Friday, December 30, 2005

Stop my family member feeding cats!

Someone just wrote to us to ask us to stop her mother-in-law from feeding the community cats in the neighbourhood. She claims her son is ill and it's due to the cats. I do sympathise as it must be stressful for her, but firstly, it doesn't seem to be at all that the cats are to blame, and secondly, what are we do to about it? It does seem like a domestic problem.


Blogger vegancat said...

It's again "my child is the most important thing" syndrome and everyone and everything is to be blamed for any woes that befall the child. In this case, can't find anything to blame, so blame the mother-in-law who merely feeds cats! Child probably has bronchitis problem that affects as such as 40% of children. This has been attributed to the relatively "sterile" environment children nowadays grow up in. Imagine if there is a pet in the house, sure kanna blamed and thrown out!! Hopefully this silly person won't complaint to the TC to get rid of the community cats!

30/12/05 4:38 PM  
Anonymous another comm member said...

vegancat, appreciate if assumptions are not made when the full picture is not told.

i can assure you the child does not have bronchitis problem. and the person did not complain to have the community cats removed.

30/12/05 10:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok! Everyone here please stop feeding your children too....... many cats are sick and all becasue there is feeding going on.


31/12/05 12:59 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The child apparently has epilepsy. Poor child but I'm not sure how we're supposed to stop her mother in law from feeding even if we wanted to. It is the woman's own relative and if she can't convince us, then how are we?

Wonder whom the other comm member is! :)

31/12/05 10:52 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Perhaps someone can speak to the mother of the child and find out what her fears are. Ideally of course the mother should be educated that epilepsy has nothing to do with MIL feeding cats, unless there has been some concern about toxoplasmosis, which is unfounded as this involves direct contact with cat faeces that contain the eggs of the toxoplasmosis parasite by the "pregnant" mother or the child prior to developing epilepsy. If education fails, then perhaps a compromise such as asking the MIL to have separate cat-feeding clothers and taking a shower upon return home from feeding.

31/12/05 11:46 AM  
Anonymous that comm member said...

i fully agree vegancat, but one major problem is some doctors are quick to assign cause without full investigation.

For example, if a child develops asthma and if the household happens to have pets, the doctor will assign blame on the pets, whereas the asthma could be dust or even food-related (ok, i am exaggerating, but you get the point).

So, I really think education needs to start with the healthcare practioners first!

31/12/05 1:08 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I totally agree that some doctors including GPs are also just as quick to blame on the home pets. Information on causes of epilepsy can be found on the internet and this can be presented to the lady that there is no connection between cats and the condition.

31/12/05 1:43 PM  

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