The Mews: November 2014
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It is a commonly held belief that Cats and Dogs are mortal enemies but are they really meant to be "fighting like cats and dogs"? Well, there is enough evidence to prove otherwise just with the video count of feline-canine cuddling on Youtube!
But hold up! Before you hurry into introducing a new canine or feline into your family, here are some tips to ensure that you don't end up with a catastrophic shihtzu-ation in your home:
  • Try to match your animals' temperament. Don't introduce a nervous cat to a hyperactive puppy - it will likely not work out. 
  • Younger animals are less fearful so kittens and puppies take better to introductions
  • Have a safe space for the cat to get used to the dog's presence.
  • Start of with supervised meetings until they seem to be comfortable with one another 
  • Make sure the dog is trained to 'stay still' or 'leave it'
  • Ensure that you have perches that the cat might climb onto beyond the reach of the dog to observe from and escape to
  • Enhance the relationship through positive conditioning - have the animals have their meals near each others' presence so as to develop a positive impression of being around the other
  • Do not force contact between the animals, they'll do so when they are ready
  • Be patient and don't rush the process. It might take time but when harmony is achieved, it would have been worth it.
It is not an impossible task to have both dogs and cats in one household with a solid foundation that is formed from their initial introductions. It can definitely lead to great memories for the whole family. So if your cat or dogs seems a little lonely, you can perhaps consider adopting an animal of a different species!
Remember the youtube videos we mentioned earlier? Here are some examples of loving cat and dog BFFs sharing a magical bond:

So cats and dogs, are they really that different?

Adopt a cat from CWS! Or a dog from SOSD!
Just like relationships that form between animals, our two organisations have come together to bring you a charity movie premiere of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 on opening day, 20 November 2014! Get your tickets before they run out!
Click here for more information!

About 4 months ago, when volunteer Angela was told about the dire situation of the cats on St John's Island, she decided to make a trip there with a couple of friends and volunteers to survey the situation. They were not prepared but what they witnessed was very heartbreaking. The cats looked thin and unhealthy. On closer observation, they noticed that many survived on one meal a day, on either raw fish given by the fishermen or a curry diet from the workers on the island. Angela and her friends decided something had to be done. 
Since the lack of proper cat food was the most pressing issue, the volunteers set out to look for people who would be willing to feed the cats regularly if cat food was provided and the workers obliged. With one problem solved, Angela began sourcing for pet stores who were willing to donate cat food for this cause. At the same time, CWS has also assisted in making arrangements to trap the cats on the Lazarus Islands to be sterilised on mainland. The sterilised cats will be returned to their original homes upon recuperation. The kind vets at Spring Vet Clinic have also kindly agreed to be the attending vets for these cats should they require medical attention.
If you know of any pet stores who would be willing to donate cat food to this wonderful cause, do reach out to Angela at CWS. Otherwise, if you are curious about how the cats on St John's Island look like, or would like to contribute to their effort, hop over to their Facebook page:

Spay day 2014 coverage

Curious about what went on during CWS' spay day that occurred last month? Watch the above video, done by students from Republic Polytechnic Mass Communications, to have peek into the effort behind the sterilisation of 160 cats!

Angela started volunteering with CWS since 2010 and is now also the contact point for cats-related issues in Hougang. She also contributes to the running of the society as Vice-President of the CWS board committee and is involved with the TNRM effort on St. John's and Lazarus Islands. Having started out as a volunteer mediator, she has seen the power of mediation in saving cats from being culled, and is now a strong advocate of it.

 1. When did you start to volunteer with CWS and why? 

I started volunteering officially with CWS  in 2010. I was a mediator, and was asked to be the contact point for cats-related issues in Hougang. As I wanted to help more cats, I agreed readily.

 2. What about this role is most important to you?

Mediation plays a very important part as several of the complaints arise from irresponsible and/or ignorant cat owners who allow their home cats to roam outdoors and upset their neighbours. With education, most of the cases are resolved without having to cull and remove the cats.

 3. Do you have any pets? If so, how many and what?

I used to own abandoned dogs rescued by myself and my late mum. When SARS came, the authorities started culling the community cats we've been feeding. To save them from their death sentence, we brought them home and that's when I became a cat convert. Now I have a few rescue cats and foster some that are pending rehoming.

 4. What is the most challenging thing about the job?

As a volunteer mediator, the most challenging job is having the cat owner slam the door in your face when you do home visit to check out the complaint. Despite the rude snub, we have to set our anger and ego aside and put on a brave front to engage them again so as to resolve the cats' issues.

Special Appeals Spotlight

Kiki is a community cat from northern Singapore. She is found to be getting skinnier and having poor appetite.

She was diagnosed with middle stage kidney failure after x-ray and several blood tests. She was hospitalized for 8 days for treatment of dehydration.

The total medical cost incurred was SGD460.10.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Kiki, with the appeal amount at SGD460.10.

Click here for more information on how you can help.
Jack is a community cat from North-western Singapore. He was found to be very restless and weak as he had not been eating well for the past weeks.

Several tests were carried out and Jack was diagnosed with kidney failure. The vet had dispensed some medication for him and advised to change his diet to renal diet and to carry out daily sub-cut to prevent further dehydration.

The vet had also stressed that Jack is not fit to be released to the streets and needed to be care for thus he is currently being fostered.

The total medical cost incurred was SGD 424.11.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Jack, with the appeal amount at SGD 424.11.

Click here for more information on how you can help.
Many more special appeals need assistance on our Special Appeals Board.

Adoption Spotlight

6 years old
Domestic Short Hair
Gentle, good-natured 
Litter trained
5-6 years old
Partially blind
FeLV negative, FIV positive
Curious, docile and sweet
Litter trained
4-5 years old
Domestic Short Hair
Affectionate and gentle
Good with other cats and children
Many more cats are available for adoption on the Public Adoption Bulletin Board.

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