Friday, October 27, 2006

Cats on polished cars

I just spoke with a complainant. The TC officer said that there were complaints of cat scratches, but when I spoke with him, it appeared that he said there were no scratches. However there was fur and there were paw prints and this upset him. He said he had just polished his car and he was upset to see this. I offered to buy him a car cover as a gesture of goodwill and to keep the cats off but he declined.

He asked if the cats were removed though and I explained that the vacuum effect and sterilisation. He remarked that there WERE less cats in the area, and said there used to be a lot, but the number had dropped. However he also said there was an irresponsible feeder who cycled there and dropped food in the area. The other person was seen throwing food from her window. He said he would get more information and get back to us.

6 Comments:

Anonymous ck said...

Oh great! Another a**hole who thinks his car is more precious another living being. And naturally he would decline your offer for a car cover, lest he lose face if his neighbors think he's a moron.

27/10/06 1:38 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

hahhaa CK - that made me laugh.

27/10/06 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deja Vu. In this case, the TC officer is also an oxymoron who jumped to conclusion of scratches on cars.

27/10/06 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To ck:

I would qualify as one of the a**hole that you mentioned. Yes, my car is definitely more precious than your stupid cat. How would you feel if I were to scratch your brand new car?

If you really love the cats, why not keep them as proper pets in your own home? I guess you are not doing that because you dont want the cats to scratch your sofa right, you pathetic hypocrites!!!

The other type of cat lover idiots that I encountered in my estate are those who like to indiscriminately put cat food everywhere. This resulted in not only more stray cats, but also ants and roaches! Geez!!!

2/11/06 2:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Firstly Anonymous, the car in this case was NOT scratched. Rarely do cats scratch cars. We've been in contact with paint technologists and they've mentioned that just as it's almost impossible to scratch paint off with your fingernails, it's the same as with claws (which unlike fingernails are retractable). I have a year old car and I can say that most of the scratches are from normal wear and tear. Often cats get blamed because they sit on cars - so if someone stands next to a broken window, then we ought to haul them off to prison even if there's nothing to link the person to the crime.

Secondly, removing the cats causes what is known as the vacuum effect - MORE cats just move in. Even if the caregivers take all the cats home, new cats will move in. What's the alternative? Keep killing cats forever?

Thirdly, we offered the man a car cover. If he used it, there would be no way the cat can scratch it. He refused. Either he doesn't think it's important enough to cover his car or it isn't. If you want to leave a diamond on the sidewalk and then complain that someone has taken it, no one is going to have a lot of sympathy for you.

Driving a car involves certain risks - sometimes people bump into you. I've had my car bumped into and the person drove off. What happens in that case? Why not ban all cars in carparks except mine? In fact, why not ban all PEOPLE because they might scratch my car? Or birds who might defecate? Or trees that might fall on my car?

As for people who leave food out, they're littering. How is that the cats fault? Why not go after KFC for making fried chicken because some people dump it and walk off, causing cockroaches and ants?

2/11/06 3:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

And by the way, I did have someone(and note I said someONE since it looked like it was done with a key) scratch my brand new car once. Since it was already scratched, I just shrugged and walked away. I could either get upset about something that can't be helped, or I could walk away.

Was I happy? Of course not. But that's part of living in a city and parking in a shopping centre carpark.

2/11/06 3:22 PM  

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