Friday, December 08, 2006

We won't know if we don't try

I just spoke with a woman who is complaining of cats coming up to the tenth floor and defecating. She said that her neighbour has seen a young woman with long hair taking the cats up and down via the lift. I asked if she knew whom this was and where she lived. The woman was reluctant to speak to her neighbour saying it might make relations worse. She also had no idea where this woman came from.

The complainant also said that she had been using mothballs since the town council suggested she use them and that worked.

She said she had another neighbour downstairs who had several cats. The flat was filthy and complaints were made. The HDB came down, and after two months the cats were removed but she said the cats had been moved back in. She said there was no point speaking to the neighbours.

I told the complainant we cannot assume that people will not listen. There may be a chance they ignore what is said, but we should give it a try. At the worst the situation does not change. At the best, they may change their behaviour and the nuisance will stop. I pointed out that this woman she has seen only lets the cats out late at night - she may think this is so it won't disturb the neighbours. She agreed.

8 Comments:

Blogger koratmao said...

If I'm this complainant, I would be touched by your sincerity to listen and 'counsel'. Your un-ending patience and tactful handling of complaints made people felt heard and appreciated. Hopefully, they'l discover how loveable cats can be.Keep up the great deed Dawn!

8/12/06 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Dawn is doing all this while on vacation. If this is not dedication, I don't know what else is.
Dawn wan shui

8/12/06 4:00 PM  
Blogger jennifer_yq said...

from a forum, i was talkin to this girl whom said that she had sent kittens found in her house to the TC and the poor mummy cat ended up searching and crying for her kittens... Apparently, cats had been entering her house and giving birth right in her house. the girl said that her neighbour had been feeding cats outside their corridor. The girl's parents had spoken to the neighbour but no valid.

I had given my limited knowlegde to her but i do not think that she really listen as she mentioned that the TC is just right down her block so since it is so easy to just complain, why bother to solve the problem.

8/12/06 11:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm sorry to hear that Jennifer_yq. Would she want us to go down and try and speak to the neighbours too?

8/12/06 11:34 PM  
Anonymous EJ said...

So sad for the poor mummy cat looking for her missing kittens.
Please, please don't separate mummy cat and kittens till they are weaned.

9/12/06 4:44 AM  
Anonymous EJ said...

Jennifer-yg, loves the Extremely Popular Cat on your blog. Thanks for sharing. How nice when humans treasured their cats and dogs.
It show cat and dogs can live harmoniously together.

9/12/06 7:52 AM  
Blogger jennifer_yq said...

i had ask the girl to contact CWS via Email and i do hope that she did...

i had told her twice that the problem will still exist even if she remove the cats.. she need to at least solve it...i hope she will get me the second time i told her the same things...

9/12/06 11:51 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Let's hope so!

9/12/06 3:13 PM  

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