Category Archives: Blogging Cats

Lurking, Slacking, and Kitten P0rn

Though I’ve been shirking my minionly online obligations, I have not stayed away from doing my usual lurking and photo-mo stalking.

While I sort through my thoughts on our efforts for the clannies and homeseekers, I’ve continued to snap pics of them all, including the slackers of course. But I have also been getting my virtual fill of kitten p0rn via avenues like trailing after the True Blood six, who are in the wonderful care of one familiar with love and hisses. It’s addictive, to say the least. But it’s also wonderful to see such dedicated effort, and I’ve been cheering for them. It doesn’t hurt that their foster is an adept of snugglecore.

Rheilly (right): … aren’t we cuteness enough?! Meowr!
Philly: Yeah, it’s not exactly easy work you know. The things I put up with.

But of course, events kitty have continue to evolve. Updates will be trickling online.


Mark’s Mews: Sad Story Of Smalley of Singapore

I read a beautiful telling of Smalley’s story.

The original

This is the message I left for the author:
“Thank you for this moving rendition of Smalley’s story. You got it right on the kibble. It is amazing that someone halfway around the world from Singapore gets it so thoroughly with just a simple 6 page story, when we’re facing the gigantic wonder that the Singaporean authorities who have enforced the “no cats outside, no cats allowed inside laws” for decades fail consistently to connect the dots.

Thank you again for telling more people about our Smalleys. Thank you.”

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Sad Story Of Smalley of Singapore

Doesn’t that mean no cats anywhere?

The last time Beins were so stupid to try to eliminate cats from their lives, they suffered the terrible Bubonic Plague. Stupid Beins killed most of the cats, there were no cats to kill the rats that carried the fleas that carried the Plague, and up to a third of all Beins in Europe died as a result.

So Singapore wants to kill all the cats. Those who don’t know history suffer the repetition of it…

So we want to restate the story of Smalley as a warning of how cat-hate starts, knowing that you now know the consequences of that hate…

(Click here to read Mark’s Mews‘ version of Smalley’s story and thank him for telling his readers about Smalley.)

Love us, not hurt us!

Mama Piggy, one half of the KMM Crew ‘s foodbringer pair, shared a lovely article about the stray animal situation, abandonment and rescue here.

It’s in Chinese, but the key points, while nothing epiphanous to anyone familiar with the situation, are hard to miss. Hopefully, more of the general public read it and become aware of the plight of these LIVES among us.

The main points, with my inference added are:

  • More than thirty years of constant culling has not really achieved much in the way of stray animal population control as it does not address the root causes
  • TNRM, as a humane stray animal population control method that targets some of the root causes, works if given time, as in 10 to 15 years
    • I say some root causes in the above as attitude, education, and support from authority are part of it too, and grassroots (I so hate the political connotations of that), or rather groundlevel voluntary effort can only go so far. In countries like the US and Israel, authorities provide support in stray animal control at the national level and allow time for TNRM to work, unlike Singapore.
  • Pet ownership is a life-long responsibility. Pets are not toys, and no one should get a pet on a whim. Pets are life companions, and there must be give and take. Anyone not ready for the commitment of time, money and ability to share, should not get a pet at all.
    • Adopt, not buy. If you must buy, buy from an ethical breeder, not a breeding farm.
  • The ongoing and increasing incidences of abandonment in Singapore points to an alarming trend and indicates a problem within our society. The SPCA estimates an average of 10,000 animals (cats, dogs, rabbits and hamsters making up the bulk) are abandoned yearly here speaks volumes about Singaporeans’ attitude towards pet animals, possessive psyche (what the neighbour has, I must have or better) and responsibility.
  • Abandoned pets ARE PART OF THE STRAY ANIMAL POPULATION. Stray animal management cannot be dealt with unless the impact of abandonment is recognised and managed as well.
  • There are Singaporeans trying to be part of the solution, but again, groundlevel volunteer work can only achieve so much on its own. There are very real resource limits – financial, manpower and space constraints – to how much volunteers can do in terms of rescuing and caring for injured or diseased and former pets abandoned for whatever excuses.
  • Singaporeans must learn to be responsible pet owners and to appreciate that Singapore is not just made up of people, concrete jungles, status symbols, statistics and economic indicators.

Diary of a Kitty Kidney Patient

When Bam Bam was diagnosed with ARF (Acute, not Chronic Kidney Failure), we weren’t yet on blogosphere. Even if we were, I highly doubt we’d have the presence of mind to update on his condition, at least not with any coherence. However, having to cope with kitty needs, hospital stays, follow-up vet visits are facts of life when kitty comes down with a long-term illness. It’s not something any sane mind would anticipate, but it does help to know how others had cope when faced with the same or similar situations.

Hoping to share our experience, I have been writing (and editing) a laundry list of grinds the two old coots (Bam Bam and Teddy) have put us through to mark their decade with us. However, it is still not yet done.

Not that it is a happy happenstance, but Xin Xin, of kxbc is now into her second week as a renal failure kitty, and I have been following her folks’ updates. It brings back a lot of memories about our own experience with the Bamster.

In any case, I will put the relevant post links (to-date) here for reference. I hope this will serve to demonstrate that being parent to a a kitty or poochie, or hamster, is as much responsibility as with raising a human kid. That sometimes it means having to spend (BIG) money at the vet’s. That while our kitties give joy and love, there are times that may be grief and anxiety, but that whatever comes, we ought to be there for them (no sick kitty deserves an end like Abby‘s), and that nothing is absolute, whether situations that may seem despairing at first or hopeful. Take a deep breath, and roll with the punches.

While most kitty illnesses affect kitties in old age, these are not iron-cast rules. Take Frankie who was diagnosed with CRF before he reached 3 for instance, or our Milly who died at age 3 of cancer.

Also, if you have more than 1 kitty, you may be frazzled to the point that you sometimes overlook or are slow to react to the needs of the others, as happened to the kxbc Chang Chang. However, this is understandable, and it happens. Don’t beat yourself up over it: putting yourself out of commission is hardly productive or helpful to anyone at this point. Just be mindful and attend to any problems that you do notice as you normally would. You need to be as together as you can during such times.

Why A Cat?

Zacky, the now tubby home cat. (Source: Tubby Cat)

Something to ponder, apart from the coming weekend slouching: Why A Cat?

While we’re at it: Adopt, don’t buy. You could be saving lives.

And in conjunction, do consider How to Green Your Pet


Keeping your pets flea-free AND safe

tec has warned readers to BEWARE Hartz tick and flea control products. While we personally can’t describe an effective non-commercial flea-control-product product because we don’t face a problem requiring constant or drastic anti-flea treatment for neither the slackers nor the clannies, this post on the late AgedCat’s blog may offer some insight.

But please do take note of this disclaimer preceding the post, and use your discretion to decide if the question in your mind should be directed to your vet or the AC’s person.

Le peigne anti-puce du Vieux Chat.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian. I am only speaking from personal experience. Before introducing a new means of flea prevention and control, remember to consult your pet’s vet about the safety of the method.

But also please note that some vets remain unaware of the lives that Hartz products has claimed or permanently damaged, like this distressed couple found out the hard way.

Actually, it seems that ANY flea control product has the potential of harming not only your pets, but you and your family too. But it does seem that Hartz has claimed the most victims. Bottomline, whatever you choose to do, you need to know what you’re doing, and ALWAYS observe your pet for signs of illness or discomfort. Popularity is no guarantee of quality either.

Why so like that (Selective compassion and apathetic ignorance)

In Dawn‘s latest blog, she wrote about her thoughts on the sudden flurry of help for a few unsterilised cats whose lives are threatened by complaints and the lack of responsible caregivers in their community.

Dawn said:

While I am glad so many people are taking an interest in these cats and wanting to rescue them, it does make me wonder, why these cats in particular? As far as I know, no one knows these cats personally. Here’s my question – what about all the other cats at the AVA that are caught? Why isn’t there a huge outpour of emotion to try and get all of THEM out? Amongst them, there are some unclaimed sterilised cats too, which means that at some point in their lives, they did get some care – they were sterilised after all. There are also even more unsterilised cats whom no one has ever taken care of. Why aren’t people asking for these cats to be released?

I feel very deeply with this sentiment. This is the comment I left on the post:

I think it’s a common human affliction.

All that outpouring of grief for Ah Meng and her granddaughter Atina, but no one’s raising as much as a whimper at what the orang utans in Indonesia are threatened with.

Same as with whale slaughter – NZ only specifically requested the Japanese whaling fleet to leave Migaloo the white Humpback alone when they announced they were going to kill 50 humpbacks this season as well. Why only Migaloo? Aren’t the “normal” humpbacks just as deserving of a reprieve? What about the 50 to 70 highly endangered Fin whales, and 1,000++ little piked whales the Japanese kill year after year after year?

The beef recall that resulted from the downer cattle abuse also – I got an sms and also an email calling for a boycott of US beef. But the abuse is not unique to the slaughterhouse or at this time. It’s been ongoing for so long. Mad cow has been around the block too. And so has bird flu and assorted farm animal epidermics. But people still eat beef and farm animals, and people still don’t care how they’re getting their meat, that factory farming is a problem and they are contributing to it.

Carmen the dog featured in that TODAY commentary is another good example. People went all out to help look for her when she got lost. But why didn’t people do things that would prevent other dogs from going through what she did in the first place? Why so eager to help her, but not other dogs?

After all the protestations of affection, and the outpouring of grief and assorted emotions, life resumes, and it’s as if all the browbeating and breast hammering didn’t take place. And all the abuse and cruelty resumes and keeps happening, until another bout of outcry and outrage. It’s like a merry-go-round that won’t stop.

Why are humans like that? How can we differentiate and compartmentalise our feelings so clearly and so distinctly? I’m sure there’s a scientific name for this condition.