Imagine having to do these everyday. Wondering if someone will feed you today? To think where your home will be tonight? Will it be comfy and warm or cold and hard? If you will go to bed on a half empty stomach? Or praying that it will not rain that day or the night will feel so much longer? Cheddar spends her days at a HDB void deck probably having these thoughts every single day.
On good nights she will be able to seek warmth among the towels and baskets thrown away by residents. Yen Yen, a kind resident will build her a cardboard home at night, but come morning, her home is often ‘demolished’ by the cleaners.
|Cheddar having her dinner|
|Cheddar's makeshift bunk|
At eight or ten years old, Cheddar has hardly any teeth left in her mouth, and wheezes heavily. She has lots of fluid in her lungs, coughs and sneezes constantly.
Yet, Cheddar, the colour of burnt orange, is still super sweet and loving despite feeling rather unwell. She even gets along with dogs, and will walk alongside Yen Yen when she takes her dog for her walk.
Sadly, when we took her for a health check-up as she had mucus coming out of her nose, the vet diagnosed Cheddar with FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), which is like ‘AIDS’ in cats.
|Going to the vet|
|At the Vet|
|From Cheddar's nose|
This means her immune system is weakened and infections can cause severe illness and even death. Imagine having a fever or that irritating blocked nose that would take you 2 months, or maybe more, to recover from. It is what Cheddar is going through right now.
|Spot Lil' Cheddar|
|A different home every night|