Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lianhe Zaobao (22-2-07)

Lianhe Zaobao (22-2-07)
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Thank you Kootoomonster for sending this article in. It's basically about a caregiver in Ang Mo Kio and it describes how she feeds very responsibly and that the cats are all sterilised. However the cats are very visible at feeding time, and some run over from neighbouring blocks and a few people complained that there are a lot of cats in the area. One of the two people interviewed complained about hygiene.

The block in question has housing for older people as well and a lot of the people there come down and love to feed the cats. When I last went down to the block and started taking photos of some of the sterilised cats, one of the men got very upset and started yelling at me, thinking I was going to hurt the cats.

I called to speak to the caregiver whom I know through another caregiver but she didn't answer. I rang the caregiver I know better and asked her to please remind the lady it is better not to feed at 6 pm. 6 pm is when everyone is coming home from work - and they get annoyed when they see so many cats around. If the feeding time could be shifted either earlier or later, most people won't even notice the cats. However if they come home every day and see a whole colony waiting, their reaction is often that there are a lot of cats in the neighbourhood. If the cats are fed later for example there is a good chance they will see hardly any cats around when they return home.

One other good thing to practice is not to feed too many cats in one spot. It is better to split up into 4 or 5 feeding spots with 4 or 5 cats in each block, then to feed 20 cats all in the same place. It's very often the perception that matters - and 4 cats gathered in one place are much less likely to alarm people than 20 cats.



Blogger E_Cat said...

Here's the digital version w/o the pictures..might be slightly clearer.

22/2/07 1:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks E_cat!

22/2/07 1:12 PM  
Anonymous auntie p said...

I have passed by the place and met some of these cats before. They are generally clean, well-fed and friendly. The feeder I met (another older woman) was friendly too.

22/2/07 3:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes they are. I think they're generally doing a good job - if she can just shift her feeding time so that not so much attention is brought to bear on the cats, it would be great!

22/2/07 8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I printed the article and showed my mum who works around the same area. She recognised the feeder and said the feeder is seen daily at around 8+pm. I think that probably explains why the feeder had to start early feeding around 6pm at the "published" area since she really feeds a "big" area?

23/2/07 12:27 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Could be - but when I last spoke with her, she only mentioned those few blocks. Unfortunately she is unwell at the moment so I'll speak with her once she is better.

23/2/07 1:15 PM  

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