A woman called yesterday to say that she saw a badly injured cat, but she could not take it to the vet. Fortunately there were volunteers who manage community cats in the surrounding vicinity and they went down. The cat was apparently on a ledge and bleeding badly.
As they were talking to residents in the area, they were told that this is not the first time that the cat has fallen, and that it belongs to a family on the fifth floor. They rushed it to the vet, and I just spoke to the vet who said that it has fractured spine, but should recover fully.
Another caregiver also wrote in yesterday to say that a family living above her also had a number of kittens fall to their death. Unfortunately, this family doesn't seem to particularly care about the cats, and keep asking people to take their existing cats away as well. They have also dumped their cats downstairs, giving problems to the caregiver, whose colony is actually fully sterilised.
It's alarming that some people are so lackluster about looking after their cats that a cat falling does not seem to concern them. It's actually quite easy to wire up your windows and doors so your cat cannot get out.
At the pet shop yesterday where I dropped off the merchandise, I had a conversation with a woman who was telling me that it wasn't possible to keep cats in houses with gardens, and I was trying to convince her that it can, and has been done successfully. Wiring can be done on windows in flats and houses. Some people even wire up their gardens.
I have to go for a followup visit this morning for another case.