Monday, March 12, 2007

Recalcitrant

I just spoke with the TC officer about this rather difficult resident who has been feeding the cats upstairs. Another resident had just written in to ask for an update. The officer mentioned she had also gone by and spoken to this family but they claimed the cats were not theirs. As the officer said these are community cats being lured upstairs.

She agreed that these residents will just start feeding a new group of cats upstairs if these current cats are removed. She said that she felt they didn't much care for the cats but rather would just feed any cat that came by.

She mentioned to me that there are a lot of problems in this area. I told her that I had heard the same from the residents. I also said that the residents there seemed quite tolerant in general despite the very obvious problems.

She asked me if I had spoken with the feeder in the area. I said she had not contacted me in a while. This was the feeder who kept running for help only when there was a problem, would promise to sterilise and then go back on her word more than once once the problem was temporarily resolved.

The officer told me that she had asked this feeder if she could sterilise, and the woman said she would try her best though she does not seem to have done anything much. She then asked if the feeder can help with complaints so that the cats are not caught - and the feeder started giving the officer an earful and refused. The officer assured me that they do not trap sterilised cats.

This feeder unfortunately feeds in more than one area and says she cannot cope with the large numbers - but also does not sterilise. Once when Jolanda went down to help her trap, she refused to put the cats back after and wanted them all adopted out ASAP. I remember once when I asked her to handle a mediation she claimed that it was not cat defecation but a smelly resident - I went down and found there was cat urine likely from one of the cats sitting upstairs.

It does put the officer in a difficult position too if the feeder (1) won't sterilise (2) won't help with mediation and (3) yells at the officer. It certainly doesn't help the cats.

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9 Comments:

Anonymous ej said...

'The officer assured me that they do not trap sterilised cats.'
Dawn, does this means that sterilised cats from this officer's area will not be trap and cull even though there are complaints?

12/3/07 6:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sounds like it - she mentioned she had not trapped in a while actually,and looking at the cats around,some of the UNsterilised cats were still there since the last time I went down.

12/3/07 6:48 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

hmm...that means sterlisation got better chance of being spared from culling. Then this really encourages sterilisation. Feeders should take note.

12/3/07 6:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The officer sounded pretty reasonable to me - unfortunately the feeders are NOT taking note. Or rather they're saying the cats don't belong to them. The one feeder who does claim the cats are hers doesn't sterilise all of them.

12/3/07 6:56 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

This officer's assurance is a good deal. Feeders, if you loves the cats you are feeding, do consider sterilizing them. Better chance of survival for the cats and less heartache for you.

12/3/07 7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many people who feed say that cats don't belong to them and therefore do not want to sterilise.

THing is, as long as they do not bring the cats home, the cats do not belong to them. But we know that as long as they feed, they need to sterilise. I think cws need to emphasise that it doesn't matter whether the cats belong to them or not; as long as they feed, they have to sterilise.

Having said that, maybe this family has genuine difficulties (financial, logistics, time, etc)in sterilising them? Then perhaps cws can come in & help to sterilise?

13/3/07 8:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - we did. You're right though, the first thing the person said was that they weren't his cats. The person looked pretty unfriendly as well. It's basically as you said, about changing a mindset. Even if you ask around, the other neighbours will say, oh it's not really their cat - or even the TC officers.I think we have to emphasise, once you feed, it's your responsibility to sterilise.

13/3/07 9:15 AM  
Blogger auntie p said...

Will the feeder be happy if one day, the cats are rounded up and trapped because they're not sterilised? Or perhaps the feeder doesn't really care?

13/3/07 3:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Auntie P - from the fact that they have not called and my emails have gone unanswered, I'm going with not caring.

13/3/07 3:42 PM  

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