Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Can you investigate if it's the same cat?

Cat that was removed
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

This guy just called me a short while ago. He wanted to know if the caregivers or I had been threatened by the residents - I told him that no one had been threatened as they knew we were trying to help the cat. They were just concerned that the cat was going to be removed and upset about that. I said this was a cat that most of the neighbourhood seemed very fond of and they were upset it was being taken away.

He says now that he feels guilty in case he asked for the wrong cat to be taken away. So I asked if he happened to be able to tell - he said that he's not sure as cats look the same to him. He said the body shape and the colour looked right, but he wasn't sure.

I asked him if the cat was still in the vicinity then. However he has not walked by there since the attack so he can't say.

He asked if any of the residents I spoke to were able to identify the cat. I said the ones I spoke with said that they did not see the attack - and they said anyway that if cats do scratch a dog, it's probably because the dog got unwittingly too close. They said just as a dog might snap at a cat, the cat might scratch a dog. So they didn't think it was a big issue.

He asked if I can possibly dig deeper. He is convinced the cafe owner on the corner MAY have called the cat by name - he said he heard the man yell something in Malay which he thinks was the cat's name. I said perhaps he was yelling stop. He said that he knew the word for stop - and when he told it to me, he had the wrong word.

At the end he said he realised there was nothing much else that can be done then. I am glad though that he feels guilty, but you can't have it both ways - either the cat is removed or it stays. You can't have it removed and want to feel good about it too.


Blogger Mary said...

This guy could have prevent the problem earlier by not walking there. Now that the cute little baby is removed, he decides not to walk there; then what is the point for relocating the kitty. He should choose not to walk there, the kitty can remain where she is(she have every right to be there); and the neighbourhood will be very happy. Now he doubts, fears the wrath of the neighbourhood and at the same time, guilt is eating into him because he knows deep down the kitty may be innocent after all.

18/10/06 6:05 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Is there anyway to return the cat back to where she belongs?

18/10/06 6:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - problem I think is the guy WANTS the cat removed - but the RIGHT cat. Plus there's this other mystery woman who claims to have been attacked too.

18/10/06 6:25 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

It's so downright unfair for this cat and the residents who DO NOT want this cat removed.

18/10/06 6:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The consolation I think is that apparently everyone was very protective and the caregiver I spoke to is sure that the man who took her will take good care of her. It still is very sad that the cat is deprived of the people she loves and who love her.

I've also been trying to find out from the TC about the woman who is apparently trying to claim compensation but have not heard back from yet since my earlier emails.

18/10/06 6:38 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

This woman can join the super-unreasonable club where the gentlemen who complaint about cats, cars and compensation for alleged scratches are already life-long members *sigh*

18/10/06 6:43 PM  
Blogger Wei said...

vegan, i agree with u, the person is so unreasonable... thank goodness he feels guilty IF wrong cat is remove!! so petty!!!! relocating the cat, might be a gd choice, get the cat elsewhere better than havin it put away


18/10/06 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this idiot cannot get the Malay word for stop correctly, is his claim about the scratch for real? Want to bluff but don't know how to bluff. B*stard.

19/10/06 3:33 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I was the one who suggested the man might have been yelling another word because he kept saying he thought the man was calling for the cat.

19/10/06 10:28 AM  

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