Thursday, November 16, 2006

Too many cats?

I just spoke with a caregiver who said that someone complained there were 'too many cats' in the area. She said there were 5 cats over two blocks. So the question is - what is too many? For some people one cat is one cat too many. In other areas, there may be 20 cats in the same area and no one is too worried - or worse, no one complains until one person moves in and starts complaining.

This does happen - there are a number of existing managed cats who have been there for years. The number has stabilised and some cats have even died. Then someone moves in and complains there are too many cats. The caregiver is bewildered as it has always been the same resident cats that have been there for years.

If you moved into an area and then complained there was an expressway near you, you can't then complain that it's too noisy and you want them to divert it from your home. Granted cats may not be a permanent fixture like the expressway - and you may not have noticed them when moving in, but in that case, maybe they AREN'T that much of a problem then. One of the volunteers has a good rule of thumb - walk around the block and see how many cats you can count in 10 minutes. That's a good rough gauge of whether there are a lot of cats there.

Also not to forget, when you move into an estate, there are things you can't control. Say you move in next to someone you don't like. You can't ask that they be removed - you just have to take the good with the bad.

8 Comments:

Blogger vegancat said...

How did the TC react to this complain? This is onother complaint to be added to the TRASH category together with cats on cars.

16/11/06 11:36 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The officer told the volunteer he'll ignore it for now unless more complaints come in.

16/11/06 11:44 AM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Perhaps caregiver can counter-complaint with "no enough cats".

16/11/06 11:53 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Some people just love to complain, this cannot, that cannot; tell them to move to the space but then, they may complain about the alien.

16/11/06 11:53 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Vegancat - that I would love to see :)

16/11/06 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi. im a caregiver of the cats in amk central, blk 700A, B & C. three blocks & there's more than 12 cats there & no one's complaining. the cats r only active in the early morning, evenings & nights though. the situation has been like this for more than 1 year & i think if anyone was unhappy, they wld already have complained long ago. despite the huge number of cats, there area is surprisingly clean, partly because the cleaner lady loves cats too, & even has a couple of cats following her around everytime. there's more than 1 caregiver in that area, maybe abt 5. there's even a small "cat corner" under one of the blks in which there's water & a dish of dry catfood that's always replenished by different caregivers. everyone just seem to love cats there. u all shld go there to check it out & take some photos. a very caring community we have there, its simply a lovely sight. :)

16/11/06 4:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Actually caregiver - there are complaints there. Maybe you can drop me an email? I've been there several times though fortunately not so much in the last few months.

16/11/06 4:14 PM  
Blogger iWooiBlog said...

Haiz, sometimes I really wonder, what these people are complaining, just because "there are too many cats?"... It's not as if these cats have directly do them any "harm" or inconvenience...

Yes like Dawn says, they might as well complain "blocks are too close", "too many cars", "too many floors"... etc...

What to do to this kind of people? Put them all on an island... Haiz...

16/11/06 5:26 PM  

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