Thursday, August 24, 2006

Visit to Nicole and her family

I went down to visit with the family of Nicole this afternoon. Nicole is recovering, though sadly, Mrs Lee said Nicole is now quite scared of cats, which is to be expected under the circumstances I suppose. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet her because she was resting, but I did leave her a small get well present.

Mrs Lee was nice and thanked me for coming down. I explained I was trying to speak with the feeders to see what can be done and she said she was glad that something was being done about the situation. Mrs Lee mentioned that there were quite a few people leaving food around, and said that even Nicole's childcare centre complained that there were cats walking in and out and that's a few blocks away. I told her I would flyer the block. She mentioned someone left food right in front of their flat.

I asked Mrs Lee if she knew what happened, but she was not in the room. I now know why no one saw how the little girl was attacked - the main door is at an angle behind the bookcase, so someone in the living room would not be able to see what is happening, even though technically they are in very close proximity.

I told her that in general cats do not attack, and that while in no way were we trying to say that they did anything to deliberately provoke the cat, it may have felt threatened. She said that the cat might have been frightened when her son and her mother in law walked in and then run out and straight into Nicole who then unfortunately got hurt. How she got scratched on the face we'll never know because no one saw it happen.

She did say that they used to like animals, but not so much now. However she did not want the cat killed either. She said the town council came today and took the cat in question away. She asked them where they were taking the cat as she did not want it hurt. She said they assured her it would not be hurt but it was going to be taken to 'Pasir Panjang'. When I told her what that meant, she looked quite taken aback.

They have wired up the door now so that there will be no more repeats of the cats running in.

17 Comments:

Blogger Sivasothi said...

Rather unusual case; I wonder if the stray cat was climbing over Nicole to get to the exit - outstretched claws to assist climbing an obstacle could easily rip a kid's soft skin.

You shoud see my cupboard doors - they kick against it to get to the top and leave well scoured marks in the wood. And those are well-trimmed nails!

So good of you to go down and help manage the situation. Hope Nicole's scars heal.

Inevitable the cat is put down. Poor cat. Hope its case will help you when persuading feeders to better manage their situation.

24/8/06 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not surprising the cat was put down. All animals that injure humans will be destroyed. That being the term used by govt. I would advise clearing the cats there now. I dont think TC will talk anymore. Action will be taken very very soon to cull all cats there, now that a child is hurt. If you put it in the news. With the way news publicise that child got hurt buy cat but do not talk about why child got hurt in first place. I gurantee adverse reaction by public to ask that pest control step in asap

24/8/06 11:35 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I will include the cat and other cats that have been and will be rounded up to be killed, in my prayer tonight and many more nights.
May one day, we have the equanimity to step into the paws of a frightened cat and view the threatening world of giants and realise how we are selfishly cruel in our existence with our fellow beings.

25/8/06 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read the news on the papers and followed these blog postings and updates, and I am also find it very very unusual for the little girl to get such a deep scratch, if the cat is really the culprit, it must have sank its claws very deep in, and I agree that only under very extreme certain circumstances, that maybe the cat felt its life was being threatened that it did what it did.

I have come across many many cats, and some were more unfriendly than others, and if I go near, they would continue hissing, and then just run away.

So Dawn and everyone at CWS, and the SPCA, posting a letter to clear up and assure and clarify the case is a good thing, we don't want another simple unique and unusual case turn into a major cat hunt.

Also do find out if possible what really happen...

Cheers

25/8/06 1:06 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Siva - I agree, unusual case. I would have thought there might be other marks on Nicole. really hard to say because no one saw it happening.

Anonymous - unfortunately I don't think we'll ever know. No one in the family saw and other then Nicole and the cat, no one else knows what really happened.

25/8/06 1:21 AM  
Anonymous A sad and disappointed homo sapien said...

If the "accused" cat was so easily taken away by the town council people, then it must really be a docile cat. Is death a penalty for being frightened?
What kind of human beings are we? We are supposed to act beyond survival instincts but we are now acting on basic "you threaten me i kill you" mentality. Geez...and we pride ourselves on being civilized!

25/8/06 9:14 AM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

When a cat attacks human, it gets the death penalty. When a human harms a cat, he gets away, receives media attention and a short holiday with free food & lodgings.....

When something happen to human, the whole world turns up. When something happens to the cats, only a minority group can be heard crying....

It's still seven month and cat has nine lives...an old man was telling me yesterday.

25/8/06 9:53 AM  
Anonymous yskat said...

We do not know if the cat attacked the child until there is more conclusive evidence. No one saw the cat attack the child. We do not even know if the child, when questioned, said that the cat attacked her. All we know is that the child was SPOKEN FOR. Plus, the injury doesn't look like it was caused by a cat. The cat was put to death because people point their fingers at him - no investigations, no questions asked. This is similar to robbery or rape cases in 19th century American plantations. The culprit was always presumed to be a male black slave - there was no need for investigations or questions. I am sure there were many white Americans back then who thought this was wrong. But there was little they could do to save the slave's life, just like there is little animal lovers can do today to save the life of the cat. In many ways, the world hasn't changed at all. The history of the world can be written as cycles of oppression.

25/8/06 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yskat..exactly! This is coined Specism!

25/8/06 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the mother shldn't have sent the pic to the papers and started all this. what's the point? i'm sure even tho she may have been "taken aback" for the time being, she wld forget in a day. but the poor cat's life is lost forever.

25/8/06 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the result of a society that emphasizes on the importance of self above others..."MY child was hurt!" and an eye for an eye..
and we are truly blind.
"Oh we used to like animals but now we don't..."
"Oh I used to like my parents but now they are such a pain in the a..., I don't anymore.."

25/8/06 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can imagine the poor cat..nabbed...shivering in fear...and the strong stench of death in the air....strong hands held it tight...and the lift ebbs away....
What crime has it done?
I hope that death comes swiftly to this cat. May it rest in peace.

25/8/06 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is in Pasir Panjang?

25/8/06 2:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The AVA.

25/8/06 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mother is revengeful just because her child was scratched by a frightened cat. In the first place, she shouldn't send the pics. to the press. Is she any happier to see the cat being put down? Is she satisfied to see the cat dead? A cat is still an animal and we don't expect him to obey and listen like a human being. Someone must have chased him and he must be frightened and by all means tried to escape. How would he know that the family will or will not harm him. Afterall, it's just an accident. Why can't the mother be more forgiving?

26/8/06 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's pray for this cat. For one small mistake he made, he has to die. This world is so unfair. Why can't people be more forgiving towards a small animal. Give him a chance to live.

Hope the mother will plead with AVA to release the cat. Let's see whether the mother is a forgiving person or not??

26/8/06 12:38 AM  
Anonymous shacwebdesigner said...

the cat did not attack nicole. it merely wanted to get away and seeing that nicole is in its ways, tries to make its escape, perhaps by jumping over nicole. by doing so, in the act of jumping, its claws would have stretched out and accidentally scratched nicole on the face.
i had encountered it once with my cat while blocking him to catch him. he was in a fight with my neighbours cat. i squatted down along this narrow corridor, he ran to me, i was with my arms wide open, he jumped over my shoulder and inevitably scratched above my eyes. so it wasnt a case of attacking or defending but merely trying to get away.

8/9/06 8:31 PM  

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