Category Archives: Bambi

4-6 mth, very skinny, female torbie tuxedo with semi-long tail, first sighted on 2 March 08. (Formerly TorbieTuxedoGirl2008). Not sterilised. Suspected to pregnant between Aug to Sep 08. MIA since 25 Nov 08.

Lost baby tries to eat dried leaves

Bambi remains missing. And for the past two nights, we were not able to locate BambiBaby either. We thought he might have been chased off by either Omi or Twinkie.

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But earlier tonight, we did spot him nosing about the perimeter of the eatery where his mum used to beg for food. He wasn’t quite able to get the hang of the beg-for-food business, did not dare to approach people and generally stayed off the concrete floor of the eatery. The shrubs that used to mark the eatery perimeter are gone as we’ve said, but stumps remain along with a few dried leaves scattered on the still-loose earth.

At the edge of the perimeter, while waiting for btmao to come, I saw BambiBaby trying to chew at least 2 dried leaves before giving up. It was pathetic.

He was very scaredy but meowed his heart out when btmao called him, attracting the eatery customers’ attention. He kept to the outer perimeter as btmao tried to lead him to a quieter corner to feed him, meowing at the top of his lungs all the while. I kept away to avoid stressing him more than he needed to be.

But there were obviously communication problems between btmao and him. Without Bambi around, he simply wasn’t going to trust anyone easily. It took 5 mins just to lead him 2 metres. It was also attracting too much attention. Finally, btmao decided to just feed him at one end of the eatery perimeter. While he hesitated between waiting for dinner and scooting off, btmao cooed and struggled to dish out the mash. He seemed to clue on to what she was trying to do and waiting nervously and expectantly behind a potted plant. Finally the food was ready.

However, the kids at the nearest table did their best to scare him. He was obviously bothered by their hackling and wavered between eating and running off. Sad to say, the annoying kids succeeded while their proud guardians watched in amusement.

BamibiBaby’s nerve broke and he ran for his life before he even took a bite. He ran like mad, first under one car then another and then straight into a drain where we lost sight of him.

Thankfully, his “home”, a rack of potted plants, was nearby. We last saw Bambi there, and he seemed to be sticking to it failthfully too. While I was searching in the opposite direction, btmao caught a glimpse of him on the homerun.

Carefully, btmao presented dinner and stepped away. Finally, he was able to eat. He was so hungry and so relieved that he gobbled up the mash without posting any lookouts, to the point that btmao managed to inch her way to his side. He moved away only upon her second attempt at petting him.

From this encounter, we’re quite sure Bambi has not voluntarily abandoned BambiBaby. We can only hope she was taken by some good samatarian and is safe somewhere.

As for BambiBaby… anyone willing to foster him? We believe all he needs is a bit of time to get over his loss and some tlc to settle down. We just need him to be socialised before taking him over and hopefully into Foster Mum’s.

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Mummy, where are you?

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Since Tuesday, Bambi has been missing. We can only hope that she has been catnapped by someone for demojoing. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that she will return soon.

Her baby is still around but of course even more scaredy without her around. btmao has only been able to feed him by leaving the food outside his hidey hole and retreatign 2 metres away. Our plans for Bambi and BambiBaby has been delayed of course, we only hope they are permanently derailed.

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Debut: Bambi and her baby (area 2)

Breakthrough! After all that monotonous pic-less updating on how elusive Bambi was, we’ve finally got vids and pics of Bambi taken 22 Nov 2008.

The bonus? Her baby, whom btmao first sighted this Thursday past. Yesterday we confirmed there’s only 1 baby, and he looks to be about 3 months old. We had been worried that given her emaciated state, any babies she bore would not survive, but we had been hesitant to speed up her mojo op schedule as we were also worried about what would happen if she did have babies to nurse. It was a relief to see that her only baby seem to be in good health. He was plump with meaty paws, showing that she took wonderful care of him. For want of a proper name. we’re calling him BambiBaby for now.

We first sighted Bambi yesterday morning at the eatery she loiters at, where she was blatantly begging for food instead of hiding among the bushes lining the perimeter (the bushes had been cleared which might have explained why she’s now so open about it). Given how careful she had been about scavenging before, nothing could convince us more of the urgency of getting her de-mojoed and hopefully into a home. But first things first, we lured her away from the eatery where btmao fed her.

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She’s still scaredy but hunger drove her to be tolerant of scary things…

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Like having a human so near as she ate

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and being touched while she ate. This is the first time btmao managed to touch her

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Closeup of her on her haunches. She is so skinny you can drive a proverbial jumbo jet through the gap between her tummy and the ground.

We had thought her baby gone, as btmao estimated him to be about 3 months or more already, just about the age for mummy to cut the apron strings.

But well, who should I see checking the coast just a little distance away, totally unaware his mum was so near. He is a really good-looking agouti baby with a nice long tail.
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Btu he is shy and my efforts to draw his attention to his mum resulted in his flying away from his mum’s location. In his haven among the bushes behind the eatery I continued to track him while btmao waited for his mum to finish up. It was during his frantic flying to and fro among the shrubbery that I confirmed him as a boy.

I kept getting shots of him trying to melt into the shrubs. Meantime, his mum had finished and stepped off one side to groom for a bit before looking around for him.
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Finally, we caught his mum’s attention and btmao went to invite her to come over and convince her baby it’s ok.

Scaredy Bambi and her scaredier baby

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Mum had to show baby it was safe to eat

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At last, with his mum near, he settled down to eat by himself.

Bambi contentedly washing as her baby gobbles up the mush. Her purrs were loud and obvious to btmao who  stood next to her.

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BambiBaby grooming post-gobble

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Mutual grooming

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Mock-battle! They are a lovely loving pair of kitties

Mutual-grooming cum wrestling session

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The calm, post-wrestle/groom

As we’ve said before, we would love to sterilise Bambi, but we need to fatten her up. The problem is her schedule remains unclear to us. Plus we will need to get BambiBaby sterilised too. If possible, we would love to get them fostered and ultimately rehomed. They are scaredy but given time and tlc, they will no doubt settle down and develope into lovely home cats. And obviously there’s no worries about the introduction process. A mother and kitten pair like this is ideal for the busy person who still wants company and hopes for a kitten. Because even with BambiBaby’s age, there would be no worries about him not getting the attention and love he needs as mum will be right there with him. We believe they can be rehomed also because of what happened this morning: from a swiping warning to btmao for petting her more than a few times yesterday, Bambi was trying to follow btmao home already.

The problem is, Foster mum’s is probably not an idea place to socialise them given their shy nature, and the scale of the activity and number of cats there. We need a place where there’s quiet and ideally with only a few other residents. We feel a sense of urgency in getting this pair as BambiBaby is really overdue for apron-string cutting. We don’t want to lose him. Neither do we want to see him injured by an alpha male, likely Stanley, eager to mate with his mum.

While we await a foster opportunity, we can only work on getting Bambi and her baby to trust us more and hope something works out, soon.

Area2: Bambi has a feeder

So our mum told us she was caught by surprise to spot Bambi on Monday evening, out and about the eatery grounds at 6pm already. Then a middle-aged auntie appeared and called to her.

Bambi responded immediately. Just steps away from the eatery and in plain view the auntie threw down some kibbles on the roadside and went off. Bambi took a few bites and went back to begging at the eatery.

I will never understand how anyone who feeds a cat and has established a relationship can not notice how emaciated the cat looks after feeding for a period of time and wonder why, nor how that person can continue obliviously and not think of the dangers and folly of feeding the cat in plain sight. Building karma on bad deeds.

I wonder if this feeder also knows the extremely scaredy and post-natal dilute calico female we’ve sighted twice (1st time on the evening of Betsy’s catnapping) but have never managed to get near to.

More area2 updates

After 3 nights of missing Bambi, we finally managed to serve her dinner. Maybe last night’s whinge tipped the balance.

It is almost certain that she is nursing. She knew the meaning of the paper “plate”, and was savvy about the can, expecting to find water filling it. She is certainly scaredy but btmao managed to touch her for a split-second. It will take some work to earn her trust, we only hope we can manage it before she get s pregnant again. While she ate, we caught sight of a ginger* in the distance. Judging by the tail, it was not the mysterious ginger mentioned but Sunny. He was loitering around the neighbourhood eatery. I cannot understand how anybody who profess to love their cats can stomach the notion of allowing their precious pet to wander about and beg for food. But then, their logic doesn’t compute for me anyway.

In any case, Bambi was not the first cat we saw tonight. Before we found her, we came across a dilute calico with a long tail, as scrawny and saggy-bellied as her for the first time. This new one was almost as scaredy as Bambi had been at first.  She ran away from us of course. But hopefully we can “get” her too.

Stanley’s still schwinging obviously: he turned up just round the corner from where the dilute calico came from.

[EDIT: The mysterious ginger is now called Jet.]

Betsy is now mojo-free. Area2 kitties continue to be elusive

Betsy has been sterilised on Thursday, 9 Oct. The four foetuses she was carrying have been aborted in the process. We sent on the little ones with well-wishes and sadness.

Betsy, as she is so friendly, will be prepped for adoption.

As has been mentioned, she was an Area2 kitty.

We had mentioned the frustrating situation with the kitties in Area2. Of the kitties mentioned, we have been sighting Bambi randomly ever since. mostly around the area’s eatery. But we’ve not managed to establish her schedule and have not managed to “get” her. She is now nursing a litter of kittens, as elusive and skittish as ever. In fact, the night we got Betsy, we were trying to find her, as she is super emaciated, probably due to the strain of nursing her babies. The good news is we think we may be getting nearer to a Bambi schedule – for the past week, btmao has managed to find and feed her 3 out of 7 times. The headache though is that we need to wait for her babies to be weaned, and we’re nervous as btmao found Stanley on the night we catnapped Betsy. Also, Bambi needs fattening up before de-mojoing. With an irregular schedule, that’s going to be a challenge.

The shy little white kitten with tabby patches has been sighted only once since, early this month. Also as skittish as ever. However, it seemed to be healthy, and is now a bigger kitten.

Sarsi, the last cat we saw has never been sighted since.

That doesn’t mean things are quiet in Area2. Even before Freda’s discovery in February, we know there are many elusive new kitties around there, due to irresponsible pet owners. We’ve had random distant sightings of a ginger cat, alone and chasing after another one whom we only heard. Between then and now, we’ve had one-off sightings of different cats. The most recent one is a 3-5 mth scaredy, mostly white calico kitten first sighted on 26 Sep 2008 sitting in the drains. It is likely a girl. btmao sighted her a week later, hanging  out near Bambi’s eatery territory.

Saba, as far as we can see is still intact, with the very virile and wanderful Stanley paying court to free-ranging pet cat just yesterday. We have decided to not offer any more help to the family due to 2 reasons: 1) the family shows no concern about the issue nor have them attempted to contact us about arrangements for Saba even though we see Sue, the woman of the house often enough on the way home from work; 2) since our last update on Saba, Sue had only called me once, but was more interested in trying to get the same “deal” for her friends than to make arrangements for Saba even though I had already told her sterilising Scottie, Sunny and Sumie was a one-off deal that we were paying out of our own pocket due to the circumstances.

Scottie was out and about, and as friendly as ever. We also caught a glimpse of Sunny. Though Sumie was not sighted, we believe she is well and about, as we’ve sighted her previously. All three look fantastic, and of course it is being mojo-less that gives them their sleekness.

Benji is still around, and seems to have moved back to his original territory, rather than stay around Saba’s area. But even he seems to have gotten in on the act, and is only randomly sighted. He was most recently sighted and fed on Thursday evening.

All in all, our report card on Area 2 this year has been quite dismal. Things have just not been going well in TNRM terms. But with Betsy catnapped, and Bambi finally letting us get a clue about her schedule, maybe the situation can be remedied soon. Hopefuly, we will not have to make difficult decisions as we did on Betsy’s behalf.

Area 2 new kittens

This being Good Friday, a public holiday, anyone in their right minds wouldn’t be waking up before the sun shines.

But us minions had an errand that would mean leaving home at 6.30am. Worried about the Area3 cats’ brekkie, btmao decided to wake up even earlier than usual to feed them. Since it is pre-dawn, I volunteered to accompany her.

As the feeder service does not start service until 5.30am, we walked out, which meant passing through area 2.

There we saw a few sights to boil the blood of minions.

First there was the torbie calico female, whom I last saw doing her guerilla thing. She was in a semi-faceoff with the chubby Siamese cross we first spotted last month. Since it was the pre-dawn, their quarrel sounded rather loud.

btmao decided to feed them to distract them from their feud. Clearly, the smaller torbie (we are calling her Bambi) was subservient to the chubby, and certain to be semi-pet cat, siamese cross (christained Sarsi) who nearly cleaned up the whole offering, leaving only 2 slivers of meat for the poor skinny and younger female. So much for being a Siamese-cross pet cat. This “breed” pet cat displays the typical ravenous nature of free-ranging pet cats. What a disgraceful reflection on the care the owners grant their pet.

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As we waited on the duo, another kitten, younger even than Bambi appeared and called too. Sarsi and Bambi were scaredy enough but this one was even worse, scooting off into the drain at the slightest sign of approach.

btmao had to leave the plate in the drain and back 2 metres before the kitten would approach for food.

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Closer look. We can’t determine the gender, but definitely this kitten is starved and needs a bath. The camera flash caused it to run for cover again, emerging only after 10 mins. We can’t tell if it was one of the kittens we sighted before we spotted Sarsi that first time, but looking at its size, we think this kitten is a little too young to have been an affiliate of that brood.

As it was getting a bit ‘late’ by this time, I asked btmao to go ahead and get to Area 3 while I waited for the kitties to finish up.

After them, I crossed to the main road, where what should happen but that I meet yet another kitten. But this one is super friendly and trusting, a tabby girl about 5-6 months old with a perfect straight long tail. She ran to me as soon she realised my presence and trotted over, and reverse-plonked herself down in a heap of furry tumtum.

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She cried and tried to follow when I left after giving her head scritches and tum-rubbies. (I couldn’t feed her since I did not bring any supplies with me)

I am 99.9% certain she is Sabia.

Once again, us minions can’t help but seeth with anger at the nonchalance of so-called pet owners who allow such young kittens to wander and to be less than good providers of food. How can anyone who purports to love their cats be less than concerned about their kitties’ well-being? Especially when there’s clear danger as in Sabia’s family case?