Saturday, January 20, 2007

Today (20-1-07)

Good letter from Dr Tan Chek Wee :-

Because cats scare me is not a good reason

14 Comments:

Anonymous Henry Lee said...

I do not agree with Tan Chek Wee method of argument. Is he not afraid of mosquitoes spreading dengue etc. Perhaps he has not experienced some of the things I am suffering. I have one or two stray cats coming into my garden to do their daily rituals. I tolerated it. I chase them away during the days I am around.Now they not only come at nights but the numbers have increased. Some even give birth here.I am sure you know the stench of cat poo.
The situation is now desperate as the cats come into the house to steal food. Short of calling on the authorities to cull them, what else would the cat welfare society do.

20/1/07 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is inconvenient for Henry.

I fail to see the connection between mosquitoes and cats in Henry's garden.
Sure we are afraid of dengue, is it possible to remove all mosquitoes? No? We put up with it....scratch, scratch..... or the puffs of white smoke when your neighbours fumigate their land.
The bull frogs make a LOT of noise all night long during the heavy downpour - can the frogs be removed from neighbour's garden?
A neighbouring house (looks like some kind of religious place)plays monotonous continuous music loud enough to be heard streets away during feast days (I think), how to stop the headache beside going out of the area?
My neighbour is re-building his house for the next year or two, can i ask for clean air & no noise pollution. Learn to appreciate foreign-language music in the evenings & put up with smell of workers' loo near your kitchen or bedroom, lack of privacy, etc etc....

There will be inconveniences in life. Is there a solution? Some things you learn to live with it.
Things relating to cats... ask Dawn.

20/1/07 3:06 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Henry - I'm not sure why the mosquito argument came up as well, but as for the cat one, there are several things you can try. we in fact wrote into the newspapers about this in December and offered the loan of our Scarecrow and Cat Stop (which a number of people have since taken up and reported good results with). Both are motion activated and will spray water at anything that moves or emit a high frequency noise to drive cats away. There are also a number of easier ways to keep the cats from defecating - including repellents, plastic mats and pebbles, depending on how large your garden is.

Trapping the cats isn't going to help. Removing the cats causes what is known as the vacuum effect which means new cats will just move in again. So you'll be facing the same problem yet again. All you'll be doing is killing one lot of cats that will be replaced in no time with another.

If you are interested in trying, a more effective and humane method, then do contact me.

I have to say as well, I'm not sure what your argument has to do with Dr Tan's argument. Dr Tan is saying that there are a lot of other creatures in our environment - I am some of them are a nuisance to some people. In fact, some neighbours are a nuisance to other people too,playing loud music or having parties - the idea is to find a solution without having to kill everything we don't like.

20/1/07 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Life is filled with inconveniences. Live with it or die of high blood pressure b4 ur time. Ppl bothered by mozzies put up screens. Costs a lot. So ppl bothered by cats entering yards,gardens can take preventive measures too. If spending $ n time to buy me piecs of mind, why not. Phoning for cat trap, waiting for it to arrive, waiting for it to be picked up takes time too. But DEATH is involved.

20/1/07 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In the first place, it is my opinion that the sky was made to shelter all creation, and that the earth was made so that things created able to stand might have something to stand on.
Even those human beings who love argument for the arguing's sake could surely not deny this fact.
Next we may ask to what extent did human effort contribute to the creation of heaven and earth; and the answer is that it contributed nothing. What right, then, do human beings hold to decide that things not of their own creation nevertheless belong to them?
Of course the absence of right need not prevent such creatures from making that decision, but surely there can be no possible justification for them prohibiting others from innocent passage in and out of so-called human property........therefore I enter wherever I like."
*** "I am a Cat" by Natsume Soseki,1867-1916***

21/1/07 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Henry Lee
What are you really suffering from?
A mental suffering that you think yours are yours and yours alone.
Do you want to inflict sufferings on cats that you will not suffer?
They are, after all, just cats.
We are, after all, human with the potential to do good or to cause harm.
As Dawn said, there are "good" ways to keep the cats out.
The "free" choice is yours. After all, whether you cause the cats to be killed or not, they will all die, and so will we.
How we die are affected by decisions we make while we are alive and we really don't know how long alive we can be.
Surely you can't bring a garden along when that day comes.
But you can bring along good feelings that you have not caused sufferings to others by employing non-kill methods to keep the cats away. Better still, start a sterilization program in your estate, and even better, start a "cat cafe". The cats will not grow in number and will eventually reduce through natural attrition and well fed cats at the "cat cafe" will not need to steal any food from any house.
The choice is yours to make.

21/1/07 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry can feel like a victim and be troubled.

One thing for sure, the cats come in peace. We can bond with them or seek their destruction.
The best option is to use non-violence, TNR programme and Cat cafe. Henry should appreciate the help coming his way.

21/1/07 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was a child, I did not consider the drain cats as dirty or stray dogs as scums of back alley. They were all my friends, there were lots of mosquitoes too but we all live to be happy and healthy. And yes, we do have big gardens.

Why so much fears these days...fear of cats, mosquitoes, lizards, fear of fears have taken over Singapore? What's wrong here?

21/1/07 10:07 AM  
Anonymous ^@^ said...

Dear Henry,

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

The Dalai Lama

21/1/07 12:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Henry will flip to page L11 of Sunday Times' Lifestyle today and read the last paragraph of the interview with Hideki Akiyoshi ("Rebel on the Run"):
"...it teaches all about life and let me understand that my existence is nothing, that I can own anything, things will never be forever and we just think there is something because we can see, hear, smell and touch it."

Some weeks ago, a friend sms-ed me to watch a program on Channel NewsAsia about stray dogs in Bangkok. But i missed it. She told of a homeless family who lives under a bridge and how they share their lives with stray dogs. They have NOTHING like a house, a garden, hot steaming food on the table, yet they are RICH with compassion.
Perhaps we WEATLHY singaporeans ought to ask ourselves..why are we always so UNHAPPY??

21/1/07 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Henry, what do you wish to do? Sponsor the sterilisation of cats in your vicinity because that way, they won't multiply. Mesh up your fencing and try using water sprinkler Cat Welfare can loan you, believe it's FOC.

21/1/07 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are talking about the exterminating of cats and why bring up the connection of mosquitoes??dengue is another case.cats find proper place to poo.dengue mosquitoes are downright harmful,but cats aren't

21/1/07 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Approach CWS for help instead of calling AVA. As long as you are willing to seek alternatives it can be done

21/1/07 11:13 PM  
Blogger koratmao said...

I have to thank Henry for his tolerance. Though frustrated, the fact is he has put up with the inconvenience till cats multiply and NOT called AVA yet.
Hence I implore to Henry PLEASE PLEASE call CWS Dawn for detering the cat's entry instead of AVA.
God bless.

22/1/07 11:16 AM  

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