Monday, June 27, 2005

Community Cats

Siew Kah, who often comments on this board dropped me a very interesting email the other day. At Asia for Animals, they mentioned that in a lot of Asian countries, they look at their cats and dogs as strays (animals not looked after by anyone) and a separate group of community animals - ie animals looked after in temples, public places, etc but who also live on the streets/out in the open.

Siew Kah mentioned that we should consider using these terms in Singapore and I think it's an excellent idea. The cats ARE part of our community after all and are being looked after by someone. Many of these cats have lived in our communities for years. It certainly bestows a sense of belonging as well. So community cats I think it should be!


Anonymous Geraldine said...

Agree with Siew Kah.. in the past, i felt the word 'homeless' was more appropriate than 'strays' but now, 'Community Cats' is the best description & it sounds warmth too.. :)

27/6/05 2:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - I like community cats very much too!

27/6/05 2:57 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

What is worse is the default "cat nuisance" reference used by town councils and some MPs in their replies. This sadly prejudiced the cats when the real nuisance are the irresponsible feeders, irresponsible pet owners who do not sterilise their cats, and "irresponsible" residents who are "complain kings and queens".
I am glad the term "volunteers" are now used in place of "cat lovers". The latter term sometimes project a stereotypical image of "lunatic cat lovers" who are all EQ with no IQ!

27/6/05 3:51 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I agree - every person who is a caregiver is also a volunteer and a resident first and it's time to remind complainants, town councils, etc of this. There's no reason to feel like a second class citizen in your own estate, especially when you're actually trying to do something positive for the environment.

27/6/05 4:55 PM  

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