Bring Eve home today

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Since our first encounter with Eve back in March, Eve has been steadily progressing beyond her harrowing experience of being abandoned on our campus grounds. Under the foster care of Ronald, one of CMN’s staff advisors, she has blossomed into a tremendously sweet and loving cat, from the nervous grey tabby that was found cowering within the dark crannies of the ADM building.

Eve enjoying the warmth of familiar arms

We put out adoption calls on social media platforms for Eve, and we sought out to bring Eve to adoption drives for potential adopters to see how affectionate Eve can be.

But being surrounded by strangers can be a stressful experience for cats, and we quickly realised that Eve wasn’t her usual self. She quietly holed herself up in the corner of her enclosure, as people sought to pet her.

Eve feeling out of place at the recent adoption drive, organised by Cat Welfare Society

While this undoubtedly sets us back in our efforts to get Eve adopted, we still want to find that special someone who is willing to take the time to gain Eve’s trust, and give her the forever home that she deserves.

Eve is affectionate towards people whom she is familiar with, and often enjoys receiving pats and cuddles from them. She also has the endearing habit of following her caretaker around the house, and finds joy in toying with plastic bags.

 

Being her usual, calm self within her safe abode

She’s lived for a period now with our dearest Bobbs, who got himself trapped under a hall block late last month. They do interact well, though Eve keeps her distance. With proper support, we think Eve can integrate into a multi-cat household.

Eve checking out Bobbs for the first time

 

“Well, Bobbs doesn’t really sweep me off my feet, but I guess he can hang around.”

Eve has been sterilized and dewormed, and is FIV and FELV negative.

Will you be the Adam to our Eve? Contact us at cmn@e.ntu.edu.sg now for a personal meet-and-greet session with Eve! Interested adopters will be assisted in the necessary adopter’s questionnaire and adoption checklist, and a house visit will be performed to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

A story of ADM and Eve

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There comes a point, when we search for a cat, that we end up on the verge of quitting.

Either we’ve scoured every nook and cranny, opened every shoe cupboard, looked into all the dustbins, or it’s just too late for us to continue looking. Oftentimes, we think we’ve spotted the feline, only to realise that the shadows were merely playing tricks on our eyes.

It nearly happened the night we first met Eve. Reports of a new cat – sent to our email and spotted, on occasion, on Instagram – had set the search in motion; a grey tabby was on the loose somewhere between the Art, Design and Media building (the iconic space that represents the school) and Hall 2. Someone had kindly taken care of her, not knowing of our existence, as people who care for the campus cats.

But she was missing, from her last reported spot on the fringe of Sky and Bushy’s territory.

One of our volunteers then texted us, saying she’s found Eve. “MEIN GOTT. JUST NOW,” the text reads.

She had heard a meowing sound on the way to the ADM studio, and went to take a look.

Eve was cowering next to a fenced-off portion of the lawn next to the building, meowing weakly as the blistering headlights and roar of 179 bus whizzed by.

“That’s the cat!” Another text – this time, from our Operations Manager – confirmed that yes, this was the cat that we were looking for.

Eve was our eighth new cat in six months – the latest in an epidemic of new community cats or kittens, sometimes too old to be adopted – like Teh Bing.

The number was simply too high for us – four cats had already appeared on campus just last year, and none of them were born from a mother cat on campus.

We were… peeved, to say the least. Angry, and tired. We grabbed Eve, and left her in our foster space, a shed by Nanyang Heights.

Our volunteers sent a photo – the same one we posted above – to our group chat.

“Her ear looks tipped… is it? Or is it just the angle?” our Ops Manager asks.

Eve did indeed have a tipped ear.

This was unusual. People usually abandon their cats when they have too many of them at home, because they fail to sterilise their cats; pet cats also don’t have tipped ears, and it would take a while for us to check if they do.

We brought Eve to the vet on Feb. 22, for a routine check-up – the same one we give to all new cats. This time, however, we opted for a microchip scan.

And this is where the story gets weird.

Stirfry – as Eve was known in Clementi Camp, a 16-minute drive from where she was found – was a tabby cat who was a mother to three kittens.

There were people taking care of her – NSFs, mostly, who were stationed with the units based there (2PDF and 8SIR, amongst others).

One of them, R, had a tough job – to find an adopter for Stirfry/Eve and her three kittens, two orange and one black. They had been sterilised by another caretaker, N, but R didn’t know that.

Two of Stirfry’s kittens.

R’s boss – a Master Sergeant – had tasked R to get rid of the cats because “the cats has caused a lot of [problems]” to him, as R tells us.

“If the cat and kittens were left in my camp Feb 2, my boss would have [put] these cats to sleep because they have been hindering my boss’ work quite a lot,” R says. “She told us to get rid of the cats or adopt them.”

So R’s sister, M, swooped in to help. They decided to host their cat in their hall room, and asked another friend to post a notice for adoption on Valentines’ Day.

(We’ve kept all their names anonymous because being an NSF is a tough job, and even tougher if you’re charged for leaking classified information. Remember that NSF that was punished for leaking a video about dog abuse? As for R’s sister, she broke hall rules barring residents from keeping animals in hall.)

We found N through CWS, who said that he “heard that she was taken out from camp together with her kids.” N was under the impression that Stirfry/Eve was adopted, until CWS contacted him.

N told us that Stirfry – a name his senior had given her – was sterilised on the 25th of January, and given a microchip. She was brought back two days later. N never had any photos of Stirfry/Eve, except for a video taken while she was being fostered outside of camp.

R’s unit (or R’s seniors) gave R the green light to bring Stirfry/Eve out of camp, and R’s sister – M – took them to Hall 2 on Feb 2, the deadline R’s boss gave him.

Stirfry/Eve and her kittens were supposed to be adopted together, but M’s friends backed out at the last minute, according to M.

M then kept the kittens with Stirfry/Eve until they were no longer dependent, and then adopted them out.

We don’t know if M or the adopters had followed CWS safeguards. The group – Adopt Free Pets SG – set no rules at all for adopters; in a pinned post, the group admin said that she would “bombard” fosterers who say that adopters must follow CWS rules “with all [her] frustration” :

But M didn’t formally put Stirfry/Eve up for adoption, for various reasons: she didn’t think that Stirfry/Eve was adoptable; and Stirfry/Eve was “independent”, she says.

“We did ask around our friends whether any of them are able to take Eve, but none of them were,” she adds. “I thought: why not just keep her here, and we can all look after her together as a community?” 

M emailed us on Feb 10, informing us of Eve’s existence. “By emailing you, we just wanted to make her known to the community and get her checked whether she is sterilised or not,” she adds. “We did not mean nor expect to cause any commotion, for we were just trying to rescue the cats and provide a better environment for them.”

We do believe that M and R harbour good intentions. R didn’t have much choice – the Army was definitely going to put Stirfry/Eve to sleep if it was still in the camp, and M was only trying to help.

But a better solution would have been to talk to the CWS, whose mediators would have recognised this cat as one that they had trapped under their Stray Cat Sterilisation Program. The camp could have also set up a Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage program, managed perhaps by Army staff, or by NSFs.

Instead, Stirfry/Eve ended up in NTU, wandering around the campus in a bewildered and confused state.

As much as we wish to help every single cat that comes our way, our limited resources and manpower prevent us from doing so. People don’t see that, and for too long, they have treated us like a shelter for their community cats.

When we reject them, they lash out at us.

“Two of my cats have been killed by dogs,” one told us. “Thanks.”

“I thought NTU was a big place,” says another. 

We are not a shelter. Please don’t assume that because we exist – or because NUS Cat Cafe exists, or Yishun 326 Tabby Cat exists, that we can be a place where your cat can live and be safely forgotten.

Integrating cats into our community is a resource-intensive process. We have to monitor where the cat is all the time, to make sure that conflicts do not occur between cats, or even between cats and humans. We have to allocate feeders to locate the cats for daily feedings or medication.

 

Eve survived because we found her, because there was a community that existed that cared. But even then, there are risks.

We have had abandonment cases where the cat died in a traffic accident after an unsuccessful attempt to gain their trust. We have had cats go missing because we failed to integrate them into the cat population.

NTU is not a dumping ground for felines, or any other animals. Releasing a domesticated animal into an environment it is unfamiliar with is cruel, extremely irresponsible, and illegal.

We strive to care for all campus cats to the best of our ability, but at the end of the day, we can only do so much. We are university students with hectic schedules, and we hold commitments other than tending to the cats. We are not full-time shelter staff. We do not run a shelter.

Please, stop abandoning cats on campus. Rather – do not even consider abandonment; hold yourself responsible for your pet’s wellbeing.

Eve, now at our faculty advisor’s home

If you’re interested in adopting Eve – do contact NTUCMN via email at cmn@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Our volunteers will assist in the necessary adopter’s questionnaire and adoption checklist, as well as perform a house visit to ensure the safety of all parties involved.

We closely follow an adoption policy similar to those of the Cat Welfare Society and other cat rescue and welfare groups in Singapore, adapted for use in a campus setting.

Rules are important, and we choose to follow them to safeguard the welfare of the cats and members of the community.


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Heaven is filled… with cats.

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St. John Island Trip

We spent Christmas Eve this year visiting the cats at St. John’s Island, Singapore’s very own cat island. Along with two of our faculty advisors, Ronald Lim and Jow Lee Ying, we headed over with St. John Island Cats (SJIC) and Ms Angela, the trip’s head organiser, to feed and check on the cats and to learn from these experienced volunteers how a community volunteer network like ourselves work.

St. John Island Trip

Here’s some historical background: St. John Island used to be a quarantine area for people who suffered from contagious disease in the early 20th century, and it was only in 1974 that the island changed to what it is today.

With the island 30 mins away from the mainland, it was rather surprising when the local cat population exploded. St. John Island became a place of poor health and malnutrition for the cats, and cat welfare organisations on the mainland soon became concerned.

St. John Island Trip

It was through a Trap, Neuter, Return, Manage (TNRM) program and close cooperation with foreign workers and island residents that the welfare and population of the felines started to stabilise; a situation that was very similar to what our own Pulau NTU had before volunteers stepped in.

The foreign workers are the backbone of the volunteer work as they are the daily feeders for the some 100-120 cats on the island.

There are several feeding stations on the island and we went from station to station – the first being the ‘Blue House’, so named due to the colour of the wooden building.

St. John Island Trip

These are the dwelling places of the few elderly local residents that still resides on the island – the last of which are slated to leave by New Year’s. The cats will still get to stay on the island, however:

We learned that the cat food they had were all donated and collected by SJIC; volunteers donate and collect cat food and the SJIC brings them to the foreign workers once or twice per month.

Wet food is considered a rare treat for these island cats as their main staple has always been cheap, dry food; in fact the workers who volunteer to feed the cats are often busy and cannot spend time to prepare wet food for them.

The next stop was at the junction between the pier, the workers’ dormitory and the bridge to Lazarus Island, which is guarded by some very hungry kitties.

The kitties also have an unusual habit of putting their paw onto the paper plates to prevent it from moving as they eat.

St. John Island Trip

 

We then spent some time after the cats were done eating to give the superstars a treatment of petting and cuddling, and filled our smartphones and cameras with photos of them in quirky poses.

Afterward, we went to the workers’ dormitory, home to the largest colony of cats on the island – with the majority of them spending their time outside of the island’s only mosque.

The stampede of cats and their collective meowing is like the choir of angels announcing the arrival of the divine chariot. It was celestial chaos trying to get the plates and food to ensure every cats have something to eat. After the clowder of cats was done eating, some of the volunteers took the time to apply anti-infection cream on the cats that had wounds.

Disco the cat – unfazed by anything.

Our last stop was at the end of Lazarus Island, in a small resort building at Seringat Island next to the island’s ferry terminal. This spot is home to six two-year-old cats and is home to Disco the cat – who judges the humans who dock their yachts in the island’s waters at night, take over the buildings and dance to loud music.

This tiny colony of cats used to be much bigger – with a peak of more than 10 members and some month-old kittens two years back. It was said that a few fell into the water and some were adopted by wealthy visitors of the tiny resort building.

We took a group photo with Angela. credit: Barnie Low
We took a group photo with Angela. credit: Barnie Low

Our short four-hour trip to cat heaven guided by its experienced caretakers was fulfilling as we gained much knowledge and experience; we are considering making the trip the St. John a yearly event.

If you would like to support the St John Island Cats, head over here to donate through the Animal Human Alliance. Follow them on Facebook if you’d like to join them on one of their supply trips to cat heaven!

We’ll also be planning more upcoming events, so do keep a lookout on our Facebook page for more updates.

New additions to our campus cat family

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The new semester have been quite a rollercoaster ride as we have an influx of new cats applying to join NTU! Here are their stories.

Junior – The Friendly Chatterbox

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On 31 July 2016, we were alerted of the presence of a bi-colour tabby cat at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS). Named Junior, he was thought to be suffering from illness as he was pretty skinny and frail even though he is thought to be around 1 to 2 years old. After the vet check-up, we were lucky to have Asst Professor Kathrin Albers of ADM to foster him until he gained sufficient weight to be sterilised.

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Things took a turn for the worst as the vet found that his lungs collapsed. Junior was eventually diagnosed with a life-threatening condition known as diaphragmatic hernia. Fate played a cruel game as Junior had to endure the suffering of diarrhoea, followed by an infection of his surgical wound.

After his long but steady recovery, he was then cared for by our fosters. Taking into consideration of his warm and loving nature, along with his love for exploring and need for spacious area, we felt that being a campus cat would be the best option for him.

He now patrols the mailboxes of Crescent Hall for any unlucky rodents that dares to roam the area and greets residents and passersby with his trademark chatter meow.

You can read an in-depth story of his journey here.

Lion / Sky – The Gutsy One

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On 24 September 2016 (recess week), we were alerted of a 3-month old bi-colour tabby without any idea where this spirited kitten came from. It was found by a hall resident roaming the high traffic area near Hall 1 bus stop. Our volunteers took him in and named him Lion.

Due to the kitten’s young age, we felt that adoption would be the best route for this frisky little fellow. After a physical check by the vet, he was eventually adopted by one of our volunteers and was later renamed Sky. (Other variations include Sky Lion).

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He is now the chief mouser of the family, enjoying good food, long cat naps and playing hide-and-seek.

Adam – The Travelling Artist

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During the recess week, while one of our volunteers was out for supper, he was followed by a lively bi-colour tabby cat that crossed the road from City Harvest Church to the coffee shop. This would not be the last time he would see this kitty.

A week later on 4 October 2016, we were informed that the cat has followed one of the hall residents from Extension all the way back to Hall 2. We finally managed to trap him after he was found roaming around the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM). We decided to get him fostered long term while we waited to vaccinate and sterilize him.

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Unfortunately, his stay at the foster’s house was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances and we had to quickly send Adam to be cared for by another fosterer.

Due to his affectionate nature, soulful eyes and a knack at performing tricks (much to the delight of his fosterer), we decided he would be a good fit in a loving home. After all, Adam did follow a bunch of people hoping one of them will be his forever human.

After searching for what seemed like forever, we finally managed to secure a spot for Adam to an adoption drive (Maomao Adoption Drive) where he eventually met his forever human – a kind university student. Adam’s journey to a furr-ever home has came to a happy ending and he has since adjusted well to his new surroundings.

Peanut – Champion’s New Squire

Two of our volunteers got a early morning wake-up call on 17 October 2016 when Pioneer JCRC members alerted us to a – you guessed it – bi-colour tabby kitten. This gentle kitty was found wandering around CresPion canteen in the wee hours of the morning.

Named Peanut for his small size and mellow nature, he was fostered by one of our volunteers as we wait to bring him for a vet checkup. Eventually he was fostered by one of our faculty advisors, Asst Professor Jesse Thompson of ADM.

If you recall, Professor Thompson already had a cat – Champion, who was found roaming Hall 10 and 11 and was then adopted by Professor Jesse Thompson.

Peanut+Champion

Champion seemed to moderately tolerate Peanut at first but eventually took Peanut under his wing. Professor Thompson then decided to formally adopt Peanut as Champion’s new family member. Now, they can be seen napping together, although Champion never did quite enjoy physical activities as much as Peanut.

Teh Bing – New Tea on the Block

Teh Bing

We found an unknown orange classic tabby cat at Hive during the busy afternoon of 29 September 2016. It was easy for us to earn his trust as he was friendly and sweet.

We later took him to the vet for a check-up and vaccination. We were then told he was suffering from constipation and he was then prescribed medication.

He was then integrated into Hall 7 with the blessing of the Hall 7 JCRC and the Hall Office, and the JCRC decided on the name of Teh Bing based on his fur colour.

The challenge came when we were trying to get Teh Bing to live in harmony with the sole alpha cat of Hall 7 – Wangcai. Teh Bing was rather skittish when it comes to exploring his surroundings.

Our caretakers has since then brought Teh Bing out for walks and familiarised him with the hall. Hopefully with time, Teh Bing will be nicely integrated into his new family and living an exciting hall life.

You can read more about Teh Bing from here.

Duchess & Marie – The Aristocats

Duchess

Duchess’ story began way back in 22 August 2016 when we saw a skittish little kitty by one of our volunteers outside of their room around Hall 8 and Hall 9. This little kitty had a unique marking on its head that distinguished it from other tabby cats.

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The kitty later reappeared on 11 October 2016 when our volunteers were out doing their rounds feeding the hall cats around Canteen 9. Our timid little friend would not reappear again until about a month later.

We were alerted to the presence of a few kittens on 2 November 2016 in Hall 9. Upon investigation, we realised the kittens belonged to the same cat that had been popping up. It was a challenge to get the mother cat and kittens out as they were nervous around humans and they had hidden inside an inaccessible drainage pipe under the roof.

We were finally able to get the mama cat and one of her kittens out after a few days and we brought the pair to the vet straight away for a medical check-up. As the mama cat was believed to still be nursing, we thought it would be best not to sterilize her first.

Duchess and Marie

They are currently being fostered by one of our faculty advisors, Miss Jow Lee Ying of Nanyang Business School and are named Duchess for the mama cat and Marie for the little snow princess.

We never did find Duchess’ other kitten and we suspect the kitten might have already passed on or was either taken or ran away.

Romeo – The Unfortunate Lover

Romeo

One of our volunteers was alerted to a feral unsterilized male cat near Pioneer MRT on 4 November 2016. As it was out of the jurisdiction of our club, we decided not to take any action other than alerting Cat Welfare Society.

The orange tabby was later found again wandering closer to NTU near City Harvest Church on 7 November 2016. After a few days, he was spotted inside NTU at Nanyang Meadows on 13 November 2016.

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After trapping him, we brought him to the vet for check-up and sterilization. He was given the name Romeo from his roaming nature and his quest to spread his genes.

As he was not originally from NTU and was just roaming, we decided it would be best to return him to where he was from and be cared for by the community feeders. The first thing Romeo did after being released at Block 650 was to catch a mouse and eat it.

We would like to thank everyone involved in helping our new kitty friends one way or another.

It has been an arduous first semester with so many new cats. All these would have been more difficult without the help of the NTU population.

abandonment is a crime.

We would like to take this chance to remind you that abandonment is a crime. As we reiterate in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page:

Integrating a cat into the cat population is an arduous and risky process, and your house cat or community cat, who may be unaware of the dangers of the outside world, may die due to traffic accidents and or abuse.

We have had abandonment cases where the cat has died in a traffic accident after an unsuccessful attempt to gain their trust. We have had cats go missing because we failed to integrate them into the cat population Your cat may be wary and street-smart, but we cannot guarantee that your cat will be safe here in NTU.

Therein lies the challenge of being a campus cat, and why new cats are rehomed when there is an opportunity. Only when we feel that the welfare of the cat can be guaranteed and that integration would be successful can we add another new cat into our campus cat community.

If you see a person abandoning their pet within NTU grounds, inform us immediately. Get as much information about the person as possible – take videos, photos and evidence so you can help with our police report. Contact us via our Facebook page or email us at cmn@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Responsible pet ownership is key in minimising the suffering of innocent animals as well as reducing the burden on animal welfare organisations in Singapore.

We take abandonment cases seriously and will not hesitate to make a police report against people who abandon their pets on campus grounds.

If you see an unsterilised or injured cat on campus, you should also contact us. Follow the instructions on our main page to find out what to do.

An arduous journey for Junior

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NTUCMN was notified of the sighting of a new cat at SPMS on 31st July 2016. Once we managed to coax the friendly bicolour tabby, whom we have named Junior, out of his hiding place, we brought him to the vet for a check-up as he appeared particularly skinny and frail and was suspected to be suffering from an illness. Junior’s age was estimated to be 1 to 2 years old, which was surprising considering his diminutive size. He was, however, given the all-clear signal, and we were fortunate to have Prof. Kathrin Albers of ADM foster him until he gained sufficient weight to be sterilised.

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Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse. Whilst at the home of Prof. Albers, Junior was observed to have laboured breathing. A subsequent lung radiograph at the vet revealed the terrible news that one of Junior’s lungs had collapsed, and his airways were also inflamed. This came as a huge shock to all of us, as he had been very active, was eating well and in general showed no visible signs of being so gravely ill. An electrocardiogram (ECG) was done to better determine the cause and severity of his illness.

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Junior was eventually diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia, an extremely serious and life-threatening condition. This means that Junior has a hole or defect in his diaphragm, which allows the abdominal organs to enter the chest cavity, causing added pressure to his lungs. Junior’s diaphragmatic defect could either be due to the incomplete development of his diaphragm (a birth defect) or a traumatic injury resulting in the rupture of his diaphragm.

Fortunately, Junior underwent a successful surgery to correct his condition. He quickly resumed to being his active and happy self after waking up from his sedatives, but needed to remain warded for post-operation treatments.

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We expected Junior to be discharged rather quickly. Regrettably, this was not the case. He was struck first with diarrhoea, followed by an infection of his surgical wound. The treatment of his infection was further complicated by his resistance to all available antibiotics except for one, resulting in his extended stay at the vet. We were glad to welcome him back just recently, and he is now adjusting to life at his adopter’s home.

We strongly suspect that Junior was abandoned due to his sweet, affectionate nature and his familiarity and trust towards humans. Rarely have we seen a cat so excited and happy to receive human companionship. It is thus timely for yet another reminder that animal abandonment is punishable by law. Responsible pet ownership is key in minimising the suffering of innocent animals as well as lessening the burden on animal welfare organisations in Singapore.

We have spent $1771.40 on Junior’s vet consultations, operation and hospitalisation fees and we need as much help as we can get to clear these expenses.

Junior's Vet Bills by Cat Management Network on Scribd

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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.

Teh Bing causes a stir

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A few weeks ago, we found an unidentified orange cat roaming around the Hive premises. Having a friendly and sweet persona, it was an easy task for us to interact with him and subsequently gain his trust.

Teh Bing

We then accompanied him to the veterinarian for a general checkup as well as to have him sterilised. The vet informed us that the cat is currently suffering from constipation, which causes the additional problem of anal inflammation. Meloxicam was administered to reduce the swelling around his butt, and we were also advised to sufficiently hydrate the feline in order to eliminate his constipation in the future.

Regarding his permanent place of residence, we have arranged for his integration at Hall 7. The Hall 7 Office and JCRC have graciously accepted his presence within the hall community, and he has been fondly named ‘Teh Bing’, after his tea-coloured coat.

Teh Bing is presently in the midst of familiarizing himself with the sole alpha cat of Hall 7, Wang Cai. We eagerly hope and anticipate for an amicable relationship to blossom between the pair.

However, Teh Bing does display a certain degree of apathy when it comes to exploring his surroundings. As such, we are slowly guiding him through the premises by taking him on regular strolls.

Having observed his affectionate and quirky nature, it pains us to imagine that such a loving feline had possibly undergone the emotionally and physically draining experience of abandonment. Once again, we would like to take this opportunity to stress that animal abandonment is punishable by law. By being a responsible and committed pet owner, your pets will have the chance to lead the dignified life they deserve. We fervently wish for every pet owner to do their part, so as to reduce the suffering of innocent animals, and also to ease the burden on animal welfare associations in Singapore.

Teh Bing by Cat Management Network on Scribd

We have spent $285.50 on Teh Bing’s veterinary bills. If you would like to assist us in clearing these expenses, and helping to care for sweet Teh Bing, do consider donating via the options displayed below.

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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.

For Adoption: Junior, Adam, and Peanut

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In this past month, NTUCMN has found five new cats on campus – Junior, Lion, Teh Bing, Adam, and Peanut. We have taken these felines under our care. However, our resources are limited; these difficulties lie in the way of integrating the new cats into the campus community.

Our goal is to find loving, forever homes for these precious felines. We are doing our utmost to find suitable environments for them to reside in permanently. Two of them have already found homes.

Teh Bing is being integrated into Hall 7 –

while Lion has found a loving home.

The remaining three felines are still in search of forever homes.

Read on if you are interested to learn more about these three bundles of joy!

All three cats are bi-coloured tabbies with yellow eyes and long tails. All of them are male.

Adam (1+ years old)

Adam is a very friendly and outgoing cat that loves to interact with people.

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He is confident, vocal and always ready to have a good time! He also harbours an unguarded curiosity, which makes him all the more endearing.

Junior (1+ years old)

Junior

Junior is a sweet-natured cat that simply adores shoes.

He is extremely affectionate, especially when you shower him with lots of cuddles! Junior is pleasant and warm towards people, and will reciprocate the love that you give to him.

Peanut (2+ months old)

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Peanut is a meek and gentle kitten that loves to play with humans.

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He is young, inquisitive and likes to take naps on people’s laps. He is an amicable cat and enjoys regular doses of cuddles.

If you are interested in adopting any of these loving felines, do contact NTUCMN via email at cmn@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Our volunteers will assist in the necessary adopter’s questionnaire and adoption checklist, as well as perform a house visit to ensure the safety of all parties involved. We closely follow an adoption policy similar to those of the Cat Welfare Society and other cat rescue and welfare groups in Singapore, adapted for use in a campus setting.

You can find our adoptions policy here: clubs.ntu.edu.sg/ntucmn/adoptions-policy

Our response to the Chronicle article about Marmalade’s name

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Nanyang Chronicle article

We refer to the article published on Issue 23.2 of the Nanyang Chronicle.

The article misrepresents our comments on naming the campus cats. The NTU Cat Management Network holds a central registry of campus cats, maintains it, and refers to our cats in public communication using this registry, but we do not have the power to name the campus cats.

We recognise that hall culture has to be organic, and have, in the past, acceded to hall residents’ requests to change the name of the cats. For example, Nachos – who was originally named Grey (Hall 4 still calls Nachos Earl Grey) – was renamed as Nachos after he was found to have been named as such by residents of Pioneer and Crescent Hall.

Residents, staff and faculty who do not understand that we exist often name the cats themselves – just last Wednesday, we came upon a visiting professor from the School of Art, Design and Media, who posted a photo of Sky from Hall 2 – he had renamed him Travis:

Before the central registry, names organically evolved through different batches of hall residents and Junior Common Room Committees. But when we consolidated and created the second central registry back in 2014 (the original one was created in 2007, but numbered cafes according to when they were established, instead of location), we based it off records and word-of-mouth responses from our hall coordinators. As these records did not exist for the cats of the North-east (Hall 3, 12-16), we relied on the names given by cleaning staff, who had been taking care of the cats.

In the case of Marmalade, we found that he was named Ang Moh by the cleaning staff. As this was deemed to be an inappropriate name for public use, we decided to hold a naming competition, alongside Nougat and Minerva, both of which were not given names by the cleaning staff.

We could not contact Hall 13’s JCRC at the time. Residents we contacted did not mention that Marmalade was named Ginger. Residents only responded on our Facebook page to correct his name a year after, and by then, we had already formalised our registry. Ginger also referred to a cat in Hall 8 and 9, who has since gone missing, and we felt that one of the names had to be changed to avoid confusion.

We are grateful that residents cared enough to write to us about the issue, and that residents understand that cats are integral to hall culture.

We understand their anger over this issue, and we have included Ginger as an alternate name for Marmalade. We will release new posters in Hall 12 and Hall 13 on Tuesday (Oct 4).

We are, however, extremely disappointed over the Chronicle’s decision to misrepresent and sensationalise our comments.

The Nanyang Chronicle neglected to inform readers of the reasons why the late Charlie was not renamed according to residents’ wishes.

We could not adopt the other given names – ‘Hitler’ and ‘Bobby’. Naming a cat ‘Hitler’ is wildly inappropriate and ‘Bobby’ refers to a current Hall 14 cat. In addition, Charlie’s ‘renaming’ did not elicit a negative response as the name we used was largely ignored – the hall publicity officials referred to Charlie as Bobby even when Charlie died:

Charlie’s example is not one of enmity between CMN and hall residents, but rather how CMN’s registry names are merely a suggestion, not a dictation. The fact that CMN and Hall 11 used different names to refer to the same cat was not an obstacle in our common goal to care for Charlie – in fact, several Hall 11 residents visited Charlie in her last days, and donated to help with her vet bills.

Through this article, the Nanyang Chronicle has placed at risk the trust we hold between NTU hall residents, cat lovers and us.

We sincerely hope that the Nanyang Chronicle will be more conscientious in discerning the newsworthiness of its stories in future.

Hoomans behind CMN

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Thursday’s AGM on 25th August marked a new beginning in the face of a fresh academic year. In this eventful year, we had our share of ups and downs – the deaths of three cats and increasing illnesses of our campus cats – but we’ve also managed to hold several successful donation campaigns and events in collaboration with other societies. While we await the results of our Tier 3 application, a new slate of candidates have stepped up to fill the roles vacated by our outgoing main committee headed by Yi Shu and Kai Ann.

Click here to view the new members of our committee.

Of importance is the transferring of financial accounts from our outgoing Financial Controller Shao Yu (above) to Chang Weili, Denyse (below), who was Finance and Administration Secretary last year.

This also implies slight changes to our donation procedures.

Firstly, we will need to shift CMN’s main operating account to Denyse. We will also need to close Shao Yu’s account after funds have been transferred to our new operating account under Denyse’s name.

Our new operating account is OCBC Frank 537-428336-001 under Denyse.

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

1) Contact Denyse Chang via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe if you like.

2) After contacting Denyse, transfer your desired amount into OCBC Frank 537-428336-001 (under the name Chang Weili, Denyse).

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

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 monthly subscription via paypal of $10, $25, $50 or $100 to our account. Here’s how you can make a paypal subscription.

Bella is fighting to survive.

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We have spent $1,150.14 to find out about her condition.

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It started with a minor scratch that refused to heal.

We got a call on May 20th – in the midst of our examinations – that said that the minor scratch, which has refused to heal for nearly 3 months, has turned into a full-blown nose-bleed. She was trapped in the attic space, according to the cleaners who took care of Hall 7′s cats, and came out with a missing nose.

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We faced various difficulties. Looking for people to take care of her at night was tough, given that most residents had already started moving out, or started their vacations overseas, we no longer had campus fosterers who could help her. She also went missing for nearly five days before we discovered her with a missing nose, and thus she missed her earlier bout of medication.

When the wound still refused to heal, the vets became worried. All signs back then pointed towards cancer – her left eye had gone blind, which meant that the tumour in the nose had already affected or eaten away at her optical nerve. The vets recommended that she be sent to Mount Pleasant for a biopsy.

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We did so on May 25th, and the results came back positive. Here’s a description of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), according to petMD:

A squamous cell carcinoma is a type of cancer that originates in the squamous epithelium. It may appear to be a white plaque, or a raised bump on the skin. Often the raised mass will necrotize in the center and ulcerate, with occasional bleeding.

As carcinomas are characteristically malignant and particularly invasive, it is essential to have this form of skin cancer diagnosed and treated without delay. Cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas are typically fast growing tumors that get bigger with time and resist healing.

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The standard treatment for SCC is surgery to remove the majority of the cancer cells followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy to kill the remaining cells.

But surgery is not an option due to the extent of the spread. Radiotherapy is not available in Singapore, and chemotherapy alone would be ineffective.

There was also the question of cost – the consultation at Mount Pleasant with a US-based oncologist would cost $375, and weekly chemotherapy will cost us $300-400 – which would be around $2k per month. This is way beyond what we can currently afford.

Bella is expected to have 3-6 more months to live. The tumour has spread to her lips, and is now affecting her eating. Meanwhile, she will be treated with a mixture of steroids (prednisolone), antibiotics and painkillers (tramadol).

As she begins to feel pain and discomfort from eating, she will require softer foods, like Prescription a/d, which costs $4.50 per can.

We have spent $1,150.14 at Mount Pleasant for her biopsy, and we need as much help as we can for future expenses, for Prescription a/d and other medications.

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To donate $10 via Paypal ($10.90 including Paypal fees), click here.

To donate by bank transfer:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

Charlie is in difficult times.

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We need $739.40 to fund Charlie’s vet bill – and possibly more as we prepare for her end-of-life care.

Charlie, resident cat of NTU Halls 10 and 11, has been plagued by persistent health problems throughout the 2015/16 academic year. In November 2015, her feeders reported excessive drooling and difficulties in eating. This was attributed to the presence of mouth ulcers and she was warded at the vet and treated with a long-acting steroid injection.

The vet examines Charlie for stomatitis – note the ulcers on her tongue and gums.

This familiar scene played out again at the beginning of 2016. A blood test revealed kidney problems and Charlie was given a subcut coupled with another long-lasting steroid injection as treatment. We also decided to switch her to a k/d diet- specially formulated wet food to support feline kidney health- in order to provide her with a better quality of life. Charlie took well to this new diet and was back to roaming the grounds of Halls 10 and 11, carefully monitored by our ever-vigilant and dedicated feeders.

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Unfortunately, Charlie’s chronic ulcers returned to haunt her at the start of May 2016 and she was once again brought to the vet on 9 May. Her phosphate, amylase, creatinine and bilirubin levels were all off the charts. Charlie required an IV drip due to dehydration and was also given sucralfate (to treat her ulcers), phosphate and acid blockers as well as antibiotics. Two subsequent blood tests both revealed that she had shown little improvement despite being on constant medication. Her final diagnosis is end-stage renal failure.

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We realised that it was best for Charlie to leave her old home and be fostered so that she could receive her daily medication. However, it is often difficult to find fosterers for our ill cats- many sympathise with their plight but face constraints in providing adequate foster care for them. We were therefore extremely fortunate to obtain a place for Charlie at Animal Lovers’ League (ALL), an long-established animal welfare group and registered no-kill shelter.  

Charlie has been fostered at ALL since 24 May 2016. We need your help to fund her stay there and provide her with the medication and care she required. We currently need to raise $739.40 for her treatment.

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If you would like, find out more about how you can make an ad-hoc bank transfer by clicking here.

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Our alumni Trivia Goh – who has taken care of Charlie as a volunteer when she was in NTU – has designed a postcard which you can take home for USD $3. We only have 13 more to go! Get them here

Sorrow for Zorro

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Zorro’s death was tragic and sudden. Here’s his story:

It was noon when we got the news. Zorro had died on the operating table.

He was slated to have his teeth removed due to chronic stomatits. It was risky – imagine removing all your teeth – but it was something we had to do.

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A few days ago, Zorro, a previously voracious cat, had stopped eating. It was something our volunteers were relatively familiar with – him, meowing, rubbing and begging for food, but when offered, rejecting the wet food we gave him.

It was also something that alarmed us very much – and it suggested underlying issues, which we have had to deal with for other cats. We thus made the decision to send him to the vet. 

Several tests were made – he came out negative for FIV and FELV, and his blood panel was normal aside for slightly elevated liver values, from his previous liver problems. 

Zorro had been a frequent visitor to the vet in the previous year – he spent most of last semester with Prof Lorenzo nursing a partial fracture in his right hind femur.

Yet, there was no sign that he would pass away so quickly on the operating table. 

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The vet was devastated when she told us. We immediately acted – informing residents through our Instagram and started the logistics of setting up a memorial, boards, candles, photos and all.

This was, ultimately, our first time doing this. Other cats have died – but we had sent most of them off quietly. 

We were prepared for this, after all – after Midnight was in a critical condition earlier this year, we forced ourselves to answer the question: what do we do when a cat dies?

Our decision was unanimous – we need to honour their lives, together as a community. 

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Moments like these remind us of why we were founded – to care for the campus cats, because people won’t, to love the campus cats, because people won’t, to remember the campus cats, because people won’t.

Here’s our turn to remember him:

Zorro was a ninja, who leapt from ledge to ledge. The halls were his parkour playground.

He would sometimes creep into people’s rooms and demand some love. Residents welcomed him with open doors – they describe him as lovable, playful. 

Sometimes he acted as a mafia boss to the other felines around him, but he was a lovable, adorable child to the humans that lived in Hall 10. At least, the people who liked him. He was cautious around strangers but never shied away from people who bribed him with food.

He was a sweet boy to his fosterers, and though he was never really an indoor cat, he left a pawprint in their hearts.

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We need your help for his vet bills, which cost $325.00. 

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Here’s how you can help:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

Milky is in a sticky situation.

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We need $1,647.50 to treat Milky’s chronic pancreatitis.

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Milky, the beloved mascot of Hall 10, has been ill for a while now. On 26 April, Milky was spotted with yellow skin, most prominent in areas on him with no fur and his ears. He was sent to the vet two days later and diagnosed with idiopathic pancreatitis (inflammation of pancreas due to unknown causes) and put on an IV to flush out the jaundice.

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Note the yellowish condition on Milky’s lips, a sign of jaundice.

After two weeks, several of his blood test components had improved although his ALT (a liver enzyme) values still remained abnormal. We suspect that the pancreatitis has also affected his liver. As such, Milky was put on liver medication while still kept at the vet for the next two weeks.

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Milky was also not eating and breathing very well. A lung X-ray did not reveal any major findings so its cause might be due to pain in his abdomen. A repeat blood test conducted on 30 May fortunately shows that his ALT and TBIL (increased total bilirubin) has improved. However, he still requires liver and bile duct medication. Furthermore, a worrying sign emerging from the blood test is his raised CRE levels, which may be a result of his steroid medication or early kidney failure. The vet has put him back to IV fluid and antibiotics, and added painkillers and bronchodilator.

His last test result showed significant improvement, however – thus he has been transferred to foster care at Love Kuching Project. Another test is scheduled next week (13-19 Jun) for us to determine if he is well and ready to return to his home.

However, his long stay at the clinic and medication means we need $1647.50 for Milky’s entire vet bill, seen here:

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

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

After Midnight

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It has been a really difficult journey for us – to find someone to care for Midnight and to make sure that Midnight lives a comfortable life. This is her story.

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Midnight at the vet. Photo by Nicholas Yeo, shot for the Nanyang Chronicle

It is close to midnight when I got the text. “Midnight’s eye has gotten much worse,” it says. It’s from one of our coordinators – Joan Ng, who has been taking care of the cats in Hall 10 and Hall 11 for nearly four years now.

She sends a picture. It’s unbearable to see, really – Midnight’s eye had turned into a bulbous red, the result of missing her medication for several days. 

We had decided to let her go home – to where she used to roam, outside Canteen 11 – because we believed it was best for her to stay there. She had persistent liver and kidney issues – and high-blood pressure meant she had to be on a daily dose of amlodipine. Somehow, because someone left food outside for her, she missed her dose.

We trapped her and made the preparations for her to go to the vet the next morning.

And so began the emergency fundraising we held for Midnight last year. We realised we didn’t have enough money to feed all the cats. It was a scary proposition, because funding has always been scarce for us; attempting to fundraise is a Herculean task that required a lot of effort on our part to spread the word. 

It was fortunate – at that point – that we had fosterers, particularly Prof Jesse Thompson, to help us with ensuring the Midnight had her daily anti-inflammatory eye drop and blood pressure medicine. We could save money, by keeping Midnight with fosterers.

But that was the last time Midnight could be free – free, roaming around Hall 10 and Hall 11 – meowing at passers-by.

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Midnight Is Back. Design: Wan Murni binte Wan Iskandar

Just a few weeks ago we had been optimistic – that the new status quo could be maintained if nothing changes, if we could continue to feed her medication where she always was.

We had put up Midnight is Back posters – in all black, the colour of her fur – to celebrate her return and to inform people to never, ever, feed Midnight.

I still see our ‘Midnight is Back’ posters around the halls, some dangling from the noticeboards, others still pinned up nicely – and I think of what could have been, if her condition had improved.

But this is the reality that we face. Cats get old, but they still remain picky. Anything bitter, they’ll reject it. Any alternative, they will get. We had hoped that she could have retained her freedom while still being healthy, but she couldn’t.

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Midnight at Prof Thompson’s apartment. Photo: Ng Yi Shu

This didn’t mean that we abandoned her; to the contrary, we spent a lot of effort taking care of her. When the winter term break came, and Prof Thompson had to go overseas, our main committee members took care of her (alongside Robbie and Champion). 

Midnight was – and still is – remembered as a sweet girl when she was being fostered. She purred on laps and was a great companion; like most animals she was afraid of thunderstorms and would hide in the adjacent bathroom if she ever heard any.

But as Champion – who required constant care for his allergy to dust and mosquitoes – couldn’t really live with Midnight, we had to find another person to take care of her.

Soon, she was transferred to the care of Prof Kathrin Albers, with one huge living room all by herself. She slept everywhere – the Albers’ bedroom, the living room – she watched as birds flew across the windows of the apartment.

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Midnight at Prof Albers’ home. Photo: Nicholas Yeo, shot for the Nanyang Chronicle

That happened until mid-March, when Midnight’s condition took a turn for the worse. Her kidney problem deteriorated, and she was soon required to have subcutaneous hydration to keep her hydrated. It was an intensive job; doing so nearly every day required our fosterer to learn things like keeping Midnight still, jabbing her with a needle and injecting 100-200ml of fluid underneath her skin.

She soon had to be hooked up to an IV drip at the vet – and have four medications just to keep her blood chemistry normal. And even that couldn’t help.

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Midnight at the vet, being petted by one of the vet staff. Photo: Nicholas Yeo, shot for the Nanyang Chronicle

We decided to transfer Midnight to Love Kuching Project – where she would be in the care of people who really understood what quality of life actually means. That required us to do a lot of waiting – LKP often doesn’t have space for cats, and being a no-kill shelter not all cats would be admitted. 

Midnight at Love Kuching Project. Photo: Jow Lee Ying

It’s difficult for you, the reader, to fathom this – but the average age of community cats, including cats in NTU – have been increasing since the advent of Trap-Neuter-Return programs. We are now dealing with a whole host of problems that previous generations would have rarely encountered – death by old age, for one – and health problems faced by elderly cats.

How do you deal with the loss of a campus icon? How do you deal with the loss of a friend to so many undergraduates and graduates? Some have done so irrationally – when Robbie was suffering from pancreatitis, there were alumni that demanded that we set him free if he was ever going to die. Unker should die at home, they told us. Live free, die free. Others have told us that there was essentially no use in caring for a dying campus cat. Nobody cares, they contend – we’re wasting our effort.

But we press on. We couldn’t have made it without the help of so many – faculty fosterers, volunteers and staff. We couldn’t have made it without the help of donors. We are grateful and heartened that so many actually care – and so many trust us in making key decisions.

And we again need your help. Midnight racked up a $1,365.40 bill while at the vet – and we will need your help to cover the costs. Here’s how you can donate:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

Sorrow for Zorro: Hall 10/11 cat with a fractured hind femur

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Zorro has been kept indoors for nearly two months now. Here’s how you can help:

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We found Zorro limping at Hall 10 and 11 on Jan 5 this year. He was reported limping by residents – and we managed to get our volunteers to check almost immediately: 

Zorro yowled when our volunteers petted his right hind leg. We took him to the vet the next day – and found that Zorro had a fracture on the right hind femur: 

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Zorro was then housed at Asst Prof Lorenzo Masia’s apartment in NTU, in a plan by NTU Cat Management Network to reduce hospitalisation costs. Zorro was required to have strict cage rest and only a set period of time out.

The fracture was suspected to have been caused by blunt force trauma, which could have been due to a fall or potential abuse. No evidence has come forth to suggest the latter. Zorro is also the ninja of Hall 10 and 11 – often seen on window ledges and aircon brackets. 

For Zorro, a cat that has thrived outdoors – being kept indoors is a great pain. He was often observed meowing at the windows whenever he is out of the cage – and he seems to miss home very much.

Zorro was also found to refuse food – even though he was often very hungry. This was suspected to have been because of kidney or liver failure, but was later found to be due to an inflammation of the gum, and a fractured tooth. 

We need $593.50 for Zorro’s entire vet bill. His vet bills will be attached below (some are in combination with other cats, which we will elaborate in due course).

Zorro Until 23 Mar

Please donate to us through making an ad-hoc donation.

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

You can also donate to our Campus Collaboration for Animals fundraiser: https://igg.me/at/GtsKJArhhkU 

The Campus Collaboration for Animals is a collaboration between the NTU Animal Lovers’ Society and NTU Cat Management Network. The joint fundraising project seeks to raise $1,500 USD (or approximately $2,000 SGD) for both the cats and the dogs of NTU. Funds will go to both NTU Cat Management Network and NTU Animal Lovers’ Society.

NTU Cat Management Network Annual General Report 2014/2015

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NTU Cat Management Network Annual General Report for Academic Year 2014/2015 by Cat Management Network

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Robbie, the Hall 2 cat who fought with an unsterilised cat – and other stories

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 Stories about our cats from before winter last year.

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If you’ve been following our social media pages, you might have noticed our activities for the winter break. 

One of the most significant is the case of Robbie, who fought with an unsterilised black cat in November last year. He incurred a cut on the face and on the lip; the latter refused to heal properly, and he had to be fostered at Asst Prof. Jesse Thompson’s place.

“Day 3 of unker’s captivity. Unker not enjoy this place. Unker was snatched one day by my captor, who happened to be the guy who talk a lot of cock and ask me a lot of questions. Unker no like him anymore, but he bring food. Unker saw another black cat today. That paikia live behind the glass doors. Unker hissed at him and he meowed, pathetic sia. Unker been trapped in small room, small compared to singles housing. But got place to hide and shit, like Hall 2 liddat. Today unker went to the living room, which got books and shiny dot thing and lightbox. Last time we play with more dangerous things, you know, like knife and gun. Unker trying to get out, but unker only know that unker is not in Hall 2 anymore. Unker look down from window, we in very tall place, can see trees. Is Unker in the future? Or maybe unker is in M Night Shyamalan movie. Unker thinks N Night Shyamalan is okay, makes good movie, but unker dowan to star in his movie, got a lot of plot twist. Unker got take film studies, and professor got say that M Night Shyamalan is lousy, but I disagree. Unker even write essay… Never mind. Unker wait by the main door, so can escape when my captor opens the door. Then maybe another plot twist happen. I donno.” / Robbie, @ntuhall2 / #catsofinstagram #catsofNTU #catsofsingapore #whatisthetwist

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At first, he thought that he was in a poop-harvesting future, but he got round to it and slowly became better, even though he really wanted to go home.

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In total, Robbie spent $547.50 to get better. He was eventually released in January 2016.

A blood panel we ordered at the vet last year found that Robbie had very little problems despite his pancreatitis last year. The slow healing of the wound on his lip was due to frequent licking of the area, which caused frequent bleeding, despite us minimising licking by keeping him in a cone.

Along with Bobby – who had been found with suspected cat flu, and Zorro, who had a broken paw – we spent a total of $593.50. This has essentially depleted the sum of money we raised with Midnight’s donations last semester.

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Without foster help from Asst Prof Jesse Thompson we would have incurred more costs. We are incredibly grateful for his assistance. 

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

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

FUNDRAISING UPDATE: We have good news! Mostly.

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We received over $2.2k for Midnight’s vet bills – but we’ve managed to save quite a bit.

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The good news first – we raised $2,210 for Midnight’s medical care.

For that, we are very thankful – we’ve never been able to raise amounts like this before, and we are grateful that we’ve been able to use this money to get Midnight the treatment that she needs.

Here are the various vet bills that we incurred. In total, we spent $221.90 – just 10% of the total raised.

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When we trapped Midnight, we understood that we would need additional funding for her bills if we were to keep her at the hospital and remove her eye. At that point, it had seemed as though removal of eye was an option we had to undertake, and we were willing to do so.

But we were genuinely unable to fork out the $500 to $600 that we estimated we would need – thus we broke our rule of only fundraising after we incurred the cost, and ran an appeal while Midnight was at the vet instead. 

We were pleasantly surprised when our appeal went viral. Perhaps it was the social media campaign that we did with Silversky, or our partnership with Cats of Singapore – but we’ve now managed to raise more than the amount.

We also had foster help from Asst Prof Jesse Thompson, which helped lower the cost of the vet bills. Her eye also responded well to the treatment and she seems to have adapted very well to her partial blindness. Enucleation (removal of the eyeball) remains a possible option in the future should her eye inflammation recur persistently or pain and discomfort begin to develop and disturb her.

As such, we have halted further fundraising for vet bills. A total of three cats – Charlie, Robbie and Bobby have gone to the vet after our fundraising campaign. We spent $430.70 in total for these cats as of 1 Dec 2015.

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Bobby was found with flu-like symptoms, but was given the all-clear by the vet. He was later found on 4 Dec for flu symptoms, but was also given the all-clear. His medication was preventive. 

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Robbie was found on 13 Nov with an ulcer on his upper lip, which healed very slowly. He was given medication to be fed when he was in Hall 2 in the first round, and after that did not work, he was fostered at Prof Jesse Thompson’s house, where he continues to believe that he is in the future

The fostering is estimated to save us around $200.00 in vet bills from hospitalisation costs, though we have yet to confirm if Robbie’s ulcer is an indication of a much more serious problem

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Charlie was found to have multiple ulcers in her inner oral cavity, at the corners of her mouth. As an FIV+ cat, she was prone to illnesses like gum disease, and she had to be hospitalised.

All in all, we spent $652.60 in vet bills since Midnight’s fundraising.

We have emailed donors about this development, because we understand that some might have an emotional attachment to her that motivated them to donate, and it might be unfair to use the money on other cats.

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She’s cuter and sweeter than everyone else after all.

If you donated and wish for your money to be returned to us, please contact cmn-fincon@e,ntu.edu.sg with your donation confirmation and records.

First Aid for Cats

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by: Dr Tharm Sook Keng, Island Vet
done as a presentation to both NUS Cat Cafe and NTU Cat Management Network

Earlier this semester, we gathered at NUS for a first aid course for cats, conducted by Dr Tharm from Island Vet. Here’s what we learnt during the course:

How do you restrain a cat?

Ouch.

Say you’ve seen a sick cat around campus. You call us, but no volunteer is close enough to help. Or out of the group of volunteers, only you’re available to help. Here’s what you need to do:

Cats are extremely sensitive to noise and abrupt movement. Hence, it will be good to choose a quiet place to restrain the cat. Aside from their surroundings, you should always take into account the temperament of a cat.

If you don’t want to get bit, it is important to hold their mouth and claws away from us. Both approaches require you to be extremely close to the cat. There are a few ways to do that:

Gentle restraint by the scruff

  • Tap forehead, scratch and stroke chin to calm the cat.
  • Then hold the cat by the scruff – at the back of the neck of a cat, there is a flab of skin that is rather elastic and can be grabbed. When you do this, get a good grip, or else a strong cat can struggle and escape easily. 
  • ALWAYS support the cat’s bottom when you lift it up.

Burrito

You need a large bath-size towel. Lay the cat down onto the center of the towel. Next, with one hand on the back of the cat, take one end and wrap it diagonally across the cat. Repeat with the other end. Grip the excess towel over the back tightly to ensure the cat is secure.

This can only be done if the cat is indoors (for example, if you have the cat at a foster home). 

What do you need, for your first aid kit?

In short:

For skin

  1. Chlorhexidine wash
  2. Antiseptic wash 
  3. Gauze swabs
  4. Alcohol swabs
  5. Cotton tips
  6. Gloves
  7. Syringes
  8. Cotton balls

Eye

  1. Saline eyedrops
  2. Antibiotic eye medication (if prescribed)

Nails

  1. Nail clipper
  2. Potassium permanganate powder (styptic powder) (if prescribed)

Optional:

  1. Pill popper
  2. Scissors
  3. Self-adhesive bandage
  4. Sticky bandage
  5. E-collars (cones)

These will be items that NTUCMN has, so if you’re a volunteer, you can approach your coordinator for details.

Pill poppers are used to administer pills when a cat is unwilling to eat medication when mixed with food. Popping pills is a two person job, as you will need to restrain the cat during application. Thus we do not usually administer pills by pill popper – we request for the vet to provide syrup medication.

Styptic powder is used to stop blood flow from thin wounds – you will apply it by wetting a cotton tip slightly, and dabbing the powder lightly on the wound.

The powder is unavailable over the counter, so contact us if you need it.

What about wounds?

When facing wounds, always:

  1. Flush the wound with saline solution. Then, use alcohol swabs to wipe the area clean. (note: alcohol stings, so make sure the cat is restrained)
  2. Stop the bleeding by applying pressure for one to two minutes
  3. Apply basic bandages.
  4. Bring to the nearest vet if the wound is severe.

Always clean yourselves afterward with antiseptic hand wash or alcohol.

Transporting the cat to the vet

We have several Ferplast carriers on campus, and we use that to transport the cats. But if you were to use your own carriers, ensure that you choose one that is large enough for the cat to stand up and turn.

Soft carriers (carrier bags) are not recommended unless absolutely necessary.

When preparing the carrier, keep it vertical with the door open. This ensures that you can close the carrier in case the cat escapes.

FUNDRAISING PLEA: We can’t afford to pay for Midnight’s care.

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We expect Midnight’s bill to go upwards of $600, if we have to remove her eye. Images below may make you uncomfortable.

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We got a call on Sunday (Nov 1) about Midnight’s condition from our volunteer hall coordinator, about Midnight being unable to close her eye.

We immediately trapped her and made preparations to make sure that she was able to receive vet care as soon as possible.

Midnight has had a serious ulcer in her eye – which has contributed to an increased eye pressure since the last academic year. That, combined with her kidney and liver issues and her high blood pressure, make her at risk of blindness in her right eye.

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Midnight is now completely blind in the right eye. She is now on anti-inflammatory medicine and is now boarded at the vet. 

We considered having her eye removed – but it would take $350.00 for us to do so, coupled with her hospitalisation. Either way, the bill will cost upwards of $500-600. This is money we don’t have.

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Midnight, in better times

We’ve had several cases since the school year started – most recently with Bobby, Robbie and Champion – and our funds are currently very low. Even with the recent gift from Silversky, we only have enough to purchase one or two more months of food, our main operating cost.

We want to care for the campus cats, and we’ve put the welfare of the campus cats behind every decision that we make. We’re not like any other CCA in NTU, CCAs that just meet once per week and plan events and outreach – we do real work taking care of the cats on campus, work that happens every day.

But we may soon be unable to do so.

Please, help us care for Midnight. Here’s how you can help:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at cmn-fincon@e.ntu.edu.sg

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

FUNDRAISING POST: Midnight from Hall 10/11, who continues to suffer from hypertension

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We need $152.00 for her vet consult, which revealed some good news.

Midnight went for a check-up at the vet as a follow-up to her recent release from Love Kuching Project on Oct 8. The check-up – part of her treatment regime for her hypertension and high eye pressure – was necessary to evaluate if Lady Fury should continue to be on Amlodipine, a drug that controls blood pressure. 

Midnight was found however to have abdominal bloating, which was a potential cause for heart problems – cause for an X-ray.

Fortunately, for us, the X-ray revealed good news – her abdominal bloating was due to her persistent liver problem and her constipation – both which were not causes for concern.

Her blood pressure has been improving, though she needs to continue to be on Amlodipine. 

The vet will review her condition in one month’s time. To manage her liver problem, we will give Midnight Samylin – a supplement which increases and provides the antioxidants used by the liver for detoxification – which was given from Love Kuching Project.

We still require $152.00 for the vet consult, however.

Here’s how you can help with an ad-hoc donation:

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at SHAO0032@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

You can also make a cheque donation – find out how, here.

FUNDRAISING POST: Robbie from Hall 2, who injured his right front paw

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The Canteen 2 cat needs $277.00 for a suspected fight wound.

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We first noticed a wound on Robbie’s right front paw on Sep 9, which we thought could have been due to a fight.

As the wound was not very serious, we made the decision to continue monitoring Robbie closely, flushing out the wound with saline and applying medication when we could get to him.

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But on Sep 22, we began to notice that his wound had began to be infected – Robbie was allowed to roam outside despite the wound – and we decided to bring him to the vet the next day.

The vet cleaned Robbie’s wound, and hospitalised him to make sure that his wound healed. We released him on Oct 3, after a full recovery. 

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Robbie is no stranger to the vet – he had been hospitalised for a very long period last year when he was diagnosed with pancreatitis due to a rather unhealthy diet at Canteen 2.

He has since made a full recovery, though we have continued to observe his condition.

We managed to give Robbie the best care despite our strained resources – but as we’ve explained in a previous blog post, we will require a total of $634.00 per month to be able to pay for veterinary bills like these, so that we can take prompt action if necessary without having to wait for additional resources.

Meanwhile, we require $277.00 for Robbie’s vet bill.

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Here’s how you can help with an ad-hoc donation: 

1) Contact Shao Yu via email at SHAO0032@e.ntu.edu.sg.

Your email will be logged into our mailing list via a voluntary data collection form. We will send updates about NTU Cat Management Network through the mailing list, which you may choose to unsubscribe 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.

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.

You can also make a cheque donation – find out how, here.

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.

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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: 

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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)

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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 SHAO0032@e.ntu.edu.sg.

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.