Happy Animals 1 – Blanket by donation (an auction)

Recently, Ms Ooi bought a few lovely pieces of cloth for us for any project which we may embark on. As always, Ms Ooi buys the loveliest and softest quality cotton.

Auction Rules:

1. Please check the latest comment for the latest bid before putting in yours.

2. All bids are placed as comments on this blogpost. All comments will be published instantly in chronological order. 

3. The auction ends at 5.00pm, on Tuesday, 4th August 2015. 

4. The winner is to bank in payment no later than 48 hours after the closing time failing which we reserve the right to offer it to the next highest bidder or to reauction. 

5. You may use a pseudonym when placing your bid, if you wish, but please use a genuine email address as we need to contact you if you win. Your email address will not be displayed. 

6. Please participate responsibly in the spirit of goodwill, honesty and fun!

100% of the winning bid will be channeled to our Fund for the animals.

Do we hear RM150? (This includes postage to Peninsular Malaysia.)

Here’s Happy Animals 1!

The bids:

On 2nd Aug:

At 9.34pm, Odett Liew bids RM200.

At 8.56pm, Liew WY bids RM180.

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The pattern is already so pretty, so I did not cut it up for this piece. After apportioning, there is enough cloth to make THREE blankets so there will be another two coming up but these other two would have to be patchworked to make up the breadth.

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So this piece is just quilted with the backing (backing is done by my mum).

The backing cloth is contributed by Agnes Cheong.

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Here you go!

Happy bidding and thank you very much for supporting our work!

On Daffodil’s trail

As you know, Daffodil is completely at home now, after straying the streets for more than 10 years before we moved into this neighbourhood in 2011.

Rosie was the first to invite herself into our compound. This was followed by her brother, Ginger, who came in to ask for help – he had been bitten by Mr Quack and the sore was turning gangrenous. So, Ginger came to the patio and sat inside the cage. How smart is that, right?

So I took Ginger to the vet and he had to be caged and on antibiotics for 2 weeks. That’s when Daffodil started coming, to visit Ginger daily.  And finally, we managed to get Daffodil spayed and the rest is history!

From then on, Daffodil came for meals daily but was very wary of humans. Can’t blame her, according to her feeder at the playground, when Daffodil was a little kitten, her whole family was captured by the animal-catchers and only she escaped. So I suppose that is why Daffodil had grown very wary of humans and that is also why her feeder could not catch her to be spayed for the 10 years that she was being fed at the playground.

From the patio, Daffodil took her time to move into the house. Slowly, she grew more comfortable and sat on chairs and sofas. Then she let us pat her.

Now…

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She makes frequent trips upstairs.

Without fail, when I come out of the bathroom, Daffodil would be there. She makes it a point to go upstairs to accompany me and gives me a sweet welcome when I come out of the bathroom. And now, she even takes another cat with her when she goes up. So, sometimes I would see Daffodil+Rosie, sometimes Daffodil+Ginger. Or Daffodil+Heidi and even Daffodil+Zurik! Vincent operates alone. He’s been relegated from the alpha to a foot soldier now. Poor Vincent. But cat politics is such that we humans cannot interfere. Ginger is the alpha now, which makes Daffodil the “Queen Mother”, I suppose? Vincent guards the porch by sitting atop the car. It’s not that bad being a foot soldier and the chief sentry. At least he has a mission – to guard the house at the frontlines – the porch. Vincent is extremely loyal. He is a good soldier.

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Here’s Daffodil coming down the stairs again.

We have been wondering what she does upstairs until…

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…we found her sleeping on our bed!

So that’s what her upstairs trips are all about! She’s learning what the house is all about and what you are supposed to do, and where. How cute!

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Of course everyone wants to go into Bunny’s Place. The PatioCats think it’s paradise in there.

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Our Queen Mother, Daffodil.

An even after 5 long years, she still looks after Ginger and Rosie.

Mother of the Year!

P.S. Mr Zurik is back for good now. We think he has some plan brewing again because he’s been coming into the house in the middle of the night and everyone else goes to the porch while he’s inside.

Bobby, another sporo-cat case (Theodore Lim’s)

Lately, there had been a few sporo cases again; caregivers writing in to ask for help, but we hadn’t received updates from them so there is no story to share.

Ever since our first case, all the information we have on sporo cases are all documented and compiled in this link:
https://myanimalcare.org/2014/04/29/tiger-day-54/ and every new case will also be placed in this same link so that it serves as a collection of cases with information that we hope will encourage new caregivers of sporo-cats not to give up and to strive on to give their cats a fighting chance.

In fact, if you have a medical tale to share, which you think would benefit other caregivers, please do send it over. With photos, please.

Bobby’s case is our latest sporo case and we thank his caregiver, Theodore, for allowing us to share Bobby’s story here.

This is Theodore’s first email to us:

From: Theodore Lim
Date: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 2:19 AM
Subject: Requesting help for my sporo cat
To: [email protected]

Dear Dr Chan,

I’m Theodore.
I have a pet cat named Bobby. He is currently 4 years old.
Recently I found out that he has this sporo infection.
He got this probably due to fighting with other stray cats in the neighbourhood.
He has this for about 2 months, and we just know about this sporo infection after sending him to vet three times as those wounds have not recover.
At first, we thought those wounds are just typical wounds, and just put iodine solution on them.
Bobby’s condition is somehow similar to that of Merdeka.
He has wounds around his eyes, nose, ears, and all four of his limbs.
He also sneezes quite often.
It worries me so much as more wounds pop out of nowhere day by day.
The vet suggested us to put him to sleep as the treatment is really costly and time-consuming.
I have read through your articles in Animal Care website regarding how Tiger and Merdeka strove through sporo.
Due to the fact that you experienced how to take care of a sporo cat, I would like to get some advice on how to manage my Bobby.
I saw that the typical treatment for sporo is Sporonox and Lamisil.
The vet had given me Unitrac (contains the same active ingredient as Sporanox), a green cream (I don’t know the ingredient), Beazyme (contains papain) and chloramine (contains chlorpheniramine). This treatment costs me RM125, with Unitrac (10 capsules) RM95.
By the way, today is his 5th day on Unitrac treatment.
In your article, you did mention about some other supplements you provided for Tiger, like Vetri-DMG, Biopure and Omega 7.
I would like to ask, are these supplements a must for sporo cat? If yes, will them cost much?
Do you have cheaper supply for sporo medications (Sporonox, Lamisil, supplements)? Because the entire treatment will be too much for me to bear.
I would also like to ask if the way I clean the wounds is right or wrong.
The vet suggests me to remove the plaques (harden blood clots) around those wounds first. – His wounds bleed everytime after I remove those plaques.
And then clean the wounds with a red solution (provided by the vet), and then clean again with Dettol.
After that, I apply the yellow iodine solution. At last I apply the green cream on the wounds.
I clean his wound once daily.
So, are the ways how I clean the wounds right?
Can I bath Bobby with antibacterial shampoo despite he has open wounds?
I have also notice so debris (tiny brown dandruff-like) on Bobby’s fur. I don’t know what those things are.
And the fur on the hair are clumping together, probably get into contact with his blood. So shall i trim the fur on the tail?
Thanks.
Hope to get your reply soon. Much appreciate.
Wish you have a great day ahead.
Regards,
Theodore
Baths are not recommended for sporo-cats.

And since that one email, we have roped in our reader who has been very helpful in giving advice and moral support for sporo caregivers as her own cat was FIV+ and had 80% of his body covered with sporotrichosis, but after 8 months of committed home treatment, the cat recovered and is the “taikor” at home now, many years later.

For now, Bobby will be finishing his Unitrac and will be starting on Sporanox, Biopure, Vetri DMG and Path-Away for topical application. Sporanox will be given with wetfood as it works better when there is oil in the diet. Bobby also has a cage now, which he likes going into (because Theodore’s old tshirt serves as his bed!), and a new litter box as well (which he has yet to learn to use!). Theodore is taking all the necessary precautions like using gloves and sanitising Bobby’s things and also himself.

We have asked Theodore if he could allow us to share Bobby’s story and progress as we know such stories will serve as encouragement for other caregivers too. And we know we do have very supportive readers here whom we are sure will send healing and positive wishes to Bobby for his quick recovery. And to Theodore and his family, thank you very much for doing your best for Bobby. Sporotrichosis treatment is usually quite long-drawn, so we are all here, cheering you on all the way.

From: Theodore Lim
Date: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 8:55 PM
Subject: Re: Unitrac
To: Chan Kah Yein <[email protected]>

Hi Dr Chan,
I will agree to share Bobby’s case to other readers / caregivers.
I hope this will give them motivation that having sporo infection does not mean that is the end of a cat’s life. The infection has a cure. Do not give up on the treatment although the vet may have suggest to put him to sleep. Getting the right treatment, support and help from kind-hearted samaritan will definitely lead the right path to recovery.
Bobby is doing good now, only sneezing sometimes.
He is gaining weight really fast now. Big tummy starts to appear hahaha
Thanks.
Regards,
Theodore
Weight gain is a very good sign!

Photos sent on 25th July 2015, showing how bad it was initially:

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Photos on 29th July 2015:

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Photos on 30th July 2015:

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Photos on 31st July 2015:

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Get well soon, Bobby!

Let’s all send positive healing wishes to Bobby for his recovery.

Thank you very much (July 2015 donors)

We would like to thank all who have supported us and made it possible for us to continue helping street animals through the hard work of the many caregivers in Malaysia.

No of neutering sponsored this month: 121 (105 cats, 16 dogs).

Thank you very much, everyone!

Anonymous donors
Ahmad Amir Kamil
Connie James
CP Ong
Donors from BGF sharing session
Edward Lim
Irene Leong
Jeffrey Choong
Julia Chong
Khao Yen Ling
Khoo Ming-Yi
Kok Khee Wee
Kwan Pei Kuan
Linda Florence Martin
Low Bee Bee
Mary Yap
Muditarians
Mum Mum Cat
Ooi Lee Ying
PC Leong
Premala Narendra
Rebecca Helen Daniels
Siti Azura Juih
Soh Soh Hoon
Tabs, Ginger & Friends
Tan Lai Fun
Wan Tai Seng
Wong Kah Chun
Yong Pui Fun
Yvonne Suet Lee
All well-wishers and supporters

Thank you Jan 2015

P.S. We also wish to inform all our well-wishers that we have not received the Berjaya grant of RM20,000 yet.  Once we receive it, we will inform you and as before in 2013, publish how these funds will be used.

Neutering aid for 4 cats in KL (Wong Yee Heng’s)

We have fully sponsored RM340 for the spaying of 3 female cats and castration of 1 male cat.

Ms Wong sent these photos:IMG-20150728-WA0003 IMG-20150728-WA0004 1 male IMG-20150728-WA0005 receipt wyh

 

Neutering aid for 1 cat in PJ (Catherine Lam Poh Yin & Norvem Chan’s)

We have sponsored RM100 for the castration of Olive. Olive is a male cat.

From: Norvem
Date: Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 8:24 PM
Subject: Olive Neutering Subsidy
To: Chan Kah Yein <[email protected]>

Dear Dr Chan,

Good Evening.
Olive is a stray cat, initially with kidney problems. He is well enough to be neutered now.
Will post to next week.

Thank you.

Kind regards,
Norvem

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Neutering aid for 2 cats in KL (Norely Abd Rahman’s)

We have fully sponsored RM180 for the spaying of Ginger and Blackie.

From: norely abd
Date: Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 8:02 AM
Subject: Neutering Subsidy For 2 Female Strays (Blackie & Ginger)
To: Chan Kah Yein <[email protected]>

Dear Dr. Chan,
Here are 2 more stray female cats that I sent for neutering yesterday. They are kept at my house for the next 5 days until the wound is healed. I plan to release them back to the warung afterwards. Their ears have been notched. I would really appreciate your neutering subsidy. Thanks so much!
Ely
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Tiger fights back

We have all heard of the adage “Enough is enough!”, haven’t we?

And we all know (or think we know) that Tiger is ever peaceful and timid and that he has been tolerating all the Cow-attacks and bullying for the last 9 years. Tiger was target-practice for the Cows, we thought. Hence, poor Tiger…

However, recently, we suddenly realised that perhaps we’ve got it all wrong all these years (that shouldn’t be surprising at all since we humans are oh-so-sadly-mistaken that we know when in actual fact, we don’t!). Maybe, just maybe, Tiger has been the alpha all these years. And that is why even though he has been yelled, screamed and war-cried at, he had never had to be hauled to the vet on emergencies due to Cow-bites. So, maybe Tiger has some secret up his sleeves after all?

Tonight, something happened right before our eyes which may prove the above theory right.

Jia-Wen had just come home and was sitting on Cleo’s sofa in Bunny’s room. Whenever any human sits on Cleo’s sofa, Cleo must always jump up to accompany the human. That’s Cleo’s rule. So Cleo did just that.

Then, Tiger came along and being not so perceptive, he didn’t know Cleo was already on the sofa so Tiger tried to jump up too.

Tiger did, and was immediately attacked by Cleo with a warning scratch.

Tiger landed on the floor and we all felt sorry for Tiger, so words of comfort were offered to “poor Tiger”, as always.

Suddenly, without warning (and this is totally unexpected), Tiger decided to fight back. He jumped back up onto the sofa and lashed out at Cleo!!

Jia-Wen and I were totally taken aback. Oh wow….what IS happening here???  A change in leadership or has it always been this way, without our knowledge?

But wait, as that happened, do you know what else happened?

This is another unexpected event…totally.

Cow came in and was about to lunge at Tiger (for attacking his niece, Cleo).

Oh wow….is this about family or colour, we don’t know.  Cow had clearly come in to defend Cleo, who by now, had gone into hiding under the sofa.

Tiger backed away and we had to mediate. We shooed Cow out of the room to prevent casualties and a trip to the vet. It’s already far too late at night.  Anyhow, our priority was to prevent any fight, no matter what the reason might be. There is no such thing as righteous or honour fighting which could result in injuries to any party. Please, no.

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Cleo hiding under the sofa.

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Don’t let this posture fool you. Cow IS keeping watch.

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Tiger stalking Cleo.

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Is it safe for me to come out yet? 

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Back to normal now.

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I see you, Cleo….

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And peace reigns again at Bunny’s Place.

Goodnight, everyone!

Let’s hope they will not do it again…ever!

A friend sent me this video (below) sometime ago, but I couldn’t gather enough courage to watch it despite her telling me that it was about this little child who had saved a goat from being sacrificed.

My friend assured me it was a very touching video and that the goat was saved, but I still could not watch it. I suppose it’s because there is just so much cruelty to animals in this world and you know about it and you are already doing all you can to promote kindness to animals (from saving street animals to urging people to eat less meat and use cruelty-free products), so you don’t wish to be reminded visually about it. You don’t want to have those sad images haunting you. It just doesn’t help because you are already maxed out.

But since we are celebrating HSI and India’s success at urging Gadhimai Temple to stop their ritualistic slaughter, perhaps this video is timely. We can now watch it (if you have the courage, that is) and say, “What’s done in the past cannot be undone. But [we hope, they] will not do it again.” EVER.

The video:
https://www.facebook.com/AnimalsAustralia/videos/vb.32799215298/10154059857965299/?type=2&theater

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I still cannot bring myself to watch it. I don’t want the images to haunt me and I don’t need them to remind me as I’m already doing all that can for the animals. Every day.

But I’m posting it because I think this message is very powerful: “What’s done in the past cannot be undone. But we will not do it again.”

If only we’d sit back and reflect, they could be a number of things that we’ve done in the past that cannot be undone. But it is never ever too late to resolve never to do it again.

For example, eating too much meat? Resolve to eat less. Maybe even not eat anymore. We all know where meat comes from, don’t we?

While we shout and scream at the cruel slaughter of animals, whether at the previous Gadhimai festivals, Yulin or elsewhere, what about the billions of animals slaughtered daily for meat in slaughterhouses all over the world? How is their fear and pain any different?

A lot of cruelty starts at the dinner table. It can stop from there too.

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Highly evolved people have their own conscience as