Saturday, September 09, 2006

Lotsa lotsa lotsa pix!

Here are tons of photos from last Sunday at the Singapore Expo.

There were cats up for adoption

And there were cats up for show

There were even cats up for sale! But I won't be focusing too much on them

Back to the cats up for adoption... is it just me or is there a story locked behind their eyes?

Some cats played it pretty and they played it cool

Others seemed to be telling a sad tale and begging to be loved

A few of the younger kittens, not used to the noisy crowd, bundled themselves together in fear

Frightened and stressed, they flattened themselves as best as they could. Poor things...

This smart-looking Tuxedo tried to soothe the frightened kittens next to him. "Don't worry, no harm will come to you"

"Are you sure? Are you sure? Coz I'm not so sure!"

"Why are you so worried? Enjoy the day, dude... purr..."

"Purr... purr... purr..."

"Tsk-tsk! The indignity!"
Now let's visit the show cats.

The Expo hall was very cold. Some kitties tried to stay warm under towels in their prettily decorated cages

Others chose to stay warm under towels on their owner's chest

"Would you... please? I'm trying to relax"

Some other cats with fabulously fluffy fur needed no towels at all

"Who wants Garfield when you can have ME!"

This beautiful snow-white kitty was quite camera-shy

But after her owner spent 5 minutes cajoling her to look into my camera, she relented

This kitty has got to be the most photogenic in the whole hall

She looked like she belonged on the cover of Paws Illustrated

This grouchy Gremlin-looking thing just wanted to stay hidden in the darkness of his cage

This one, however, preferred to be shown off proudly like a regal king

This kitty wanted some time-out in his cage that had been decorated like an underwater paradise

"Will I win a prize for my Siamese features?"

"Will I win a prize for my deep blue eyes?"

"Will I win a prize for my sweet face and pink nose?"

"Will I wi... What? I won? I actually won?!"

"Thank you! Thank you! Now... for a picture of me with my prize"
What a day it has been for all the cats. By 6pm, they were completely tired out from the bustle and excitement.

Here's a show cat sneaking a snooze in his carpeted cage

And here's another who has fallen asleep on a tiny pillow

And to all the cats who were up for adoption... Sleep well, my friends. May you wake up to find yourself loved in your Forever Home!
~5-Cat Style


Hot(M)BC said...

Oh furry nice pikshurs! We hopes lotsa kitties founded their furever homes :)
Sanjee, Mini, Boni, Pepi, Gree

Derby said...

How nice, lots of cuties. Mum even liked the 'for sale' ones.

Anonymous said...

gosh they are so CUTE!!!!!!!!! really nice photos!!!
-auntie tom

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Whoa. Kitty eye candy. So lovely all of them.

Gigolo Kitty said...

Wow! Such lovely kitties! I hope all the kitties up for adoption found homes.

Patches & Mittens said...

Oh, we love to see kitty pictures, but not kitties in cages! They need furrever homes.


cat_aunty said...

Seeing how scared some cats were, the cat posters and flipcharts is really a good idea.

Zeus said...

Those pictures are terrific! You always take the best photos, but these were great. I love the ones of the kittens, and the grounchy gremlin one made me giggle!

Bonnie Underfoot said...

You *do* take wonderful pictures. My woman simply can't do me justice with her poor skills.

Bombay, tell me YOU didn't spend your day in a (shudder) cage. No, of course not, you have your home and beans who won't put you through any of this silly cat show business. I wonder, though, whether the cages are to keep the cats in, or the people out.

=^..^= said...

Hi Cat Aunty, I agree.

Most cats can't stand the stress of being locked up in a small cage for an entire day... made worse by the noisy crowds and freezing cold air from the air-conditioners. Some cats do fall sick after such drives.

Bombay, for example, came down with the flu after the Ngee Ann City adoption drive. Although it wasn't cold like the Expo, he either fell ill from the stress or picked up a bug from another cat.

~5-Cat Style

=^..^= said...

Hi Sanjee, Mini, Boni, Pepi, Gree & GK, I heard that 25 cats from that adoption booth were adopted out that very day.

Hi Derby, Anon, Beau Beau, Angie & Zeus, thank you for the kind compliments. But my photographs look good ONLY because I had such beauties to work with.

Hi Patches, I don't like seeing kitties in cages either. But at an adoption drive like this one, it is actually good to let them have their own little space to help them get away from the noise and scary people. In some other drives where there are show dogs too, the cages and carriers become even more important for their safety.

~5-Cat Style

=^..^= said...

Hurrow my Bonnie! *purr*

Shall I send my bean over to photograph your lovely face? I dun think it will cost furry much to send her ofurr in a box. Erm... maybe... twelve or fifteen pennies Bangles say.

No, I didn't get putted into a cage. The last time I was in one was a furry long time ago juz befurr Christmas, and I jumped and got my paw trapped in the bars. It was furry painful and I called and called fur my Foster Mommy. But I was brave and didn't shed one tear.

Now I nefurr want to go into a cage efurr again!


kuro.shiro.neko said...

hi cat_aunty and 5 cat style

would like to say something in defence of putting these cats/kittens to stress.

ultimately, the fosters want to see these lovely babes go to good homes. statistics show that adoption rates are high in such settings, though of course screening and follow-up are essential too.

for fosters who have 5 kittens on their hand and time NOT on their side, this is as ideal a setting as they can get to hook up with potential adopters.

so do consider the merits alongside with the demerits.

also, the organizers and fosters have worked very hard for the whole day. some of them were more stressed out than the cats! as they had to manage the human crowds in an orderly manner.

just my 2 cent

cat_aunty said...

Dear KSN, I understand. The real McCoy in flesh is worth all the pictures in the world. At the end of the day, we are glad the kitties found their forever homes.

taro chan said...

oh my god so many good looking and pretty cats.....looks so fun...i want to be there :)

i saw taro's evil twin so so cute...their eyes look so similar...can i grab that picture from u and paste it onto taro's blog pls..

taro chan said...

OMG so many cats...meow...

there is a taro evil twin in so alike...can i grab the photo from u and paste it onto taro's blog

=^..^= said...

Hi KSN, don't get me wrong. I am not dissing the other adoption booth. In fact, I'd be the first to admit that having the actual cats there on display is very powerful. Mere posters simply can't top that.

But as CWS has decided not to have 'live' cats at the drives anymore, I want to talk up the posters and help others understand why NOT having the actual cats on display is just as good.

~5-Cat Style

=^..^= said...

Hi Taro Chan,

Please feel free to grab any photo that catches your fancy. I'm glad you like them. :)

~5-Cat Style

Robin said...


I was there too.. How come I didn;t see u..

So many people want to adopt cats..

One 'siow' women came to us, insist that she wants to adopt Miu Miu and she stays on the eighteen floor without Grills!!!!

And she kept repeating she had cats before.

Of course, we refused!!

Mary said...

Hi 5-Cat, may be a sensitive question to ask but i stil have to ask; how is Gucci and Melissa?

kuro.shiro.neko said...

hi 5 cat

thats good to hear cos you kept emphasizing that the cats are stressed, so for a while i thought you were dissing the non-CWS adoption booth!

hi robin

yeah, heard from christabel about the purple t-shirt fat woman. she was apparently upset (she was on the opposite bench from me).

=^..^= said...

Hi Robin, the CWS adoption booth was a short distance from yours. We were right beside SPCA. I was the one in the red top. I never left the booth, except for a short while to get lunch so you probably saw me but did not know it was me. :)

Hi KSN, no worries. :) I too want all the cats to go to good homes. Makes no difference to me if they are CWS or non-CWS cats. In fact, interestingly at this drive, we had 'touts' who stationed themselves right beside us, 'promoting' their own cats for rehoming. Hmmm... I should blog about that.

~5-Cat Style

=^..^= said...

Hi Mary,

Thank you for your concern. Gucci is holding up well at home. Over the weekend, I was considering doing a post on Gucci to update you and the readers on his well-being. But it was hard for me to write about him... only because I still grieve over the loss of his sister, Tiffy. It pains me still to think about her. I dearly miss the little one.

Let me gather my strength and I'll do up a proper blog entry on Gucci and how things have been since.

~5-Cat Style

Mary said...

Don't rush 5-Cat, i just need to know they are well. i can understand your feeling regarding Tiffy because my latest addition behaves so much like Tiffy that once i'd even consider changing her name;(i think all kittens behaves the same)however i did not because that name now rings a sad tune for me. i think we still feel the pain but we must learnt to move on and pray the best will be offered to Tiffy. If Tiffy death can indirectly benefit Gucci and Melissa, then i believe she did not die in vain. You yourself must continue to be strong for both of their welfare; Tiffy would want that from those who loves her. Keep up your good work.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful photos - we hope they were all adopted.

I can understand the desire not to stress the kitties with live adoption drives. However, people do tend to get attached to a kitty when they are looking each other in the eyes. I felt that way when I saw Nala. Her eyes told me I was the one, and I just had to bring her home.

The adoption lady wasn't there at the time (the cats were being housed in cages at a Petsmart store), but I called her and she met me there a few hours later. If I had only seen pictures of Nala and the others, I wouldn't have made that vital connection. (Also, once we were able to get in to play with the touch the kitties - we ended up bringing Moose home too! I'd only intended to get Turtle one friend!)

Take care :-)
~ tammara

Anonymous said...

That last comment was from our momma!

Victor Tabbycat said...

Just a reminder that many comments are frum us kitties's points of view and not necessarily our moms's. So we say "no cages!" but our moms know why cages is necessary. Like Nala, I dopted Mom by starin into her eyes. But I still feel sorry fur caged kitties.

Emma's Kat said...

What a great event! Such gorgeous kitties! I foster for a no-kill rescue group and I love doing it! I hope all these kitties find their furrever homes!

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