Friday, June 30, 2006

Cat Abuser to Get Psychiatric Check

This is a man who has been torturing cats since he was 15 years old. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to deduce Hooi has serious psychiatric problems, does it?

And "if convicted, Hooi could be fined up to $10,000 and jailed up the 12 months." First, I doubt Hooi has $10,000 to pay & second, 12 months is too short for someone like him. Even if the jail term is extended to 24 months, it is still too short!

I'm still of the opinion that he should be put away for a long long time away from society, away from harm.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Hooi Strikes Again

If you ask me, jailing Hooi is a waste of taxpayers' money. He is unrepentent. Out of jail for 2 months and he's back to torturing kittens again. He was arrested again yesterday for torturing a kitten so badly that it had to be put down.

When will the authorities acknowledge that animal abusers are pathological & they are as dangerous as a child abuser, a rapist, a murderer. Hooi is a menace to society.

Obviously jail is not the solution. But what is? Institutionalise him, I say. He belongs in a strait-jacket locked up in mental home for a long long time. But seriously, this man needs counselling & medication. He needs to be put under psychological observation. He needs to be electronically tagged when released.

I said this before & I say it again, today he kills a cat. What about tomorrow? A kid, a woman, an elderly? His options are open if he is allowed to roam freely amongst us again. And giving him a light sentence again will be as good as endorsing him to do more evil in the future.

Hopefully the Community Court mets out a stronger punishment this time. It is not just for David Hooi but it is to send out a clear & strong signal to all animal abusers (Old Airport Road comes to mind) & would-be ones that they should continue to do the sick deeds they do to animals, they will not get away with it, lightly. We are watching them.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Gorgeous Cat Stuff

Came across this oneline shop Tails by the Lake. They carry beautiful stuff for our cats & theowners too.

Here are my favourites (almost whipped out my credit card ....)

Cat Bed "Buddhabag"

Speciality Cat Bowls. Comes in various designs

Cat House "Kitty's Country Cottage"

Cat Collars "Asian Theme"

Cat Collars - "Swarovski range"

The ultimate:

Cat Travel "Stroller"

Friday, June 23, 2006

Some Truths Are Stranger Than Fiction

An American company has created what it calls the world's first hypoallergenic cat by breeding out the protein in cats which causes allergic reaction in humans. California-based Allerca Lifestyle Pets claims to have bred over 20 allergy-free cats and already has hundreds of advance orders from around the world. Of course, not everyone is happy with this latest step towards a perfect world. PETA's European director Poorva Joshipura accused Allerca of treating cats as "nothing more than today's latest designer handbag" and warned that "breeding for a certain genetic trait can lead to numerous health problems, including physical deformities, deafness, eye diseases, and a host of other ailments." But that won't stop the allergic suckers who want cats . . . these critters are selling for a whopping US$5,000 each. (The Scotsman)

According to a story from the UK's Mirror newspaper, a woman in Bristol gave birth to her baby shortly after 6 a.m. on June 6, 2006 (6/6/06) after a six day long labour. And then, in order to make it into this column, the happy parents named the child Damien. (The Mirror)

If you didn't get what you wanted for Father's Day (or even if you did) you can go order your very own inflatable pub from, the company that also created the world's first inflatable church. The pub pumps up in about 10 minutes and measures 40 feet long, 14 feet wide, and 22 feet high, which is enough room for 30 of your drunk friends.

Trying to protect the impoverished people of his country from . . . uh . . . more impoverishment, the Cambodian Prime Minister has released a statement urging people not to sell all their worldly possessions in order to make bets on the World Cup.

"Go ahead and watch it, but do not sell your cows, motorcycles, cars, homes and land to bet on the games," said Prime Minster Hun Sen.

Meanwhile, in another part of the country, Cambodia's monks were warned to watch the World Cup matches passively or risk being defrocked. "If they make noise or cheer as they watch, they will lose their monkhoods," warned a religious leader in Phnom Penh. (Reuters)


72 percent of pet owners kiss their pets before they kiss their spouse after getting home from work, and 18 percent of pet owners consider their pet a "genius."

Monday, June 19, 2006

A Fond Farewell ...

to my little heart.

Dim Sum passed away peacefully on this wet Monday at 7.45am at home. I was with her.

She fought a fierce battle against FIP, despite how the disease left her little body wrecked. Throughout the whole time, Dim Sum has never once given in. She continued to live in her true family spirit – fight to the end, never say die.

I was fortunate to witness her coming to terms with Beauty & Carma. Towards the end, she no longer harbored grudges, she was rather peaceful when Beauty & Carma looked in on her. Although she was a little annoyed when Junior playfully tried to swipe her tail.

Dim Sum will be fondly remembered & cherished by all in the House of Chaos.

To everyone who had sent their well wishes & especially to the few who lent their listening ear & unselfish support, thank you so much.

Take care & give your cats a kiss & hug,

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Cats Must Be Fixed in Rhode Island

Now wouldn't this be grand if our government adopt the same policy to step up responsible pet ownership & stray control?

Providence, RI (AP)
June 10,2006

Rhode Island has become the first state in the nation to require cat owners to spay or neuter their pets.

Governor Carcieri signed the bill into law Friday. It requires cat owners to spay or neuter pets older than six months unless they pay $100 for a breeder's license or permit for an intact animal.

Violators will be fined $75 per month. Under the law, low-income pet owners would be able to receive subsidies for low-cost spay and neuter surgery.

Farmers are exempt. Supporters of the law say it will save thousands of cats from being killed each year. The governor says it will also save money because it will cut down on housing and feeding costs at city animal shelters.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

From the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

May I be a protector to those without protection
A leader for those who journey
And a boat, a bridge, a passage
For those desiring the further shore.

May the pain of every living creature

Be completely cleared away
May I be the doctor, the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For all the sick beings in the world
Until everyone is healed.

Just like space
And the great elements such as earth,
May I always support the life
Of all boundless creatures.

And until they pass away from pain
May I also be a source of life
For all the realms of varied beings
That reach unto the ends of space.

Sogyal Rinpoche

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Cats a bargain at Humane Society

The Humane Society of Utah resorts to innovative tactics to attract potential adopters. Their motivation may be good but as a cat lover, I am offended by their 'used-car salesmen' methods to get cats 'out-the-door'. Cats are not merchandise!

Deseret Morning News,
Friday, June 09, 2006

The Humane Society of Utah is participating in National Adopt-a-Cat Month by offering all of its kittens (3 months and younger) at a special rate of two for $70.

Normally the price is $70 for an individual kitten. This price will still apply if only one animal is adopted, but the "two-fur-one" bargain is an incentive for the public so the shelter can find good homes for more kittens.

"We're flooded with the new 2006 models," said HSU Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt, "and we want to clear them out as fast as we can, because we're continually getting new supplies from the manufacturers."

He said two kittens are twice the fun, make great company for each other and, with their compact, sporty size, take up very little space.

The Humane Society is also offering fantastic deals on its older models — only $25 each for adult cats four months or older. "Since we're getting so many new minicats right now, we'd like to move out the full-size models as well," Baierschmidt said. For this low price, adopters can choose from a wide variety of colors and body styles to get loving, beautiful friends-for-life who are already spayed or neutered and have their first immunizations and also happen to be the most popular pet in America.

Late spring and early summer are some of the busiest times for animal shelters, which means that millions of loving cats and kittens are looking for good homes. During June stop by the Humane Society's facility at 4242 S. 300 West to save a bundle — not only a bundle of money, but the lives of some bundles of furry love.

"These are the hottest feline deals in town," said Baierschmidt. "They come fully equipped with all the latest accessories, including a cardboard carrier and a bag of food. Their motors are guaranteed to purr at full power with no start-up time. Whiskers and soft paws are standard equipment on all models."

Adoptions are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. For more information, call the Society at 261-2919.

Friday, June 09, 2006


A wise man once said,

"Before you judge someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you do judge them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tender Moments

Alex must have slipped into the room when I wasn't looking. I was pleasantly surprised to find him on my/Dim Sum's bed.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Most Pet Owners Will Spend Anything to Save Pet's Life

BREA, Calif., June 6 /PRNewswire/

If you would pay any amount of money to ensure a long and happy life for your pet, you're not alone.

According to a recent survey of Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI) policyholders and other pet owners who visited the VPI website, 70 percent of those who responded said they would pay any amount to save their pet's life.

The latest opinion poll was delivered to VPI Pet Insurance policyholders through its quarterly newsletter, The Retriever, and was also accessible on the company Web site,

Of the more than 5,200 responses to the latest survey, just 3 percent of respondents said they would pay up to $500 to save their pet's life. Ten percent of pet owners would pay up to $1,000, and 17 percent would pay up to $5,000.

The findings are in line with national surveys on the topic. According to the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) 2002 Pet Owner Survey, about half of the pet owners surveyed said they would spend any amount to save their pet's life. The following year, 73 percent of pet owners said they would go into debt to extend their pet's life (published in the AAHA 2003 Pet Owner Survey).

On a popular finance blog,, pet owners were posed the same question and had varying responses. One pet owner writes, "I would spend whatever it took to save my pets," while another capped the spending at $15,000. Other bloggers reported that they would spend between $2,000 and $3,000 to save their pet's life.

While costs of veterinary services vary region by region, pet owners are spending more annually on such services than they have in the past.

Between 1994 and 2003, aggregate U.S. household expenditures on veterinary services rose 76 percent, from $4.8 billion to $8.5 billion, according to "Pet Insurance in North America" (a November 2005 Packaged Facts study).

"This latest survey of our policyholders and pet owners everywhere underscores what we have known for a long time - that the human-animal bond is stronger than ever," said Dr. Carol McConnell, director of veterinary education and services for VPI.

"It is increasingly more common for pet owners to view their pet as a family member. As such, pet owners are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them happy and healthy for as long as possible. Cost of veterinary services is becoming less of an issue for them, especially when they have the financial assistance of pet health insurance."

About Veterinary Pet Insurance
Veterinary Pet Insurance Co./DVM Insurance Agency is America's oldest and largest provider of pet health insurance. Providing pet owners with peace of mind since 1982, the company is committed to making the
miracles of veterinary medicine affordable for all pet owners. VPI Pet Insurance plans cover dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets for thousands of medical problems and conditions relating to accidents, illnesses and
injuries. Optional Vaccination & Routine Care Coverage is also available.

SOURCE Veterinary Pet Insurance

Only Palliative Not Curative

Last weekend when Dim Sum was diagnosed with FIP, she cannot stand up straight. When she does try to stand up, her legs would be heading for four different directions. Her head is hung very low and moving side to side. Her pupils were dilated.

Needless to say, I was sad. I was sad to see her reduce from a feminine, elegant feline to this rabid-like druggy. At the sametime, I was worried for the imminent weeks and months to come. How do I take care of her? Does she require special attention? What is going to happen when all her motor skills go down-the-hill? Can I manage all of this by myself?

Previously with Fudge, I was very emotional and unprepared. I did everything within my ability to make sure Fudge got the best, to a point where I was physically and emotionally drained. In the end, Fudge still died.

On hindsight, I was so caught up in trying make things right that I can’t see the big picture – that Fudge is dying from a incurable fatal disease, not a flu. What she needed from me was love, hugs, comfort & quality time together and not to be constantly syringed with medication, drugged out & needless trips to the vet to get poked at on the exam table.

This time, I remind myself not repeat the same mistake. I want to give Dim Sum the quality of life. I talked to the vet again on Sunday & he decided to put her on the prescription of Prednisolone. It is steroid but it seems to work for now.

Yesterday, Dim Sum is able to walk around the house although a little unsteadily, she managed to use the litterbox without falling over, her appetite improved & her fever subsided. She was even scolding Carma for standing in front of her! By the way, Carma is getting along with Junior now. They are cool. But She still has a way to go with Dim Sum. All good signs.

The vet stressed that this is only a palliative treatment not curative. He can’t promise how long the drug is going to work for her and she will succumb to the disease eventually. Sure, but it is better than nothing. The palliative treatment gives her the chance to have a few good, if not great turns before it gets bad. And when she finally succumbs, I will decide on the options available.

Meanwhile, we enjoy what we can.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Monday, June 05, 2006

A Lighter Moment

Do your cats dream?

I can't speak for the rest of Chaos but I believe Alex does. He loves to sleep on his back with his belly exposed. Sometimes, I would catch him trying to catch or scratch an imaginery something with his paws. Sometimes he would wake crying, from a nightmare, I think.

Is it odd? But do I find this little thingy of his to be quite endearing.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

FIP is without a doubt in my opinion, the most cruel of all the viral cat diseases. It is serious and fatal.

The virus that causes FIP is feline coronavirus (FcoV). In its benign form, the FcoV is called Feline Enteric Cononavirus (FECV). When FECV mutates, it becomes FIPV (Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus). If the cat’s immune system is poor, the mutant FECV may cause the system infect (FIP).

The disease may appear to develop suddenly. But in fact, it develops so gradually and silently that the infection is well established before the symptoms appear. And when the symptoms become apparent, it is fatal.

FIP comes in 2 forms – effusive (wet) and noneffusive (dry). It is called wet because the blood vessels leak. In wet FIP, the most obvious sign is the swelling of the cat’s belly due to accumulation of fluid in the body cavity or the chest, around the lung area causing breathing difficulty.

Dry FIP has no build up of fluid but thick scar tissues develop on the cat’s internal organs. This can lead of diverse and complex clinical signs including neurological and ocular disorders, liver, kidney and intestinal diseases.

The wet form comprises of 60% - 70% of all FIP cases and has a more rapid progression than dry FIP. A cat with wet FIP usually dies within a month whereas a cat with dry FIP, it can live up a year. Cats that are susceptible to FIP are usually kittens and older cats.

The strength of a cat’s immune system response determines which form of the disease it develops. If the immune system reacts poorly, the cat will probably develop the wet form. A stronger response may result in the dry form. Kittens are prone to wet FIP (e.g. Fudge) and mature cats usually has dry FIP. However, the cat can carry the virus for several years without developing either form until its immune system weakens over time and develop the full-blown disease (as in the case of Dim Sum).

The common symptoms of FIP are persistent fever, poor appetite, weight loss, lethargy, anemic, low lymphocyte count (also common symptoms of FIV and FELV). The development of these typical clinical signs can only lead to suspicion of the disease. To this day, there are no tests that can diagnose a cat to be 100% FIP positive. However, when it is a wet FIP, vets can draw fluid samples from the chest or abdomen to do a test. In cases of FIP the fluid would show a high protein concentration. Drawing the fluid is of course, a very painful procedure for the cat. The only way to confirm a diagnosis is to do a post-mortem to examine the tissues.

There is no cure for FIP. Like all terminal illnesses, the basic course of action is to provide supportive care plus anti-viral drugs, antibiotics, good diet, lots of water.

FIP is contagious. Infected pregnant cats can pass the virus to the unborn kittens or via the milk to the newborns (that is how Fudge contracted FIP). The virus is spread through the infected cat’s hair, saliva but mainly stools. In a multiple cat household, it is advisable to separate the infected cat from the rest. My contention is, we don’t know a cat is infected with FIP until it becomes full-blown, so isn’t it a little too late to separate them? But vets will always tell you it is still better to do (it is their job after all).

At the end of day, the owner has to decide the best interests of the cats. In my case, I didn’t separate Fudge for a simple reason that she is a kitten and needs all the love and support from Dim Sum and Alex. But I am separating Dim Sum now simply because she wants to left alone. I have to respect her wishes.

Households with infected cat should make sure the floors, furniture, water & food bowls are properly washed and sterilised. Some books and sites recommend using clorox. But I just use the usual household anti-bacterial detergents.

In the early stages of detection, the cat can remain quite bright, it is like having a flu. But over time (a few weeks), there will be inevitable deterioration – jaundice, kidney failure, uncoordinated motor skills, blindness etc. But as long as the cat is not in obvious pain or discomfort, there is no need to put the cat down. But as the disease progresses, euthanasia may be the only option.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Dim Sum

Well, I finally took Dim Sum to the vet after countless rounds of procrastination. This morning Dim Sum started walking unsteadily and her hind legs have lost their strength. I panicked but managed to an appointment at the vet’s.

It turns out Dim Sum has FIP too but unlike Fudge's, hers is dry. We don’t know how long she has the virus for. My guess is, when she was pregnant with Fudge or even before that, which calculates to roughly 8 months. This also means she may not have much time left.

Having been through the FIP ordeal once, I am mentally ready for the challenges that lies ahead. There is no cure and the only thing I can do is to ensure that she lives as comfortably as possible and surrounded by her loved ones.

And that, she shall have.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Fridays in Hell

One day a guy died and found himself in hell.

As he was wallowing in despair, he had his first meeting with a demon.

The demon asked, "Why so glum?"

The guy responded, "What do you think? I'm in hell!"

"Hell's not so bad," the demon said. "We actually have a lot of fun down here. You are drinking man?"

"Sure," the man said. "I love to drink."

"Well, you gonna love Mondays then. On Mondays all we do is drink. Whiskey, tequila, guiness, wine coolers, tab & fresca. We drink till we throw up & then we drink some more!"

The guy is astounded. "Damn, that sounds great!"

"You a smoker?" The demon asked.

"You better believe it!"

"You gonna love Tuesdays. We get the finest cigars from all over the world & smoke our lungs out! If you get cancer, no biggie. You're already dead, remember?"

"Wow!" The guy said. "That's awesome!"

The demon continued, "I bet you like to gamble."

"Why yes, as a matter of fact I do."

"Wednesdays you can gamble all you want. Craps, blackjack, roulette, poker, slots, whatever. If you go bankrupt, well, you're dead anyhow."

"You into drugs?"

"Are you kidding?" The guy said. "I love drugs! You don't mean ..."

"That's right! Thursday is a drug day. Help youself to a great big bowl of crack or smack. Smoke a doobie the size of a submarine. You can do all the drugs you want, you're dead. Who cares!"

"Wow!" The guy said, starting to feel better about this situation. "I never realised hell is such a cool place!"

The demon said, "You gay?"


"Oooh, you gonna hate Fridays!"

Have a good weekend!