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posted by Dawn @ 7:27 PM
JUst wondering... THere are 4 cats at my void deck. People who feed them always removed the leftovers and utensils so there was never a problem of the dirtying of the void deck. However, as time passes, I realised that these cats, especially the 3 white ones which I think are siblings, have become so comfortable with people that they took to living IN the void deck and making the nearby grass patch their toilet.I'm worried that someone might complain about them. THese 4 cats are very tame and trusting, but they are young cats. The older cats never dirtied the area in anyway. These young cats are probably so used to being looked after so they marked their territory. I know many children would be upset if they are removed, and so would the feeders.Is there anything to be done about it? All I hope is that the smell of cat poop will be gone so that no one can complain about them because they are generally very docile creatures which are dependent on feeders for food and water.(Kayley here, btw)
Sunshine - a few things. Firstly, are these cats sterilised? Secondly, are they causing a nuisance in any way (you mentioned they use the grass patch, but I'm assuming their burying their defecation). If they are being managed responsibly, sterilised, fed responsibly and managed, then it may be a good idea to let your town council know that you (or someone else) is looking after them. You can ask that the cats not be removed if there are complaints, but referred to you first.
So far they are not sterilised. But I have not heard any mating calls from them, and they seem rather young and playful cats. But they are very dependent on people. Once they were hungry and the feeder did not come on time. One cat whined at me and held my toe in its mouth out of hunger. I am also worried that they have become too "spoilt" and reliant on the feeders. If they are unsterilised, is there a higher chance of them being removed if there are complaints?
Pretty high, s+s. Sooner or later they'll reach sexual maturity and start acting out... and then there will be more kittens. Bit of a vicious cycle. And either the AVA will be called to remove them, or some angry people will take matters into their own hands.Sterilisation is ideal: to save the cats in the long run, pre-empt the complaints, and prevent the rapid deterioration of goodwill amongst neighbours and feeders.
Sunshine - perhaps you can help out in your estate? It would be great to get them sterilised. As catdonna said, sterilisation is ideal.
How do I get them to be sterilised? Also, who should pay for it?
Sunshine how about getting the people who are feeding to do it? They can come for a TNRM session and we can teach them how.
Here is a personal look at the cats issue from Down Under: http://besgroup.blogspot.com/2006/02/cats-in-australia.html
I'll try to see if I can bump into them. There are random feeders and a regular feeder who is an old Indian lady. So it may not be easy talking to them. Especially because my block is right next to a park and some forested area, so usually the animals disappear into the park. I think that's why there are only these 4 cats around, and people are tolerant of them and they may not see the need to sterilise them. I'll try to see if I can bump into the feeders. =)
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