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?