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
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.
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
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).
He is now the chief mouser of the family, enjoying good food, long cat naps and playing hide-and-seek.
Adam – The Travelling Artist
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.
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.
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
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’ 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.