A while ago, we shone light on the efforts put in by shelters or rescue groups; the unsung heroes dedicated to putting their foot (or paw) down, taking a stand against the unapologetic treatment of Singapore Specials.
Today, we’re here to give due credit to another group of unsung heroes who enduringly embrace the insufferable scratching and nips by the local mongrels’ more independent and catty counterparts (cats).
Ah Beng Pet Store speaks to some catteries to give you an insight to how some of our catteries operate.
Our Very Own Mufasa
Rudyard Kipling might be right – Cats do walk by themselves and do not need their owners to feel secure and safe, but the good people at Love Kuching Project don’t care much for Kipling or his literary endeavor.
Much like its namesake, Love Kuching (Kuching = cats) Project is about loving and caring for the cats in our lives and neighbourhoods.
They care about our neighbourhood friendly cat that has been beaten to a pulp and in need of intensive care. They care about the cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, the abandoned and abused cats who are condemned to the streets…They care about the cats that need constant palliative care, the cats that aren’t able to fend for themselves, and they strive to provide it to those in need.
The good folks at Love Kuching Project take on the role of feline protector, whether these kitties claim they need it or not; much like what Mufasa was to Simba (minus the dying, of course).
One such case is Yan Dao:
Love Kuching Project went the extra mile to ensure the handicapped and sickly senior cat Yandao got the best therapy needed to help him get better.
Edit: Despite their valiant efforts, he succumbed to his conditions and passed away.
Nonetheless, Love Kuching Project’s efforts were not wasted. After sessions of therapy, Yandao was finally able to stand on all fours for a brief moment – something that would not have happened without the care the good folks at Love Kuching Project provided.
Yandao at acupuncture therapy sessions
(Photo credits: https://www.facebook.com/pg/luvkuching/)
Love Kuching Project’s dedication to their cause is indeed inspiring. Not many people are able to put themselves in the position that Love Kuching volunteers have.
It’s more than just a grueling job for these brave hearts, on top of caring for a cattery full of sick or injured cats and keeping the facilities clean and sterile, our valiant kitty carers often have to handle feral cats (which means that they would have to risk getting clawed or bitten) like Rudyard’s kitties, would rather be left alone.
Caring for a sick/ injured feral cat is no easy feat.
Yet, the plucky people at Love Kuching Project have been patient and understanding towards new resident, Poe – a feral cat with a nasty leg wound, and “known to bite, hiss and scratch”.
They understand that “even feral cats deserve help. We just try to keep him comfortable as his wound heals, and put as little stress on him as possible”.
Their patience and love for the furry feline has finally paid off: Poe is recovering well, and while he is still not let out of his cage, experienced handlers are now able to pet the once “skittish kitty”.
Much like their doggy counterparts, not all catteries are alike.
For example, cattery The Cat Museum are pretty much a kitty haven.
Brainchild ofone Ms Jessica Seet, The Cat Museum is home to 6 resident cats, a nursery full of kittens, and a floor full of adult cats.
Despite their shared love for rehabilitating cats, The Cat Museum operates differently from other conventional shelters.
Unlike the conventional shelters that house their residents in cages or dedicated cubicles, residents of The Cat Museum live in luxury; in a 3-storey mansion house on Purvis Street (adorned with cat-friendly toys like no other), free to roam their allocated premises.
Unlike The Cat Museum, Love Kuching Project adopts a different modus operandi.
Due to their limited resources, they do not take in just about any neighbourhood stray cat you find.
Unlike other open-admission shelters like The Cat Museum, Cat Welfare Society or the SPCA who aid in re-homing or boarding cats, Love Kuching Project “is a limited-admission cat shelter, operating on a triage basis”, meaning they only “concentrate on rehabilitating a fixed number of injured and critically-ill stray cats” who need special care.
Love Kuching Project prides itself in rehabilitating cats at risk (injured or critically ill strays), besides providing adoption opportunities for the rescued and rehabilitated cats, and educating/ raising awareness about the “soft kitty warm kitty” syndrome (cats make great companion animals).
Due to the nature of its organisation (focus on cats at risk), “we do not have the resources to foster or re-home healthy community cats or cats with existing homes,” explains Love Kuching Project’s Camellia.
Besides the rehabilitation of cats, Love Kuching Project takes no cat nap. Besides rehabilitating and caring for their residents, they also have a dedicated and ongoing cat therapy project, where they conduct cat therapy sessions for seniors in nursing homes, students, as well as children and young adults with special needs.
For all that they do, the good folks at Love Kuching Project deserve some recognition. If you would like to help their cause, head on down to Love Kuching Project’s Facebook page for more details!