Can they get rid of the lizards too?
I just spoke to a woman who called me and said that she had been complaining to the town council for some time to no avail. She claims that the cats in her area are making a lot of noise. She said that they are causing a nuisance. I explained that this means they are probably unsterilised and that it is important to get them sterilised and the cauterwauling and mating would stop as would the reproducing. She said she did not realise that cats stop mating once sterilised, and I told her this was why the population would decrease.
The situation would hopefully have been resolved there but unfortunately it seems she is scared of cats. She said the cats sometimes walk up near her in the void deck. I suggested she just stomp her feet and to stare at them, but she said that Singaporean cats are too brave to be scared by the stomping and she is too frightened to look at them. She asked why they can't be taken away. I explained new cats would come in. She asked why they cannot just be continually removed. I also told her the cats would be killed, which she said was not happening as they did not even trap the cats in the first place.
I told her that the TC may well have removed the cats but that new cats might be coming in. I explained we will do our best if there are volunteers there to keep the population under control, but that there would always be cats. She said her nephew was scared of them too. I said for example, that if I was frightened of lizards, I could not ask the town council to remove them. She interjected to say she was frightened of lizards too, and asked if THEY could be removed. I asked her if she was frightened of dogs and she quickly agreed. She said she walked out of her way to avoid her neighbour's house as there were dogs inside. I tried to tell her that the animals were far more frightened of her than she was of them as being larger and stronger, she seems to them far more of a threat. She said she cannot even bear to look at them.
It seems rather difficult to imagine how someone like that must go through life being constantly afraid. It's sad for her - but it also isn't fair to the animals to insist all of them be removed.