Monday, January 23, 2006

Stop feeding upstairs!

One of the caregivers called - we had a complaint last week about a cat defecating outside the complainant's home. The complainant said that the problem was recent and he knew which unit was feeding the cat.

The caregiver went down to the area which is near hers. She said the area was in quite a state - lots of unsterilised cats. She spoke to the person feeding, and it turned out that it was their cat, but that they didn't want the cat inside their house because they thought it might dirty their home. As such, they fed it outside and the cat was then proceeding to defecate outside the complainant's home. The caregiver asked them to just shift the feeding downstairs (the feeder lives on the second floor) or indoors, but they said it was too much trouble, and they'd rather just stop feeding.

People really need to stop feeding upstairs. So many complaints come in about this every single week, and it puts the cats at risk. I had another two cases today as well. People mean to be kind but they're really endangering the cats' lives.


Anonymous yskat said...

People who do not get their pet cats sterilised and allow them to roam freely are the biggest contributors to the poor welfare of community cats. AVA's educational campaigns should target this group of people, who often do not read English (or any other language effectively), access the internet regularly, etc. As long as cats are getting semi-dumbed on the streets everyday there is little any volunteer groups can do.

23/1/06 3:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Plus some of these people don't see a problem doing it! I have often heard from caregivers(and been told myself) that people don't see anything wrong with just releasing the cat back onto the street.

23/1/06 3:47 PM  
Anonymous yskat said...

It is probably related to the thinking that cats are "natural". Unfortunately, this idea is also propagated in the more "scientific" literature on cats.

23/1/06 10:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think it may also relate to the fact that people think the cats come from the streets, so putting them back on the streets doesn;t do them any harm. After all, they've had a good life and back they go.

24/1/06 1:14 AM  

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