Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Putting cats in danger

I just spoke to some caregivers this morning. It appears in both cases the complaint was about defecation outside peoples' homes. Of course when the caregivers went down it was because of pet cats that were allowed out to wander. In one of the blocks, the caregiver said she found that there were at least four different families with cats. One unit had food directly outside their unit but denied they were feeding cats. Why would some stranger come and put food outside YOUR flat?

The really sad thing about all this is that the community cats get rounded up! The town council and HDB have both been down too, but to no avail, because after all, these cats don't 'belong' to anyone. They're not pets because you're not allowed to have a pet cat, so they're allowed to wander everywhere where inevitably they defecate. The caregiver in one of the areas told me that she would have been very surprised if there was NO defecation given the sheer number of unsterilised pet cats walking around.

What can we do about people who persistently refuse to listen and put cats in danger?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What can we do about people who persistently refuse to listen and put cats in danger? Cull them instead

12/7/06 1:12 PM  
Blogger Salt * Wet * Fish said...

I think flyers could effective means of communication, but of course, if the person cannot understand English, then it may be a bit difficult. Education is the key, I still see people leaving nasi lemak packet at void decks. It not only dirties the place, but attracts insects.

Oh btw, there is also another cat welfare group called Mett Cattery (http://www.mettacats.org/), I did not see that on your link? Do you work with them on cat issues?

12/7/06 1:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Salt Wet Fish, flyers have been tried, the direct approach too where the volunteers speak to them, but they just ignore the volunteers and continue feeding in that manner anyway.

12/7/06 3:15 PM  
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12/7/06 3:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Salt Wet Fish, oops you're right! Metta Cats isn't on - an oversight on my part. We have worked with them on projects in the past.

12/7/06 3:24 PM  
Blogger Salt * Wet * Fish said...

Could we guess what are they reasons that they won't want to be truthful and yet continue with the feeding? Could they be "worried" that you are actually there to catch them or some authorities or think that they are breaking the law or something. Maybe we could talk to their neighbours instead and get the neighbours help?

13/7/06 12:10 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Salt Wet Fish, a lot of their neighbours are the ones complaining. No I do not think they are scared that we are there to catch them. We try to explain that we are there because we are worried about the cats and not to get them into trouble. We explain that the cats are defecating outside someone's flat (usually the source of the complaint) and that feeding is NOT illegal, but that they need to do it responsibly.

If they really WERE worried we were from the authorities, then they would stop feeding there as well, but they don't. I've gone to one flat four times and spoken to her and left flyers - every time I go back there's more food.

Why do they do it? They don't really care about the cats - if the cats get caught, it's just too bad. They want to feed where they want to feed and they don't care if it endangers the cats or inconveniences the neighbours.

13/7/06 12:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who constantly put cats in danger are troublemakers. They refused to listen and they think they are so great. Asking for trouble. Must teach these people a lesson.

13/7/06 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't they bring the cats to the back of the void decks to feed? Why can't they bring the cats to a safer place? These people need to be slapped.

13/7/06 1:21 AM  
Blogger Salt * Wet * Fish said...

Dawn,

Thank you for the effort... sigh.. sometimes I guess, people somehow don't click 1 to 1. But I find it strange that if the person don't like cats or care about them, why do they leave food for them? Unless they are trying to get rid of their leftovers?

13/7/06 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flyers won't work. Better to give verbal warning. If still don't work, give written warning.
The best thing is to fine them.

13/7/06 4:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Salt Wet Fish, I think many people feed for different reasons. Some people feed because it makes them feel good and that they are doing a good deed - it becomes more about them then about the cats.

13/7/06 5:43 PM  

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