Sterilisation is the key first step in managing all cat populations. Caregivers island-wide use CWS’ resources through the Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme when they come across unsterilized cats.
You can do the same to help our community cats.
To understand the process, please watch this video:
Broke For Free
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Here are the immediate steps you can take to help unsterilized cats:
- Note down the following details: number of cats, approximate ages (adults / kittens), exact location, time spotted, details of any caregiver you have run into, presence of any food/water bowls and whether the cats will approach you or run from you.
- Take photos of the cats (individually / group) and the area they are found.
ENGAGING A PROFESSIONAL TRAPPER
If you are able to bear the cost for a professional trapper (usually $100 – $150) and coordinate a trapping with him/her, please take the following steps:
- Contact the professional trapper and provide the above details to him/her. Establish his/her availability for a trapping. Please note that this is a paid service and you will need to bear this cost. Here are the details of trappers in Singapore:
Tel: 9489 7626
Tel: 9118 1814
Tel: 9695 6931
Tel: 8752 2134
Tel: 9841 0307 (Belle)
Tel: 9339 0481 (Damy)
- Contact CWS to book sterilisation slots for community cats here: LINK
- Once our volunteers have confirmed an appointment date, inform the trapper about trapping the cats the night before the appointment date.
- Once the cats are trapped, the trapper will send the cats to the vet where they will be sterilised.
- In general, CWS should be able to pay for 3 nights of boarding at the vets. In some instances, there are complications such as a womb infection, undescended testicle or hernia in some cats. The cost of attending to these are usually about $200 and will need to be borne by you.
- Once the cats are sterilised and have recovered post-operation (usually 2-3 days for males and 3-5 days for females), they can be released back to the site you found them
DOING IT YOURSELF
Alternatively, you may wish to conduct the trapping on your own. We would only recommend doing this if the cat is very friendly and can be lured into a carrier, or if you are willing to purchase and learn how to trap cats in a humane manner.
- If the cats are friendly, you can try to feed the cat in a large carrier (use only a little food) and close the door behind the cat once the body is fully within the carrier. Please fast the cat from about 11pm the night before the appointment, i.e. do not provide the cat food or water as this can increase the risk of vomiting during the surgery and this is unsafe for the cat. Send the cat to the vet on the morning of the appointment. Discharge the cat after the surgery and any post-operation boarding period. Release the cat back to the location it is from.
- If the cats are not friendly enough to be trapper with a carrier, you will need to use a humane trap. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.