Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Encouraging responsible behaviour

I was talking to a caregiver today who told me that she has been providing food to someone with a lot of cats in their flat. She said that the person's flat is in a mess and it smells. There is cat urination and defecation everywhere. The HDB and town council and residents have complained but this woman won't let anyone except the caregiver into the flat.

I told the caregiver that in that case, she ought to STOP providing food to this woman until she can prove that she is going to literally clean her act up. Apparently people dump kittens on this woman (which is bad) but this woman keeps taking them in and most of them die. The flat is filthy according to the caregiver. The problem is the woman knows the caregiver is not going to cut her off, so she runs to the caregiver when she needs food or medicine for her cats. However, when the cats get pregnant, she does not let the caregiver know so suddenly MORE cats pop up.

While it is very kind of many people to want to help other needy people looking after cats, be smart about it. Helping this woman is not helping the cats because the cats are not being kept in good condition - if this woman knows that there are conditions before she is given food (ie keeping the apartment clean, looking after the cats properly), then she is more likely to adhere to them because she WANTS the food.

Right now, she can do whatever she wants and she still gets the food. It's important to give an impetus to behave better. Just providing the food encourages people like this woman to continue with the way things are - and this doesn't help the cats.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes one's contribution is causing MORE cats to live in great misery. Some so-called 'care'-givers just take on more&more cats without any regard to the living conditions of the cats. These 'care'-givers collects cats like some ppl collect fire-hazardous junk. Junk do not suffer, cats do.

13/9/06 8:05 PM  

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