Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Hungry?


Hungry?
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I was just speaking with a caregiver who told me that she was quite sure that the pet cats that run down from the flats above are not being fed, because they also eat with her community cats. While cats don't tend to overstuff themselves (though some do!), just because they eat when you feed them doesn't mean that they are not being fed adequately by someone else.

I know in one area that we went to, that they set up a security camera to find out whom was feeding the cats. They found in the course of one day that four or five people (who all came at different times) were feeding the cats. All of them were of course in the dark about the other feeders. The cats were eating happily every time.

It would be good if you can to try and find out if anyone else feeds your community cat too. That way you don't need to replicate the work. It may be difficult to find these other caregivers but if you do, you can split the work.

4 Comments:

Anonymous auntie p said...

I know for a fact that the 2 well-loved community cats near my place are fed by different cat-friendly people at all times of the day. It's like having to pay toll before we can get past the cats. There is no problem so far, although one of the cats is developing a bigger tummy. *grin*

28/2/06 11:44 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes there's usually no problem - different people can certainly feed the same cat. However, it would be good to know each other so you don't (1) overfeed the cat and (2) you can help each other out if say one of you is out of the country.

28/2/06 1:31 PM  
Anonymous auntie p said...

I agree with you, Dawn. We do know one another, all through the cats! It's amazing how the community cats link me to my neighbours, the cleaners, etc. even from further blocks away. The children-friendly cats are helping to inculcate kindness to animals among the children and toddlers too - which is possible bec. their minders are receptive to cats. :)

28/2/06 1:57 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I actually think that children like cats and animals. It's instinctive - it's just that they're taught not to.

28/2/06 2:30 PM  

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