FURRY STORY // No. 28

FURRY STORY // ADELINE / KIM + MORI

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Mori’s early days were spent living near the unsanitary garbage chute area, and roaming the treacherous grounds of a carpark. He had to avoid moving vehicles, hide under parked cars, scavenge for food, and many more unthinkable situations that we don’t know for sure. But it was not until one day when Mori and his sweet little family caught the attention of the kind souls of a nearby vet clinic, whom by their convictions, helped fostered and rehomed all of them.

This little fuzz ball came home with us at a mere 8 weeks of age. His frisky personality in addition to his pearly blue kitten eyes, and oddly short whiskers which end off abruptly, swept us off our feet! As first timers, we were worried that we couldn’t handle this fur kid. The first week was a little challenging as we were just getting to know each other. But with patience, guidance and lots of TLC, Mori adapted to his new home in no time. Well, on his part, he was very cooperative too.

Since day one, Mori has always been easy-going and good natured. Except for the few times when he nips because we pissed him off by going overboard with harassing him, and the one time when he just got neutered (he felt betrayed). Today, at the age of one, this spunky adolescent is a jolly good fellow which nobody can deny! We sometimes wonder if Mori feels lonely being alone at home and we feel bad about it. So we’d usually try to take him out on adventures with us. One of his most exciting adventures to date was attending a design festival and he fell in love with one of the installations!

It is never a dull day with Mori around as he is our instant pick-me-up! We are always in awe at how this silly cat could cheer us up just by being himself. Oftentimes, we’d catch him doing illegal things at home and that cracks us up when he puts on the kangaroo-in-spotlight look upon realisation that he has been caught in action.

There is a misconception that cats are fiercely independent therefore are less interactive and fun. But Mori proved that notion wrong. We like to think of him as a cat-dog. He plays fetch, likes company (a total lap cat) and follows us around the house, greets us at the door, has a friendly temperament and saunters to us for hugs and headbutts. We could go on for hours with his silly stories about how he’d play, and how he’d do wonderful cat business like sitting on important papers and books, photobomb when you’re doing a shoot, lounging on your laptop keyboard, and then tries to play catch with your fingers while you are typing away on your laptop. Therefore, as independent as they can get, a little love and attention for them goes a long way.

Join Mori on his kitty activities @mori_mao

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GOOOD and Responsible Pet Ownership

At GOOOD, we are all advocates of responsible pet ownership. This means that beyond the stuff we make for your furkids, we also want people to adopt the best philosophy to keep both you and your pets happy. And so, here’s some of the most important things that we want people to know!

  • Adopt. Don’t buy. They might look cute, but there are thousands of cuter ones in shelters and adoption agencies, who are waiting for you.
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  • Pets for life. Having a pet means being responsible for its life. Your pet will stick with you through thick and thin, and you should too.
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  • Proper pet identification. Register your pets and make them easily identifiable at all times. The last thing we want is to lose our furry friends, who mean so much to us.
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  • Healthy food choices. It is very common for pets to have for allergies, which can result in all kinds of physical ailments. Make sure you have a good conversation with your vet to find out what works best.
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  • Maximum play time and exercise. Pets need their exercise, just like you do. Give them enough toys and take them for walks so that when they’re home, they’ll be calm and peaceful with you.
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  • Preventative healthcare. Regular checkups will help identify any signs of illness. Make sure they see the vet at least twice a year for regular checkups to keep them fit and healthy.
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  • Provisions for aging pets. Sadly, pets get old like people do. To give them the most comfort in their aging years, adjust their diet and make sure they have clean, comfortable living spaces.
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Remember that if it is GOOOD for pets, it is GOOOD for you. It is our hope that together with you, we’re able to encourage pet ownership that is responsible, fun, fulfilling and filled with fur.

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FURRY STORY // No. 27

LEE YING + GERRY (right) / REY (left)

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Gerry braved through 3 months of ulcers, after being brought to the Love Kuching Project. It happened that @leeyingj was a volunteer fosterer who was learning to care for cats, during which she got so attached to Gerry that she adopted her, complete with a signature patch of skin where the ulcers were.

12 months later, Rey joined the family. Saved from being put down, he’s still really scared of strangers. But together with Gerry, they’re now a perfect paw family!

Follow their adventures @leeyingj

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Colouring Therapy: What it is, And How it Can Help

Colouring holds a special place in many hearts, one full of fond childhood memories, of idle afternoons spent relaxing and imagining. It is an activity likewise loved by many parents for the way it induces a calm, meditative, quiet state in their children. Emerging evidence suggests, however, that there is far more to colouring in line art than a way to entertain children on rainy days: Colouring can be used by children and adults alike as a powerful anti-stress technique, and it may even help to combat depression.

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How Colouring Therapy Works to Alleviate Stress and Depression

Colouring therapy, while trendy at the moment, is not new; it was first used as a relaxation technique by famous psychologist Carl Jung in the early 20th century. Jung directed patients to colour in mandalas—circular designs with concentric shapes whose origins lie in India—as part of the therapeutic process.

The secret of colour therapy’s effectiveness lies in the way colouring activates different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, according to psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves bothlogic, by which we colour forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching colours. This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress.”

In layman’s terms, colouring provides a “low pressure” means of focusing the brain, effectively distracting us from our worries. There is also the matter of those positive associations mentioned prior: Colouring works on the imagination and brings us back to carefree times experienced during childhood, lulling our minds into a sense of calm and well-being.

Likewise, colouring helps adults and children alike connect to what they are feeling, as colour selection can hold important clues about that individual’s emotions (choosing vivid, warm colours such as red or orange may indicate feelings of aggression, for example).

Why Choose Colouring Therapy?

Colouring therapy has the same benefits as many other forms of art therapy (it is inexpensive, portable, and lacks the side effects of medication), but it adds an extra “de-stressing” dimension by virtue of the fact that it lacks the pressure inherent in trying to create art from scratch. Many people have a very hard time separating art from the idea of having to perform, of having to produce something that will be admired by others, whereas coloring in someone else’s art is not loaded with the burden of such expectation.

Due to this, colouring therapy can benefit practically anyone—young or old, artistic or barely able to draw a stick figure. Colouring therapy is truly open to everyone, and may be of particular benefit to those who struggle to voice their feelings (if you know someone who seems stressed out or depressed but who has a hard time opening up, try gifting him or her a colouring book—it might really make a difference).

How to Practice Colour Therapy

Colour therapy can easily be practiced anywhere you can bring a coloring book and pencils (at the office, on train rides, etc.) and makes a wonderful alternative to distracting one’s self with one’s smartphone (as our phones, entertaining as they are, are also linked to stress and distraction). You will, however, probably get the most benefit out of colour therapy if you dedicate some true “quiet time” to it (and yourself) in the evening at home. Psychologist Antoni Martínez recommends it “in a quiet environment, even with chill music. Let the colour and the lines flow.”

Special Announcement

GOOOD Pet Collars and Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa has collaborated to bring you a COLOUR FOR LOVE💕mini colouring competition.

$2 donation (to purchase a colouring card) + Colouring therapy = Win a pair of tickets to The Cat in the Hat!colouring competition

Just pop into Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa at 54A Boat Quay to get a limited edition GOOOD Pet Collars colouring card. We have colouring pencils to help you be that winning entry! Paste your card on the cafe wall for all to see and get them back in the mail as a momento when the contest period is over. We have two pairs of tickets for Dr Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat on 29 Aug to giveaway thanks to Singapore Repertory Theatre‘s The Little Company.

Colouring contest ends 16 Aug. Proceeds go to Animal Lovers League – ALL Authorized Page.

Special Colouring Launch

To celebrate the therapy of colouring further, GOOOD Pet Collars has launched an original cat illustrations colouring postcards set (8pcs – all different illustrations) for cat lovers! They make great gifts too.

Each illustration is inspired by our daily dealings with our beloved furkids.

Get them today at our Etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/gooodpetcollars) or visit Cat Cafe Neko no Niwa!

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Cat Care: Understanding the Benefits of Coconut Oil

Over the last decade, there has been a phenomenal leap in our knowledge regarding how eating well and using natural products wherever possible can protect and maintain our health—but what about that of our pets?

Many pet owners are unaware of the fact that commercial pet foods and pet care products are loaded with just as many—and in some cases, more—preservatives and chemicals as their human-intended counterparts. Adding to this, pets—especially cats—by nature spend more time exposed to environmental toxins than humans do (lying around on carpets and floors which have been cleaned with toxic products, and then grooming themselves, for example).

When you consider the above in combination with the ever-rising rates of feline cancer and other diseases, it becomes clear that our cat companions are just as in need of natural TLC as we are. Fortunately, some of the natural health products we use for ourselves also benefit felines immensely, with coconut oil in particular proving to be highly useful for cat care.

Coconut Oil in the Feline Diet

While cats are carnivores, they have been known to turn to plant matter to stock up on the nutrients their rather limited normal diet lacks; their strange enjoyment of grass and house plants, for example, is thought to be due to the folic acid content in grass, which cats require to create hemoglobin. As such, the idea of including a dash of coconut oil in your cat’s daily meal plan is not as odd as it may first appear.

Cats have been found to respond well to about a teaspoon of coconut oil per day, given at mealtimes. Coconut oil is high in vitamin E and MCTs (middle chain triglycerides), including lauric acid and oleic acid, which help to condition cats’ coats, improve their immune systems, aid their cardiovascular health, and reduce inflammation in their bodies. Cats in the wild consume a very large amount of saturated fat, so the high fat content in coconut oil helps to ensure they are getting enough “healthy” fats (compensating for the lack of them found in many commercial pet foots). If you are interested in trying to feed your cat some coconut oil, we suggest starting at a low dosage or smearing some on your finger and see if he/she licks it up.

Topical Coconut Oil Treatments

As coconut oil is an antiviral and antibacterial, it’s perfect for use when cleaning out your cat’s ears, as it protects against infections while also smothering any mites.

When bathing your cat, try using an all-natural shampoo with a few drops of coconut oil added to it—the coconut oil will help to condition your feline’s coat, while also soothing and deodorizing his or her skin.

Coconut oil is also a valuable grooming aid; if your cat has a long coat which tends to become matted, try working some coconut oil into the knots in his or her coat, then let it sit for a little while. You’ll find the knots become much easier to work through, making grooming time much easier on both you and your cat. Likewise, brushing with coconut oil can help to ward off fleas.

The above are some of the reasons why we include coconut oil as the main ingredient in our 100% organic cat spray mist. We use only food-grade coconut oil because we would never compromise on our cat and your cat’s well-being. It’s completely safe and non-toxic, and if your cats take well to it, you’ll wind up saving money over the long term on expensive mite and flea treatments, grooming aids, and possibly even vet bills.

We’ll share more about our cat spray mist in our next post. Stay tune!

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Essential Oil Discovery For Pets

I’ve been using essential oils for myself for a while now; from treating fungal infection to pimples to muscle aches to relaxing myself after a hard day’s work, but recently I chanced upon the discovery that people, even vets, used essential oils on pets to treat them of ailments both physically and emotionally. It is used as a natural way to heal. Yes anything chemical-free and natural sounds good to me!

I dug deeper and found many ways that we can treat our cats naturally with essential oils. Having said this, I haven’t been able to use much essential oils on Chaco because he seems pretty chill most of the time. However, a friend was recently housing his cat at a friend’s and hence transporting and a new environment. The cat came home a week later and was in a reclusive mood, didn’t respond to him except for food, steered clear away from human contact, slept in a corner, all the things that he didn’t use to do this much. Any pet owner will be worried. He was at wits end when he shared this with me and I thought “Why not try some essential oils?”

After some research and reading, we decided on the Forgiveness blend from Young Living (vets were using this brand). He administered via a water diffusion method (3-5drops in 100ml) once a day, and by the 2nd day, the cat was already showing signs of his old friendly self. We were really encouraged and friend was so relieved! By the 4th day, cat was back to old self altogether. It’s been more than a week now. My friend had since only used the oil every other day or two. He’ll probably stop the oil soon.

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised and super impressed by the effect of the essential oils.

Just wanted to share this experience so that anyone who’s also researching about use of essential oils on pets can have a read. I’ll share more of my next essential oil experience.

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GOOOD Cat Collar – Scarf Collection

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A glimpse of our Scarf Collection to be sold at the Purrzaar. There will be many many many more…

With every collar sold, we will donate 5 cans of cat food on your behalf to Animal Lovers League.

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Limited Edition Scrunchie GOOOD Cat Collars

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Another limited edition #Scrunchie Collection #goood #catcollar to be launched during the #Purrzaar We’ll be launching a new collection every Saturday… Be early for the first pickings!

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