Saturday, August 26, 2006

Letters to the Straits Times

CWS & SPCA letter - a condensed version of the letter sent in.

Cats pose no danger if respected

Off for a meeting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the label 'irresponsilbe feeder 'is only applicable to those feeders who live upstairs( of HDB) but goes down to feed outside other ppl's homes right? I live on ground floor of my apt with a large yard where I feed cats in a quiet corner. I can't think of a quieter place with almost no traffic.
Pls don't label me 'irresponsible feeder'. The cats are sterilsed too.

26/8/06 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 2-cents worth: If you feed and sterilise, you are not a feeder, you are care-giver. I fed some cats at busy spot too - but at 1 am when there is no traffic. Of course now you have to be on the lookout for stranger(s) who may bash your face in.

26/8/06 12:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, the woman lives on the ground floor and the feeder feeds right outside her home. Basically use common sense - in your area where there are no homes nearby that's fine. In this case, when you feed right outside someone's doorstep, that is an issue.

26/8/06 2:32 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

To the first anonymous: do you feed within your home compound? If you do, have you considered what might happen if you move away?

This is not meant to start a war or annoy anyone, but if you do, could you consider feeding away from your compound instead.

This comes from personal experience. I live in the "heartland", and have come across families who live in ground floor apartments, who feed cats outside their units. Some families even allow the cats to enter their units at will.

The problems start when these families move, as the cats have come to associate these units with their daily meals.

When a new family moves in, the cats' behaviour usually distress/baffles the new owners. And we know how such unhappiness end up.

So I believe that, for the sake of the cats, feeding should not be done within private/residential compounds.

Again, I am not trying to stir trouble, but to bring up a point for consideration when feeding.

26/8/06 6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Calsifer for your comments. If ever we move away, we will adopt the cats. If new cats move in, I won't be able to do anything abt it. But to protect the existing cats, we will take them with us. I used to feed them far away from my unit but somehow they found me and stayed put. Even when I lured them away, they still come back to spend the day outside. Thanks anyway.

26/8/06 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, I just read Sat's Wanbao and read about the latest abuse or attacks on either community or people's house cats.

Apparently a certain neighbour has been using home-made satay stick as flying darts to shoot at cats, the report said that one of the house cats was even blinded by one of these "flying darts", when the reporter approached the alleged neighbour, they denied everything.

This again goes to show, we need to, or rather, the Government, it is about time, to review the animal abuse act and make the punishment much much harsher. Instead of a maximum of 1 year jail or $1000 fine (if I am not wrong) animal abusers and torturers should get no less than 3 years of jail, canning and maybe min of $5,000 fine.

If everything else fails, e.g. education, counselling etc, then let them feel the pain of being humilated, punish and lose a lot of money along the way.

26/8/06 11:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous it's great you'll take them with you. someone emailed today to say that they had seen the letter in the Straits Times, and could we help because someone used to feed outside their unit and now have moved away. The cats are now defecating outside their door.

Unfortunately we see so many of these cases. People move away and the cats get caught.

At the meeting I was at today, some of the cats keep getting caught because they keep jumping into someone's balcony. Having a cat cafe in these situations help, because it can lure the cats away from areas they are not welcome, to somewhere where they are safer. We have done it in some other places where it has worked.

26/8/06 11:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, that's horrible. Do you know which area this is in?

26/8/06 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hv been feeding strays for 2 years. They didn't attack or scratch me. In the beginning, they are quite afraid because I am a stranger to them. They tend to hide. But now, we are like friends. They rub me and follow me everywhere. Actually cats are quite shy. They will not attack unless people chase, threaten or provoke them. Cats are domesticated animals (house pets) and not wild animals.

Feeding at the door steps of your neighbours' house is very irresponsible. It will attract ants and cockroaches and also irritate your neighbours, especially the ones who dislike cats. Feeder must hv some common sense. Instead of helping the cats, you put the cat's life in danger. Why risk the cat?

27/8/06 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately common sense is not common. I have seen a lady accompanied by her two teenage daughter, who just plonked a can of food between two cars in the carpark! I told her that this would surely upset the drivers of these two cars! It was just a 5 metre walk to a discrete area at the back of the block of flats facing the carpark! Was it laziness or sheer stupidity!?
And people who professed they love cats but die-die will not sterilize their cats and rather let "unseen forces" take care of the kittens they will throw downstairs! Sheer laziness or stupidity?!

27/8/06 9:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a feeder at AMK North who will lug 20 cans of cat food a night. She will feed from streets to streets and leave all the newspapers for others to pick. But she never sterilise her cats and her cats have produced a few football teams now. It's already out of control. I hv sterilised some cats for her and lately, she relocated some more cats from elsewhere and put it here. She expect me and other feeders to sterilise them for her. We had enough of her nonsense. She is creating trouble for us and for her cats. The TC is watching her very closely now and I heard she has offened many residents. The residents have complained against her. She is jeopardizing the cats in these areas and also jeopardizing us the feeders.She is very stubborn and loud spoken. She will shout at you when you try to advise and help her. She just refused to listen to others.

28/8/06 12:14 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - I'm very sorry to hear that. Unfortunately some people ARE like that - it's really not about the cats anymore in this case.

28/8/06 1:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeders who feed but do not sterilise would encourage more and more kittens to be born & the unsterilised cats would be culled when the number becomes unmanageable. It is irresponsible behaviour. It will cause other cat care-givers to worry about the sterilised cats they are managing.
If you feed, you shd sterilise - it shd go hand-in-hand.

28/8/06 9:54 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I think we all have our lot of such "brainless" feeders in our estate. Carol and I was so happy when these "veteran" feeders threatened to stop feeding at our precinct and they did!

28/8/06 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I notice that the problem is most of these feeders are elderly female. They feed out of compassion but they simply do not have the means e.g. transport, trap, know-how, etc. or money to sterilise. So, perhaps CWS can help in this aspect.

28/8/06 10:56 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Oh the "veteran" feeders in our estate certainly have the means. Besides feeding irresponsibly, they also feed their gambling habits! As Dawn said in one her posting, all these feeders need to do is to put aside some money (the cats will not starve as they are usually other feeders as well) to sterilize. But they have their own ideas of sterilization and sometimes will not cooperate even if sterilization is offered free and all they need to do is to help trap!I was told by a friend who lives elsewhere that the feeding auntie would bring her "Feng Shui" book to dictate the "best" day and time to trap!!

28/8/06 11:04 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I think that some of them have the means as Vegancat said. Some just refuse to do it. It's these that we're concerned about. I've encountered quite a few who say that they can't afford it,but then proudly tell me they spend thousands feeding every month. One feeder I've been nagging for months keeps saying they 'want to' do it. They live in a house with a car and said money isn't a problem.

28/8/06 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course there are some black sheep. But I do encounter one 70-year-old woman who really do not have the means to do it. I think she tried to trap the cat using a carrier but the cat escaped.

28/8/06 11:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous, if we know who these people are, we can reach out to them, but we can only reach out to those people we know. This is where we need people like you to help us spread news about where they can get help. She can always call the hotline, leave a message and someone will get back to her. The number is 7000-2287647 (CATSNIP).

28/8/06 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, will get her to call this number and leave a message. Btw, her name is Mdm Tong and she only speaks Cantonese and a little Mandarin. Understand that she is feeding around Sin Ming area. She is also quite frail.

28/8/06 11:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Anonymous - the volunteer who answers voice mail can speak Mandarin.

28/8/06 11:51 AM  

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