Up to recently the stray cats in Singapore have been rounded up and culled. Culled is another word for killed. Records show that 10,000 community cats have been put down every year for the past 20 years. This equates to 27 cats killed every single day.
The Cat Welfare Society of Singapore have been lobbying to save lives through sterilization. And they are doing a tremendous job in their education program by reaching out to schools, communities, and road shows to educate the general public. It is through CWS program that our stray cats are now called community cats, and just the re-labelling itself puts the responsibility back to the people or community to help care for them.
And for their efforts, CWS was awarded the Animals Asia Welfare Award 2011 for “outstanding contribution to a community-based program or campaign”.
As CWS is a charity organization, run almost entirely by volunteers, whose aim is to improve the welfare of community cats in Singapore, they welcome donations to help raise funds for their sterilization program.
To donate, please visit the official website for the Cat Welfare Society.
Cats are special and they show how to be free and independent. They reward you with their approval when you make the right decisions, and they call you on your shortcomings. How do they reward you? Well, I had many surprises from my cat, Panjang, when I was growing up. She brought me a dead rat once, cockroaches and lizards several times. And she was very pleased when she presented them to me not realizing that humans do not relish them at all. At that time we were living in a house with a big garden in the back and there were lots of small creatures for Panjang to play with and hunt.
They also teach you to walk softly, to be in the moment, and they nurture your independence and curiosity. Life is an adventure for a cat, and they will show you how to participate. They basically show by example. And when they see that you do not honor yourself in any way they make it very apparent, by urinating and defecating around the house. This is how they get your attention.
Cats also energetically welcome souls into the world. They can be in the same room when a baby is being born. The souls of babies would find comfort knowing that there is someone to welcome them.
And here's some information that you may not know about cats. One of their purposes is to act as a balancing mechanism to help balance our energy. Humans thrive on positive energy and love to throw off negative energy. And cats on the other hand thrive on negative energies and love to throw off positive energies. And this is how our pet cats help balance us. And they also help get rid of discordant energies in our environment. They are created this way.
In many instances when you are feeling so loving that you go over to reach for your cat, they feel the positive energy and run away. Actually, they would rather approach you when their supply of positive energy is at its peak and they can download their excess on you. And they are very patient.
Information from various sources - the book "Animal Souls Speak" by Robert Shapiro and The Group channeled by Steve Rother.
When God made the world, He chose to put animals in it,
and decided to give each whatever it wanted.
All the animals formed a long line before His throne,
and the cat quietly went to the end of the line.
To the elephant and the bear He gave strength,
to the rabbit and the deer, swiftness;
to the owl, the ability to see at night,
to the birds and the butterflies, great beauty;
to the fox, cunning;
to the monkey, intelligence;
to the dog, loyalty;
to the lion, courage;
to the otter, playfulness.
And all these were things the animals begged of God.
At last He came to the end of the line,
and there sat the little cat, waiting patiently.
"What will YOU have?" God asked the cat.
The cat shrugged modestly.
"Oh, whatever scraps you have left over. I don't mind."
"But I'm God. I have everything left over."
"Then I'll have a little of everything, please."
And God gave a great shout of laughter at the cleverness of this small animal,
and gave the cat everything she asked for,
adding grace and elegance and, only for her,
a gentle purr that would always attract humans
and assure her a warm and comfortable home.
But he took away her false modesty.
- The End -
Cats talk with their tails. Learn what it means.
Cats are capable of using over 100 vocal sounds (10 times more than dogs). Cats often use their tails to signal their mood.
Following are some insights into what your cat is 'saying' with its tail.
1. Tail curves gently down and then up again at the tip. Cat is relaxed and all is well in his world.
2. Tail slightly raised with a soft curve. Something has peaked the cat's interest.
3. Tail is held erect but the tip is tilted over. Cat is in a friendly mood with slight reservations.
4. Tail fully erect with the tip stiffly vertical. This is a wholehearted greeting with no reservations. This is a carry-over from the kitten stage when greeting mom and inviting her to inspect the kitten's rear end.
5. Tail fully lowered and possibly tucked between hind legs. Cat is showing defeat and its lowly social status.
6. Tail lowered and fluffed out. Cat is showing active fear.
7. Tail swishing violently from side to side. Cat is not wagging its tail in joy. Often means that the cat is about to attack.
8. Tail held still, but the tip is twitching. Mild irritation. If the twitching increases a swipe from a paw may be imminent.
9. Tail is held erect and the whole length is quivering. Gentle quivering may be seen after a cat has been greeted by its human companion. Same action may be observed when urine spraying is taking place outdoors. The gesture appears to have a meaning of personal identification...yes, this is me.
10. Tail held to one side. Sexual invitation of a female cat in heat. Signal to the male that he can mount without being attacked.
11. Tail held straight and fully bristled. Signal of an aggressive cat.
12. Tail arched and bristled. A defensive stance which may indicate cat will attack if provoked further. Bristling fur makes the cat appear bigger and may deter the enemy.