Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Help the cats in your community by weeding out irresponsible cat owners!

Help the cats in your community by weeding out irresponsible cat owners!

Caregivers and mediators invest a lot of time and energy in resolving cat issues to prevent the culling of cats. And they have come across some mindless things that "kind, well-intentioned" cat lovers do to their cats.

Be the eyes, ears and voice of the cats that are put in danger by these owners in 3 steps - Hang, Snap and Submit.

Hong Kong hails success in monkey birth control

Published on Jul 30, 2012

HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong on Monday hailed the success of a birth control programme for the city's wild monkeys, saying the primates' numbers have dropped 15 per cent over four years.
Officials said the latest monkey census showed the population stood at 1,965 last year, down from 2,320 in 2008 - a year after the city started fertility controls for the primates using methods including vasectomies.
The conservation department said about 70 per cent of the monkeys had been treated under the "monkey desexing programme". All treated monkeys were implanted with a microchip for identification.
The government decided to take action after receiving numerous complaints from the public including reports of aggressive monkeys chasing hikers for food.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

How can we expect wild animals to survive if we give them nowhere in the wild to live?

Anakin Our Two Legged Cat

A tortie-shell community cat treated for infection near left ear, and released.

Discharged. Tortise girl happy to be home after being treated for open wound.

18th July 2012, infection near the left ear. 
Her plight was highlighted on Facebook and there were people who sponsored for her care. 

The solution to the human-wildlife conflicts in Singapore is not mass culling, but mass education

I do research on the macaques in Singapore. Over many months spent in the nature reserves and wild places of Singapore, I've had a lot of experiences to observe the wild boar as well. I love to watch them - they're smart, the piglets are so adorable, and the connection between the piglets and their mother is really touching.

In the time I've spent with the pigs, I've seen a pattern very similar to the pattern I've observed with the monkeys. Both the monkeys and the pigs are generally cautious of people. Conflict almost always arises when 1) people have food around the animals, 2) people get too close to the animals, or 3) people behave in unpredictable ways (screaming, running, trying to hit the animals with sticks). By doing all of these things, we're engineering our own problems and creating situations where people may be harmed by animals that would otherwise leave us alone.

I think the solution to the human-wildlife conflicts in Singapore is not mass culling, but mass education People need to learn how to behave around wild animals, and to be reminded that the animals are just that- wild. They're not dogs, you can't pet them, feed them, or sit next to them for photos.

Monday, July 23, 2012


Cute Tabby Community Cat in Pasir Ris

Wildlife affected by excessive development


Published on Jul 23, 2012

IN THE heartland area between Bukit Batok Road and the Kranji Expressway, opposite Bukit Batok West avenues 2 and 7, a large portion of the land belonging to the military has been slated for development by the Urban Redevelopment Authority master plan ('Preserving Singapore's green heartland'; July 14).

Already, the area opposite Brickland Road along the canal - the former Keat Hong camp - has been flattened for Tengah Build-to-Order flats.

Also, the woodland area opposite Teck Whye Avenue and the HDB estate has suffered a loss of greenery because of the construction of the Hillvista condominium.

I moved into the neighbouring estate 12 years ago for the greenery, which has been reduced over the years.

I have kept my eyes open for butterflies all these years and have noticed the disappearance of particular species around the area. What used to be common has become rather uncommon, and the rare ones are probably extinct in the area, such as the Jungle Glory butterfly, Thaumantis noreddin, which is now considered extinct on the main island.

I am speaking only of the butterflies, but this is indicative of the adverse impact of the clearance of woodlands on the biodiversity of the area.

Will the authorities consider the biodiversity involved, given that the area slated for development is a rather large piece of land? Clearing it could affect weather patterns in the west area (known for more rainfall), and give rise to flooding. And what about the birds, butterflies and other wildlife inhabiting or visiting the area en route perhaps to green areas elsewhere?

Steven Chong

Sunday Times Life 22nd July 2012: Deanna and the railway cats

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Having a dog makes you rich

Cat Adoption: My Next Cat Will Be the Most-Unadoptable Ever


I'm here to adopt the ugliest, oldest, most-unadoptable cat ever. Can you please point me to that cat?
Dorian Wagner  |  Jul 11th 2012  |   173 Contributions

Let's talk about cat adoption. My next cat will be the ugliest, oldest, least-adoptable cat in the shelter. You know that plain black cat in the corner with no unique markings? The one who's been waiting patiently, purring his best but getting passed over day after day, month after month? Or the poor kitty who needs to eat special food or visit the vet more often for an existing condition that is otherwise under control? Or that old lady feline who has been waiting patiently and living her life for years at the shelter, but has never known a couch or a bed? 
Put all those together, and you have my next cat.
This is me and Knight. He was a fave of mine at my local shelter. He's black and has urine crystals, so all his brothers got adopted a year before he did. He finally found a home, but it took too long!
I imagine it's going to go something like this, when I walk into the shelter when it's finally time (I am already one over the cat limit at my condo, so this is future planning):
Me: Hi. I'm here to adopt the cat no one wants. Can you please point me to him?
Shelter volunteer, after she digests what I said: Oh my goodness! We're so happy you're here. I know the perfect cat. We all absolutely love him and he's the best cat ever, but he's been here for two years and he hasn't found a forever home yet.
Me kissing Sal. He developed a wobbly condition and the shelter assumed he'd be a "lifer."
Me: He sounds wonderful. I can't wait to meet him!
Then the shelter volunteer will take me through the room, past all the cuter cats with silly spots or funky stripes or neato patches over their eyes, to my next cat.
And then I see him, and I know. My heart goes out to this precious cat, the one who is loved by all at the shelter but has never cuddled up with a human in bed. The one who gets a few extra treats, extra sympathy pets, the one everyone there has just fallen in love with because they've gotten to know him ... but potential adopters don't have enough time to do that, so they choose another.
He'll look at me with wide eyes, and I'll look back, and he'll just know, too. He'll perk up, turn on the purrs, and come right over to me. And then I'll pick him up and cuddle him and wonder why in the world no one has scooped up this amazing cat yet. We'll keep looking at each other, and the shelter volunteer will start to get tears in her eyes, because she just knows, too.
Lieutenant Dan. He was hit by a car and paralyzed. He can't walk or use the litter box right, but he's in no pain and a major love!
When we get home, I'll set him up like a king. If he needs steps to get up the bed, he'll have them. If he needs his food finely filleted, I'll do that. If he can't see and needs to adjust to his new area, I'll make sure there's nothing dangerous around and introduce him to his food bowl and litter box. If he needs to go to the vet for checkups more often than a normal cat, I'll be his personal kitty taxi and we'll go as much as he needs.
But mostly, I'll give him all the love he deserves and tell him he's perfect and beautiful and how lucky I am to have found him. I'll thank him for waiting for me and smother him with kisses. And whether I have 10 years or 10 months with him, I'll make sure it's the best time of his life!
I see so many adorable kittens every day, and while I have nothing against adorable kittens, I wish everyone would be able to open their heart to older, "uglier," or special-needs cats. They have the same-sized heart inside and can love you just as much -- and maybe even more!
Won't you make your next cat the ugliest, oldest, most unadoptable cat, too?
Here is Lieutenant Dan's Petfinder page. He's in Cocoa, FL. He's in no pain and just needs someone patient who preferably has tile floors.

Tara, age-ing beautifully

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

喵师父和喵徒弟的夏日旅行 中文字幕 にゃらん 師匠と弟子の旅

Sam boy: Spotted at Ubi Road 3 with infection in both eyes and limping



A lady was taking out her trash and saw a moving box in the dustbin. In it were 1 tortoise shell, 1 ginger-white and 1 cream kitten. They are lucky kittens indeed to have escaped death. Pls have a heart and spread the word within ur network to find them foster / permanent homes. Do PM me if u r interested.

Anyone who has information can can lead to the persecution of the people who abandoned these kittens who could have been killed tragically in a garbage bin where garbage is crushed, and who is willing to be the witness, can contact SPCA or CWS for advice.