Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Better dead than hungry

I just spoke to a feeder who is moving away from her area and she has 20 sterilised community cats that she looks after. She called the AVA and wanted to know if they can remove the cats for her because she is moving away. I asked if there was a possibility of finding some other friends to come and help or if she could possibly come back and feed them. She said she wasn't sure. One of her friends also said that the cats might not recognise her.

I told the feeder that perhaps instead of asking her friends to come down every day she can ask them to feed the cats a few days each a week. Alternatively, perhaps the cats will have to eat every other day instead of every day. I also told her to give it a try - perhaps the cats might not recognise her friend, but she wouldn't know until she tried.

I asked her if she knew the cats would be killed if sent to the AVA. She said she knew but that she thought there was nothing worst then her cats going hungry. While I understand she is very fond of her cats and of course worried about them, sending them all to a certain death is drastic. I told her that instead of expecting one person to take over the feeding route completely, she can enlist a few friends perhaps and to sponsor the food for the cats.

She agreed it was better to be a bit hungry then dead and so even if they don't eat every single day, at least they do have a fighting chance. She said she would speak with her friends.


Anonymous EJ said...

Good solution.

27/12/06 2:32 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

You ahve come out with a gud solution. I think in that way teh cats will have food easily n you too will not have to worry much for the cats..

27/12/06 8:19 PM  
Anonymous christine said...

this post seem similiar to one u posted before on e lady leaving an enbloc building..

i agree tt feeding less times a week if better than sending to ava=)

27/12/06 10:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I guess it is something that does happen when people move. I know of someone who goes back every day to feed her cats but it's not always possible.

27/12/06 11:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very traumatic for cats to wait for feeder and feeder never show up, so do it gradually, but cats must be fed. If distance is a big problem, hire feeders on days you can't feed.

I paid feeders when I was away for 10 days.

28/12/06 1:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calling AVA is like calling the enemy to ambush and kill your loved ones. Must relocate to some feeders and pay for food instead of giving up your loved ones.

28/12/06 1:39 AM  
Anonymous ej said...

Anonymous (1.35am) - So kind of you to pay feeders to feed the cats when you are away. Bless you!

28/12/06 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cats are resilient. It is often our "imagination" that portrays them as waiting and pining to death. After a while, they will move on and find other food source. Surely this is "better" than sending them to a sure death at the AVA so that the feeder can feel better? I have stopped feeding cats who are used to my feeding in my attempts to prime them for trapping for sterilization. I continue to monitor them and I found that they would move on after about 3-4 days of waiting at the same spot.

28/12/06 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Going on annual vacation is one big logistic operation, fortunately volunteers are ever so kind to feed for me...4 different sites involve 4 different people.

I appreciate their kindness and always bring them presents and cover all their food and transport expenses.

28/12/06 4:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes of course it doesn't mean that one should 'abandon' pet cats thinking they will fend for themselves (pet cats being quite a different kettle of fish), and of course community cats who are used to being fed will wait for their caregiver. However, they do and can look for alternate food sources if need be.

Anonymous - that's very kind of you.

28/12/06 4:44 PM  

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