Cats in a flat
I just spoke with a woman who said the HDB has sent her a final warning letter. She has 18 cats in her flat, 6 of which are sterilised. She said she realises it is very smell but she cannot cope and that she wants to send the cats away, but she has no transport.
She wanted to know if we could take them in and I explained we aren't a shelter and have nowhere to put her cats. She said that she does not want to, but that she may have to release the cats. She said she would keep the older ones as she wouldn't miss the younger ones so much.
I asked her if she wanted to put the cats up for adoption and she did. However the deadline is today - I've asked if she can appeal to her MP for an extension and see what can be done.
I understand the woman probably contacted us out of desperation at the last minute. However the earlier you know you have a problem and assess the options, obviously the more avenues there are to try and sort it out. Leaving it to the last minute often means little can be done.
I realised she had taken most of these cats in because she felt sorry for them. Of course it's nice that she wanted to do something for them, but good intentions can go horribly wrong when not backed up. In this case, where will these cats go now if they can't find homes? She also said that she will soon be in financial difficulty and probably unable to upkeep the cats.
The best thing you can do when you see a cat on the street is to think carefully before you do anything. Is the cat happy where it is? Are you prepared to give it a home (and I do mean you, the person who picked up the cat, and not some potential vague person whom might want a cat)? If you are, please go right ahead and take it home and make sure it's sterilised and well taken care of.
If you aren't able to (or can't do so) and the cat looks happy, then why remove it? What are you going to do with the cat afterward? Here's the sad truth of the matter - most people who like cats already have cats. Those that don't, probably want a young, pretty kitten - and there are already so many of those who need homes.
The best thing to do is to get the cat sterilised when it is older - and leave it where it is. A cat that is in a home and then returned on the street loses its territory - and is often at a loss on how to survive.