Frequently Asked Questions

  •  Are you an actual Cat Café?

 

No, we are not an actual Cat Café. We are an organisation of volunteers that represent the 'Café'. We provide our campus cats with a range of care from food to medical attention.

 

In a way, we provide a 'Café' for the cats. We have feeding spots for them to enjoy food and affection, and they can come and go as they please. 

  •  What is a community cat?

 

A community cat is commonly known as a stray cat, but we think the word ‘community’ better describes these cats. Calling them stray cats gives one the impression that these cats don’t have a home - but they do have a home, which is the environment they live here on campus!

 

Some of these community cats have been residents on campus for much longer than even some of the students or faculty, long enough to have taken a PhD!

(Adapted from http://www.catwelfare.org/faq#t6n59 )

  •  Who feeds our campus cats?

 

We have regular volunteer feeders feeding our campus cats.

 

PLEASE DO NOT FEED OUR CAMPUS CATS WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Most of them have a feeder/team assigned to them and some have dietary requirements.  If you see a seemingly hungry cat, drop an email to us or message the project director. If you’re interested in feeding, please look out for recruitment periods on our Instagram and drop us an email.

1. Feeder should feed at a fixed timing/schedule.

2. Feeder should feed at an out-of-the-way location with little human traffic.

3. Clean up after feeding to avoid attracting pests. ALWAYS use a container or a paper plate.

4. Although NUS Cat Café does not sponsor the food supply, feeders may contact us for advice for cheaper rates.

  •  How should I go about feeding a cat?

PLEASE DO NOT FEED OUR CAMPUS CATS WITHOUT PERMISSION.

Most of them have a feeder/team assigned to them and some have dietary requirements.  If you see a seemingly hungry cat, drop an email to us or message the project director. If you’re interested in feeding, please look out for recruitment periods on our Instagram and drop us an email.

1. Keep the food away and only feed the cat during specific hours. 

    - Some people dislike cats. Feeding them during quieter hours reduces complaints

2. Clean up the food after half an hour.

    - Any leftover food is food the cat cannot finish.

3. Feed begging cats approx 2 tablespoons of food (Or the same volume as a clenched fist)

4. For stray cats outside campus, it is preferable to feed moist food as dry food may result in         dehydration if water is not readily available

  •  What food do the cats in school eat?

1. Sanabelle Adult with Fine Trout Formula

2. 1st Choice Adult Chicken Formula

  •  What do I do when I spot a new cat in school?
1. Report sighting to us through email, Facebook or Instagram.

2. Check the cat’s age and gender.

3. Determine if the cat has been neutered. 

4. Determine its friendliness. A trapper may be required if the cat is not approachable and if it requires sterilisation. 

5. Confirm that the cat is regularly sighted in the area. 

  •  What do I do when I find an injured cat in NUS ?

 

1. Check the severity of the injury. 

2. Assess the recency of the injury (bleeding, scabbed etc). 

3. Call or WhatsApp our Project Director at this number 9693 8309. 

4. Give a description of the cat, the injury, the location and photo evidence.  

 

Our team will look into the matter and provide the cat with necessary medical care if needed. 

  •  What is the appropriate age for sterilisation of a cat?

Around 3-4 months for female cats; < 6 months for male cats. 

  •  What to do when I find a dead body of a cat?
 

1. Kittens may suffer from Fading Kitten Syndrome due to lack of responsive immune system (the feline equivalent of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). 

2. Check for signs of a fight:

- Obvious wounds;

- Check for fur under the nails (if you are comfortable with going close). 

3. Disposal – Inform Campus Security by calling 6874–1616.

4. Check for signs of abuse: 

- Signs of vomiting may indicate poisoning;

- Bleeding from nostril may indicate blunt force trauma;

- Report to SPCA (http://www.spca.org.sg/contact.asp) or CWS (http://www.catwelfare.org/contact-us);

- Don’t move the body from the location if abuse is suspected. Stay with the body until the respective organisation arrives if possible.

- First point of contact in NUS campus is OED.

- Check if there are any security cameras

 
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NUS CatCafé is a non-profit volunteer student organisation dedicated to caring for community cats on the NUS campus.

Contact nuscatcafe@gmail.com for any enquiries.

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