Monday, October 30, 2006


More mediations - we have just been talking about re-thinking our approach to people who let their cats out or who feed cats upstairs. I used to think it was just about speaking with them and that people who were ignorant of the problems caused, would stop especially if they were made to realise that the cats would be killed.

Increasingly though I realise that while SOME people do respond very positively (and are very sorry for the problems caused), others either blatantly deny the cat is theirs, or ask you to just take the cat away! This seems to be happening more and more. I've just drafted a new Mediation note to ask these semi-cat owners as Rebecca calls them, to keep the cats in, or for people to feed downstairs. Any suggestions would be welcome since the idea of the cat or cats being killed does not seem to bother them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people feed because they took pity on the strays. They feel good after doing a "good deed". To them, feeding is so "convenient". They simply place food wherever the strays appear. They do not care about sterilisation or cats being rounded up due to their irresponsible feeding. Asking them to sterilise or pick up the crumbles after the strays eat inconvenice them.

One person I know feeds simply because she is a Buddhist and she feels that she is doing a good deed. She is scared of cats actually. During the Spay Day, when I offered to help her trap the cats she is feeding, she declined even though I showed her the sterilisation flyers by CWS.

What can I say? These people just want an easy way out. Feeding makes them feel good. So apart from feeding, they do not want to have anything more to do with the cats. When confronted with a problem, they just stop feeding altogether.

I think it's going to be a tall order to change this group's mindset.

30/10/06 4:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's what I'm afraid of Anonymous. Maybe we need to get people to change their concept of a 'good deed' then - because their 'good deed' is going to lead to the death of some cats.

30/10/06 7:00 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

If these "good" feeders are not bothered about the cats being killed, would they be worried if their "reputation" can be "killed" by putting photo/s of the cat/s concerned into flyers and state that these cats will be killed if they are not kept indoors or upstair feeding stopped?

31/10/06 12:00 AM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

vegancat, it would be incredibly satisfying, but it's potentially problematic - after all, they could claim defamation and sue. Besides, I'm not sure vigilantism is the way to go either.

but I like the idea of tackling it through the personal reputation angle. Maybe you could emphasise that they're annoying the neighbours, who may find ways to take it out on them? I'm phrasing it a little crudely, I know.

31/10/06 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feeding + Downstairs + Sterilization = Saving Lives + Good Deeds

Feeding + Upstairs + Intact cats = Killing Lives + Sins

31/10/06 12:16 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The flyer right now emphasises what Mezzo says - causing nusiance to the neighbours. Am going to see what the committee says before seeing if anyone wants to use it.

31/10/06 5:25 AM  
Blogger budak said...

it's similar to the kind of thinking by those people who buy animals and 'set them free' to earn merit. That the released animals (being stressed or non-wild strains) either die quickly or become invasives that threaten native fauna doesn't seem to bother them.

31/10/06 11:19 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Quite right Budak.

31/10/06 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, if these feeders are doing it for themselves and not the cats, then we have to kick em where it hurts, n let em know that this type of feeding, far from chalking up points for them on the great celestial scoreboard, is actually smudging their souls black with sin. how abt that? :)

31/10/06 1:59 PM  
Blogger Mezzo said...

In lieu of a better suggestion, I vote that Haw Pa Villa have a new exhibit demonstrating the above point. :)

31/10/06 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes I feel that negligence is as bad as direct abuse..

31/10/06 3:11 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Would like to do that Anonymous - any suggestions on how to prove it to them? No negative credit accrues because they're kind and feed the cat - the 'evil' people are the TC and the complainants.

Mezzo - I second that!

And Anonymous, you have a point. This total lack of consideration for the welfare of the cats is tantamount to abuse or at the very least neglect. If you KNOW your actions will result in the cat dying, then why do it?

31/10/06 4:59 PM  

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