Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Why cats are not allowed in HDB flats

I was just reading the New Paper article again and reading the HDB statement about why cats are not allowed in flats.

The same argument has been trotted out for many years, even though it makes no sense. Let's look at what is often said :-

"Cats are nomadic"

Cats are not nomadic. They may be smaller, and hence perhaps may be able to squeeze out of the windows easier, but if you leave a main door open, a dog is just as likely to run out. It's simple - just make sure the windows and doors are screened so the cat can never get out and make this part of the requirement if you want to keep a cat in an HDB flat.

We had more than 30 vets who said that cats make excellent apartment animals precisely because they're smaller and easy to manage. Cats have become the Number One apartment animal in USA and Europe, and unlike dogs, they don't ever have to go out for walks, making them ideally suited to a flat.

"Cats Shed Fur"

So do dogs. So do rabbits. Both are allowed in HDB flats. Next!

The other thing brought up is the number of complaints that HDB receives. The New Paper article said HDB receives 480 complaintsa year. Now my Math is bad, but that works out to 40 complaints a month. That works out to 0.001% of the people living in flats. Of these, how many are repeat complaints? How many are due to other grudges? Also, how many complaints does HDB receive about noise, laundry dripping, burning of joss paper, littering, etc?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats are nomadic - says who besides HDB? Neutered indoor cats, by territorial instinct, will not go far. It would be a wonder if my cat moves a whisker, an arm or a leg in the course of his marathon nap. Night romping? You must be joking, it would mean stepping on urgh....grass esp wet grass. Jump up the wall, the stomach is in the way.
Nomardic.....yes, in kitty's dreams.

18/1/06 3:53 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I think Homo Sapiens are nomadic too. We are supposed to wander the wilderness! But hei what the heck are we imprisoning ourselves in pigeon holes!! Total unnatural and ought to be banned from HDB flats!

18/1/06 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do consider having your comment published in 'straits times' whatever. I'll sponsor it.
Angela /Bishan 8.

18/1/06 6:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Angela for your kind comments. I'm not sure how much it would cost though!

18/1/06 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Aminah Bee said...

When I bought my HDB flat, I signed several legal papers, none of them mentioned no cats allowed.
I vividly recalled the HDB contract mentioned flat dwellers not allowed put obstruction outside corridors, like boxes, large potted plants, hanging laundry outside corridors, illegal tenants (humans, not cats!) etc.
The HDB contract does not mentioned of cats not allowed in HDB flats.
I am sure many of you HDB flat owners signing HDB documents when you purchased your flat, can recalled that there is no mentioned of no cats allowed, am I right?
This may be a case to consider HDB no cats ruling null and void.

18/1/06 7:05 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It's actually found in the HDB bylaws. I've asked around but no one I know can find their original contract.

The flat is never sold outright as well - if you look closely it's a leasehold.

18/1/06 7:09 PM  
Blogger budak said...

Another instance of the kind of antagonistic thinking with regard to nature that some people (esp. those in positions of power) have around here:

19/1/06 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would a petition to HDB listing all the valid reasons and misconception, be able to sway whoever is calling the shots in HDB mattes?

20/1/06 11:02 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, we've written two papers to the HDB. One was a proposal, and the second was a reply to some of their concerns. We also met them twice.

We also collected 3000 signatures over a three week period, and got more than 30 vets to sign a letter in support of this.

we have been turned down, but there was no real reason why.

20/1/06 11:11 AM  

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