Letting home cats out
Anonymous wrote below that some people like to let their home cats out. That's absolutely true and a huge source of problems. If someone lets their cats out, they are likely to defecate and make a mess. So how do you stop them?
Anonymous suggested education - and of course that's good, but a lot of people honestly don't see an issue with letting the cats out. They insist that the cats NEED to go out, despite all evidence to the contrary. As the other Anonymous person who posted mentioned, even his or her grandmother felt that way.
Another group of people who do this (and I think it is a significant group) are people who do not want to be caught by the HDB ruling - so the best thing to do is to let their cat roam about. This way, they won't get into any trouble should the cat be seen in the corridor. Yet it can come in and out and be loosely 'owned'.
Views in different countries differ. When I speak with expatriates, often a good first indicator of where they're from is how they feel about cats roaming. In GENERAL, in England, they feel cats should roam. In the US, it's the opposite. In many ways it depends on the situation and what your home is like.
In Singapore though, we are a small country and we have an extremely high population density. People live so closely to each other - and hence their cats do too. As such, it is best to keep your cats in - it's the only safe way.
I'm still having PC problems today - hence the fewer posts. Someone is coming in to fix the Net connection this afternoon.