Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Visiting the "Cat Woman"

Lillian and I went down to the Bukit Batok woman's house which was reported in The New Paper. I have to say that she had four cats and they were kept in a small carrier. She said that this was a temporary measure as she's renovating her flat. We asked that she at least use a larger cage and she said she would do so. The cats are in okay condition - they are well fed but in a tiny pet carrier at the moment which she says she'll change.

She actually has four cats - and here's the thing, I don't think that the cats are the problem. The problem really is that the flat is a mess - there is a lot of furniture lying around which basically looks dirty (and not just from the renovation). There is a smell of cat urine, but it isn't coming from the area where the cats are being held - the whole flat was quite dirty, and there were random pieces of furniture lying around - filing cabinets and the like. The windows were all closed and there was hardly any ventilation. I think this problem would have occurred with or without the cats - and so terming her a 'cat woman' is misleading. The problem here is really one of just basic hygiene.


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23/11/05 9:13 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Remember the samsui "cat" woman who kept 4 cats before dementia took the toll of her health and she had to move to a nursing home. Her one-room rental flat was awfully "smelly" when she was still living in it with the cats which were all very shy and hid the moment any stranger appeared at the door. The smell was usually blamed on the cats. Then after the lady moved to a nursing home, a volunteer came to take care of the cats in the flat and the neighbours then commented, "Strange, same number of cats but no more smell!"
So the hygiene really is very much dependent on the human occupant in the house and if she or he has help from the community in housekeeping, I am sure there will be no smell. This bukit batok lady may have some medical problem for not being able to maintain good hygiene. Are they volunteers in the neighbourhood who can help her with housekeeping?

23/11/05 9:14 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unfortunately I don't know anyone in the neighbourhood. There were a number of unsterilised cats there.

23/11/05 11:51 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

See, how 'accurate' our newspaper are. 4 cats become 8 to 10 cats.

25/11/05 6:16 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Why keep cats in the cage? Why does she not allow the cats to roam freely in the house?

25/11/05 6:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

She said it was because of the renovations she's carrying out and she will let them out once the renovations are done.

25/11/05 6:20 PM  

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