Funds raised for Sept 2014 as at 17 Sept

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Cat Care Talk • 27 Sept, Saturday, 4pm to 6pm

We are finally able to launch our first ever inhouse cat care talk! Took us a lot of planning, getting over scheduling humps and finding the time to labour on designing this event specially for you.

Learn an overview about cat behaviour, use of supplements and essential oils, and feline health. The talk will be conducted by our President, Elaine, and will be participant-led - you ask the questions for the discussion on the given topics.

Event details:

Where: Function Room at Terra Vue, 42 St Patrick's Road
 When: 27th September 2014, Saturday, 4pm to 6pm
Cost per particpant:$18.50

What you will get:

A goody bag containing: holistic supplement samples worth $36, pet supplies from Pawfection, cat-themed accessory from Alfie De Meow, cat-themed phone accessory from Dulcetfig, discount vouchers from Goood Pet Collars, Alfie De Meow and from Furry Photos. Light refreshment will be provided from Dough Empire.

How to sign up:

Make payment to our bank account DBS current 027-905975-3 and note the transaction reference number. 
Go to our registration link to submit your name and details so we can verify payment.
Do it fast because the goody bags are limited to the first 20 sign ups only!





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Monday, September 1, 2014

Naughty from Admiralty: His story and his road to recovery

| Naughty when he first arrived at Love Kuching |
Naughty is a cat diagnosed with megacolon, which causes chronic constipation. His rescuer, whose mother is his stray cat caregiver, noticed him straining to poop and brought him to the vet. Thereafter, he had to return a number of times to do faecal evacuation, a costly procedure where he has to be sedated for poop to be manually removed from his system. He needed daily medication and a special diet, but it did not help much. He was also found to be FIV positive.

He arrived at our foster home on 29 August, and we started to research into his condition, and brought him to the vet the following Monday. After discussing with the vet based on our research, we decided that he needed more than what he was previously given as clinical treatment: he was only given Lactulose and bulk-forming fibre supplements. We put him on Cisapride, and that day itself checked him in for faecal evacuation because he was constipated yet again.

Main medications for megacolon treatment
We also discussed surgery, as it would be the best treatment for him eventually, so that he would not have to be on lifetime medication, and perpetually go in for faecal evacuation. Because he is not showing any signs yet of his FIV, outlook on healing from surgery is good, and if necessary, we can give him FIV medications post surgery to help him heal better.

Partial removal of his colon is best route
We have booked for him a surgery date and in the meantime, his treatment is not easy. Firstly because his condition is really severe. Secondly, he doesn't take well to all the treatments. He eats his medicine and supplements in food, but is not easy to administer enemas to because he is a strong cat that becomes very aggressive when he is unhappy.

We have also done a few other things: changed his diet to wet food, as that will help form bulk for gut motility. Also, we will be adding pumpkin to his food as that will ease constipation, and procure Metamucil for him as well (something like Fibrogel). We have ordered the special veterinary canned diet for gastro-intestinal problems and depending on cost, Naughty's preference and which works better, we will decide on the canned food option for him. He is currently on Wellness CORE fish as he does not like Addiction Brushtail, our economic choice of canned food. His supplements are mainly slippery elm bark, probiotics, and olive oil. We have also started (with much effort) administering enemas to him to soften his stool even further. The fewer times he has to go to the vet for faecal evacuation before his surgery, the better.

Dietary requirements of cats with megacolon

Our Veterinary Fund is currently at -$339.88 as of end of day 31 Aug 2014. We will need more funds to sustain our care for Naughty in the meantime before his surgery, and his surgery itself will also be costly. If you can give, please help by depositing to our DBS corporate account 027-905975-3 and SMS Elaine at 90880675 to indicate you have given to the Veterinary Fund.

We will update more on Naughty on our social media platforms, fb.com/luvkuching and @luvkuching on Twitter and Instagram. Follow us there to get involved in Naughty's road to recovery.



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Adopted: Stout and Ranger



Jeslyn with Stout and Ranger


 An update email from Jeslyn:
Both of them have been renamed. Stout is now known as Usko (pronounced wush-ko), which means Faith in Finnish and Ranger is now known as Gioia (pronounced joy-ah), which means Joy in Italian. 
 
I'm really glad that the both of them have adapted well to the new environment and are eating, drinking, pooping and playing well. I'm actually really glad to have adopted two; they are great companions to each other, sleeping together, playing together and I've seen Usko groom Gioia as well. They are really friendly with people as well! I have friends who came over to play with them and so far, they have been interacting well with everyone who came by. When it comes to sleep, they will sometimes show their bellies and Gioia sleeps like a log; no matter how we touch him, he refuses to wake up, which is really adorable.

Two brothers for life. BFFs!
 Thank you Jeslyn for giving them a forever home!

Love Kuching Project adoption booth at Happy Pets Day partnered by Cat Welfare Society!

Adoption Drive will be from 1pm to 6pm with a contest at 3pm to 5pm
Come see the adoptable cats of Love Kuching at Tampines 1 Rooftop Water Playground on Saturday, 6 September, 1pm to 6pm!

This event is ideal if you want to adopt our cats but want to see them first before making an adoption application. Come stroke their delicious fur and see their wonderful feline expressions. Also, meet our volunteers who will tell you all about our adoptable cats!

You can also bring your own pets and enter the contest that Tampines 1 has organised between 3 and 5pm. It will be a fun day. Mark your calendar and share this post!



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Gerry from Jervois Road: Her story, and an appeal for fostering help. #FosNet

Serene from Jervois Road contacted us last week about a stray cat with what seems like a large flesh wound on her side.


Photos that were sent to us

We got a trapper to transport her over to our foster home, and brought her to our vet the next day.

Gerry's wound being cleaned at the vet
Turns out that what Gerry has is eosinophilic ulcers, a severe allergic reaction. A course of steroids and topical medication will help it to heal, and if it really doesn't, we will arrange a skin graft surgery for her.

Gerry posing in her cat suite
She is quite a neat cat that is used to indoors
New skin tissue is already forming around her ulcer

She has been very obedient thus far, except that she doesn't like canned food with supplements, so she only eats dry food. She willingly lets us clean her ulcer on the side of her body, and apply Duoderm gel (which helps flesh wounds to close). New skin tissue is already forming around the edges of the ulcer.

She received a long-acting steroidal jab, which lasts for two weeks. After that, she will switch to oral steroids.

Gerry is very easy to foster, and because of this, we have an appeal to make.

Will you be able to help foster Gerry, if all the food, litter and medical supplies are provided?

We ask this because there are many other cases on our waiting list right now that are not easy to foster, those needing full-day care, or palliative care. And they are still waiting for a slot, but we are absolutely full.

If you can join us as a foster caregiver, do email Ami at ami@lovekuchingproject.org to sign up as a foster caregiver for us. We will give you the supplies you need, provide you advice and direction, and we just need updates from you (photos etc.) regarding her progress. Any vet fees that may be incurred will be paid for by us. You can also email Ami if you have enquiries before you decide.

Spread the word to those you think can volunteer as Gerry's foster caregiver. We need the help, and other much sicker kitties need the spaces we can clear out.


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

CALL TO ACTION: Foster Caregivers needed for sick/injured cats in Foster Network #FosNet

On average, we can take in one to two sick or injured cats per month. This means whoever else needs the space, we have to turn away. Where do they go? As of this week alone when this post was written, we already turned away two cats.

Here is how you can help make a difference and provide them Love Kuching care offsite, in your own home.

We are looking for Foster Caregivers who, supplied with food, litter, supplements and medication, can help give foster care in a home environment for cats we cannot take in ourselves due to space constraints.

Pharmaceutical and veterinary supplies will be given

Provision of cat food and litter

You will likely be a stay at home mom, someone who works part-time, a retiree or someone who works from home. You do not need incredible amounts of experience, as we can show you how to care for a case you take in.

This Foster Network is for cats that are sick or injured, not for rehoming. You do not need to host potential adopters, and the only visits you will get are liaisons from Love Kuching to give you the support you need and your supplies.

How can you become a Foster Caregiver for #FosNet? Email our Committee Member in charge of #FosNet, Ami, at ami@lovekuchingproject.org. You can also direct your questions there.

Join us in making a difference. Say yes to fostering. 


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Cuddy and Fanta got adopted by a volunteer, now named Peaches and Buttercup

| Gracie, Outreach Volunteer, and family |
On Tuesday, Cuddy went to her forever home with Fanta, adopted by one of our volunteers, Gracie. Our prerequisite for Cuddy's adoption was that she be adopted with a foster sibling, so this was a match made in heaven!

Gracie is an Outreach Volunteer, who brings cats to nursing homes and hospitals to administer Feline Therapy. On Saturday, she brought Peaches and Buttercup to Renci Nursing Home, to help them kick off their therapy cat career as pet cats.

Both of them have seen the vet already! Super responsible parents. Dr Dawn Chong advised them as much as a new cat owner would need in a consultation. Cuddy had developed teary eyes as a result of her new move - stress-induced flu' - and both of them had a bacterial skin infection and medications were given.

They have already eased into their new home well and play with each other every day. We love these kinds of happy endings.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Handmade Crochet Keychains by Whitesundays - 10-40% of proceeds go to LKP

Crafting for a cause - Whitesundays is pledging to support Love Kuching Project.

For items with the Love Kuching signs, 40% of the sale price will be donated.

Black Crochet Cat

The black and white cat keychain is modelled after Sayang, Love Kuching mascot. Designed specially for this merchandise partnership with us!

For all other sales, 10% will be donated.

View more designs at Whitesundays Etsy store

Shop away and support our local crafters!


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Abandoned, rescued, socialised, rehabilitated and adopted - Ranger from Serangoon

We don't normally allow adoptions before a cat is posted on our blog for adoption but we are making an exception for this fellow, a true "cats' cat" who cannot live without feline siblings.

This boy, Ranger, was found abandoned in Serangoon. Likely a cross between a pedigree and a local cat, he was found lost and alone and nearly knocked down by a car. He was extremely feral and didn't enjoy the rescue process -at all-.

He came to us, and it took a while before he stopped hissing at us humans. Then he fell ill with a high fever, for which we had to administer fluids and give him ice-packs for a few days. He recovered and the rehabilitation actually started to make him love humans more.

We realised also, he really much preferred the company of other kitties. He developed a best friend relationship with Stout, a foster sibling. He would suckle and knead on Stout, and Stout would groom him - when Ranger squealed from his vaccination, Stout checked on him to see if he was okay!

We had a visit this Wednesday, and the adoptive family wanted to adopt one of the kopitiam kittens, but wanted two best friends. Because Stout and Ranger are so close, they will be taking this pair home tomorrow.

Ranger already had his adoption ad photoshoot with Furry Photos, so here are his photos nonetheless, because he is really cute. He is a bit slow, very chillout, and like Stout, okay with dogs, other cats old and young.

We always want to give priority to those who can adopt two kittens, not only because it means a better adoption rate and reduces shelter care time for the cats, but also because kittens go better as a pair. And Ranger being uniquely close to his BFF, enjoying very much the companionship and play with other friends his age, this adoption is really a match made in heaven.

Will post the adoptive family's photos with the pair when they go home tomorrow, on our social media. Join us in congratulations to the family when we do!


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

It is dengue season, but pesticides can harm cats, so how?

The answer is essential oils!

Not only is dengue a risk for humans, mosquitoes can also transmit diseases to cats, such as blood parasites and heartworm. But using pesticides in the home where there are pets is not safe as they might ingest it. We found our answer in an essential oil blend called Purification.

Purification
You can use it in a variety of ways. Diffuse it in the home, drip it on to pet bedding  - it also repels fleas - or drip it into places where there might be stagnant water such as soaking laundry, plant pot bases. Because it contains citronella, it repels mosquitoes, but due to the high quality of this brand of essential oils, it will not be irritating to cats as it is meant to be safe for their use too. (We use the cheaper versions of citronella to get cats off countertops! Citronella plants outside the house also repel stray cats from the corridor.)

How to purchase:

Go to www.youngliving.com

www.youngliving.com
Sign up to shop under our user ID (we get credits for purchases so it helps lower our costs when you buy!)

How to sign up
If you have any queries, you can email Young Living Singapore office at 6391-0170 or custservsingapore@youngliving.com

Then select Purification to buy. If you want to know what other essential oils may benefit your cats, take a look at an earlier post here.

Hope this information on cat-safe mozzie prevention helps!


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