Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Cat on staircase

Cat on staircase
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I went for a mediation this afternoon because someone complained about a cat going downstairs - here's the culprit. He was waiting for someone and I followed him up where he ran up to a woman in the corridor. I spoke with her and she said the cat belonged to a friend. I also noticed she had cat hair on her shirt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you live in a hdb flat, the cats are always someone's else. Even if you have a real cat sitting on your home sofa, cat food & toys on the floor & cat's hair on your face, the cat is just visiting ; )

27/9/06 6:28 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Hmm....usually complaint is about cats going upstairs but this is about this cat going upstairs. Did he defecate along the way?
Carol and I traced a complaint of cat defecation to a possible fluffy tail culprit. Not sure if she (already tipped ear) belongs to any family. We hope the advice to complainants and neighbours to sprinkle pulverized camphor balls help. Also asked some neighbours to shoo her down. Flyers inserted.
What do we do if defecation continue?
Actually our impression is that the complainants just want the poo removed and not any cat killed.

27/9/06 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know a number of Malay families who keep cats do not use cat litter. Their cats are trained to use the toilet. Is this one reason why their free roaming cats are more likely to defecate on concrete common areas? Are litter-bin trained cats less likely to foul up common areas leading to complaints?

Will Suria be open to producing a series of cat care program that include training house cats to use the litter-bin, keeping them indoors and sending them for sterilization?

27/9/06 9:56 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat is right - in this case as well, they want the cat to stop defecating outside their flat. Main problem is the person - if they don't stop feeding, the defecation will continue, so it's good to let the complainant know it's not the CAT'S fault. Hopefully the person feeding will realise the problem and feed downstairs - cat doesn't come up and all's well.

Anonymous - perhaps the lack of familarity with a sand tray may be one reason. Some cats do it in flower pots - I think most of the time though, it's just that they need to defecate and there's no appropriate place available to do it.

28/9/06 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

most ppl don't want the cat killed, but sometimes they see no other alternative but to complain to the TC cos they get so tired to clearing cat poop from their doorstep and dealing with other problems such as cats wandering into their hse, digging up their plants, etc.

this exact problem was highlighted in one of the local online pet forums recently. a girl complained of cat poop on the door step, dug up plants and how the family can no longer keep their front door open because of the stench and cats wandering into their flat. all because their neighbours lured the community cats upstairs for feeding. she feels that she "cannot say anythg" to these neighbours cos they were essentially doing a kind act by feeding the strays so she suffers in silence (except for posting on the forum) but u cld see she was getting really frustrated at the situation. if it is not resolved, u can't fault her for complaining to the authoritites. i think there are many such cases played out all across singapore.

28/9/06 11:41 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I don't blame her for getting upset. I DO think it's very odd that she doesn't want to talk to her neighbour. Even if her neighbour is doing a 'kind' act, there are right ways and wrong ways of doing this - and she can STILL do the kind act without feeding the cat upstairs.

So instead of speaking with her neighbour she'd rather call and get the cats killed? That I don't understand.

It could all have been so easily resolved if went over and said to her neighbour, I think what you're doing is very kind, but do you mind taking steps because the cat is defecating in my pot?

Now the cat is going to be removed, the neighbour is going to be angry - but will in all likelihood, CONTINUE feeding the next lot of cats. And she's still frustrated.

28/9/06 11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people would just ignore you like you are not there. Some may get aggressive and some would smile and you know they are not going to do a single thing differently. Of course there is always hope that the person you speak to actually listens to you AND take appropriate action to minimise inconvenience to others.
I walked up to a neighbour's gate hoping to ask them to keep their dog in (it likes to stand right at my gate making my dogs bark). The folks inside (you can see them) refused to acknowledge the bell ringing or your presence at their gate. I don't want to be said to be harassing them. So I resorted to spraying (with a fine mist) their dog off with the hose. Sorry dog.

28/9/06 1:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - but you DID try. That's the big difference. Why do people always assume though that people are going to behave in the worst possible way? I can tell you from my experience most people get irritated their neighbours didn't just come and speak with them directly.

28/9/06 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

indeed, Dawn. i am the one who mentioned abt the forummer earlier. i think she felt didn't want to speak to her neighbours abt feeding cats on her floor cos she didn't want to come between the neighbours and their good work. and of course didn't want to start anythg that might result in unneighbourley feelings.

my point is that u don't have to pick a fight with a person when u are trying to let a person know that his / her acts are causing inconvenience to you. i don't understand why it doesn't seem to occur to her that u can in fact do this nicely and politely.

my impression is that people seem to view any form of disagreement v personally and negatively. am not sure why that is. persoanlly, i really do want my neighbours, colleagues, friends, family, relatives or anybody for that matter, to please let me know if i am doing smthg that vexes them or even if they feel i can improve on the way i am doing smthg.

28/9/06 4:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well said Anonymous - and if more people thought like you, I think we'd have a better environment for both people AND cats!

28/9/06 4:20 PM  

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