Monday, March 19, 2007

Update on the cats in cages

I just got back from a meeting with one of the magazines who have kindly offered us some space to put up adoption postings when they have some free space.

Now the news that I know some people have been asking about - Rebecca, the caregiver and someone helping with pet transport went down to check out the cats in the cages. The good news - they took out 9 or 10 adult cats and three kittens. These cats have been sent to the vet for a checkup and to see if they are ready for sterilisation.

The bad news (and I'm afraid there's a lot more bad news than good) - they took out the toilet cats first because they were in much worse shape than the cats in the cages. According to Rebecca and the caregiver they were wet and dirty. Several of the cats had diarrhoea. They were very frightened and were not at all used to being out of the room which was completely closed up - none of the windows were open. The two kittens also had an eye infection and had lice.

Rebecca called and we discussed whether to take all the cats out at once but these toilet cats cannot be released right away because of the condition they are in. One concern is that the man may decide not to let the rest be removed. On the other hand, Rebecca fears that given the cats' very fragile state right now, they will not be able to survive if they should be released once they recover from the surgery, not to mention they need to be treated first for their diarrhoea. As such, it looks like they toilet cats are going to have to be boarded for a few weeks before they can be fit enough to be released. The person doing the boarding cannot take so many cats at one go (nor are there enough cages or carriers and it looks like more may have to be bought). The idea was in fact to release this lot by mid-week and to get all the rest out. That may have to be postponed depending on how the toilet cats are doing.

The owner then called me this afternoon and said he had gotten ill because he was so worried about his cats. He asked again what would happen to him. Rebecca and the caregiver told me that they had explained to him that the cats would be released into colonies where the caregivers were amenable to them being placed there - and that he could be present when that happened. That somehow did not register though and so he was very worried. I told him that he would be able to see them being released but we HAD to treat them as they were ill. He told me that he was happy to hear that and felt better.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

walauweh. that was no toilet. that was a dungeon. i am just so glad that this was discovered. really man, w.t.f. poor poor poor cats. i feel so sorry.

19/3/07 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you know, dawn - from this particular case, i feel strongly that we cannot ignore the strong hints that was speaking volumes to us initially. we could have guessed better. for eg. just look at the way the cats were being forced packed inside the small cage! if we think about it, this is good enough to indicate that the cats inside the dungeon-toilet can only be suffering so long as this guy is concerned. and here we go, no? cats lock-up inside a toilet without even a window?! there isn't low IQ here, it's just lots of absolute cruelty we are facing here! who cares about low IQ? if he didn't know any better, why does he not shit inside his room, seal up all his windows and have all his family members stay together with him inside his room with illness and lice and diseases?! please.

19/3/07 10:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous we pretty much guessed they would be in bad condition - but he refused to let us see them. That's why we asked the caregiver to have a word with him and he agreed to let Rebecca and the caregiver in.

The problem is that he absolutely has no conception that he's being cruel. When you try and explain it to him (just like kitten on a string man), both say that they love cats and I think they mean it - but it's manifested in a very odd way.

What we are hoping is that with the removal of the cats, that he won't take anymore in - though of course besides nagging, followups and more nagging, we can't stop him if he does. He can see the cats where they are released to - and hopefully he won't take anymore in.

19/3/07 10:55 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Wish the toilet cats speedy recovery!
Many thanks to Rebecca, the caregiver and the someone who help out with the rescue. Greatly appreciated.
Looks like the bad living conditions for the cats are sinking in on him. Once he saw how carefree and well-managed the cats are when they are released, he will begin to appreciate freedom for the cats. This will definitely discouraged him for hoarding any more cats.He can be taught to feed and managed commnunity cats and become a responsible feeder one day.

20/3/07 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any chance at all of sharing with him other ways of relating to, communicating, taking care of and loving cats? maybe if someone patient and with whom he trusts can help and teach him? is hoping that he can one day manage a sterilized colony which he can call his own being too optimistic? (yeah, i know this is CAT welfare, not HUMAN welfare but we haven't a choice for the fact that this guy may start to dungeonize and imprison cats all over AGAIN once the attention on him dilutes...)

20/3/07 8:52 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - there are a few issues here. One, that it has to be someone he trusts. I don't think he fully trusts any of us - the person he probably trusts the most is the caregiver. Two, he's not in the best of health. I don't think he'll be able to manage his own colony.

20/3/07 9:24 AM  

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