I have a right to complain
I just spoke to a very belligerent person who was upset about the cats in his area. The officer called me to say that he had complained there were always cats around. The officer went down to inspect the area and told me there were no cats there.
He said he was upset because there were cats in the area. He also said he had been calling government departments that were pushing him from place to place and he was fed up. He just wants to know which agency will remove the cats.
I asked what the problem is exactly. He said that the cats sleep on his car and urinate outside his door. He said they have scratched his car cover and this is the second one he had to buy. I offered to buy him a car cover and before I could finish he asked about the cat urinating outside his door. He said the car cover wasn't the point - it was cheap and he could buy a new one. So it seems he does not want the car sleeping on the car cover!
I explained that TNRM was a better way of managing the population through sterilisation. He admitted he did not know anything about cats. I explained the vacuum effect and he kept insisting he did not believe me. I told him there was no need to take my word for it, he could look it up and verify it independently, to which he replied he did not want to look anything up, he just wanted an agency to get rid of his problem.
He said that he did not believe in sterilisation to control population because just as they may be able to cut the birth rate of Singaporeans down, foreigners would come in. I explained that cats AREN'T people.
He wanted to know if we had seen the vacuum effect at work in Singapore, and I told him that of course we had. He said that he however had not seen it happen and he wanted a 'scientific experiment' to see if the cats when removed would come back in. I asked if hypothetically we removed the cats, then if new cats moved in, would he stop complaining, to which he replied, it was his right to complain whenever he wanted to.
I asked what the point of removing the cats would be in that case to prove the situation to him. He then said even if we removed the cats, human beings could sneak new cats in and he would not be able to tell as he cannot tell them apart.
He started complaining about cats in the area and said they were animals. He said if they were not at his block and even if they were territorial, they would move to another block. I explained that yes, he was right, they were territorial, and then again he said he did not believe me.
I told him that no one expected him to be an expert on cats, but that he had certain misconceptions.
He complained I was belitting him and said he wanted to know if the government supports sterilisation. I said they did. He said in that case, I'm right and he's wrong and there's nothing to say.
I explained this is not a matter of right or wrong but trying to solve the problem which we want to do. He said he did not want to talk to me, and that he would not complain anymore since no agency was going to help him.