Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Kitten on String Update 2

Kitten on String
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I spoke with Deirdre this morning to ask if they had any previous encounters with this man as he had said. They did not - but they sent one of their SPCA inspectors down immediately.

Apparently when the inspector asked to take the kitten, the man threatened to stab him if he did.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

and the kitty in the eye of the storm has no idea of the controversy he is causing... :)

20/3/07 3:28 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Seems like this old man will only "take soft and cannot take hard" as the chinese saying goes. He seems to respond much better if the person talking to him is gentle and non-threatening.

At the moment, the kitten seems to be well-taken care of. If I am reading all the posts correctly, the concern seem to stem from the fact that the kitten might get strangled on the string. Other than that, the kitten seems to be healthy. I think this old man is starting to feel a little cornered if what he says is true about a few different people going down to talk to him about the kitten.

Might it be wise to give him a little breathing space to think things through? He might start acting irrationally if he feels cornered and threatened.

20/3/07 3:37 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I don't think he'll hurt the cat autumnpiglet - but you're right. I think letting him think about it, and speaking to him nicely may work better. He was much friendlier when I went by the second time. The cat isn't unhappy - it plays and has plenty of food and water. There's just a lot of stuff around and when it gambols around, there's a worry he might get caught and strangled.

20/3/07 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gulp. this old man is quite feisty huh? (actually, i kinda like his attitute!) frankly, now that i put myself in his shoes, i really would also protect my cat if i think someone is going to take it away from me. haha, push me to the wall, i will also stab the "robber". i think it'll be good to let him know that we are there to help, not rob him of his pet. hai, he suddenly occurs as quite poorthing. just a vagrant wanting to keep a pet cat and all these people surrounding him... :)
btw dawn, maybe can get him some other form of string (soft and elastic type?) for the kitty? can i get him a kitty-bed and you help me pass it to him? i think he'll start to feel better if there are nicer gestures coming after the SPCA officer's visit....

20/3/07 4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and actually, thank goodness the kitty wasn't taken away by the SPCA. it may be put to sleep.....after all the kitty's quite happy with the owner right?

20/3/07 4:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

He did promise to use the collar once the kitten is a little older - I'll try and drop in from time to time to keep an eye on him.

He has a little crate that the kitten sleeps in.

20/3/07 4:19 PM  
Anonymous ck said...

The old man might be feisty and belligerent but at least he has kindness and compassion in his heart; and that's more than what we can say of some of the people Dawn encountered and described in her postings here. Give the guy a break - he's old and lonely and that kitten is probably the only companion he has in this world. I think the best we can do for him and his kitten is to leave them alone and just make sure the kitten is not mistreated in any way.

20/3/07 4:40 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Agreed with most of you that best leave them alone for now. But in the long run, the rope have to be replaced by the collar.
And Dawn, please do exercise caution when visiting him.

20/3/07 4:48 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sometimes these are the hard cases - when you KNOW that they seem to care for the cat but don't realise that what they're doing may unintentionally hurt the cats.

20/3/07 4:51 PM  
Blogger iWooiBlog said...

Actually I think the man meant well, he just have not the right method of taking care of the kitten. Maybe his mind "is not exactly sound", but I think deep down, he cares for the kitten.

Maybe should try an approach to tell him the string may strangle the cat... and maybe suggest a leash or something, I've seen Japanese have cat leashes and on sale in some of the pet stores here.


20/3/07 4:59 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That was the first thing I said to him and suggested something else :) He doesn't believe me.

20/3/07 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a harness instead?

20/3/07 6:18 PM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Yes, there are leashes available for cats. It might be a better solution for him than the string. At least it harnesses the cat's body and not the neck.

I used to have one for my cat, if I can find it, the old man can have it. But I really don't know where it is ... I'll check and let you know.

20/3/07 8:53 PM  
Blogger Profpig ^@^ said...

The harness is a great idea. Is he worried that it's still easy to steal the cat away?

Oh yeah dawn, I can lend you a set of armour when you visit him the next time :) Do be careful.

BTW, Autumn Piglet, will your cat take a walk in the lease or harness? I always wonder cause it'll always come in handy when we take her out.

20/3/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

We looked for a harness on Saturday - they're too large for a kitten of that size. The collar we got was the smallest one and already it was too large.

20/3/07 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, try rabbit harness. I bought one for my kitten years ago. As it can be adjusted, she can still wear it now (tho' a bit tight). We only used it when we bring her to her vet.

21/3/07 8:34 AM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Profpig - At the beginning she was ok walking on a leash, but later she resisted. So we stopped walking her. If she wants to go out (which is rare now), we'll carry her for a walk around. hahahah. Really a princess.

21/3/07 8:39 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

A rabbit harness? Interesting - I didn't know they had one. I'll keep an eye out for that. Thanks.

21/3/07 9:13 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Dawn, i have a brand new cat leash bought for my 1st cat which has only been used for a few seconds because Champa was not comfortable with it. i could pass it to you if the man will use it together with the collar you provided. Alternatively, i don't mind paying a new collar for the kitten.

21/3/07 9:38 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Mary - I got the smallest leash possible (for cats with 7.5 inch necks) and that was still too large. He's not likely to use the collar till the cat is a little older.

21/3/07 10:18 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Hi Dawn, i will confirm the length of the cat leash and will email tomorrow; actually, i do have a cat safe collar too.

21/3/07 11:00 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Mary.

By the way Anonymous are rabbit harnesses any smaller? Rabbits I know can be just as large as cats.

21/3/07 11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, I'll go home after work & take another look at the harness and let you know how small it can be adjusted to.

21/3/07 1:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...


21/3/07 1:42 PM  
Anonymous inqcat said...

Hi Dawn,

I have seen hamster harnesses in PetLovers Centre. Maybe that will work better if the kitten is really tiny?

I use a ring clasp (The kind found in bookstores, for binding papers, keys etc.) on the joint rings on the harness for my kittens, instead of the regular clasp, when their harnesses were too large for them. I loosened the clasp so that if caught on anything, strong pulling would open it.

Not sure if the kitten will like wearing a harness though..
My 2 walk on a harness very well.


21/3/07 3:18 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks for the tips everyone.

21/3/07 3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, I've checked the rabbit harness. Diameter for the neck loop (adjusted to smallest) is 3.5cm and diameter for the body is about 5cm.

Since the harness is a little tight for my cat, I can pass to you if you need it.

21/3/07 7:55 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thanks Anonymous! Just to check it can open if the rabbit/cat gets stuck right?

21/3/07 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, it's a clip-on type, both on the neck and body loop.

I've not come across harness that can open by itself when rabbit/cat gets stuck.

21/3/07 11:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Neither had I - just checking :) thanks!

22/3/07 12:03 AM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Great that you found a harness that the old man could use. I can't find mine anywhere. I think my dad might have thrown it away.

22/3/07 8:32 AM  
Anonymous autumnpiglet said...

Great that you found a harness that the old man could use. I can't find mine anywhere. I think my dad might have thrown it away.

22/3/07 8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dawn, do let me know if you need it.

22/3/07 8:46 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes please - could you drop me an email?

22/3/07 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure but what's your email address?

22/3/07 9:21 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sorry it's on the profile page - dawn@catwelfare.org.

22/3/07 9:24 AM  
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