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Bunny’s rain shelter (finally!!)

It took a lot of time and effort…

Bunny has finally accepted the mat in the room as his rain shelter!!

Not only is this his rain shelter, but it is also his “night shelter” now. He comes in on his own after dinner and sleeps here.

To have Bunny finally accept this mat and for him to come to it all by himself….is a great achievement!  We tried baskets, boxes, mats, different locations, etc. but nothing worked initially. Bunny rejected them all and would just sit outside in the pantry in the freezing cold whenever it rained.

I finally resorted to sitting with him on the mat for long periods whenever it rained. He would climb onto my lap and tuck his head in. From this position, it slowly progressed to me putting him on the mat and still having to sit next to him. Finally, after a few rounds of doing this, he accepted the mat and the day came when he went to the mat all by himself!

At least for now, we don’t have to worry so much whenever it rains. He can come in by himself and it is warm enough in the room, away from the freezing cold wind.

Meanwhile, three days after Bunny settled on this mat, Indy tried to wrestle it away from him by sleeping right next to Bunny on the same mat. It was a rather comical sight, but I knew what Indy was up to. Luckily I spotted the attempt and quickly gave Indy a similar mat. Indy actually already has a mat, but well…he wanted to wrestle away Bunny’s. So far, Indy is happy with his (similar) mat. Let’s hope he will not make further attempts to steal Bunny’s mat.

Happy Deepavali!

FOUND! Missing dogs in Shah Alam (Sarmila Reddy’s)

Update: The dogs have been found!

Thank you very much (October 2021 donors)

One again, it is time to thank all donors and supporters for their very kind donations and well wishes.

This month’s neutering aid:
Number of animals: 3 (2 dogs & 1 cat)
Amount paid out: RM400.00
Recipients of the Neutering Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-neuter/

This month’s vaccination aid:
Number of animals: nil
Amount paid out: 
Recipients of the Vaccination Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-vacc-med/

This month’s petfood donation: RM4321.33
Recipients of the Food Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-food/

This month’s donors:

IMO Mr Chai Chan Yek from Jennifer Chai
IMO Sunshine & Olie from Wong Yoke Mei
IMO Toby & Sandy from Chow Yi Lin
Anonymous donors
Donors from Boost
Ahmad Amir Kamil
Alina Zainal Abidin
Avant Pet Sdn Bhd
Joy Saga
Khoo Ming-Yi
Kok Khee Wee
Kwan Pei Kuan
NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan
Sia Jee Kei
Tan Lai Fun
Tan Tay Thye & his karma debtors
Than Foong
Wan Tai Seng
Wong Chin Kuan

The alphas’ power struggle and tussle for hot spots

For many months now, there has been peace in Bunny’s Place.

Bunny had his pantry chairs, Indy took over Pole’s condo and Cow had a comfortable basket in the room with a towel which he thoroughly loves even on hot days. The basket was meant for Bunny but Cow got it first and in any case, Bunny didn’t want it, so it’s all good. Everyone had his own space.

But then, the heavy rains started again and when it’s really heavy, there is a slight leak at the location of Bunny’s pantry chairs. It’s beyond repair because it is due to an overflow from the gutter on top. So, Bunny needed a new location whenever it rained heavily.

We tried bringing in one of the chairs into the room, we tried baskets, boxes, mats and towels in the room as well as in the pantry, but none of it worked. We even brought in his favourite Blue House into the pantry, but no, the Blue House (which is a very old carrier) had to be left where it was – in the patio at that specific location. Anywhere else just didn’t cut it. Bunny spends a lot of time in the Blue House when it doesn’t rain, but that’s at the patio and we have to ensure Ginger doesn’t bully him or Bunny doesn’t accidentally bump into Ginger or else all hell would break loose resulting in trips to the vet’s…for Bunny. By the way, Indy’s wounds from the Ginger-Indy fight have healed. There were no complications from that, thank goodness.

Finally, after weeks of trying to find Bunny a “rain shelter”, only this worked…

We removed the door from this purple carrier and was hoping Bunny might go into it since he loves his Blue House so much, but no, he simply won’t go in. But we left the purple carrier where it is to create a cul-de-sac for Bunny. The purple carrier also acts as a barrier against the strong winds during thunderstorms.

It’s not a perfect rain shelter, but it’s the only one Bunny would accept. There is actually so much space in the room, but what can we do? Bunny refuses to go in when it rains. He regards the pantry as “his space” and wants to remain there. The pantry is dry when it rains, but the winds can be quite strong.

So, this cul-de-sac space worked…but only for two days.

Cow wrestled the space from Bunny. He actually gave up his comfortable basket in the room and took over the mat and the space.

We had to run intervention and coax Cow to go back to his basket but Cow simply refused. Instead, he went off to a faraway chair as a sign of protest.

From then on, Cow had completely abandoned his basket.

The tussle lasted for a few days. Luckily Indy did not participate in this.

Finally, I think (and hope) Cow understood that the cul-de-sac was prepared for Bunny, so Cow found a new spot for himself.

One of the wooden chairs in the room.

Okay, Cow, anywhere in the room is fine. Just please don’t take over Bunny’s new spot. He needs it. Bunny is blind and it is not easy for him to find a space where he feels safe enough to rest comfortably.

As of this afternoon…

…Indy was seen on one of Bunny’s chairs.

And Bunny decided to sleep here, under the pots. It’s fine as long as it doesn’t rain.

It’s really not easy creating spaces for cats because the cats themselves must approve of the space. At the end of the day, it’s really all up to the cats.

As for the queen, nothing has changed. The whole bed is hers.

Cleo owns the entire bed. She’s happy.

And none of the Alphas have dared to wrestle the bed from her.

Petfood Donation to Imm’s Shelter

Donors: In memory of Sunshine & Olie from Wong Yoke Mei, In memory of Toby & Sandy from Chow Yi Lin, In memory of Mr Chai Chan Yek from Jennifer Chai, Kok Khee Wee, NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan, Avant Pet Sdn Bhd, Ahmad Amir Kamil, Kwan Pei Kuan, Wan Tai Seng, Cheah May-Lee, Tan Tay Thye, anonymous donors, AnimalCare donors (reserve fund).

The petfood:

Monge cat kibbles adult 10kg – 2 bags
Cindy’s Original
– Chicken w tuna – 3 boxes
– Tuna w salmon – 3 boxes
– Pacific fresh tuna – 3 boxes
Alps Dog kibble 13kg
– Lamb – 1 bag
– turkey – 1 bag
Alps Dog can pate
– Salmon – 1 box
– Turkey – 1 box
We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

A message from Imm’s Shelter: Our deepest appreciation to Myanimalcare Donors for their petfood donation to Imm’s shelter. Bless you all for your kindness n generosity in these difficult times. 💖🐱🐶💖

Imm’s Shelter is home to 18 cats and 31 dogs. It is run by Imm with the help of friends and volunteers. Recently, a large part of the shelter was destroyed by a heavy storm. Thankfully, none of the animals were harmed. Currently, renovations and repair works are being carried out.

Indy and Ginger’s PTSD

Both Indy and Ginger were traumatised by their fight.

Even though Ginger won the fight, he appeared to be in a daze after that. He only ate a little bit of lunch and spent the whole afternoon sleeping. By evening, he was somewhat back to his normal habits again. We noticed that there was a very faint scratch above his eye. Well, Indy is known to attack the eyes when in defense mode. He’s done that to quite a few cats before and Indy is super accurate. Maybe with age, Indy has lost his bullseye touch (which is good!). Many years ago, Indy scratched Cow’s eye so badly until Cow needed two eye surgeries before it miraculously healed. That was a very deep scratch. Indy had also scratched Bunny’s eye before. Our male cats are all super alpha fighters.

Ginger was a very mild-mannered cat when he first came to us. But look at him now – also a super alpha.

Luckily Ginger was able to eat his dinner. In fact, he was hungry an hour before their usual dinner time and came to ask for an early dinner.

I think Ginger managed to sleep off his PTSD.

As for Indy, I had to put the soft e-collar on him all afternoon and that was rather stressful for him. He did not even sleep. And when I took off the e-collar after dinner, he quickly went off to urinate. Poor guy. The e-collar must have felt really alien on him, so he didn’t dare to do anything.

I did not expect Indy to eat yet as he had totally skipped lunch. I had to force-feed him a little bit of food so that I could give him his antibiotics. Indy also has gastro-intestinal issues, so I didn’t want him getting gastritis because of an empty stomach.

I was quite pleasantly surprised that Indy was able to lick some food on his own. Not much, but at least he can on his own, which is a bonus. I thought I’d probably have to force-feed him for a few days.

He wanted to groom himself so badly, so I let him. I figured the longer I leave the e-collar on, the more stressed out he would be. It is using the e-collar to prevent him from licking his wounds vs taking it off so that he feels more comfortable, more normal and is able to at least sleep and rest well. Resting well is also paramount to his recovery and healing. So I decided to only use the e-collar after applying the Fucidin cream onto his wounds. After that, it would be off. We will play it by ear.

Indy is also no longer limping now, so that’s good.

As expected, the wounds are healing superficially very fast. That’s the problem with cat bites. The wounds will heal superficially and trap the bacteria inside. Without oral antibiotics, various problems might arise from the bacteria festering under the skin. It can lead to abscesses which may require lancing or surgery. We’ve dealt with those issues before when Cow and Bunny were young.

A huge Indy-Ginger fight

I don’t know how it started, but Indy with Cow & Bunny were out in the patio for their usual morning routine.

Suddenly, I heard the war cries and found Indy and Ginger locked in battle. Fur was flying all over the place and I had to use the water hose to separate them.

Checked Indy first and discovered he had bite wounds. One was bleeding quite badly too. I cleaned the wounds as much as I could and applied Fucidin on them. Indy was growling, probably in pain and shock.

This looked pretty bad. It’s on the right shoulder.

On the left, it was just a scratch.

There was not a single scratch on Ginger. As mild-mannered as he looks, Ginger has been winning all the fights lately. Our seniors are all getting old.

The earliest vet appointment I could get today was at noon, so off we went. I know that for cat bites, normally antibiotics have to be started within the same day. The wounds might heal superficially, but it might still be infected inside and the infection would be “trapped” resulting in abscesses. It can be a nightmare.

The vet shaved Indy in three places where there were wounds and checked the depth of the wounds. Luckily, they were not deep. The intense (scary) bleeding earlier was because it punctured a blood vessel. The vet cleaned the wounds and applied povidone iodine. We will follow up with Fucidin twice a day.

Indy was given two injections; one was an anti-inflammatory and one was a fast-acting painkiller (so that the vet could shave and clean the wounds). The vet said Indy was actually being very good and cooperative. Some cats would require sedation just to clean such wounds.

Well, Indy is a soldier. He’s a tough cookie.

Indy was prescribed Marbofloxacin, which is a targeted antibiotic for such wounds (10 days) and Beazyme as an anti-inflammatory. He was also given transdermal Tramadol for pain.

Poor Indy, he was limping back home. It must be due to the pain.

You will soldier on, Indy.

The vet assured me that the wounds were not as serious as it looked. Once antibiotics is started within the same day, there is little likelihood of any abscesses forming.

I will definitely have to find a way to prevent these fights between Ginger and our seniors. Ginger and Indy have been mortal enemies for a long time now. If there is always this tension between Ginger and the seniors, perhaps I would have to put Ginger in his cage whenever the seniors are out in the patio and we are not able to monitor them closely. For example, today, I only left them unsupervised for a few seconds, and the fight already broke out. Our guess is that Indy could have accidentally bumped into Ginger. Maybe that’s what happened.

Petfood Donation to Mun Mun Furry Sanctuary

Donors: In memory of Sunshine & Olie from Wong Yoke Mei, In memory of Toby & Sandy from Chow Yi Lin, In memory of Mr Chai Chan Yek from Jennifer Chai, Kok Khee Wee, NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan, Avant Pet Sdn Bhd, Ahmad Amir Kamil, Kwan Pei Kuan, Wan Tai Seng, Cheah May-Lee, Tan Tay Thye, Khoo Ming-Yi, Tan Lai Fun, Alina Zainal Abidin, donors from Boost, anonymous donors, AnimalCare donors (reserve fund).

The petfood and supplies:

Cindy’s Original canned food 80g – Tuna Salmon – 10 boxes
Alps small bite kibble Salmon 13kgs – 2 bags
Dog canned food Alps classic pate (400g) Lamb – 5 boxes
Vitalplus dog Lamb kibble 18kgs – 8 bags
Cat litter Angel Kleen – 15 bags
Cindy Naturelle Grainfree kibble 13kg Chicken – 5 bags
Cindy Naturelle Open Farm Chicken 7kg – 2 bags

We thank Avant Pet for the free delivery.

A message from Mun Mun: Received pet food from Avant Pet today. Big thanks to Dr Chan Kah Yein, myanimalcare and all donors for the kind support.

Mun Mun Furry Sanctuary is home to 250 dogs and 80 cats. It is run by Mun Mun, Phoebe and helpers. They are also feeding 2 groups of 16 stray dogs outside the shelter at night.