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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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.

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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.

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

To donate via bank transfer:

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.