Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Doing it for the cats

I just spoke to a caregiver. Someone called me yesterday and asked me to speak to a woman who said that there was a strange man following her in the mornings when she fed the cats. She told him that she cleaned up but he was insistent that she should not do so, even though she told me that she picked up afterwards. The man showed her a tag, but she cannot read English and was so frightened she did not want to feed anymore.

The caregiver offered to go down with her. The first thing the caregiver noticed was that she fed during the rush hour right outside an MRT station. She told the woman it was best not to do so at this time. The woman insisted that it was not illegal. The caregiver agreed, but told her that the reason that they feed and look after the cats is to protect them - not put them in more jeopardy by making them highly visible. The caregiver suggested she come earlier so that there would be less human traffic.
Secondly, she realised that the cats were really full and very fat. She said the cats only ate a few mouthfuls and were full. The caregiver told the woman it was quite possible that there was someone else already feeding them.

The caregiver saw the mysterious man but he disappeared so she'll go down again tomorrow.

I agree with the caregiver - you can insist on your strict legal rights and be allowed to feed whenever you want, but why bring trouble to the cats? It's not that people should be afraid of feeding because it isn't wrong, but it CAN bring the wrong kinds of attention to the cats. Who suffers at the end of the day?

4 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

I agree, plus I think this also sort of ties in with some of your previous posts about not over-stretching, and properly caring for a colony, as in since there is obviously another feeder who gets there before this one, and the cats aren't that hungry by the time she feeds, maybe she should think about feeding other areas where there aren't feeders and the food don't go to waste because of multiple feedings?

31/5/06 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel, she should feed at a later time, not rush hour. She can lure the cats to a remote area, where there are less human traffic, otherwise the cats will be in trouble. What if the MRT officers complain to the TC, all the cats will be rounded up and destroyed. And who is responsible? She has to be very discreet when feeding strays as people are quite sensitive these days. Most people dislike cats.

aunty winn

31/5/06 2:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the cats already seem to be fed by someone else (who feeds them before rush hour and therefore draws less attention to them), they are being put in danger for no good reason by this particular feeder. Both her time as well as place of feeding puts them in jeopardy. I understand she does what she does out of the goodness of her heart. People think that kindness should inevitably lead to good things but even the best intentions can backfire if not carried out correctly.

31/5/06 5:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said everyone. Our actions often have repercussions on the cats so we must try to bring as little attention to the cats as possible. Cats are never a problem unless someone notices them - often it IS a question of perception.

31/5/06 5:51 PM  

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