Thursday, April 20, 2006

What is a stray?

I spoke to the woman from NEA about the Singapore OK conditions. She mentioned that to them 'strays' refer to cats that are not being managed by anyone. She said that since the cats in condos with TNRM programmes are being managed, they do not consider them as strays and hence there is no contradiction with what was stated in the Singapore OK guidelines.

Right now I think there is some confusion going on as the term community cat isn't that widely used yet - and apparently some people refer to strays as cats that aren't being looked after by anyone at all. This happened the other day with the town council as well as often I know the term is used interchangeably by some other people.

The lady just called again and wanted to know a little more about the TNRM programme. I told her I'd be happy to do a presentation if they'd like one.


Blogger kuro.shiro.neko said...

perhaps cws could publicise or sanction the term community cat, so that people can be educated.

for example, postcards with "happy, healthy community cat"?

21/4/06 11:58 AM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Then what about cats in/near eateries? Does the same definition apply?

21/4/06 3:37 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Ok, I found these food establishments articles on the NEA website:
- 'SINGAPORE'S OK' Campaign goes to markets
- Strong Grassroots Support Has Yielded 100% OK Foodshops In Four Constituencies
- Good Environmental Hygiene Practices For Markets
- Good Environmental Hygiene Practices For Food Shops

Nothing explicitly anti-cats, so where do food establishments get the notion that pest-control or hygiene means no cats?

No cats = more rats = rat control by poison = need money to buy poison.

So should allow cats right? Esp sterilised cats, which will keep other cats out too.

Instead, cats are banned.

Don't make sense leh

21/4/06 4:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I remember it being in the papers that cats were not allowed near eating establishments. I do know people have been fined for cats on the premises.

We can repeat 'community cat' ad naseum too - frequent repetition will make it sink in :)

21/4/06 6:09 PM  

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