Tuesday, November 29, 2005

And now for something completely different

After that heartwarming story about the cat stuck in the car engine, I spoke to a town council officer because a caregiver said she heard that the cats in the estate were about to be removed this morning.

The officer said they wanted to remove one cat which liked to lie on someone's car and the person claimed their car had been scratched. I asked if we could go down and take a look and ascertain if this was so, but the officer said that the complainant does not want to meet up. He just wants the cat removed. He claimed that he had to repolish his car.

While it's possible that a cat could have scratched a car - nothing is impossible after all - it isn't very likely. I'd still like to go down and take a look, but the complainant does not want to co-operate. If he wants it to stop then why not let us go down and find a solution besides removing the cat? If the problem stops, and the cat remains, then everyone is happy.

He also mentioned that he didn't like this cat because it sat on his car. I have to say I have trouble understanding that - some people complain the cat isn't doing anything, but it's just sitting on their car. I realise people spend a lot of money on their cars, but it's COLD sometimes, especially when it's raining. Scratches are an entirely different kettle of fish, but if the cat just wants to sit on your car for a little warmth, why begrudge the cat that little comfort? In fact, jumping up and chasing the cat is more likely to make them extend their claws - hence increasing the chances that your car might be scratched.


Blogger =^..^= said...

Here's the link to a short write-up by a paint technologist on cats and car paint. Hope it enlightens many.


~5-Cat Style

29/11/05 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I am Jackie, working in UAE. There are a lot of stray cats in my area. They like to hide underneath my car everytime I parked it outside my villa. And when I start the engine, they will automatically walk out from there and hide in those wooden hatches I made specially for them. :) So cute.

29/11/05 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can residents in the estate "complaint" that they DO NOT want the catS removed until the allegation is proven in court perhaps?
Then the town council can put the "blame" on his fellow residens who have as much right as he, for their "complaint" to be heard. If this is the way to get mole out of the hole and meet face to face for mediation. He thinks he can hide in the coat of anonymnity and get away with "murder"?

29/11/05 11:34 AM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

He just wants the cat to be "removed" right? Did the TC officer tell him where the cat will be "removed" to?

I appreciate that the TC is in a very difficult position. Between paying "customers" and cats, which one would you side with? It's very difficult for the TC officer to just tell the resident that he is wrong and to leave the cat alone. Much easier to say ok and then have the cat removed.

Would a "script" plus some information for the TC help their officers answer these complaints? I know it will be difficult if there's no love lost between the TC and the cats...

29/11/05 11:36 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I managed to speak to the volunteer who said the officer is usually very nice, but she hinted the person was someone with some pull. The volunteer suspects an ex-RC Chairperson.

The TC officer was trying to relocate the cat for him. She told me she won't send it to AVA - but I told her that TCs removing cats from area and dumping in another really isn't solving the problem either.

Jackie - would love to see those photos!

29/11/05 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm...is this an abuse of power?
RC members serve the residents and they have enough perks to leave the cats alone!

29/11/05 12:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sometimes the officers themselves may feel that they are afraid to offend an RC member. At the end of the day, RC members are also just volunteers - just like the caregivers!

29/11/05 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the caregiver will insist on a face to face chat over this common community issue. This is so very unfair to residents in general with complainants given more leverage!

29/11/05 12:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

She doesn't want to because she doesn't want to get the officer in trouble. She is going to try and slowly move the cats away from the cars.

29/11/05 12:11 PM  

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