Fundraising target for Apr 2015 as of 7 Apr 2015


Amount of monthly donations to Boarding Fund as of 13 Apr 2015


Monday, April 13, 2015

About a kitty cat named Tiger

Tiger is a stray cat from a colony we did TNR sterilisation in before, in a back alley off Bendemeer.

Tiger when he first came to us
Tiger's feeders only go to his colony to feed them at close to midnight every night. When they noticed Tiger had stopped eating even though he seemed hungry, they brought him to an overnight vet clinic. Tiger had tooth decay and gum disease. Because of off-hour prohibitive costs they managed to only get him injections and skipped any form of blood tests.

Not long after, Tiger's mouth pain came back and he once again became inappetant. His feeders knew that Tiger would need a more thorough check up and a longer term treatment.

Tiger was in so much pain he was very aggressive and violent towards everyone when he came to us. We brought him to the vet to do the FIV/FeLV test and it turned out poor Tiger has both diseases. In such scenarios, mouth problems will be harder to treat.

Our treatment plan for him was as such: get him painkiller, steroidal and antibiotic jabs that are long acting. Then, book him a surgery date for teeth scaling and extraction. While he stays with us, he will be fed an immunity system booster cocktail of supplements, as well as supplements for pain and inflammation. This will help bolster his compromised immune system. After his surgery, we will have to give him more than usual time to heal up. If the gum diseases thereafter do not recur, the plan is to get him back to his colony. Even though he has FIV and FeLV, keeping him away from his street friends is not the answer, because they likely all already have the same diseases. Making Tiger a shelter cat for life is not in his best interest, especially since he is one of those cats that doesn't like being confined.  The only way of containing the situation is to get any newcomer to the colony tested and vaccinated so that only the original colony is affected.

Tiger's perpetually emo face
Our first priority when Tiger came to stay was to get him eating again. When he arrived, he had already been not eating for a few days. We started with small portions of Addiction Brushtail with his cocktail of supplements. Soon, his appetite got better and better, and he started eating more. We were so glad to see him improve!

Tiger can now eat a lot


Because of the supplements cocktail, so far he hasn't need another steroidal jab or painkillers. A list of his supplements:

For immunity: Arabinogalactan, thymus, maitake, reishi, shiitake, astralagus, cordyceps, colostrum, coQ10, alfalfa, echinacea, aloe vera, boswellia, and the standard vitamin B, C, probiotics and fish oil. For inflammation: curcumin, ashwagandha, colloidal silver. For pain: homeopathic blend painkiller. (We buy our supplements from iherb.com, for humans but feed half the dose. If you wish to buy from iherb.com use our discount code AVA985 to get USD5-10 off your first purchase and we earn credits too!)

Now, Tiger is a chatty, attention-seeking kitty. Like we always tell the cats when we administer injections and such, that this will help them be in less pain. When the pain really subsides, we reaffirm them by saying, "See? The pain is gone right?" We did this to Tiger too. Now every day he is super grateful and happy to eat his food.

At our new cattery space we are moving into this weekend, a partitioned room will be built (target completion on Thursday) as a quarantine area, and Tiger will be the first to christen it. While FeLV is not airborne but transmit through saliva and blood, we want to further protect those who linger near his cat suite, for better containment. We are really looking forward to that aspect of our new cattery, something we couldn't afford to have until now.

Follow Tiger's recovery story on our social media platforms!




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Saturday, April 11, 2015

How to set up standing instruction on POSB to become a monthly Boarding Fund donor

Assuming you are POSB customer with online banking account, here is a simple guide on how you can add us as a payee for a monthly donation.

If you have never given to Love Kuching Project before, you will first need to set up a 'new payee'. After you have logged in to your internet banking, click Transfer, the drop-down menu will have the option to Add New DBS or POSB Recipient, shown below.
Clicking on the highlight tab above will bring you to the following page:


Where you can fill in the description of both yours and our account, an example is above.

Once you have added LKP's account as one of your payees, or if you have already added us from long ago, you should now go to the Standing Instructions tab.

Fill in the fields required. After you complete this form, click Next and you will become an LKP monthly Boarding Fund donor!




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Thursday, April 9, 2015

[Adopt] Meredith: smoke-tortoiseshell girl kitty found lame, rehabilitated from eye ulcerations

Meredith was found by her rescuer in Bedok, on the ground in the carpark of an industrial area. She was lame in her hindlegs and could not walk properly.

We brought her to the vet and it was found that she had fractures around her hip area. What she needed was cage rest for about 4 weeks. If she was still dragging her leg after that, amputation was the next step.



Cage rest for little Meredith


Thankfully, the cage rest and Meredith's willpower got her through the injury. 4 weeks of cage rest later she was able to walk again, as if there never was any injury.

Subsequently, she came down with cat flu' which made her eye very ulcerated. We used a combination of 2 antibiotic eye drops to get her eye back to normal.

Meredith had eye ulcerations
After her eye ulcerations cleared up, she came down with the flu' again and had to go back on antibiotics for a while. Eventually, the flu' cleared, and we could bring her for her vaccination. She is now almost 4 months of age now, and has had a long journey towards health.


Meredith, today


Meredith has a larger than life personality; very confident, outgoing and loves to make friends, often looking for Scotty the socialisation dog even. Scotty and her have a huge size difference but they are best of friends. She would steal the dog's food while he was eating, and Scotty would not hurt her.

Scotty accompanying Meredith at the vet


She is also good friends with Turmeric, and both can be seen taking naps together or play-wrestling each other.

Meredith and Turmeric
Apart from playing with other cats, she is also a lap cat that likes to snuggle with humans to sleep, (or use Scotty's leg as a pillow)! Being extraverted, she has cute quirks like greeting visitors at the door, or exploring everywhere and everything.

Meredith has been dewormed, Revoluntion-ed, vet-checked and vaccinated; litter-trained and eats and drinks independently.

To adopt Meredith, see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.



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Adopt a special kitty: Turmeric, boy kitty found abandoned in a pail at a vegetable farm in Lim Chu Kang

Turmeric, ginger / white kitten, @ 3 months old
Turmeric was found by one of our volunteers who was at Lim Chu Kang, the farm areas. Turmeric was then only 2 months old, and had very severe flu' and conjunctivitis.

Turmeric when first rescued
He underwent treatment here at Love Kuching that included antibiotic eye drops daily. Eventually his eyes became much better. There was much less ulceration of the eyes, and he could see clearly.

After one month of eye treatment
Throughout the entire time he stayed with us, he never lost his zest for play and discovering new things. He is very playful and curious. He also likes to chirrup to himself when examining a new 'game' or toy.

Very responsive to play

He also gets along well with the others in the foster home. He doesn't like Scotty the socialisation dog so much, but he takes care of both older and younger foster siblings, respects his elders especially after he got a scolding from Scooter, Kitten IC Emeritus, about playing too near an older cat's personal space.

He doesn't like Scotty too come to near him
Turmeric with his best friend Meredith
Turmeric's eyes are unlikely to heal any much further than what they are now. His vision is not impaired, but he will have slightly teary eyes. With daily eye cleaning alone he will do fine, and is the same as any normal cat.

Turmeric is now 5 months of age, dewormed, vaccinated and vet checked, and is independent in his litter box usage and with food and water. He has been Revolution-ed (no fleas or mites, and Revo acts as a dewormer too). He enjoys going out on a leash and harness too by the way, because of his outgoing nature.

To adopt Turmeric, see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.




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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Update on our new cattery space #IF2015 #TheMove


New LKP Cattery - Lease signing from Love Kuching Project on Vimeo.

Check out the video above to see our new cattery space!

For those of you that have followed our #IF2015 journey from the start, giving for us to be able to place a deposit and first month's rent on a bigger space, thank you for your support! Here is more of the background story on us finding this place.

Initially, we wanted to rent a space for the same price through sharing with one of our merchandise partners, Alfie De Meow, who needed to rent a bigger space by April. But we ran into a lot of obstacles: landlord disapproval of our use of space for cats, or spaces too small or without a lift that could not accommodate Alfie De Meow's jewellery making machinery. Both of us decided that, if along the way of our search for a space to rent together, we found suitable places for either one of us, we would go that route instead. We had almost lost all hope after we kept running into obstacles, but all of a sudden, this space popped up. It fit our budget, was the right size, and the landlord approved of our use. If we didn't stumble upon this place, we probably would have given up the idea of getting a new space. 

Now that we are here, we are still appealing for monthly donors to our Boarding Fund to be able to make rent every beginning of the month. This is an urgent need that we need to fulfill, so that instead of appealing for funds monthly to make rent, we can focus on the work we are doing for the cats, and limit the appeals for donations to urgent, acute situations. A monthly donation from you can be set up over your internet banking platforms, as a standing instruction to our account DBS current 027-905975-3. After you set this up, let Elaine know with an SMS to 90880675.

One of the greatest differences having a new space will make, is the separation of work and home for Elaine and Andy, who have been fostering cats since 2009. The space of a 3 room flat is not only limiting, it bears a huge weight on both founders mentally as well. We now have have a much more formidable volunteer force, built over the years, and the burden of care for the cats has been decentralised. We not only can increase the number of cats we can take in with a larger space, the care of the cats can be carried out autonomously by the volunteers without Elaine and Andy's presence there all the time (because the current foster space is their home). Not only are we going to finally create a work-life balance for Elaine and Andy, this new space sets the path for greater development of leadership among the volunteers. Leadership development is very critical for any organisation to have continuity - and we are in this for the long haul.

So do help us out by pledging a monthly donation. It will help us stay in this new space, and ease the stress of making rent monthly so we can focus on cats.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The story of Mr Glue: stray cat from Macpherson that fractured his foreleg





| Mr Glue with his splint |


Mr Glue who is named as such because when his caregiver first met him, he had glue on his back, came to us after being hospitalised for his fractured leg. He didn't actually need to stay in the clinic he was at; all he needed for the fracture to heal is cage rest. But we were out of space at the time, and so when we had a space freed up, Mr Glue came to stay with us.

We started him on supplements to boost his healing and help with pain. He took to his food well. His supplement regime consisted of a lot of anti-inflammatories like curcumin, colloidal silver and ashwagandha, among others that were for his immunity.

When we brought him to our vet for a review a week after he came to stay, an x-ray revealed that Mr Glue's fractured had healed very well. He could get his splint removed.

Vet removing his splint
He developed some pyoderma under his splint - itchy pistules that were inflamed. We used topical meds and a short course of antibiotics to get that healed up, and it did. We also had supervised walkabouts for Mr Glue to strengthen his leg again after not using it for a while. Soon, he will be able to go home to Macpherson!

Mr Glue and his now a-okay foreleg!
If all goes well, Mr Glue should be able to return this week to his friends and feeders at Macpherson. We are glad he is now a-okay!


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Monday, March 16, 2015

Let's keep building: an appeal for monthly cat angels's gifts for our new cattery's upkeep! #IF2015

Apart from #nyanmade subscribers and #ERFund donors, all monthly donors' funds get channelled into our Boarding Fund directly, which includes paying for monthly rental. We are going to, paws crossed sooner than later, move into a bigger premises soon. And that means we have to be sustainable financially to pay our rent on time. We do not like owing money to those who provide us a service. Professionalism first!

Sneak peek of the new space

This means we need to grow our monthly Boarding Fund donations. Currently, we have $690 per month in standing instruction donations to our Boarding Fund. $490 goes to our current rental. Given that we are budgeting for a bigger space, we need as many cat angels as possible on board to pledge to give monthly to our Boarding Fund to grow this amount from $690 to at least $1,700 (budgeted rental and utilities).

What you will be giving to in pledging a monthly standing instruction donation to our Boarding Fund:
Rental of a bigger space that can house more cats including a quarantine area, an office space for Elaine. our full time staff and a meeting table for volunteers. 
Our Boarding Fund also pays for the following expenses:
Food, litter, cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical supplies such as saline and needles, supplements, essential oils, toys and treats. If your gift overflows beyond the rental and utilities cost, the money will be used for such necessities.

When do you start pledging a monthly standing instruction donation?
You can do so this month or start next month. If you intend to start next month and already know how much you will be giving every month, SMS Elaine at 90880675 to inform us that we will expect your donation to start in April instead of March, and how much, so we can do our budgeting. When you set up your standing instruction, you should include Boarding Fund or Rental in the transaction notes. Any transaction that comes to us as 'anonymous' automatically gets filed into general donations instead. If you need help setting up a standing instruction donation from your bank, let us know by giving Elaine a call at 90880675. Our account number is DBS current account 027-905975-3. We will help in any way that we can.

Let us know your monthly donation amount. Let us know early so we can make prudent decisions, SMS Elaine your amount at 90880675.If you want a receipt, please also give us your mailing address.

Pledge early, this will raise our morale, which we really - do - need, after seeing places where landlords reject us, or meeting landlords that accept cats but are offering too high rental prices. It has been a hard search and we need strength to go on.

Spread the word. A small monthly donation from your cat-loving friends can make all the difference in making our new cattery a reality!

Hurry, log in to your internet banking and get your phone ready!

*runs to finish line with Love Kuching*


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beng from Holland Village, recuperated at Love Kuching from a cat bite wound

| Beng, hanging out in Holland Village |
Beng, a cat that lurks around the pubs of Holland V, got into a cat fight and had a nasty wound on his neck. His caregivers brought him to the vet to get it treated.

Beng's wound
They didn't have anywhere to house him because we were full, but as soon as space freed up, Beng came over to stay.

By then, his wound had already cleared up and had very little pus although it was still swollen.

Beng when he arrived 7 March 2015
After a few days of treatment, there was no more pus, bleeding or scabbing, and our vet said he could go back to his 'hood, which he probably missed because he didn't eat very much while he was here.

Wound site clear
Beng came to the east of the island to recuperate and tomorrow is going back to the west side of town to hang out again. We are glad he recovered so fast! He misses the throngs of people who would sayang him as he is a very affectionate cat. Look out for him when you ever are in the Holland V area!



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Monday, March 9, 2015

Albie from Ang Mo Kio - a cat bite victim

| Albie |
Albie is an FIV+ cat that got bitten very badly by another cat so much that her wound festered. She spent a very long time in the clinic, costing her rescuer $3000+ until she found out about us, a centre that provides intensive clinical care. Albie came to us on 27 February.

Her wound was initially very bad.

Albie's bite wound
By the time she was discharged her wound had closed but the tissue under her wound was still tender.

We fed her supplements and cleaned her wound. After a vet check on our end, Albie was certified able to go back to Ang Mo Kio on 6 March.

Wound a-okay!
Albie didn't really enjoy staying indoors with us, often meowing a lot. We are glad she is now home.

Yay to recovery!


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

GoNuts! | Home made Cashew Ginger Nut Butter (for humans) | Proceeds go to #IF2015


| GoNuts Handmade Nut Butters]
GoNuts is about humans eating healthy, and this month, all the proceeds from the sale of their Ginger Nut Butter is going to our cattery building fund, #IF2015!

GoNuts is a Grace and Michael and their three demanding cats living in Singapore, and they love cooking and eating healthy food! Some people call it Paleo, or Primal, or the Cave Man diet, but these are just labels. They simply believe healthy food is minimally processed and as close to the source as it can get. Combined with regular functional exercise and rest is a great recipe for looking and feeling your best.

The Cashew Ginger was selected for the charity sale because of their ginger cat, Julius! This nut butter contains cashews, spicy ginger with a hint of organic honey - paleo, gluten-free and vegetarian. Cashew ginger is one of their most publicized flavours: it has been featured on Sunday Times last December and just a few weeks ago on 8 days. Each jar is retailed at $10.

Julius

Each batch of nut butter is handmade

How to order GoNuts Cashew Ginger Nut Butter: Simply send them a Facebook enquiry! They also sell their nut butters at the Farmers' Market at Loewen Garden, Dempsey where artisanal food products are sold.

Do spread the word to those you know who like clean eating. They would surely be interested GoNuts!


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