"Why can't you take my cat?"
I just had one of those phone calls which make me blink and wonder if it's for real. This woman was given my number by the town council. It seems that she has one sterilised cat but that the HDB recently sent her a letter telling her it was illegal to keep a cat in a flat. She kept saying she did not want AVA to come and kill her cat though I told her that that was not what was going to happen.
It turns out that the cat is put out in the day when she is at work because she doesn't want fur in her flat. The sand tray is out in the corridor too. The cat also runs out at night quite often.
I suggested she see her MP but she said that it was too much trouble to see her MP over a cat. She wants to send it away somewhere - she heard there was a home in Tampines and she'd like to send her cat there. I asked her if she would consider keeping the cat indoors as it may be defecating outside someone's home or causing a nuisance. She said that her cat is clean because it eats dry food, though she admitted it might be defecating somewhere else. She said she was quite sure there had been complaints, and that someone had once thrown her cat litter away. She said that it was not possible to keep the cat indoors though as cats need to go out. In addition, she wants to leave for overseas.
I told her that since she was going abroad, this was a great opportunity to take her cat with her. She kept asking why I could not take her cat or why we could not find a loving home for it. I explained our work focused on Sterilisation and told her how many cats looking for homes on our board. She kept insisting that someone must want it because it's such a good cat. She said if the Society cannot find a home for her cat, then how could she? She said it was too much trouble to bring her cat with her, and it was a really cute cat. I explained the procedure of how to bring her cat overseas and how easy it was and told her that since it was such a cute cat, surely she must want to take it with her. She said it was too troublesome. She then asked if she could send her cat to Malaysia. I told her the procedure was about the same - she then said she would ship the cat off to a friend in Malaysia. Sigh.