Thursday, March 30, 2006

You can't please everybody

I spoke to Jolanda this morning and it seems that one of the vets had been very cross with their clinic staff yesterday. One of the people bringing in cats for sterilisation brought in his home cats and said so to the vet. The vet was apparently very angry with the staff and with CWS.

We always get flack from some people for not booking slots for home cats. After all, they say, these cats USED to be community cats. All my cats are ex-community cats too, but at what point do they stop being community cats and start becoming my responsibility? This is also the sort of attitude that also leads some people to abandon their cats on their streets after years of having them as indoors pets - after all, the reasoning goes, they are community cats. So what was the period in these peoples' home? A short hiatus?

At the same time, we get flack from the vets when people do bring in these cats. We can't check every single person for one thing, and peoples' definitions of community cats vary tremendously (ie the cat literally on the street all the way to cats that have been living in homes for many years). We do also understand that the vets are trying to make a living - if everyone wanted discounted rates, then the really deserving caregivers who look after community cats are the ones who are going to suffer because the vets may have to discontinue what they are doing. Vets are a business and if they're not making money, then they're either going to close down, or just stop helping.

7 Comments:

Blogger purrsNswipes said...

I empathise with the clinic staff and CWS.

These people are just cheapskates. One ex-neighbour who we enlisted to help us look out for the cats had cats if his own. While he stalled and pussy-footed when asked to get his sterilised, he had the cheek to request that we send them in for him as community cats, and to ask the vet for community cat rates and to not tip their ears!

Of course we refused. We told him point-blank, that he should know very well sterilisation of his housecats is part of his responsibilty, and you pay for what you get.

We told him about infections, transmissions, fights, FiV, FeLV and so on, to try to get him to sterilise.

But, all the while, he just kept aiming at our conscience, and asking us to help him sterilise his cats instead. It was like being forced into playing a game of ping-pong you don't enjoy and can't get away from. But no matter what, I wasn't going to be suckered because he definitely could afford it.


As far as I know, he never did bring them in sterilisation either. How to make people like that listen?


c

30/3/06 1:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That is the problem Purrsnswipes - some people will never sterilise. I guess if he's constantly arguing with you try switching it back on HIM - after all, sterilisation brings benefits to the cat and to him. So if he loves his cat, he should sterilise it, no?

30/3/06 1:44 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Doesn't tipping the ears deter people from sending home cats?
Perhaps some vets may want to consider discount to financially strapped owners but then someone has to do the "mean testing" that can be tedious and time consuming. But really how many "fake" community cats are there? If they are just a small number, then I think it can be acceptable. This is an imperfect world we live in.

30/3/06 1:48 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I am sure some caregivers are willing to pay for the sterilization of some families who are production lines for litters and litters of kittens that get dumped out. But it will be astronomical if the caregivers have to pay normal rates for these home cats. Can these cases be exceptional to the vets? Perhaps the caregivers can vouch that these are genuinely poor families and that the caregivers are footing the bill.

30/3/06 1:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat, I think if the caregivers are willing to foot the bill the vets may be willing to, but as you said, means testing and the like are difficult. Quite a few people say they cannot afford it, but the caregivers themselves tell us they are quite sure they can.

30/3/06 1:57 PM  
Blogger purrsNswipes said...

Dawn,
We did try, all the bits about infections, transmissions, fights, FiV, FeLV and so on, were to try to get him to sterilise. And we also talked about TNRM and how he ought to set an example.

But he just don't feel the onus. It's like talking to someone who pretends to not understand your language very well when it's convenient. You know he knows, but he's denying comprehension.

vegancatsg,
I agree that if the family does genuinely have problems, and if its' within our means, fine, let's do it. Only lucky thing about the whole thing is that he had male cats and we've sterilised the others roaming around. We even contemplated just sending his cats in as community cats - but he'd know it's us.

This ex-neighbour is not exactly living in abject poverty either. And look at what he demands: community cat rates without the ear-tipping!


c

30/3/06 2:22 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Purrsnswipes, I am sure you did - didn't mean to imply you hadn't been trying. Sometimes you just need to keep repeating yourself over and over and over and over. I do know though that some people look at you as if you are speaking from another planet!

30/3/06 4:26 PM  

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