Monday, August 22, 2005

Cats in cages update

I spoke to the woman with the cages on Saturday to tell her which date to bring the cats in for sterilisation. Then she said she wanted to send in the cats next month instead when her son gives her some money from his pay. She had said that she would get the cat that had escaped while on heat sterilised first, but then she said she felt pressurised and could not bring the cat in to be sterilised. She said she might have a nervous breakdown otherwise. She says it's likely the kittens will die so it should be fine.

Now she says she wants slots for next month. Let's see whether she sticks to those slots. She keeps insisting that the cats are fine and that the constant moulting of the fur is part of a renewal process for the cats and that the cats are all in good health. She says the eyes are fine now as she bathes them with chrysanthemum water.

I told her that if she continues to go down this route, someone is bound to complain to the AVA and she said they had come several times, but she told them to just take away all her cats. Then she asked if anyone wants to take her cats now.

I remember her saying that she also wanted to keep 15 of her cats, and it reminds me of another woman the Society tried to help back in 2002.

She had 60 cats in her flat, and was about to thrown out by HDB. The cats were okay, but showed signs of stress - quite a few cats were bald or near-bald. The HDB had send her eviction notices but she ignored them, until her neighbours threatened to sue her. Then she moved out.

We agreed to help her get the cats sterilised. We counted and confirmed with her that there were 20 unsterilised cats. She refused to let anyone adopt any of her cats, though quite a few people did come forward.

After 28 cats had been sterilised, I called to ask how many cats remained to be done. It was at this point I learnt that she was still picking up cats to bring home even though we had warned her she had to stop. We had no choice but to stop helping her. From what I last heard, she was still taking cats in.

4 Comments:

Blogger The Imp said...

a case-in-point of misguided kindness?

22/8/05 10:55 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes I think so. I know both of them meant well.

22/8/05 11:10 AM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

ARRRGH!!!

22/8/05 11:11 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

My feelings exactly as I hung up.

22/8/05 11:20 AM  

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