Monday, February 05, 2007

Bad Karma?

Remember this woman? She spoke to her family and while they are still keen to use the Scarecrow, her mother is against sterilising the cats as she feels it will be bad karma for her to take away the cats' reproductive rights. I had sent her our sterilisation brochure and she had read it to her mother but her mother does not feel this is something she is comfortable with.

Incidentally, I went to the bank today to drop in some money from cat traps. If you're thinking of heading down to the banks, do think twice - it was jam packed with people all queuing for money. I have a feeling it may not get better till after Chinese New Year.

17 Comments:

Blogger calsifer said...

Will it help to show her photos of the differences in sterilised and unsterilised cats? If a live review is needed, I'm willing to show her around our area and introduce her to some of ours.

I know ours elicit exclamations from passers-by that they look like well-cared for home cats, very unlike most homeless cats they see which are always gaunt, starved, and full of injuries and sometimes sickness. In fact, some people ask if the cats are our home cats whom we leave outside when we go to work, and then collect and bring home in the evening when we return!

5/2/07 5:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Calsifer. I'll let her know. That's funny - your in-out cats :)

5/2/07 5:35 PM  
Blogger vegancat said...

Perhaps someone from a temple where TnRM is operational, may be able to convince this lady?

5/2/07 7:22 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

TNRN is not cruel or bad karma.
Reducing unwanted births mean reducing the stray's sufferrings.

5/2/07 8:56 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

Bad karma is letting the cat give birth, then be sent to SPCA or AVA later to be put to sleep due to lack of space or unjustified trappings!

5/2/07 10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feels it is bad karma for HER? So she is basically worrying about herself.

5/2/07 11:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I've written to the daughter and asked if her mother would like to speak to someone who is Buddhist about this.

6/2/07 12:32 AM  
Blogger The Real Witch said...

No to sterilization!
It can be a problem in a heavily cat-loaded area.
There are very effective drug methods for chemical sterilization that are much kinder and won't induce 'bad karma' :-)

6/2/07 12:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

What chemical methods the real witch?

6/2/07 12:37 AM  
Blogger The Real Witch said...

Confession : Had my cat sterilized when in France. It seems the drug is not yet licensed here in US (although I think trials taking place)

E-mailed by my cousin:
"For male cats, there is a new technology, called "chemical sterilization" that looks very promising. The patented chemical sterilant is named "Neutersol" and is an injectable substance consisting of neutralized zinc arginine. Once injected, Neutersol renders male cats permanently sterile within seven days, with no pain, discomfort, or side effects. Neutersol is already being used successfully outside the United States, but has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States"

Sorry no web-reference.

6/2/07 12:47 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

the real witch - yes neutersol was being tested out when I went for a conference two or three years ago but it looks like it'll be pulled from the market. They don't think it's very useful, it's expensive and you still need to trap the cats anyway. It also doesn't work for female cats.

Production of the drug has stopped as far as I am aware.

6/2/07 12:54 AM  
Blogger The Real Witch said...

Dawn - I stand corrected (thanx)

What a great shame (especially for male cat owners who would pay the additional expense)

6/2/07 1:03 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think they also found that you had to use it properly or it might lead to complications (but that is true of any jab, surgery,etc). Hopefully some other oral contraceptive or non-surgical method can be found.

6/2/07 1:11 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

For female cats, there is this pill named ovarid. However, it may be difficult to administer to strays. I once had a difficult-to-trap female cat and I tried to give her ovarid by mixing it into her wet food. In the end, she still got pregnant. I suppose other cats shared her food and that reduced the dosage somehow. Anyway, after a few unlucky tries, we finally managed to trap her. She's still around till this day.

6/2/07 8:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I did some googlingon Ovarid - and I think it's meant to postpone the female going on heat at that point, but not to stop them from getting pregnant permanently.

6/2/07 9:19 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Yes, you are right. It's not a permanent solution unless it's given to the cat on a regular basis at separate intervals. However, for cats that are difficult to trap, that could be another "solution"?

6/2/07 9:41 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Of course this is something you should discuss with your vet, but from what I'm reading, it also makes the next period the cat goes on heat more difficult to predict. This means WHEN to administer the dose would also be difficult to tell. In the contraindictions on the package it seems to suggest that in female dogs at least, administering it after the dog has gone on heat can actually aid contraception. It may be difficult to tell with certainty when the next dose has to be administered.

6/2/07 9:47 AM  

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