Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Some of you have probably already read 5Cats post about Tiffy on her blog. 5Cats called yesterday afternoon and mentioned that Tiffy's owner's father had sent the cat to the SPCA. We went down, but they were unable to trace any cat of the same description.

We contacted 5Cats again and she managed to speak to the father who now said the cat had been sent to the AVA. I contacted the AVA and they called back first thing this morning to say that Tiffy had been put down. 5Cats rushed down this morning - and she is devastated at the fate of poor Tiffy though I know also that she did everything she could have done. Tiffy did not have a tipped ear and apparently, Tiffy's owner's father had said that it was a community cat loitering in the corridor and he wanted to send it in to be put down. He did not say it was a pet cat.

The saddest thing is that the owner had apparently gotten someone else to agree to take the cat and it would have been out of the house in just a few days.

In addition, I have heard from many caregivers that a LOT of town councils have been sending in cats to the AVA. The more cats sent in, the less space for other cats like Tiffy - and this does mean that cats like her will be put down faster.

A couple of things about this :-

One, sometimes there are family problems and cats get caught in the middle. If you are taking a cat home, please be sure that your family members are really okay with the cat. There was another case I dealt with whereby a mother and her grown up daughter were fighting - the mother then took the cat and abandoned it. Her daughter knew her mother did not like her cat, but the situation took a turn for the worse when she brought home yet another cat. If your family does not like your cat, sometimes it can change and they can learn to embrace the cat - sometimes they never do and it can end like this. Also, sometimes one additional cat can be the straw that breaks the proverbial's camel's back. This is not in relation to this particular case since I don't know what happened here but as a general rule of thumb.

Second, do call immediately if you think something has happened to your cat. Time is of essence - I have had people call weeks after their cat was caught by the town council. Sometimes you luck out - most times you don't, so don't wait.


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28/6/06 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

Tiffy is loved by many readers although we have never met. You can feel her talking to you.

Rest in peace Tiffy. I will miss you.

28/6/06 3:36 PM  
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28/6/06 4:05 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

My condolences to Tiffy's mum. The fact that Tiffy is really adorable is beside the point, but it is really heartbreaking to read about her on 5Cat's blog and know how she died, because you get a sense of how loved she was by her mum, and that she was really settled in her home. Even her big brother, Gucci, has accepted her.

It must have terrified her to be sent to a strange place full of strange things - it cannot be pleasant to end up in one of the two Singapore branches of kitty treblinka, no matter the circumstances.

Poor little Tiffy. I hope her end was swift. May her sweet soul be released from the terror of her death, quickly.

28/6/06 4:06 PM  
Anonymous mrs budak said...

Poor Tiffy! RIP.

28/6/06 4:30 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

No amount of hair tearing and blaming is going to reverse what had been done. The pain we bear now is ours whereas Tiffy had gone through the pain of fear. It will do well to heed Dawn's advice that adoption of cat or kitten into a family is every member's affair.

28/6/06 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it is all about communication with everyone in the family.

But I still think the dad must bear some consequences and responsibilites from the reaction from the web community for what he has done... it is not a real good thing here, just because he was fed up with a cat, it's a life, mind you.

Just very sad things turn out this way, cheers, just hope none of this would ever happen again

28/6/06 4:59 PM  
Blogger Kootoo and M&M said...

I wonder what the father would feel when he is old and becomes senile/incontinent, and his children puts him away to an old folks' home for good (we can't put him down, can we? not unless euthanasia is legalised here). Just as we do not put down a loved one for making mistakes like peeing/pooing in the wrong places, we cannot simply snuff out a pet's life just because it is misbehaving.

28/6/06 5:15 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I do believe people who lost their brains to dementia do "poo and pee" everywhere and some even play with "poo".
I feel sad for the father because he will have to live with what he had done for the rest of his life and how he would feel looking into the eyes of his wife and daughter.

28/6/06 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cat is called Poopie because it poos in inappropriate places. It came to us after being in three other homes. You must be wondering about our home hygiene.....clean more often lor ; ) Poopie is my favourite cat. Our 2-yr old dog River is still peeing all over the house & he is the boss's favourite dog. Pooing and peeing in the wrong places should not be a death sentence.

28/6/06 10:37 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

We took in an abandoned dog that was blind and he was badly abused. Being a male dog, he still pee at places other than the newspaper. Like you say..just clean more often lor.
When we take in a dog or cat, it is for better or for worse.

29/6/06 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cannot agree more. Whether the dog/cat poos/pees in inappropriate places or has loose stools or is FIV or is bitey or scratches or not friendly or not manja or has body odour or is costing a lot of money in vet bills - a pet is for life. You are care for it through pee and poo.

29/6/06 2:28 PM  

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