Thursday, September 21, 2006

I won't sterilise because....

I just spoke with someone who is selling her pedigree cats. One of the caregivers saw her poster up in a pet store and was appalled so she called me. It turns out her mother cat is giving birth again and so she wants to sell the kittens she has. The caregiver said they are so pretty someone will definitely buy them - and she's worried they will go to a bad home.

I spoke with the girl, and told her to please firstly, be careful when adopting the cats out. I told her that not every home is going to be a good home. Secondly, I asked her if she would please consider sterilising her cats, and just when you think you've heard it all, something surprises you. She said she could not sterilise them because when her parents sterilised their cats, the fur fell off. She said this happened with one of their dogs too. So she's convinced that sterilisation has to do with it.

I explained that fur dropping can be due to diet, to fur mites, or even stress. I said that the cat which wasn't sterilised, might have been terrorising the rest for example, and the rest were so stressed they lost their fur (the unsterilised cat by the way was killed when it ran out of the house and so lived a shorter life then the rest).

I also explained the health benefits of sterilisation and offered to send her our brochure but she said she knew all about it having had animals all her life. She also said she would not be able to cope when the cat keeps giving birth. However, she said sterilisation is irreversible and might make the fur drop.

I told her to check with her vet about that, but I also told her that there were many cats killed every day because of the overpopulation of cats, besides all the postive benefits of sterilisation. I also told her unsterilised cats look more haggard in general - I told her that they had no choice but to go on heat, and it was like being pregnant every two months for the cat's life.

She said she would think about it, but I don't think she sounded convinced.

Besides the fact that I really don't think there's a link between her cats losing their fur and the sterilisation, I am pretty horrified she thinks this is a good reason NOT to sterilise. Even if it were true, so the cat doesn't look so pretty - the fact that it's not going to have more kittens you can't cope with, that they don't go to bad homes, that it lives longer, that it's healthier, that you don't add to overpopulation, etc is not enough to balance that it doesn't look as NICE?

My headache just got a lot worse.


Blogger vegancat said...

To quote from that wonderful British Comedy Series, 'Allo 'allo 'the character, Renee would say, "You stupid woman!"

21/9/06 7:41 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha - that made me laugh!

21/9/06 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To sell cats for profit ; p

21/9/06 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's just plain selfish, this woman!

21/9/06 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually I was about to email you about this Dawn. I have been surfing a local pet forum since the arrival of my kitten from the dustbin chute.

Seems that there are alot of people that post there asking to adopt predigree kittens and when asked to try adopting a local kitten, some in there forum seem to encourage their choice in wanting only predigree citing reasons like preference etc. Of course there are also those that advise them that a local cat is a good choice too.

Also I noticed that alot of those in the forums have multi cat environment at home and as some are students, cite monetary issues as factor for not sterlization. Hence what happens? Home cats breed and get pregnant. We have community cats breeding and here you are trying to sterlize, we have now home cats breeding at home. Now come to think about it, maybe my own kitten was an abandoned fellow as she was a little too clean to be a stray. Just thought wanted to bring this to your attention.


21/9/06 10:35 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Adriane - it is a constant problem when there is a perception that pedigree cats are 'better'. It's great that more and more people are seeing it's not the breed, it's the cat.

22/9/06 12:21 AM  
Blogger Hai~Ren said...

Great. More shallow animal 'lovers'. *rolls eyes*.

I cannot believe that someone can construct such a tangled web of lousy excuses to justify not sterilising.

22/9/06 12:41 AM  
Blogger msg4health said...

I heard about what the lady was talking about, how some cat loose fur after sterilization..."supposed" to be due to hormonal changes... whether its true..I am not sure. But naturally we know for a fact that most cats are not affected by it. However, Dawn did mention the lady was selling her pedigree kittens, so teh motivation might be to breed and sell. The fur thing is just an excuse :>

22/9/06 12:41 AM  
Anonymous moglee said...

What she is doing is illegal. If a complaint is made to AVA, it can be investigated.

There are many home breeders here, unfortunately.

22/9/06 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Disgusted said...

Yes, home breeding is illegal. She can be prosecuted. She is obviously doing it for the money. These sick people are like pimps and treating their pets as prostitutes. Dawn, why don't you report her to AVA?

22/9/06 9:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

msg4health - you're right, it could be an excuse.

Moglee and Digusted, unfortunately home breeding isn't illegal per se - unless it happens in excess. People are allowed to breed their pets if they wish.

22/9/06 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Moglee said...

I learnt this from a home dog breeder. If you put a For Sale notice, you will have government officers knocking at your door first. If you breed cats in HDB flats, you kena. If you breed in landed property, you will subject to enviromental checks. Next you will have IRAS officers checking if you declare your other income.

22/9/06 10:46 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Moglee - I did check with the AVA on an earlier case and they said breeding was fine, as you might want to breed your own cats. It was even okay to sell some of them as long as it's not commercial breeding - which means it has to be pretty widescale.

22/9/06 11:09 AM  
Blogger koratmao said...

Before knowing CWS, I was searching for Info in Singapore Cat Club and they have some breeders listed. I wonder if you have to go trhu some form of registration to be a breeder.
I bought my British Shorthair from a pet shop and he's micro-chipped. I wonder if SPCA and maybe even CWS can be given a list of owners cos one of my worry is PET-DUMPING. If all cats from breeders and pet-shops are micro-chipped and owners registered, we could nap those pet-dumpers or reunite lost pets much i rite?

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

I think registering is a good idea, but I don't know if it will work to prevent dumping. People who dump their cats/dogs are irresponsible, and irresponsible people just don't get their cats registered in the first place.

22/9/06 12:40 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Koratmao, no you don't. I checked again and as long as it's not 'commercial breeding' which is basically a LOT of cats being sold as I understand it, people are free to breed.

I also don't think people would be very happy to give their names to the welfare groups. As Mezzo said too, irresponsible people will not register unless it's legislated.

22/9/06 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, it cant be as bad as this..

a japanese writer who hurls her kittens off the cliff...cos she does not believe in sterilization..

22/9/06 5:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh good grief. You're right. She wins the stupid people who don't sterilise award. One thing people forget is cats are NOT people - if you sterilise a person, they still have sexual urges. Animals don't. Plus if you asked me, I'd rather be sterilised then be killed if it came down to it.

22/9/06 5:36 PM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

A malay friend of mine, her mom absolutely refuses to spay their cats because 'there's a subtle link between the fertility of cats & their human caregivers'.

Lord knows where she dragged that superstition out from.

My best bud & his dad also refused to spay their cats initially, fearing that doing so would 'unman' the 2 buggers, but thankfully I was able to convince them otherwise (JC's predilection for peeing on his pillow on a regular basis may have helped as well, haha).

23/9/06 3:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good work Guttercat!

23/9/06 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it might be good for human also to have their sexual urges nibbed off with sterilization. See how much trouble too many "human nuisance" have wrought on this earth and how much trouble sexual urges have caused?

23/9/06 12:17 PM  
Blogger bluemistz said...

erm... i sterilised my birman girl a few months ago, and her fur grows and grows... her coat is super thick now even in singapore's hot climate. This is true for many sterilised cats i see.

the condition of a cat gets better, not worse after sterilisation. in fact, being in heat constantly and giving birth every few months does extreme damage to the coat...

whether she is selling/giving away her kittens, i hope she sterilises them before passing them on to the new owners.

24/9/06 1:49 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

bluemistz you're right - the condition of the cat should get better.

24/9/06 4:13 AM  

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