Monday, November 28, 2011

Be an agent of positive community action

THOSE who have been following the news on the Thailand flood with concern would have come across many poignant stories of survival.

The number of photos that have surfaced of survivors saving the animals in their midst despite their own circumstances would have been hard to miss.

There have been detractors to the new direction taken by the Ministry of National Development and the Chong Pang constituency towards a humane approach to animal issues, including cat ownership, stray cat sterilisation and responsible community cat feeding. Like Mr Lee Chiu San ('Allow cats as pets in flats but ban community feeding'; Nov 11), they cite damage to cars and properties, which are, in part, valid observations.

Yet since National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan's first call for a humane approach in June, the number of people galvanised into positive action is simply remarkable. Beyond HDB estates, the National Parks Board, neighbourhood committees (NCs), factories, schools and condo estate managements have started sterilisation and management programmes since.

An NC chairman shared his experience with stray cats at a residents' meeting. He had trapped a cat that he felt was causing a nuisance in his yard and sent it in to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA). His daughter asked him what happens to the cat when it is sent to the AVA. It was a question he felt was hard to answer and never trapped a cat again.

We can choose to be a victim of our densely populated urban space or we can choose to be an agent of positive action in our communities, inspiring others along the way.

It's a fact that the more we try to save stray cats, their populations decline and nuisance is minimised. Their population has been more than halved in the last 10 years through sterilisation. It is the sweet irony of life.

Veron Lau (Ms)


Cat Welfare Society

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Perils of NOT Cat-Proofing your Home!
Latest update as at 30/11/11; 22:40:

1) Finally managed to speak to the vet a couple of hour ago. Bendeecat is currently doing well thou still super grouchy.

2) X ray results shows fully fractured 3 toes on 1 front paw and 2 toes on the other. Jaw and the passage to nose has approximately 4-5cm fracture. Overall expected recovery could take up to 1 - 2 months.

3) Internal organs seems good. Bladder, diaphragm all intact.

4) Vet reckons he's a young adult, possibly a year plus.

5) Will be making a visit to him tomorrow.

6) A joint account will be created this weekend. After which we will officially call for donations.

27/11/11, around 10am, we spotted a beautiful cat bleeding pretty badly. Blood spatter spotted approx 2m away bicycle. It's a stray. We suspected it's a fall. Judging from the spot of the blood spatter, the fall is likely to be from kitchen or bedroom window. SPCA came. Any CWS volunteers at blk 31 bendemeer road who may know this cat?

Xyn Foo
Dear all, we are currently at animal doctors in ang mo kio, waiting for the cat to calm down. He's currently on fluid drip an waiting for x. Ray. Not able to do a full check as Cat was a little hostile earlier so waiting for it to calm down. Eyes are swollen, jaws likely to be fractured, bleeding from nose and chin earlier. Will keep all posted very soon. Will definitely be calling out for donation too! Thank you all for your concern and love.

Xyn Foo
Dear All,
Latest update-

1) Current estimate vet fee is S$600 (Covers 2 days hospitalization, injection, anesthetics, medication, x-ray, drips)

2) More information will be provided after I have an idea what the final amount is.

3) Other than funding, a carer is urgently needed to care for the patient after he's discharged from the hospital. Please help to pass this message around.

4) Caregiver of Bendemeer is checking to see if the cat belongs to anyone living in the block.

5) No updates on the X-ray outcome as of now. Will keep all posted again.

Dear Suzana - Your caregiver Lillian is currently checking if the cat belongs to family in the block.

How do I cat-proof my home?

The 'puppy mills' of Singapore CNNGo reader Natasya Ong calls for Singaporeans to stop supporting the country's "puppy factories"

Three ways to help

Singapore puppy mills
Dogs in puppy mills are often plagued by illnesses and neglect.
1. Make adoption your first option

Adopting a puppy instead of buying one is the best way to strike a blow against puppy mills. Visit local shelters like SPCA, ASD, where dozens of dogs are just waiting for homes. Not only you will be saving a life, you will not be putting money into those breeders’ pockets.

2. Spread the word

If a friend or family member is planning on buying a puppy, advise them not to buy from a pet store. Let them know there are perfectly healthy dogs at shelters waiting to be adopted.

3. Make a stand

Choose not to buy your next pet from a pet store or Internet site. Refuse to buy pets or supplies from any pet store that sells puppies. Never buy a puppy with the idea that you are “rescuing” him or her from the shop. While your intentions may be good, your “rescue” money goes back into making more space for more dogs to breed.

Oskar the Blind Kitten and His First Toys

Guy With Kitten Inadvertently Fulfills Your Every Fantasy (VIDEO)

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pet Care Tip:

Pet Care Tip:
Another way to prevent cats from going to the toilet in your potted plants is putting coffee grounds and orange peels. Huge thanks to Fluffy Fay and Shindy for sharing this tip that worked for them.
*Please share this all your wall.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mercedes driver dumps live cat into trash bin

The SPCA is appealing for information about the identity of the person in this video to assist in an investigation. Please call 6287 5355 ext 9 (24 hr hotline) if you have any information. All information will be kept strictly confidential.,-caught-on-CCTV-camera

Re-post: This is the footage of what appears to be a large-sized woman (with a child) who drives a Mercedes Benz, dumping a cat in the bin of a local vet clinic. The cat (sterilised) was rescued 6 hours later by the clinic staff and is currently recuperating though it's in shock. Please spread the word. Pet abandonment is a crime punishable by law. We hope that folks can help with info that will lead to the identification and apprehension of the perpetrator.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

If the human culprits are caught for this littering, it is either a fine or CWO (Corrective Work Order), if the mess is due to irresponsible..........

If the human culprits are caught for this littering, it is either a fine or CWO (Corrective Work Order), if "littering" is due to irresponsible cat feeders, the cats may be caught by the town councils just to appease complainants. The cats will be sent by the pest controllers to be killed at the AVA.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes.

Many people feel drawn to advocate for animals because even though they can feel pain and suffer just as we do, they do not have a way to advocate for their own welfare. In fact, animals are viewed by many as nothing more than property to be treated however the owner wishes. This view has created an inhumane situation for billions of animals that share our world.
-- Robert Alan

Please show us MERCY!

Why do some humans hate us so much? Like humans, we want to live, we feel pain, and we fear death! We don't consume as much as humans, leaving much less carbon footprints but yet some humans want to "holocaust" cats! Why???
Please show us MERCY!

5 Secrets of Supremely Happy Indoor Cats

5 Secrets of Supremely Happy Indoor Cats

You don't have to open the door to the great outdoors to give your cat a more interesting life. In fact, by just looking at your home from a pet's point of view and adding a few environmental enrichments, your cat can be both safe and happy indoors. Here are five easy ways to get going:

1. Think Vertical

Cats love to climb, so give them the opportunity. Cat trees mounted floor-to-ceiling, wrapped with sisal rope and studded with platforms for perching will give your cat the opportunity to look down on the rest of the world. This is especially satisfying if there are dogs in the household. What cat wouldn't like the chance to finally look down on the dog?

2. Add Toys

The cat with the most toys wins. Every indoor cat should have toys for batting around, toys for chasing, toys to hide inside and toys for interactive play. And don't forget that some of those toys ought to have catnip in them. While not all cats can enjoy the fragrant herb, those who do find it extremely blissful. If your cat is a catnip junkie, indulge him frequently. Rub fresh catnip onto cat trees or scratching posts, or stuff it into toys. It's perfectly safe for your cat to enjoy the buzz.

Some of the most enjoyable toys for both people and cats are the interactive ones. Every cat lover should have a "kitty tease" toy, typically a flexible rod with a line that ends in something furry or feathery to engage a cat's prey drive. Other interactive toys include gloves with goodies dangling from the fingertips, or laser pointers that offer cats a spot of light to chase. (Just be careful not to aim the beam into your cat's eyes).

3. Provide Rooms with Views

Whatever the size of the house, your indoor cat will know every one of its sights and sounds within just a few days. Provide a little visual stimulation by putting a bird feeder outside a window fitted with a cat-sized ledge that allows for comfortable viewing.

Be aware, though, that the view of the world isn't always going to work for your cat. If your yard is attracting other cats from the neighborhood, your own cat may become frustrated by the sight (he can even turn that frustration into attacks on people in the house!). Blocking visiting cats from your yard or discouraging them with sprinklers may solve the problem. Otherwise, you may have to make certain windows off-limits to your own cat.

If a window view isn't going to work, try a TV. A few companies offer DVDs for cats. Pop one of these in, and it will entertain your cat with a lively mix of feline-friendly images and sounds, including those of birds and rodents.

4. Go Green

Cats love nibbling on plants. Any decent feline reference book will provide a list of plants which should not be in a pet-friendly house. You can also visit the Animal Poison Control Center for information on dangerous plants.

After you get the unsafe ones out of the way, protect your decorative houseplants by hanging them up or otherwise placing them out of reach. Keep cats from digging in your decorative pots by putting a layer of small, rough stones over the dirt. You can then add a collection of accessible plants (such as grass shoots) for him to rub.

5. Give Face Time

Of course, one of the best things you can do for your indoor cat is to spend time with him. Playing, grooming, petting or just plain hanging out -- it's all good. Your cat loves you and loves spending time with you.

Keeping a cat inside is one of the best ways to ensure a long and healthy life, but it won't be a very happy existence unless you're going to add some intrigue to the surroundings. It doesn't take much in the way of time or effort, so get going. Your cat will thank you!

This article was written by a Veterinarian.

Friday, November 11, 2011


Pet Care Tip

Pet Care Tip: In light of a recent case on Stomp about a cat allegedly beaten when it strayed into a man’s home, an SPCA supporter asked if we can educate people on what to do if they don’t want these animals straying into their homes. That’s an excellent idea indeed. We will be sharing with you some useful tips with you starting this Friday.

It is a natural instinct for cats to want to dig soil and bury their feces. If you live on a low floor and have potted plants, you may be inviting a cat over to your place. To prevent that, try these two simple methods: line the soil with skewers (sharp side facing down) or place heavy pebbles on top of it. This way, the cat will lose interest in your plants as he cannot dig and will soon move away from your place.

"Civilised" human behaviour!

Human who are "civilised" to do their "business" in proper places called toilets...see what some of these humans are capable to doing?!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Garpy, an ex-community cat still bearing the tipped ear

Cat sterilisation effective: SPCA

Letter from Corinne Fong Executive Director Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
I REFER to the letter "Why are cats the priority?" (Nov 7) and would like to address certain issues raised by Mr Peter Khaw.

The prohibition on pet cats being kept by residents in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats has been in force for many years. Although there was much lobbying by individual animal lovers and interest groups over the years to change that rule (on the proviso that cats be sterilised, microchipped and kept indoors), the authorities did not reverse it.

The downside of this was that many HDB residents kept cats but as these cats were never microchipped or sterilised, there was no accountability where irresponsible cat ownership was concerned. As a consequence, pet cats often roamed freely and unwanted litters of kittens were being abandoned, adding to the general cat population.

Right now we have the opportunity to do what is right and what should have been done in the first place. The SPCA applauds the latest Government move to consider changing the rule to accommodate the wishes of the many HDB residents who would like to keep a pet cat in their apartment, legally.

Contrary to the writer's statement that reversing the rule may add to the current situation of being unable to control the number of stray cats in Singapore, the SPCA believes that the stray cat population, overall, has sharply decreased due to the sterilisation of strays in housing estates by volunteer caregivers with the assistance of animal welfare groups and individuals.

We have seen a 50-per-cent reduction in stray cat numbers taken in by the SPCA in recent years - from more than 550 cats in peak years, the SPCA is now taking less than 250 per month in the last financial year.

Since 1991, more than 27,000 vouchers have been distributed by the SPCA to volunteer caregivers to have a stray cat sterilised for free. With continued sterilisation of community cats being carried out, it is only a matter of time before the population decreases even further, with fewer litters of kittens being born. This should result in fewer complaints.

Ultimately, both animal lovers and non-animal lovers want a healthy and hygienic environment, but this should not be determined or dependent on whether residents keep a pet cat. Inconsiderate human practices also contribute to refuse and rubbish strewn around indiscriminately.

The SPCA is confident that a reversal of the rule would not be introduced without due consideration by the relevant authorities, based on various stakeholders' expectations and feedback. The downside of remaining with the current status quo (that is, no cats in flats) is that irresponsible cat ownership will continue to flourish because there is no accountability and currently no standards to adhere to.

The SPCA supports the keeping of pet cats in flats provided they are kept responsibly and with the necessary rules and enforcement in place. Pet cats may wander, yes; but not if owners are diligent in following the set requirements - to have their felines microchipped, sterilised and kept indoors at all times.

Failure to do so could mean that the cat will be removed from the owner.

Regulating cat ownership is the next crucial step

The measures that are being piloted as a collaboration between government agencies, animal welfare groups and the community aim to address the issues highlighted by Mr Peter Khaw in his letter "Why are cats the priority?".

The stray cat sterilisation programme was piloted after careful consideration of the results achieved over the last 10 years. Before sterilisation was introduced, the estimated number of stray cats in Singapore was 150,000. The culling rate every year before 1998 was around 13,000 cats. Currently, the stray cat estimate stands at 60,000. This shows the effectiveness of sterilisation in reducing the stray cat population the way culling alone was not able to.

Regulating cat ownership is the next crucial step in managing cat-related issues. While sterilisation is taking place on the ground, the problem of pet cat abandonment and irresponsible owners letting their pet cats (often unsterilised) roam persists, adding to the stray population. The Cat Welfare Society and its volunteers actively assist Town Councils in addressing cat-related issues. We have jointly found that more than 60 per cent of the complaints received by Town Councils are related to pet cats instead of stray cats. Cat defecation found on corridors is more a consequence of roaming pet cats than stray cats.

This shows that despite the ban on cats, cat ownership in HDB flats is already prevalent. It is therefore timely that the practice be regulated to ensure owners sterilise their pet cats and keep them strictly indoors.

A survey of resident attitudes towards stray management was conducted in Chong Pang from July to August this year. The results showed that 85 per cent of the residents were behind a humane solution towards stray cats. Only 3 per cent were insistent on culling. Out of more than 2,500 households surveyed, 200 cat owners were discovered; 40 of which did not keep cats responsibly due to a lack of education and awareness. Veron Lau, Vice-President, Cat Welfare Society

Monday, November 7, 2011

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence......

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
Thomas Merton quotes (American and Trappist Monk t Our Lady of Gethsemani Abbey in Trappist, Kentucky, 1915-1968)

A young community cat called Abel

Beautiful senior tabby community cat

Friday, November 4, 2011

...embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty

‎"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

~Albert Einstein~

Cats in flats finally?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cats in flats finally?

It's good to know that there are now plans for more cat cafes in Chong Pang and that a pilot project may be run next month to allow cats in HDB flats there.

While is it better late than never, one wonders what exactly has changed to bring this about. Way back in October 2001, CWS had sent an earlier proposal in where another Town Council and CDC were interested in starting a pilot project. HDB's response then? That a pilot project would not be reflective of the long-term effectiveness of the measures on a nationwide scale.

One could make the argument that things are much better now - more cats are sterilised and people are more accepting of cats. However, while it certainly seems that more cats have been sterilised thanks to the hard work of caregivers (and this is reason enough to cheer), I don't believe people have become any more or less accepting of cats because I believe the number of people who were supposedly so intolerant of cats was small to begin with. CWS reports that their recent survey found that 85% of people were agreeable to letting cats remain in an estate if they were sterilised. Dr Lou Ek Hee's paper published in the Singapore Veterinary Authority's Journal in 2000 showed that 96% of people were supportive of the cats being allowed to remain in the community if they were sterilised.

Does this show that people are actually less tolerant now? I don't believe so. As I've often said, we can probably argue that a small minority of people don't like cats. An equally small minority really love them. The important thing though is that most people don't want cats killed - and this hasn't changed. Most people have no objections to cats in the estate if they don't cause any problems. Even if there are issues that arise from the cats, most people don't want the cats to be taken away and killed. So the issue here isn't that peoples' attitudes have changed.

One could argue that perhaps politicians are more enlightened now, or that the HDB officials in charge have become more understanding and compassionate. This seems to gain credence because of the sheer speed with which this policy change has come about once the elections were over. The worry about this argument is this : what if the winds of change blow back in the opposite direction again? Surely there must be some way of ensuring that policies are evaluated on their merits rather than on the opinions of the current office holder. We cannot always be crossing our fingers and hoping (as we do now) that the next official who comes in may support animal friendly policies.

I am very happy to hear that cats (or ONE cat - something I'm not wild about) may be allowed into HDB flats. I just wonder why this long outdated policy hadn't been changed years ago and whether responsible pet owners could have been saved years of anxiety and fear for doing absolutely nothing wrong.

Don't buy from a breeder or 'pet shop'. Please adopt from a shelter or rescue.

Don't buy from a breeder or 'pet shop'. Please adopt from a shelter or rescue.