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A lawyer who cares for animals – thank you, Mr Ong Yu Shin!

We thank you, Mr Ong, for caring. Salute!


Ginger to the rescue!!

Jayden has started crawling everywhere and he is always trying to escape from his mattress-prison by crawling towards the exit.

Way to freedom!!!

So, Ginger came to the rescue!

Ginger is blocking the exit. And no, I did not teach Ginger to do this.

You cannot teach a cat anything. They do whatever they want.

For those who think only dogs can do these deeds, well…so can cats!

Good boy, Ginger, good boy!

Jayden wants to play with Tabs too!

Hello, Tabs. 

Tabs…want to play with me? 

Visiting the “Forbidden City” and eating news

Minnie-5 and Ginger LOVE visiting Bunny’s Place.

Now they get many visits a day.

They come in mainly for the serai and Heidi’s grass (I still haven’t found out the name of this weed, but all the cats love it). Heidi discovered it at the park during her trips there, we brought some back to plant.

Does anyone know the name of this plant, please?

We grew it at the patio for Heidi and it was thriving, until Cow and Bunny came to spray urine on it….sigh.  Now we only have these patches in Bunny’s Place (growing from the pebbles). I’ve scoured the whole park, it doesn’t have this plant anymore. It is “just” a weed, but it’s a precious weed. It is safe for the cats and they all love it. They even love it more than wheatgrass.

A conference? What are we going to do with the invaders? They seem to come in every day.

Tabs didn’t join in the tour.

Nowadays, Minnie-5 doesn’t eat as much as before. It’s been a month that they have been home. I guess one whole month of “eating like crazy” has been enough to compensate!

Thank you very much (July 2022 donors)

Thank you very much to all donors and well-wishers for the continued support!

In view of the very significant rising costs of food prices, including petfood, from this month onwards, we started a new project of extending our Food Aid to more shelters. Shelter animals are confined within the shelter and they cannot hunt for food, hence, shelter operators have to ensure their animals have sufficient food besides taking care of the animals’ medical/veterinary needs, the rental of land (if applicable), utilities and workers’ salary, room and board. Times are bad now with inflation on the rise.

We have also provided the last batch of petfood to MunMun Furry Sanctuary on 3rd July 2020, with enough catfood to last for two months (including the balance from previous months). His dogs eat homecooked food. We have been providing petfood to MunMun’s since February 2018 on a regular basis. Since the end of June this year, we have paid a few visits to the sanctuary and have had discussions with his team. They have now already found their own means of sourcing for petfood. Our best wishes go to their team and their animals. May the animals be well-looked after.

We hope that there will be more neutering claims now that we have moved into the endemic period. Our primary objective has always been to help in the neutering of street animals through One-Street CNRM which we believe is the more sustainable and compassionate means of population control of street animals.

This month’s neutering aid:
Number of animals: 6 dogs & 1 cat 
Amount paid out: RM1,290 (inclusive of extra sponsorship)
Recipients of the Neutering Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-neuter/

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

This month’s food aid: RM17,135,17
Recipients of the Food Aid: https://myanimalcare.org/category/aid-food/

The breakdown:
MunMun Furry Sanctuary: RM4,108.60 (last batch)
Imm’s Shelter: RM851.51
Survivor Shelter: RM3,562.52
Cherishlife Home: RM6,862.54
PAWS: RM1,750.00

This month’s donors:

In memory of Dana
Anonymous donors
Ahmad Amir Kamil
Avant Pet Sdn Bhd
Bunny’s Place & Ginger’s Catio
Evon Goh
Jasmine Ee
Joy Saga
Khoo Ming-Yi
Kok Khee Wee
Kwan Pei Kuan
Lee Chooi Wan
NandaLeonie Hong Siew Lan
Ngiow Siet Sun
SharonLin Ooi
Tan Lai Fun
Tan Tay Thye & his karma debtors
Thong Nook Lin
Wan Tai Seng
Wong Chin Kuan
Wong Yoke Mei

The daily visits to Bunny’s Place

Every morning, Stargate is open and Minnie-5 would cross over to visit, play, explore and eat serai and Heidi’s grass.

This morning, so far, Cleo has not done her warning war cry.

You should be able to see all five of them here, with Ginger in the planter’s box and Indy and Cow in the background.

Cleo is lurking under the planter’s box. Bunny is still fast asleep in his condo (blocked by the black tray).


Tabs, definitely an indoor cat!

In the afternoon

Everyone was relaxing on a chair each. That’s Lynx and Robin (note the hooked tail).

Rey on the left and Smurfy on the deck chair.

Minnie seems to have taken over all of Uncle Ginger’s spots. This is one of Ginger’s favourite spots.

We’re going to repair Vincent’s table for them.

And we have moved one planter’s box over to make the sandpit longer. The wall definitely needs cleaning and maybe a fresh coat of paint, after years of stains from the plants. A few of the Heliconia plants had to be cut to so that the planter’s box could be “uprooted” and moved. The curry leaf tree had to be removed too. We don’t want any bird coming to build a nest on it, not with 5-6 cats around. The birds can build their nests on our palm trees outside where it is very high and safe.

I used a toothbrush, dishwashing liquid and started scrubbing the wall…

That’s the best I could do.

How to make garbage enzyme

For the sake of the cats, I’m going to relearn how to make garbage enzyme.

I thought this site is pretty good: https://zenyrgarden.com/how-do-you-make-garbage-enzyme/

For those who might not have read my earlier post, it’s an option to control the odour in their sandpit. Another option, I just learnt, is to use activated charcoal.

Deodorizing a cat sandpit – an interim measure

Ever since Minnie-5 moved to Ginger’s Catio, they use automatically went back to Tiger’s Sandpit to do their business. I left all four litter boxes (which they had happily used while under quarantine in the two-bedroom “apartment” upstairs) with the tofu litter in the catio but nobody used them.

Everyone preferred the sandpit even though it’s quite small.

I asked the vet and a few friends and all said that cats would definitely prefer something natural if they have a choice.

But there were some problems with the sandpit.

(1) It gets the rain.

(2) It smells…because all five of them are using that small sandpit. It’s the ammonia smell and it’s quite sharp.

We could extend the sandpit for them, of course. We are planning to remove one planter’s box and extend the sandpit.

In a way, the rain isn’t so bad too because it washes the sand and removes the odour.

Initially they were even using the planter’s box as a toilet, which was fine, but nobody uses it now.

I wanted to buy litter box deodorizers but there’s no stock right now.

So a friend suggested using fruit enzymes, which is an option I should seriously consider.

But as an interim measure, I’m sprinkling sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) onto the sand.

This is Tiger’s sandpit. It’s small because it was meant for Tiger last time. Then, Ginger took over. Now, all five of them want to use this. There are four planter’s boxes beside it too (on the left) which they could use as well.

I’ve sprinkled some baking soda onto the sand. Baking soda is generally safe, just that a cat should not ingest (eat) more than a teaspoon of it. But this is just an interim measure. I think in the long run, fruit enzymes might be better and safer.

Here’s the science of urine:

The nasty offensive urine smell is due to ammonia. To break down ammonia, you need bacteria. That would be the most natural way. Baking soda is alkaline (so is ammonia) so it might not work very well. Fruit enzymes contain live bacteria, hence, that would be a much better option. Looks like I should start making fruit enzymes again.

Baking soda is sometimes used because it absorbs the ammonia (not sure about the chemistry of it, though). And also, vinegar is used because it is acidic (this chemistry is easy, alkali + acid = neutral). But I’m sure the strong smell of vinegar will put the cats off.

A cat’s sense of smell is 14 times stronger than ours. Not 40 (I got it wrong last time…sorry!).

Google says: Cats have more than 200 million odor sensors in their noses; humans have just 5 million. Their sense of smell is 14 times better than that of humans.

Where’s the math in that? 200 divided by 5 is 40. How did it become 14 now?  Oh well….biology had never been my strong suit.

This is the sandpit at Bunny’s Place. They also prefer the soil/sand. But this doesn’t smell at all as it’s much longer and only four of them use it. They also use it mostly for defecation. They urinate elsewhere in the garden.

The boys come over to play all the time. But I still have to monitor them, because yesterday Cleo (again) screamed at them. Lynx and Rey ran back to their catio for safety but Robin stood his ground and stayed back. Believe it or not, little Robin stood his ground!!

This is Robin (I think?). Robin is actually starting to look like Rey. He was very thin when he first came back and had a sunken look in the face, but he is filling up very nicely now.

This is Rey (long tail). He’s sitting on Indy’s favourite shelf.

Indy: I’m watching you, young ‘un, I’m watching you.