The Mews: Official Newsletter of the Cat Welfare Society
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By Vicki Teo

Hazel was abnormally thin and devoid of socialisation. Having to fight for food in a house full of unsterilized cats proved too difficult for her and she had no choice but to starve. However, everything changed when the greyish black kitty was rescued. She was brought to an adoption drive at the Kembangan outlet of Pet Lovers Centre where a young couple took an interest in her.  The mandatory house visit to ensure that it was cat-safe went well. Hazel not only found herself with a new home but with a new companion in the form of the couple’s existing cat.

At first, Hazel was withdrawn and shied away from being touched. However, after learning that her adopters meant no harm and only wanted to provide her with love, she opened up to them more. She is now also inseparable from her new cat friend. Needless to say, the adoption was a success. “The adopters showed a great level of patience and understanding of the situation the cat came from. She's now a valued member of their family with more attention in a day than her whole life before,” said Thenuga Vijakumar, President of Cat Welfare Society.

Many cats that are up for adoption come from hoarder homes which have left them living in bad conditions and lacking the love and care they need. When asked why people should adopt instead of buy pets, Hazel’s adopter, Ms Nasreen Banu said: “Adoption is the most humane thing to do. It gives a new lease of life and the satisfaction of saving an animal from putting to sleep is a lot better than buying an animal just because it's a purebred.” 

Is your adopted cat the Purrfect model to be featured on CWS' various social media outlets? Take part in our #supportadoptionsg Instagram competition and let us showcase your adopted feline and his/her story on our facebook, twitter, instagram and newsletter as a spokes-kitty for adoption!
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By Low Qiu Ling
1. When and why did you start to volunteer with CWS?
I started volunteering from 2013. I always had neutral feelings towards cats, having been a 'dog-person' since young. My first real encounter with a cat was helping an abandoned cat at the multi-storey carpark near my house. I emailed CWS to seek help for this cat and was linked up with a kind soul helping cats in the same area. 

Since then I started looking for simple volunteering tasks that would not take up too much time, and that's how I got into helping out with memberships.

2. What has been your most rewarding experience so far?
Getting to know many dedicated, cat-loving people! 

3. What are some of the issues faced in membership recruitment and how do you overcome them?
The main problem is the very slow increase in CWS members. Thus, the CWS team has contacted new merchants for discounts and freebies (car decal and SMRT card) for various types of membership sign ups. Kudos to the team for their hard work!

4. What would you say to someone who is looking to get a cat?
Every cat has a different personality, and they might change as they grow. We have to learn to accept the cats as they are at any stage. And of course, every cat owner should be responsible to have their cats neutered and to keep them safe indoors!

Interested in getting involved with CWS and doing a part for ensuring Cats' welfares in Singapore?
Be a volunteer!
Check out the volunteer opportunities available here!

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most common metabolic diseases in dogs and cats. Cats of any age can develop CKD, however, most of the time it is diagnosed in cats older than 9 years of age. Although CKD is not a curable disease, early detection is the key to manage and slow down the progression of kidney disease. 

The following are common signs of CKD in cats:
  • Increased urination 
  • Increased in drinking 
  • Inappetance / anorexia 
  • Mouth ulcers / smelly breath 
  • Vomiting/ diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Lethargy
  • Weight loss
  • Increased respiratory rate
For more information on how you can help cats suffering from CKD maintain a relatively good quality of life, click here to read this article kindly provisioned by one of our partner vets from Point Veterinary Surgery. 

541 Jurong West Ave 1 #01-1044 Singapore 640541

Dr. Geetha Swaminathan
BVSc (Hons)
Dr. Jessica Wong
Dr. Julia Tang
BVetMed (Hons)

Cat Welfare Society x Petbo Fundraiser

10% of each sale goes towards helping cats in need! 10 units, 5 of each design arriving on 20th Apr 2015. Early birds will be given priority to receive these units ahead of others. For full information, kindly visit

Special Appeals Spotlight

Smokey is a female community cat from eastern Singapore. She had a small lump on one side of her body and it was observed that her appetite decreased. 

Smokey was brought to the vet, was given the necessary medication such as an anti-inflammatory and antibiotic injection and was hospitalised afterwards. Smokey recovered fully, got back her appetite and was released into the community.

The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Smokey, with the appeal amount at SGD 423.00.
Click here for more information on donating to Smokey's appeal.
Gubo was a community cat from north-western Singapore. He was found not eating and was sent to the vet.
A blood test was done and Gubo was diagnosed with kidney failure. Gubo was hospitalised, put on IV drip and given medicine.
Unfortunately, Gubo did not survive and passed away.

The total medical cost incurred was SGD 576.12.
The caregiver is appealing for donations to help defray the cost incurred for Gubo, with the appeal amount at SGD 576.12.
Click here for more information on donating to Gubo's appeal.


Adoption Spotlight


5 years old

Tiger was rescued when he was in very bad condition - he has a right lower jaw and palate fracture, dilated eyes on one side and another eye constricted due to a possible head trauma and 30% of his tongue and lips corroded. He is FIV and FELV positive
However, under the care of his fosterer, he is on his way to recovery and is a happy, clean and affectionate tomcat. He especially enjoys the company of children.

Click here for more information on adopting Tiger


5 years old

Gabriel is a fluffy cat that was set for abandonment when his rescuer intervened. He is quite a stoic cat who doesnt mind affection but is not overly needy.
He is confident and will try to assert dominance over other cats. So he is best adopted on his own or with his brother Guardian.

Click here for more information on adopting Gabriel

CWS Adoption guidelines apply.

Many other cats are looking for homes on our adoption board, will you be the provider of their forever home?


3 May - Pet Lovers' Centre Monthly Adoption Drive 

  • 12-6pm

  • East Point Mall

17 May - Old is Gold: Celebrating Senior Pets - Oldies Adoption Drive

  • 9am - 4pm
  • Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Pond Gardens, Activity Lawn I
7 June - Pet Lovers' Centre Monthly Adoption Drive
  • 12-6pm
  • Vivo City 
20 June - CWS Annual General Meeting 
  • 1-5PM
  • SMU Administration Building, Function Room 4.1


Mini Cat Care Tip!

Thinking about replacing your cats scratch post? Think again!
When a post starts looking worn is when a cat starts liking it best. Get a new one and your cat may switch to the arm of the couch. Instead, refresh your cat's post by adding some coils of fresh sisal rope - it's cheap, easy to add and cats love to dig their claws into it.
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