What to do and who to contact if you find a cat that needs help?
What to do if you find a cat that needs help?
Cats on Gili islands are survivors. They cannot really be compared to pampered pet cats. Our island felines are independent and can look after themselves very well. However, sometimes they do get very sick or get hurt. They may need help to survive.
If you find a cat that is clearly very sick or hurt:
Please find a way to take the cat to our cat hospital in Lutwala Dive (in Gili Trawangan). See more info about our hospital here. Find a cardboard box to transport the cat with, if it doesn't want to travel in your arms only. Or you can borrow a cat carrier box from our cat shop during the opening times (Mon-Sat 12:30-3:30pm).
We really appreciate if you do this, instead of just sending us a message telling about a sick cat that you saw in certain area. We do not have time or people to go look for cats that have been seen somewhere some time ago. There are loads of cats on the islands and trying to find a certain cat in certain area is just impossible. You see a cat that needs help: take action and help the cat and do it now that you are there.
Signs that the cat does need help:
The cat is just not behaving normally. It will not eat when you offer food (chicken, eggs, fish are good to try with) and does not want to drink water either. The cat has broken bones or is not moving for any other reason. Has severe eye infection (eyes swollen and/or cannot even open the eyes). Has bad, big, infected wound (small cuts and wounds usually heal pretty well without help) that is leaking greenish pus. Face is covered in dried snot. The cat is drooling a lot and keeping mouth open (check that there is no fish or chicken bone stuck in his mouth, this is very common).
If you find kittens that seem to be without their mommy:
Please take time to ask around to see if the kittens have a mommycat around. Usually the mommy cat has just gone to take care of business (find food for herself), but comes back to care for her babies. So most of the time the kittens are not in trouble at all, even though they seem to be alone. We do take orphan kittens to our cat hospital, but if they have a mommycat, they have a better chance of surviving when they stay with they mommy. Kittens are also very vulnerable to diseases, so sometimes our cat hospital is not a safe place for them, if we have lots of sick cats there.
If you are not in Gili islands but see a cat or other animal needing help...
Sometimes we get messages from other parts of Indonesia and even from other countries. People ask if we can help a kitten they found in Sumatra (which is thousands of kilometres from Gili!) or if we can bring our cat clinic to some island in another country. The answer is simply "Sorry, but no". That is just not possible.
Please understand that we are in Gili islands, Indonesia, and we are a very small project with limited resources (money, time and people). We have more than we can handle here in Gili islands only! If you find a cat, or any animal, needing help elsewhere: please contact local animal welfare organizations or vets. If you want to organize a spay/neuter clinic somewhere: start by contacting an animal welfare organizations near the area, or at least in the same country. If you are in Lombok or Bali, check our link page for animal welfare organizations near us. Or simply: Use Google! Thank you!