Wudi has grown to become one of the chonkiest resident cats in Love Kuching history, but his spunky exterior belies a story of injury and recovery
It’s hard to imagine our cheeky and assertive resident cat, Wudi, groveling and crying out in pain.
Yet, almost a year ago, Wudi was first discovered by his rescuer under a block of flats in Jalan Besar, hurt and hardly moving. When his rescuer brought Wudi to the vet, they found that the boy had suffered hip and pelvic fractures, causing secondary issues with his gut and bladder.
He wasn’t eating much and had blood in his urine, which the vet manually express from his bladder. The vet was also concerned about him not pooping, as that could lead to megacolon, where chronic constipation causes his colon to grow larger, causing complications like infections.
While no one knows for sure what happened to Wudi, we suspect that he may have fallen from a high spot given his current penchant for perching on high places in the cattery. He was brought to a boarding place for rehabilitation, where he learnt how to walk again – through walkabouts with treats, of course – and was admitted to the cattery in January this year.
His initial introduction was a chaotic period for both our resident cats and volunteers alike. A dominant male like Wudi needed to be the only dude in the village, and so he would pick fights with Valencia and Pat, or other male residents of similar age who were also admitted to the cattery at the time. This cat could not be tamed, or so we thought.
The vet had prescribed cage rest, but Wudi would not have any of it. The super-strong chonk once escaped our brand new custom-built aluminium suites by pushing on the cage door until it bent and warped out of shape, and then proceeded to meow innocently at our day volunteer when she reached the cattery. We had to replace that door.
Wudi also has a penchant for seeking out the highest points of the cattery, tipping over cases of dry food on top of the fridge so that he can perch there, and once climbing to the top of the medical shelf (where we keep empty sharps boxes).
Eventually, Wudi grew comfortable at our cattery and learnt how to stay out of trouble, at least with other male cats in the same space. He has since been spotted kissing and grooming kittens and some other residents, including our lovely young mama, Charis!
We also learnt that his displays of dominance were partly due to his desire for human affection. This boy loves any form of attention and will demand his rightful share of petting from you when you first enter the cattery.
Wudi now spends his days leisurely perched on the cat tree or a nearby table doing what he does best: chillaxing, posing and being an all-around snacc for our volunteers.
His pelvic fracture is still healing, even though he isn’t in any pain; our volunteers monitor his health and give him medication to prevent constipation whenever necessary. By hook, crook, and sheer stubbornness, this chonky cat has fought his way back from pain, and muscled his way into all of our hearts.