Tuesday, November 14, 2006

How am I supposed to know the cat will get pregnant?

I just spoke to a feeder to follow up on this case. She said they had sterilised two cats last week, which is great. However when I asked when they'll be doing the next lot, she could not say. She instead started to complain about the complainant. She said the woman should come and help her trap the cats, or pay her to do the trapping and not pressurise her.

I said the woman is not against the cats, but she is upset that they are multiplying and she said a lot of them are not ear tipped. The feeder then said that the woman was heartless and that she did not know how old the cats were and could not tell when they could be done. She also said the Heavens will know of the complainant's wickedness. I told her it wasn't going to help the cats much to know that since they would be dead if the complainants kept going on.

I told her that the woman complained there were kittens being born. The woman denied it and said it was not possible, but when I said she had seen a black and white cat, the woman said perhaps that was the mother cat.

At the same time, she mentioned there was a pregnant cat in her area. I asked if she planned to sterilise it. She said that it was pregnant and she could not get it done. She cannot tell how old they are, so she waits till they go on heat. Then they get pregnant. Then she cannot get them done.

I asked why she did not do just do it earlier and she asked me how she was supposed to know it would get pregnant?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like you need a lot of "tonic". I can't say this enough but such perseverance and patience such as yours are on the gravely endangered list :)
Just dealing with "my" town council and the cats in my little precinct is "enough" and you have to deal with TC's and caregiverS and feederS.
Never forsake US...cats and human :)

14/11/06 9:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha - thanks :) But seriously, I was close to banging my head against the wall :)

15/11/06 2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Govt. blame the cats for multiplying, they should sterilise just like CWS and not cause more problems for cats and humans. It's time CWS esp Dawn receives an Award for her perseverance, passion
and humanity.

big cat

15/11/06 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The govt doesnt want to waste time and resources on sterilization. It wants the easy and fast way out which is culling. If it had it's way, it would cull every single cat in singapore.

No cats equals no complains and no need to "waste" money and time on dealing with organisations like CWS, complains by residents etc

15/11/06 12:43 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's not true. In fact, we met with the AVA recently and they're setting aside funds for sterilisation.

Obviously it's not possible to have no cats - so the next question is now to manage the cats.

15/11/06 1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem Dawn is from what I see the govt in this instance is not only AVA, different elements have different thoughts. AVA supports sterlization, Tampines Town Council doesnt give a hoot about it, they prefer "STRAY FREE" tampines... so end of the day when the different parties cant work together... it is a problem.

And frankly until I see the fund... I will not get too happy...

15/11/06 7:16 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Well at the moment Tampines TC is supporting the programme. It does mean we're getting quite a few complaints from there though - the interesting thing is most of the complaints so far are about pet cats or cats being fed upstairs, but in the past they were all lumped as community cats.

The important thing is to have responsible caregivers working in the estate. Generally when this happens, it's a win-win situation.

15/11/06 7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I sterilise a cat who has just given birth? Or should I wait?

16/11/06 12:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You should wait till the kittens are weaned - if not they won't be able to feed.

16/11/06 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actually i suspect she has just given birth by the look of her underside. Newly "dumped" mother :(
Still quite aggressive but after some coax, she can be quite friendly.. Maybe I just wait for another month .. but I saw another new male cat, sigh...

17/11/06 1:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Any idea where the kittens are?

17/11/06 3:40 PM  

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