Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Help my pet cat

Someone wrote in to say that they were in financial problems and he needed some help with his cat. While I can sympathise that someone may have fallen on hard times, where do you draw the line? Our main work is to help community cats. He asked for $200-$300 a month to upkeep his cat. I don't believe the cat has any special needs but the money is for food and litter.

One option is possibly to cut down on the type of food. Some people like to feed both wet and dry food. One possibility is to feed one type - that's likely to cut down food expenses and make it easier to manage.

While we'd like to help, how do we decide to help one pet cat owner and not another? Also, community cat caregivers need help too - and many of them have numerous cats to look after. With limited resources, we have to concentrate on the community cats with responsible caregivers.

21 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

"A" cat at $200-300 a month? I have three and i think they cost me much less and i don't compromise on the food either but only dry food and cheap pinnacle pine. Plus of course no trip to spa.

22/11/06 12:10 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha :)

22/11/06 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you can suggest to him that instead of feeding the cat pure can food, mix some rice into it and gradually increase the portion of rice. When the cat is hungry, he will still eat. And instead of spending on cat litter, use newspapers. I have been using newspapers for years. In fact, it's cleaner this way as the cat won't step out of the litter box with a trail of sand or pine following it.

22/11/06 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he/she is mistaken that CWS is a charity organisation for cat owners. and by the way, I have two cats but I only spend at most $50 a month on them. And that includes both wet and dry food and litter! this person can't possibly need that much for a cat.

22/11/06 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$200-$300 a month for one cat is a huge expense. I have 4 dogs and 1 cat, I don't spend that much a month for all 5!

Marilyn

22/11/06 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he has an 80lb cat or something. Quick call Guinness World Records.

22/11/06 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Furry said...

I have 1 cat at home and I feed about 8-10 communnity cats every day but I dun spend that much of money, unless his cat requires medical care. Pls be careful with such people.

22/11/06 3:32 PM  
Blogger iWooiBlog said...

Maybe it's a "Bevely Hills" cat or something. Funny he should ask CWS for help, clearly he knows who to call, or to "exploit" if his claims are totally false, but does not know the true role of the CWS.

Maybe Dawn you can suggest to him look to his family or friends on the time being to get financial help, but like all the posters here and me... how he spend $200 to $300 for a cat? Wow...

I just hope he is not bluffing and will not abandon his cat just because he cannot afford it...

Cheers

22/11/06 3:44 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

To the first Anonymous who suggested using rice to fill up the cat's food - cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they are pure meat-eater who survive and get their nutrition by eating meat. Cats are unlike dogs, who are omnivorous, and can therefore be fed some rice as part of their diet.

Cats should NEVER be fed rice as part of their diet over the long-term as it will affect their health. More info here.

22/11/06 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the cat being kept at a facility or a scam to make money in time for Christmas by 'stealing' a community cat and faking himself as the owner. If it is a genuine case, we can donate pet food only during the difficult months.

22/11/06 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have 2 cats at home and my monthly spending are only $60-70.Friskies biscuit and cats sardine.Not forgetting the cleaning solution for the toilet.I can't understand why someone need so much of $$.

22/11/06 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeder in my neighbourhood who is feeding home cooked fish-and-rice-on-the-floor diet to the community cats.

She claimed that she is couldn't afford to sterilize the cats as she is not working and her husband is a miser.

After I knew her for 1 day, she bragged that her 2 cats are fed with gourmet home prepared diet. Which include 2 cans of Solid Gold wet food ($2.30 per can), Eagle Pack holistic and de-bone fish. She proudly annouced that she spends $8 a day to feed her 2 cats everyday.

Of course, she didn't fail to point out that the pine I am using ($14 for 20lbs bag) is inferior to her permium cat litter.

Nevertheless, her cats are a hassel to keep and she will like to give 1 away.

And this person is a very religious person who loves all living things on Earth, unlike others who prefer animals over human beings.

The unsterilize cats are lucky enough to meet her so that they don't have to go hungry.

R

22/11/06 9:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Wow interesting story R.

And yes, no worries, being careful! He just wrote again to say he had cut down all necessary expenses, so I just wrote to ask exactly what the necessary expenses are. I asked to make sure that the cat isn't sick.

22/11/06 9:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that guy is mad. he doesnt even deserve $10 a mth let alone 200-300. & how wld u noe he uses the money for his cat. community cats need more help & the if he really cannot afford it, he should just give his cat away for adoption etc. i feed many community cats everyday & i dont even spend more than $150 a mth.

23/11/06 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont be so quick to judge him.... Maybe he is a fake but he could also be telling the truth. Some people care alot for their cats and feed them premium food which they feel is the best for them. While some feel that feed anything also can. Have seen people say things like I can't starve to feed my cats right? So they should eat whatever I can afford. The point is everyone spends differently on their cats. Cannot judge just by one's own expenditure.

Maybe he uses very branded stuff and also he doesnt know how to save. So let Dawn verify and advise him. (Dawn if you need, I have contacts for a pet food supplier that offers 40 cents off each can. Provided one buys in bulk as in one carton of 24 cans)

Adriane

23/11/06 11:40 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Adriane, I have already asked him if he can cut back and he says he cannot. I asked if he can let me know what the expenditure is to see how we may advise him.

I can understand wanting to feed your cat the best food, but at the same time, if you're short of money what are you going to do? $200 does seem a lot and asking for money from someone else doesn't seem to be the best way of solving this problem.

23/11/06 11:50 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Adriane, may i know the brand?

23/11/06 11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mary. it is natural balance. Perfect Pets look for Francis 62955220. I think they have other brands too.

Adriane

23/11/06 12:01 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Adriane, thanks but my cats does not like NB wet, thanks all the same. i was hoping it's Aristo.

23/11/06 12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn I understand your point which was why I said to verify and frankly I am not supporting you giving him money, which was why I gave you the contact for the pet food. To let him help himself. What I was trying to say is that everyone spends different amounts on their cats and we shouldnt judge him based on how much we feed our own cats.

23/11/06 12:56 PM  
Blogger Guttercat said...

Reminds me about the old cliche about give a purrson a fish & teach a purrson to fish.

Sadly, I've come across 2 cases of Malay families abandoning their cats 'cos "they couldn't afford to keep them".

Not that it's a wholly Malay thing, in case I get accused of racism, I'm pretty sure it happens all across the spectrum. Just a personal experience of mine.

Last I saw Imok, he & a couple of bully boys were harrassing a female around their block.

25/11/06 2:11 AM  

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