Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Don't antagonise

I had a fairly long talk with a woman who called this evening - someone sent me a link from one of the pet forums to say she needed help because she was helping some other people to sterilise the cats. She said that the area has tons of people feeding - but no one sterilises. When she first saw the cats, she said there were perhaps 40 cats, now there are at least 70 over 10 blocks. She is keen to start but needs to know if she can get some help. When we talked I realised this was one of the areas that another feeder had called about. She hadn't sterilised but she kept feeding and the population kept growing, but she refused to sterilise. Now with this new woman starting a programme, it looks like the cats are going to start getting sterilised!

I also spoke with another feeder - she said someone left a note threatening to poison the cats in an area she feeds in. None of the cats are sterilised. She said that she had been feeding there for years without a problem till now.

I told her that while that was illegal, and these people should definitely be stopped, because there is no excuse to poison the cats, she also needs to sterilise the cats, because the population keeps growing. She said she had too many cats to sterilise - sadly, it's the same problem again. I told her to just handle what she could then and not keep feeding if she cannot cope. The problem is, with better food and nutrition, more cats are born and there are then more cats - which means more cats for people to abuse. Also, if it's the same people living there all along, this may be a case of them getting more and more irritated - and deciding to threaten the feeder because they want her to stop. No cats have been poisoned I must emphasise - it may be a threat to scare the feeder off. This was not the first note - apparently an earlier note had been left there asking her to stop feeding which she ignored. Unfortunately this time, the feeder left a note warning the person about poisoning being a crime(which was sensible and a good idea) but also calling them names (which was not). It would have been better to explain she would sterilise and would manage the population. Aggrevating the person is not going to help the cats.


Blogger vegancat said...

What kind of help does she need? Perhaps if we can all chip in and help start a TnRM?

20/9/06 8:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - she basically needed to know if we could help get subsidised slots and I told her yes, and also about the reimbursement. I also encouraged her to take part in Spay Day. She's already borrowed carriers, and arranged a pet taxi which is great! AND spoken to TC.

20/9/06 8:55 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Great to hear that TnRM is getting very "contagious"!

20/9/06 9:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Me to :)

20/9/06 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If someone feeds near my home and does not sterilise, I would get pretty fed-up too. The feeder goes home after feeding but the residents have to put up with the increased feline population, the mating calls, the fights and new litters of kittens in the strangest places. My friend had kittens falling into the kitchen from the ceiling - it is raining kittens literally!!

20/9/06 10:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes I have to agree anonymous, I used to hear my friends complain about cats mating calls and thought what is the big deal, just some meowing. That is until I had the luxury of hearing a bunch of cats mating just the other day when I was back at my parents place for the night. And I finally understood why my friends are so pissed off and want to call Town Council to clear the cats.

20/9/06 11:06 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

i suppose the 'help' is to have:
-transport to n fro to a clinic for sterilisation.
-place to house the cats before n after e operation
-enought carriers to get e cats in..

i also need these help in my area(esp for spay day).. sadly not many response over my estate..

20/9/06 11:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually she just needed help with sterilisation slots which were subsidised. She had arranged the rest luckily.

20/9/06 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully anonymous can explain to his friends that complaining and killing the cats and "raining" kittens will only provide a temporary reprieve. Speaking to the feeders and then working together to get the cats sterilized may provide a more humane and "quieter" solution. Some feeders are really ignorant of sterilization and need some financial planning to get the cats sterilized as well.

21/9/06 6:23 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Anonymous, the problem is that some of these people aren't ignorant. The second feeder I wrote about is definitely not ignorant - and she has access to sterilisation quite easily, more so than most people actually.

At least one of the feeders definitely knows about sterilisation in the first area and she has had help. She just doesn't want to sterilise until there is a crisis. And there definitely WILL be a crisis when the kittens keep multiplying.

21/9/06 9:42 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I agree...

On one hand, we should not kill the community cats, on the other, we can helpt o sterilise them to prevent unwanted strays from future abuse.

Feeders should sterilise cats out of love and by not sterilising them, such feeders are the problem!

Education of such feeders are more than important. and giving a leaflet in English is not effective, because those who read are the "converted".

Perhaps translating them to other language may help.

Just a suggestion

21/9/06 9:56 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Robin,

Our brochures on Sterilisation and responsible feeding are in English, Mandarin and Malay. a lot of our other material (on Mediation, starting a TNRM programme etc) is also in English and Mandarin. We'd like to have more but we only have one overworked volunteer who can help us in Malay!

21/9/06 10:27 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I can ask my colleague to help in any Malay translation. Email to me.

21/9/06 10:31 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat I think your colleague IS the one helping us already :)

21/9/06 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the hardest ppl to convince to feline sterilisation are some feeders who had been feeding for yrs (think of the the hundreds of kittens/cats running around).
When you talk of sterilisation, some would give that smile that seems to say, "I have been doing this for years" and you know nothing you say will work because they know it all.

21/9/06 9:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Ain't THAT the truth?

22/9/06 12:19 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Yes, so true.


22/9/06 11:10 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Yes so true..the two aunties here, one in her 80s, used to look at Carol and I with scorn that is interpreted.."what do these newbies know about cats!? We have been feeding them for more than decades without sterilization." But they keep complaining about their feeding bags get heavier and heavier by the years!
One shop lady need to sterilize the males lah.

23/9/06 9:16 AM  

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