Thursday, December 15, 2005

Of Cat Cafes and 'Pregnant' sterilised cats

I was so pleased today when I went in for the town council meeting for a change. I was quite concerned that they were going to tell us that there were complaints and that the cats would be removed. Instead the Deputy General Manager asked if we could set up a cat cafe, which we had mentioned in the last meeting. His idea is that if the cats are moved away from the residential blocks to the park right beside it that it might be better in terms of cutting down complaints.

One of the officers asked about tipped ear cats that look as if they're pregnant. I said that I have seen cats under surgical conditions and that if you tried to do it with a cat that is awake, you stand the chance of getting your hand taken off. We explained to them that many of the cats are just fat. One caregiver told everyone her cat is really fat because she feeds it three times a day. It has been sterilised and is definitely NOT pregnant.

At the end of it, we have a new cat cafe and they've agreed to flyer the blocks to try and suss out the people abandoning the cats. One of the officers suggested putting a quota on the number of cats, and sending the rest away. The caregivers protested and the Deputy GM intervened to say that killing cats was not what they wanted to do.

It was decided that TC has to help volunteers curb abandonment and in return, the volunteers will do their best to make sure the population does not grow. If no new cats are dumped, I am quite sure they will be fine as the cats there are sterilised.


Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

Cat cafe gets approval from Town Council ... Hallelujah! This is indeed good news!
Now if only other Town Councils approved of cat cafes everywhere in Singapore, it is a dream come true for community cat feeders!

15/12/05 4:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What a nice early Christmas present - that two cat cafes are going to be set up in two different town councils just this month alone.

15/12/05 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Am I dreaming?" piak piak **self slapping**
This TC in Singapore or lah-lah land? :)

15/12/05 4:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

LOL. I would have asked the same, but I was sitting right there, and I'm quite sure I wasn't dreaming!

It's certainly not an end to all the problems and I am quite sure there will be disagreements in the future, but it is a good start. It's now to the caregivers to make sure that this gets off to a good start.

15/12/05 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

Have seen u mentioned Cat Cafe a few times. What's a cat cafe? :P

Btw, the TC pic you posted sometime ago (reg TC & RC) seems to be the TC at my estate. My estate still have some cats not sterilised. I was quite incapable of sterilising all of them. I can't handle the "unapproachable" cats. Only managed to sterilised a few. But has stopped awhile due to some work committment.

15/12/05 11:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous, if you can't get near them, we can show you how to use a cat trap, or run a TNRM programme in your estate to show you and the other caregivers how to not only sterilise, but to manage the cats.

You don't have to sterilise ALL the cats in your estate - or don't think of it that way. Here's a simple rule of thumb, if you're feeding it, you should get it sterilised. Once you do that lot, then consider moving on to the next area and so on and so forth. Thinking about doing the whole estate would be daunting.

16/12/05 12:19 AM  
Anonymous layling said...

once the cafes are up and running, can i have the address?
i'd love to go see !

i will work towards spaying those that i am feeding now.
the first one that i spayed is now a happy stray. and i am doubly happy=]

16/12/05 2:13 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Where will the cat cafe be?

16/12/05 5:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The one thing we emphasise about the cat cafes is keeping the location secret. Right now, there are too few of them around and if someone plans to abandon the cats, they may take them to these places and dump the cats. As such, we have spoken with the places that have cat cafes and said we will not reveal where the location of these places are.

16/12/05 5:34 PM  
Blogger yskat said...

Congratulations Dawn on getting these town councils to agree on setting up cat cafes. I hope this is a sign of better things to come.

16/12/05 10:11 PM  
Anonymous E_Cat said...

how does a typical cat cafe look like? pls pardon my ignorance : )

17/12/05 1:50 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yskat, nothing I did really - now it's up to the caregivers to make sure that the area is kept clean and well managed.

E_Cat check out the entry of 6th April for a photo of a cat cafe.

17/12/05 11:15 AM  
Blogger san said...

What happens in a cat cafe? What is it really? Is it some kind of feeding place?

18/12/05 12:15 AM  
Blogger san said...

Sorry Dawn. I just read your post about 6th April and had gone to see what a cafe actually looked like. It's really nice :)

18/12/05 12:22 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Glad you approve!

18/12/05 3:21 AM  

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