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.