94 cats crammed into dirty apartment by backyard breeder, until these volunteers save them

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On June 26, Singaporean authorities gained access to a small apartment in the Southeast Asian city-state and made a shocking discovery.

Source: Saving the Siamese

Alerted by neighbors who had repeatedly complained about the terrible smell coming from a woman’s home, officers found nearly 100 cats locked in a small apartment, living in disgusting and unsanitary conditions.

Many of the felines were sick or on the verge of death because they had not received any medical attention. Authorities contacted the Cat welfare society, an association based in Singapore, as well as Maychoo Ling, a volunteer accustomed to saving cats from terrible situations.

Source: Saving the Siamese

Maychoo has dedicated 14 years of her life to saving cats, but this was the first time she had seen so many crammed into such a small place. She said The Dodo:

The stench was unbearable. The pee and poo weren’t cleaned up. They were seen being fed kibble on the soiled floor instead of bowls. Unclean shower buckets were used as water bowls. It was so dirty and messy.

Source: Saving the Siamese

She also spoke of the deplorable state of health the animals were in:

Their fur was very sticky. Some have had the flu. Some had only one eye with the other blind from infection and filled with pus. One had open wounds with maggots. Those with long fur were severely matted. Most were covered in poop.

Officers were amazed at how the owner, a backyard breeder who hoped to sell the cats, had managed to herd so many animals. After inspecting the felines, they realized that none of them had been spayed or neutered, which allowed them to mate with each other without supervision. The condition they were in made them totally unsaleable, but she did nothing to try to cure them, or prevent them from having kittens.

While 93 of the cats were rescued, one kitten sadly died shortly after being taken from the home. Others have been described as having lost the will to live:

There was a group of cats on the bench which was not disturbed while we were busy putting the cats in the transport cages. I was worried if they were sick. I kept waking them up. But they just refused to open their eyes to answer. To me, it seemed to me that they had already given up hope. There was no quality of life. They were just waiting to die.

Source: Saving the Siamese

According to Maychoo, most cats became more energetic and sociable after the rescue:

They look much happier and have more sparkles in their eyes. They are often seen kneading, which means they are happy and relaxed. These 94 cats have finally freed themselves from such a horrible life and are able to begin a new journey.

They are currently cared for at several different catteries and have their own Facebook page, Saving The Siameses, with articles on how they are cared for and the many gifts they have received to help the animals recover from their ordeal.

Source: Saving the Siamese

You can follow the work of the Cat welfare society here. If you want updates on chats, you can follow Save the siamese on their Facebook page. You can also make a donation by clicking here.

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