Thursday, September 21, 2006

I have to move, I'm putting my cats down

Just had a long phone conversation with someone whose block may be sold in an en bloc sale. She said that she is not sure where she is moving to, and as a result, she wants to let me know she's going to put down all her cats if the sale goes through.

I told her that a lot of people have faced similar situations, and that ultimately of course it's her decision, but that one thing to consider is that these aren't home cats. No matter how friendly they are, they are community cats. They may live in a protected estate, but still they are cats living on the streets and they do have the instincts.

She insisted that they are very sweet cats and won't be able to survive, but I told her that at the end of the day, if she puts them all down, they're all 100% dead. If she leaves them, they have a chance to survive. They can run to the nearby areas to look for food, they're all sterilised. Yes some of them may not make it, but some of them will.

She said that she can't bear the thought of them possibly coming to a bad end on the streets. I told her that at the moment, she still can't tell what will happen to them. They live in an estate yes, but they may get abused, run over, have an accident, or just die mysteriously. She can't watch them 24 hours a day. Yet they've lived there happily for many years.

I do know of people who moved out or moved away and left their cats, or the area the cats lived in was demolished. I'm sure it is an absolutely worry for them every single day - but many of those cats are still there.

Again, I can understand her worry and not being able to see her cats every day (though possibly she could travel there and watch over them). I can also see the cats are going to be bewildered and frightened when the estate undergoes changes. Some cats will adapt though, and some cats won't. They may die - but they would have a fighting chance.

It's a hard call.


Anonymous christine said...

reading this jus makes me tear..

it's jus like war for the cats there.. big machinery = to guns n bombs.. starvation will take place..

hopefully they will be strong enough to endure through the 're-constructing period'

21/9/06 5:21 PM  
Anonymous anti-human said...

Yes, it's really sad. That's why whenever I see any en-bloc or hawker centres undergoing renovation, my heart sinks, because I know there will be cats who suffer. But between euthanasia and the thought of not knowing where and how they end up, I rather choose the former. Unless, of course this person can afford and is willing to pay for long-term boarding for these poor cats or bring them to her new home.

21/9/06 5:24 PM  
Anonymous anti-human said...

Just wondering, how many cats are there?

21/9/06 5:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm not sure - but not more than 10 I think.

21/9/06 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe such people exist..

a) no one can guarantee their children should come to a bad end, so we should put them to sleep.

21/9/06 5:30 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

anonymous... do u mean.. 'so we should NOT put them to sleep' instead? =)

21/9/06 5:33 PM  
Anonymous anti-human said...

Anonymous, so do you have a better suggestion?

21/9/06 5:39 PM  
Blogger Wei said...

the lady sound like she cant bear with the cats, then why want to put them down? try to rehome them also better than put them down... u want a pet, no matter where u move u have to b responsible for it...

u dun say give birth today, then next year moving overseas cant bring kids n then put them down or abandon them.

it jus the matter of finding another house tt can keep the cats! its something that CAN b done... - selfish!

21/9/06 5:53 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Wei to be fair, these are community cats. I did ask if she can take them with her and she said, if she could she wouldn't be talking to me. She says she'll evaluate her options.

21/9/06 6:04 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

On assuming this is a private en bloc,then finance isn't an issue. If she is moving very far away and doesn't have a car, what about contacting caregivers nearby her estate and come to some agreement about extending the care to the cats in her estate? Perhaps even engaging some real animal lovers who operate pet taxi service to feed her cats at some renumeration?

21/9/06 6:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - I gave her some suggestions you came up with as well. She said she'd think about it.

21/9/06 6:18 PM  
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21/9/06 6:28 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

I think this is the pain of learning to "let go" that I am sure affects most of us who care for cats in some ways and in varying extent, such as sacrificing social events so that the "poor cats will not be hungry and waiting".
Recently I started to feed a "newbie" black cat that has escaped from the established residential community cats, to the 2nd level carpark, so that I could and did eventually trap it for sterilization. Then I got "stuck" in having to drive my car purposely to the 2nd level just to leave some food discretely behind the back of my car. One day, I decided to "let go". After a few days, "Panther 2" came down and join the rest of the gang at the back of the void deck. As Dawn said, these community cats are resilient.

21/9/06 6:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha Vegancat - you trained Panther 2 and not the other way around :)

21/9/06 6:33 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Dawn, well said.
I wonder if the cats are sniggering at how they could twist us human, some of us at least, round their paws!!

21/9/06 6:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - ALL the time. I'm sure of it :)

21/9/06 7:01 PM  
Anonymous yskat said...

This reminds me of the movie "Downfall", which was based on the story of Hitler's last days in Germany. One of his subordinates, Joseph Goebbels, killed all four of his children before killing himself and his wife, doing so because he decided that he did not want to have his familiy live in a Germany w/o Hitler. This woman is like Goebbels (ie a fascist), in that she would rather kill the cats than to let them live a life that she doesn't agree with. Like Goebbels, she will justify her action by thinking that she is doing it out of "love".

Plus, as vegancat points out, community cats are much more resilient than we give them credit for, so they are very likely to find a way to carry on living. And if the woman benefits fr the pile of cash fr her en-bloc, she can always consider boarding her cats until she knows where she is going.

22/9/06 12:54 AM  
Anonymous orange said...

hi wei, this lady contacted dawn because she needed/wanted help or perhaps, just a listening ear while she copes. it is not good to hurl hurtful words at someone when the person is already hurting. she is obviously trying to find a solution although we may or may not agree with euthanasia. let's be gentle here. words can uplift and they can destroy.
and to the lady who may be reading this : you're good, be strong.

22/9/06 9:45 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

I dun mind homing her cats until she find alternatives.

22/9/06 10:03 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Wow Robin that is super sweet of you. Let's see what she decides. She has 16 cats. I did ask if she can bring even a few with her but she said no.

22/9/06 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, NO. Give the cats a fighting chance at least.

22/9/06 11:39 AM  
Blogger koratmao said...

vegan cat,
I'm so touched by your training on 'panther 2' that i'v decided to paint a black panther tomorrow! u brot my painting streak back, so glad to know there are cat-philanthropists like you around!

22/9/06 12:09 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Panther 2. Panther 1 is a school cat.
Panther 2 has a unique v-shaped cut on his right ear, likely torn from a cat fight.
Where can we view your art work?

22/9/06 12:31 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

ha ha, vegan cat,
i paint only when inspirations and excitement comes...something like reading ur blog:)
whenever i finished my artwork,I can't bear to part with them...maybe one day I'll compile them into an album and seek Dawn's permission to print them into cards for CWS fund-raising:) that way i still keep the original copies!! at least now thats a constructive aim to spur me back to painting!!!

22/9/06 12:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hey Koratmao, maybe we can see your pictures online! :)

22/9/06 1:01 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

thanks dawn,
alas i'm the typical woman that'l spend 5min buying a computer and 2hours shoppin for a mouse pad, not good at uploading pic online:) but will definitely keep u posted by hard copies when my inspirational bug's at max!

22/9/06 2:33 PM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

Some people forget that the last 'gift' in Pandora's box was 'hope'.

& euthanasia, if you ask me, is an end to all hope.

Jeez, these kitties ain't in a vegetative state, they aren't down with a terminal disease, who/what gives her the right to so-call 'play God'?

23/9/06 3:45 AM  

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