that we hope will be held every year. TED for cats, anyone?

This year’s Cat Talk will be on social media and cat advocacy – and we have invited several of the big cats.

Details of the talk will be confirmed at a later date.

The meeting also saw the election of four new members into the main committee:

Publicity and Publications Secretary: Cherie Soh
Business and Events Manager: Teo Kai Ann
Operations Manager: Huang Xiaomei
Finance and Administration Secretary: Leanna Emmanuel

Midnight, a Hall 11 cat suffering from kidney failure

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Midnight is a eight-year-old cat that we suspected of having kidney and liver problems. Our rescuers observed symptoms which seemed like jaundice during the December term break last year. Though it was later determined to be benign heterochromia, blood tests at Vets for Pets showed that she had very poor kidney function indicating early stages of chronic renal failure.


Slight heterochromia, determined to be benign. The green discharge is the result of a stain, which showed an increased discharge common of sinus issues

She was recommended a frequent dose of fluids, but as she is a stray cat, we had to temporarily release her back to Hall 11; we got her back to the clinic three days later for fluid therapy.

Kidney failure is incurable, and it can only be treated by frequent fluid injections. Midnight also has hypertension, and both treatments require professionally trained fosterers and volunteers. 


Midnight’s bill of $239.60 was eventually paid by an internal donor, and she is currently residing there. Our volunteers are currently closely monitoring the situation, and we will transfer her to a suitable fosterer if necessary.

Our Adoptions Policy

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From time to time, NTUCMN will receive calls from students or the campus administration reporting to us about kittens on campus. Other times our cats on campus may contract a chronic illness, and given the campus’ maturing cat population, there will be more cats – like Charlie from Hall 11 – that will require adequate care.

One of our goals is to ensure that cats in our care will enjoy an environment safe from harm, and we will, depending on the situation, put our cats up for adoption. Cats put up for adoption will usually come in these categories:

  1. Kittens found on campus but are too old to be taken in by partner organisations
  2. Kittens born from pregnant female strays trapped during our TNR programs. (Unlike other cat rescue organisations, NTUCMN takes a ‘pro-life’ stance with pregnant strays and will not abort a pregnant cat.)
  3. Cats that are in the early stages of a chronic condition and/or are unsuitable for a life outdoors (like Currie/Genesis, a victim of abuse)

Anyone wishing to adopt a cat from NTUCMN first completes an adopter’s questionnaire.

Depending on the response to this and on the needs of the cat, visits to your home may be arranged; in addition, we may also invite you to visit the cat along with us. 

If you wish to adopt a cat, please contact our main committee members via email.

CALL FOR DONATIONS: Charlie, a Hall 11 cat stricken with FIV-related infection

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Update: Charlie’s fundraising goal has been reached. Thank you!

Charlie, a hall 11 cat, was discovered to be ill and weak on the 25th of October 2014. Charlie had previously tested positive for FIV, and as she was drooling excessively, we decided to bring her to Vets for Pets on the 26th of October. 


Charlie seemed to be eating fine, but her swollen gums were a cause for concern. We decided to leave her at Vets for Pets for further observation. Tests confirmed that she had mouth ulcers secondary to FIV infection, and the vet suggested extracting all her molars and premolars, leaving the canines and incisors because the molars often harbor the most significant amount of bacteria, aggravating the ulceration. As removing molars helps 80% of FIV-positive cats resolve chronic mouth infections, we decided to proceed with the operation.

At the vet, Charlie went through quite a few complications – a heart attack, but she has since recovered. She was a lot more active a day after the procedure and she is now coping well with the loss of teeth. She was discharged on Monday, 3rd November, and is being temporarily kept indoors in the evenings.


The total for Charlie’s treatment was $860.40 (as can be seen from above) and we have managed to raise $630.20 in total through an internal fundraiser. We are still looking to raise another $230.20!

Here’s how you can donate:

Step 1:

Contact our treasurer, Yeo Bo Wen, via email:

Step 2:

After contacting Bo Wen, transfer your desired amount into POSB Savings, 290-01839-0, Yeo Bo Wen (branch code 081) 

This can be done via Internet Banking (if your bank allows it) or directly at any POSB/DBS ATM or Cash Deposit Machine. 

NOTE: we do not currently accept cheque donations.

Step 3:

Our treasurer will contact you once we have received the transfer.

A receipt will be mailed to you if you request so.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

What do you do when you see an injured or sick cat on campus?

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Photo by Cepheus Chan

When you see an injured or sick cat on campus:

(1) Contact us (during the day) or NTU Fault Reporting Centre (in the wee hours of the night)

President (Ng Yi Shu):
Other committee members can be contacted here


(2) If it is possible, stay with the cat.

Injured and sick cats will usually evade human contact; they may become very feral and unfriendly. Chances are, if the cat is sick or injured, it would already have been missing from the area.

Staying with the cat would allow us to trap and send the cat to the vet easily. It’s perfectly fine if you are not able to be with the cat.

(3) Talk to us

Take a photo of the sick or injured cat if possible, and take note of the location. If you can’t, take note of the cat’s behaviour, distinct markings, and any injury or illness.

We are likely to ask you these questions, and it would be best if you provided the following should you call Fault Reporting Centre:

  • Where are the cat’s injuries? 
  • Is the cat friendly? 
  • If the cat is sick, what symptoms is it showing?

Check with us if the cat is already being taken care of. We rarely leave sick or injured cats outdoors – they are usually kept at a fosterer’s or the vet clinic until they are well.

(4) Follow-ups

We may conduct follow-ups based on the situation.

Check with us on our blog for updates on the case. Alternatively, you may email us for more information on the cats.

If you see that the cat is severely injured or sick, and that you cannot contact Cat Management Network, it is best to rush it to the vet (if you can). 

Two vets near the campus are: 

Island Vet Clinic (near Chinese Garden MRT)

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri – 9.30-12 pm, 2-5pm, 6-9.30pm
Sat – 9.30-12PM, 2-5pm
Sun – 12-4pm
Public Holidays – 9.30-1pm

Phone: 6560 5991

Vets for Pets (near Lakeside MRT)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-12pm, 2.30pm-8.00pm
Sat: 10am-12pm, 2.00pm-5.00pm
Sun: 12pm-4pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Phone: 6569 1627

On these “do not feed cats” notices

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You might have seen these letters on hall noticeboards!

The ‘cat cafés’ – feeding stations – at NTU work on the principle of low visibility. Our volunteers have permission from the University to feed the cats at designated areas in hall. Cat Management Network emphasises responsible feeding practices – we feed clean food in a clean way and clear the feeding areas after the cats have eaten.

Our cats are thus happy and well fed – and safe from harm.


Milly from Hall 2

Not everyone is a cat-lover, and CMN strives to manage conflict between residents. Feeding at the corridors should be avoided, and it affects cat-phobic residents who dislike being followed by cats who beg for food and treats.

Several tips:

1) If you wish to feed the cats in your hall of residence, contact us! We always welcome volunteers. 

2) If you are a volunteer, keep your feeding dish and kibbles inside your room. Do not leave them outside your room. Sure, having a cat greet you outside your door is fun, but others who use the corridors might not like it that way. Again, not everyone loves cats, and there are people who are afraid of them.

3) Do not invite cats into your room. Yes, they’re cute and all, but we don’t really want nasty complaints during term break of cats meowing outside room doors to grab the attention of residents inside. Besides, it is an offence to keep pets in halls.

4) If you do leave rugs for cats to sleep on outside your room, ensure that the corridor remains clean, and that cat hair is removed regularly. Some people have allergies!

Our History

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Our old website, which is still accessible at

Nanyang Technological University’s Cat Management Network (NTUCMN) was set up on 15 September 2004 by representatives of the Office of Facilities, Planning and Management (OFPM) – the predecessor to Housing and Auxiliary Services, a few members of the (now defunct) Nanyang Pets Support Group and representatives from the Cat Welfare Society (CWS).

The idea was to establish ‘cat cafés’ before it became all the craze in Singapore. No, we were not establishing a small air-conditioned room for students to pet a cat, but feeding stations in each hall, where community cats can get fed. The cat café concept emphasises responsible feeding practices – allowing cats access to clean food and clean water, which are cleared after the cats are fed.

Café operators kept a low profile to discourage vandals, pet-dumpers and cat haters.

The ‘cat café’ concept – which also exists in NUS – stresses humane control of cat population through trap-neuter return programmes, and veterinary care for cats when they are ill or injured.

Our volunteers comprise both feeders and café coordinators who are in charge of overall coordination of each café, ensuring that the cats are fed on each day of the week.