Thursday, March 22, 2007

How many cats in a flat?

A reporter just called about a case of a pair of siblings whom they think have more than 10 cats in a one-room flat (if I understood her correctly). They want to know CWS' stand on this case is.

A one-room flat does seem tight if this is indeed the case, but the most important thing is that owners shouldn't take in more cats than they can cope with. After all, you can have a filthy 5 room flat with NO cats and a very clean one-room flat with a few cats. Cats aren't dirty - but sometimes the people looking after them are or they cannot keep the place clean. Therein lies the problem.

If HDB allowed cats in flats, they could probably put guidelines as to how many cats are allowed. There will always be a few who keep too many I am sure, but the vast majority would have some form of guidelines to follow.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will always be people who don't welcome anybody into their homes, whether cats or humans and CWS peoposal to have cats as pets will give them room to boycott because they are dysfunctional people in a community-built structures.

23/3/07 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will like to urge people to only adopt the number cats that you can afford to up keep.

At the end of the day, if you are unable to provide food, sterilization, medical treatment, favourable living environment, the cats are the one who suffer. At this point, the cats are better off dead rather that living in filty home and being malnourished.

Keep 2 cats in a 5-room flat and provide them all the necessary care is much better than keeping 20 cats who are just barely kept alive.

23/3/07 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad the newpaper asked you this question actually dawn.

The public needs to be educated that having many cats does not equals smelly house. Cats only get dirty if your house is dirty. If you keep your house immaculately clean, your cats will be immaculately clean and odourless.

I don't understand why sometimes the papers reporter only reports ignorant complains about cats being smelly and never bother to get an opinion from a vet or an expert about cats.

23/3/07 6:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Rebecca did the interview and it's for a chinese radio station. We'll let you know once we know when it airs - her Mandarin is much better than mine :)

23/3/07 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahh, chinese radio station? That's even better! I know you don't like people sterotyping chinese as people who dislike cats, but I'm chinese myself and nobody in my huge family tree likes cat except me and my youngest brother.

My parents, uncles, aunties, grandparents, whether dad's or mother's side, all think I'm crazy and they think alot of misfortune is gonna befall on me for keeping cats.

And guess what? Most of these people are degree holders, and had overseas education and yet they still discriminate against cats.

And it's just solely cats, because many of them keep birds, dogs, hamsters, rabbit etc.

23/3/07 6:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Haha :) Well it's good to go on different stations because you do reach out to people who may not speak English.

23/3/07 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it varies from family to family and the contact they had with cats. I am chinese too but because my grandmother kept cats when she was staying in a shophouse to keep the rats under control. My family has its cat supporters, my grandmum, parents, aunties. Only ones that dont like it are the young cousins. Perhaps it is the lack of contact with cats and what their mum who doesnt like pets has been telling them to give them an false impression of cats and hence dislike.

25/3/07 11:40 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's very possible - plus I always find children like animals - the ones who don't are usually conditioned not to by their parents.

25/3/07 12:17 PM  

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