Cats at risk
One of the condominiums just agreed to start a TNRM programme about two months ago. So far there are three or four volunteers and they have been sterilising the cats all along - but there was no formal arrangement between the caregivers and the management so they would come and round up the cats occasionally.
The management has now given their word not to round up the cats, but they mentioned one family that is problematic because they have a number of indoor-outdoor cats. I called and spoke with the son. They have 7 unsterilised cats, 3 of which are pregnant and they don't seem keen to sterilise. I told them that the management had agreed not to trap if the cats were done. He said that they had cats caught in the past many times because they weren't sterilised. The son also mentioned that based on prior experience, he is estimating that they will have another 9 kittens. He also told me that if the cats had not been caught (including his favourite cat), they would probably have 34 cats by now.
He also said he didn't mind the other cats being sterilised, but he didn't want to sterilise his new favourite cat. He agreed it wasn't a great idea to let her keep breeding. He mentioned cost being a factor especially since there are so many, so I mentioned the subsidised rates.
I mentioned this to another of our caregivers - and she said that there's no such thing, that she had just decided to sterilise one cat at a time which she COULD afford. To date, she has done 500 cats over the last 10 years.
The son also told me that he's certain he can find homes for all the kittens because his friends want them. Unfortunately most of these friends in my experience, change their minds by the time the kittens are born.
This family lives right next to a council member who is complaining about them - the son said that the member was unhappy as their cat had jumped into his balcony and given birth to a litter of kittens. The council member told me he was unhappy as they left food all over when they fed.
Another TNRM group asked me to speak to another teenager who has cats at home. He had pointed out to the volunteers that some of the newly abandoned cats were his, and that he had more cats at home. When questioned though, he claimed they weren't his. When I called just now, he said that his cats had all been sterilised - though just a few days ago, he told the volunteers his mother objected to it. He wouldn't let the volunteers speak to his mother either. He claimed that another neighbour whom he said had also been dumping had also since sterilised all her cats. The TNRM group said they'll keep an eye on him.
The town council keeps an eye on this area and if there are too many new cats, they're going to tell the TNRM group that they aren't keeping up their end of the bargain. If that happens, guess what's going to happen? They're going to end up rounding up ALL the cats, including the original, sterilised community cats.