I spoke to a mother and daughter last night because one of the caregivers wrote to say that she had been caring for a community cat. Apparently the cat had some dental problems and she brought the cat to the vet. The mother and daughter then put up notices saying they lost their pet and so the caregiver got in touch with them. The mother and daughter reimbursed the caregiver for the vet fees. They said they had to put their cat out as someone had complained to the HDB about them. However, at some point, the mother and daughter decided to take the cat home again - the caregiver was also pleased as the vet said that the cat might have FIV.
This is the point it gets complicated. The caregiver wanted to visit the cat and the mother refused. When I spoke to the mother she said that their family situation did not allow for visitors right now. The caregiver on her part was worried as she said that she heard the mother and daughter caged up their own cats most of the day. The mother and daughter were upset as they thought that the caregiver was accusing them of ill treating their cats.
The mother also said that she had been caring for this cat for many years. She said that the caregiver's depth of emotion could not match hers as she had a long history with this cat which the caregiver did not.
I spoke to the mother and daughter for an hour. When I told the mother that I thought the caregiver was just concerned about the cat, and that the length of time she had been caring for the the cat was irrelevant, she agreed to let the caregiver visit the cat in a few weeks. I hope that they do allow her to do so. I'm sure it'll reassure the caregiver and certainly if the cat is well looked after, I am sure all parties will be happy.