Fundraising target for May 2015 as of 23 May 2015


Amount of monthly donations to Boarding Fund as of 8 May 2015


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Romeo from a void deck in Pasir Ris, healing up from a fight wound

A well-loved community cat from Pasir Ris got himself bitten under his tail, and worried all his human friends when the wound festered and got infected. They brought him to the vet for treatment, where he stayed for two days.

Romeo

His infected bite wound under the tail

The vet had advised them that his wound would need daily cleaning and topical medication, and he would need to finish a course of antibiotics. If the wound didn't heal up well, he would need surgery to close it. The residents who brought him to the vet couldn't find a way to foster him while he needed this rehabilitation time. Thus Romeo came to us when we had space freed up.

When he first came to us
Lounging on our couch
Romeo is a sweet boy, and responded well to medication and treatment from day one.

Getting his wound cleaned
After he finished his antibiotics our vet examined his wound and found that he wouldn't need surgery to stitch the wound close; as you can see from the above photo, there is almost no more raw skin left! It is now a mere abrasion, and he can soon go home to his void deck and meet all his beloved humans again!

Looking forward
It hasn't been all that wonderful for him staying with us to recover, he misses his freedom, looks out the window grilles wistfully, wants to walkabout and get lots of physical affection. We hope to get him back home as soon as possible! Cheer him on on our updates on the cats through our social media channels - links below.


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pretty Momo from Farrer Road - her story

| Momo currently recuperating with us |
Momo first started attracting unwanted attention by a condo management in Farrer Road, where she had then been unsterilised, finding boyfriends in the condo grounds, and giving birth within. She has since been sterilised, abandoned her boyfriends in the condo, preferring to hang out at a safer location outside the condo's perimeter. She was sterilised with a microchip under one of our volunteers' names.

| At her favourite bench with an ah pek |
Recently she was discovered limping by a resident in the area, who then called SPCA. Because of her stray cat microchip, our volunteer's name came up and was contacted by Cat Welfare Society. Momo was bailed out by our volunteer and brought to us to recuperate from her leg injury since we had the space.

Our vet prescribed cage rest and stretches for her, as it was not an injury that needed surgery or a splint. She however also came with a slight flu' and needed medication for it. She came to us on 5 June, and just completed medication for her flu'; her sneezing and nasal discharge are gone.

We need to check that she can walk properly now, and thereafter she can return to her favourite spot.

Momo being comfortable back home
You may recall that a litter of kittens was rescued from the same locale - yes, she is the mother of Leo, Lennon, Laney and Louie.

Help us help other cats like Momo and family, through becoming a monthly Boarding Fund giver. Through a budgeted recurring gift from you every month, deducted automatically by your bank, we can ensure the cats that need a temporary home have one with us where they can receive the rehabilitation they need. Young kittens without a mother can find foster parents in our volunteers till they are trained and rehomed. Injured kitties can receive care and rest till they are well enough to go back to the streets. Sick kitties with serious illness can have a final resting place where their physical and emotional welfare will be taken care of.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

About a sick kitty found in a drain and soaked with rain

This is Scarlett's story as we know it, and her journey with us receiving the medical care she needs.

Scarlett was found in Chip Bee Gardens. A resident there heard about a cat sitting in the drain, soaked through after a few days of rain. The feeder in that area didn't recognise her, so she might have been abandoned there, we won't know for sure. She was brought to the vet and found to be hypothermic, apart from other things.

When first sighted in the drain
En route to the vet
She was found to have kidney failure and would need subcutaneous fluids daily. She was hospitalised for 4 days. When she was ready to be discharged, she came to us.

Scarlett after getting discharged


Then we realised Scarlett is blind. Dilated pupils, unable to see someone approaching her. We were initially applying topical medication for her eyes because her first vet diagnosed eye ulceration. After Scarlett saw our vet, it turns out she has no eye ulcers but it is indeed blind. We stopped her topical eye drops.

Kidney failure cats often have high blood pressure / hypertension, which leads to blindness that is usually irreversible. We got her blood pressure tested and it was indeed very high. The standard medication for kidney problems is Fortekor which is also good for hypertension, so she needed to only be on Fortekor. We started her on it straightaway.

Scarlett's rescuer visiting her
A Foster Care Volunteer with Scarlett
Giving Scarlett her fluids and meds are so easy because she is such an agreeable cat. However, she gets easily stressed out because of her high blood pressure. Her heart sometimes beats very fast, and just today, she had very heavy breathing and needed oxygen.

She will rest at our cattery to get her treatment and care necessary. Follow Scarlett's journey with us on social media!

Scarlett likes hugs




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Monday, June 1, 2015

[Adopt] Freckles, kitty rescued from Seletar Farmway (where there are lots of stray dogs!)

We got an appeal for help for fostering Freckles from a couple who found her along Seletar Farmway. That road has a lot of wild stray dogs, and Freckles was the only cat in the area. We are unsure if she was dumped there, but it was a very dangerous place for her to be in.

Freckles when she was found

Unfortunately, they were unable to foster her because of space issues and asked us for help, while in the meantime they kept her in a pet carrier. It was very uncomfortable for Freckles, and stressful for the rescuers.

We normally don't take in kittens that are too old, and Freckles was already 3 months old in the picture. But because the rescuers had nowhere else to house her away from the situation, and the place she was found was really dangerous, we made an exception with Freckles. They in the meantime got her vaccinated and vet checked. She was docile at first, but owing to her already past the ideal socialisation age, and because she began having teething discomfort not long after, she started to be more aggressive towards her rescuers not long after. When she first came to Love Kuching, she was all fierce and unfriendly.

A week later, we managed to break the ice with her. She enjoys cuddling with humans and playing with other kittens (after she makes sure she has her say!) now that she realised she likes companionship.

Freckles now, now 4 months old

She really likes her foster brothers, and plays as rough as they do.

Turmeric: "This Freckles be cray-cray!"
"Am not scared of you! I am the Kitten King!"
"Wait - this. THIS is our real enemy! This noodly thing!"

Then she has her sweet girly side to help her get away with mischief. With a pretty face no one can say no to.

Beautiful tortoiseshell colouring
Playing with a toy strawberry
Her poses are often very demure
All cuddly-cute in her favourite cat shelf
She still maintains some of her old quirks. She definitely hates dogs after being where she was from. She still needs to be told not to use her mouth to nip people, especially now that she is teething - kittens' adult teeth start growing out between 4 and 6 months of age. She may be cuddly on your tummy and sweet that way but is still a feisty girl. Sure to reign in any household!

She has been vaccinated, vet-checked and is litter-trained. Currently 4 months of age. To adopt Freckles, see right side bar under 'How to adopt' or click here.




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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Full Story: Miya from Hougang with heart disease

| Miya |
Miya from Hougang is a stray cat found very bloated and skinny by two sisters who live in the vicinity. They brought her to the vet and the initial suspicion was a liver issue. A blood test showed an elevated ALT liver enzyme, and there was a notable enlargement of the liver.

Miya has ascites - bloating of the abdomen with fluid - and the first vet that the rescuers went to did an ultrasound of the liver to no conclusion, but recommended a daily diuretic to drain the fluid.

Fur loss is from the ultrasound
The rescuers had no idea how to proceed from there and asked us for help, for they knew Miya needed daily foster care as she had to be on regular medication. They fed her outside their house until Miya could come to us. For foster care and further veterinary investigation by our doctors.

When our vet Dr Chong did Miya's first physical examination, there was an unusual galloping rhythm of her heart, which would indicate heart disease, and that would also explain the ascites and the liver symptoms. We recorded the heartbeat and we asked Dr Chong's colleague for a second opinion; indeed there was an abnormal heart rhythm.

We concluded that Miya's heart disease was what was causing her thinness and her bloating and proceeded to put Miya on heart medication and to continue her diuretic at the lowest dose possible. She has also been put on heart and liver supplements.

Miya is much better now and eating well.

Miya feeling much better, eating well





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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Full Story In Black And White: Mr Cow from Pasir Ris

Mr Cow is one of the stray cats from Pasir Ris Park area. Because he is one of the remaining cats in that colony yet to be neutered, he gets into scuffles with the other cats, and roams a wider distance than his "frenemies" do, often slinking into nearby construction work and the roads.

One day, he was discovered to be missing. His feeders searched for him. He was found days later hiding in a drain. His mouth was bleeding, his forepaws were caked in blood. He hadn't eaten for days, and was dehydrated.

A not-so-graphic photo of his swollen mouth
Despite the pain he must have been feeling, he consented to getting rescued, and we were called in for help; Mr Cow came to us to stay. We then brought him to the vet the next day.

At the vet
At first we thought the bleeding from his mouth was due to the usual problem many stray cats have, gum disease. Upon closer inspection, it turned out his gums were not inflamed. It looked to us he actually lost some teeth, so it could be an injury instead.

Upon examination by our vet, we learned that Mr Cow had a fracture in his jaw. It was likely due to an accident. We had to further investigate if Mr Cow would need surgery for his jaw or if it could heal on its own while we managed the pain and made sure he started eating again.

(In the meantime we gave him a bath to get all the caked blood away.)


Mr Cow after getting cleaned up
We gave Mr Cow some liquid food via a syringe through the side of his mouth. But it turned out, he could lap up the liquid food on his own! At first it wasn't much, and it had to be watered down. But as he started to feel less pain, his appetite increased. 

He then got an orthopedic consultation by another of our clinic's vets. He inspected Mr Cow's jaw more closely. Mr Cow was so obedient he allowed the vet to touch his mouth, inspect his teeth and gums, manipulate his lower jaw to see the extent and area of the fracture.

The fracture of his jaw had caused his mouth to be unable to close properly - the alignment was off. One of his lower canines was digging into his upper gum, causing him discomfort. The surgery proposal was to insert a wire in his jaw area to get the bones to fuse such that the alignment would be corrected. Then the wire would be surgically removed. Based on the clinical signs that Mr Cow's pain level was low, and that he was eating well, we opted not to have the surgery. If Mr Cow's pain was much more severe and the alignment of his mouth was causing him to be unable to eat, then the surgery would be justified. As it is, he is doing fine and in fact better every day.

Fracture is along the centre of his lower jaw
He doesn't seem to mind it though...
The timeline we were given to see how well the jaw had healed was 3 weeks. By then, the fracture should have fused. We could then get him neutered and return him to Pasir Ris Park.

How has he been coping?

He can now eat food without it being watered down, and we have seen his appetite improve. We are giving him supplements to manage pain and inflammation and to encourage his body to heal. Due to his few days not eating and drinking while he was hiding in the drain, he did have some constipation. We gave him some pumpkin, an enema and subcutaneous fluids, and he got better and pooped. He is also getting livelier every day. He is super affectionate and enjoys getting our attention with his constant meowing.

Follow Mr Cow's healing journey with us on social media! He is an absolute charm to Instagram!



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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ginger from NTU - his rescue story

Ginger is one of the resident stray cats on NTU campus grounds, and earlier this year he was found with a flesh wound on his lower abdomen. The cat management team at NTU brought him to the vet to get him treated.


Where his flesh wounds are located


However, he was found to have a resistant staph infection on his wounds, so he ended up staying at the vet for a long time. He has since come over to our cattery so we can continue his wound care till it heals up and he can go back to NTU.

Ginger recuperating at LKP now
Our vet has seen him too, and recommends keeping his wound clean with saline, and applying silver sulfudiazine cream.

Close up of one of his wounds
Ginger is not an easy cat to do clinical care for. He kicks violently when he's being handled for cleaning, and cannot be let out of his cat suite for any walkabouts because he fights with everyone. He is also very angsty and needs a cardboard box he can tear away at constantly.

But this face is very deceiving...

"I am so poor thing. Love me."


Follow his healing adventures with us on social media! (Links to follow us are below).




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Friday, May 8, 2015

Volunteer Recruitment: Foster Care Volunteers

Exciting news! We are growing our Foster Care team, and are looking for humans to join our LKP family.

Our Foster Care team takes care of all our foster cats. They clean up after them, feed them, and interact with them. The team operates on a rota basis where each day's team comes weekly on the same day. They are highly committed, eager to learn, are initiated and have a deep level of empathy.

Foster Care vollies have to do a wide variety of tasks for the cats every week. These include:p
  • Cleaning cat suites
  • Clearing cat litter / washing cat litter boxes
  • Cleaning the cattery
  • Preparing supplements and food
  • Clinical care tasks, such as injections and wound care
You don't need to be a cat expert to join us. What we are looking for are humans that have a teachable attitude. Training will be provided.

Availability is also a necessary trait; you will be volunteering every week, at night. Currently it is Monday to Saturday nightly - we need to add one more human to each night. We also need to form a Sunday team. You can either join one of the existing teams or be part of the pioneer Sunday team.

Interested? Drop Elaine an email at elaine@lovekuchingproject.org. 




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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Bringing the love of cats to intellectually disabled adults at MINDS

MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled in Singapore) has a Training and Development Centre at Tampines that offers services for adults with intellectual disability to help them with social integration and mainstream activities. They invited us to bring our therapy cats to their centre for animal-assisted activity sessions.

Their clients loved it!

Teapot getting a hug
Through simple interactive activities with the cats, such as touching them, stroking them, playing wand toys with them, the intellectually disabled adults could practise physical skills and communication with their peers.

Outreach Volunteer Camellia with a group of MINDS clients




We have been invited to bring our therapy cats to MINDS at Tampines twice a month. The centre's staff will assist with every session, and the clients' responses to the cats will be evaluated to help them in improving their personal skills.

More pics from our first trial session with them -

Teapot resting on a client's arm
A client brushes a cat with some assistance
Stroking a cat as a group working together


The therapy cats were really comfortable visiting the centre and interacting with their intellectually disabled clients. They were very gentle towards the cats, and the cats didn't get stressed about working with them. We will update our social feeds when we go again to MINDS next month!



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