Friday, April 27, 2007

Kitten on string update


Kitten on string update
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I dropped some brochures by MUIS, went to drop some photocopying off and went to buy envelopes as Rebecca is running low as well.

I stopped by to look in on the kitten. Unfortunately now, in addition to a collar the man is using a metal leash which he attaches to the kitten. I asked what was wrong with the harness and he said that people had snipped it off six times (not quite sure how he fixed it back together). He says this is safer for him. I tried to tell him that it's not very safe for the cat but he showed me he checks the chain every day and that there is leeway for the kitten (there is). The kitten looked quite healthy. The man of course was right next to the kitten.

He told me again he's thinking of leaving and will give me the kitten when he does.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the time this guy decides to leave (if he ever does) the poor kitty may have outgrown his cuteness and be that much "less attractive"...

he looks quite sad in this pic for some reason.

JK

27/4/07 5:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

JK that's what I'm worried about too.

27/4/07 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am just really really curious to know why people are picking on him and his cat? Im mean to snip the harness off SIX times? Is he mentally disabled? If yes I would say people like them should not be allowed to keep pets. They cannot even take care of themselves.

CO

27/4/07 6:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

CO - I think they feel sorry for the cat.

27/4/07 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Eve said...

How long is the chain? Kittens may not roam as much as adult cats but once they enter adulthood, keeping them on a leash might not be too good for them.
That said; I think the guy's just a lonely fella lah. If he's not abusing the kitten in any way, and keeping it in good health, why do we want to deprive him of some companionship? Funny how while some people have oodles of compassion for animals, they often don't have any for humans.

27/4/07 6:36 PM  
Anonymous zj said...

wow the cat is growing fast. err, kinda hope the man decides to leave so that the cat will never be leashed again.

27/4/07 9:05 PM  
Blogger EJ. said...

The man better leave soon. This cannot go on forever.

28/4/07 10:23 AM  
Anonymous kaori said...

Some may have more compassion for the cat and none for the man, but the man is just a simple person with nothing to care in the world and waiting for death to claim him. If you actually observe them yourself everyday you see that the man cares for the cat well. The cat is bonded to its master, not just by the chain/harness, which is why they are rejoined every time the harness is snipped. The person(s) who did that may be doing that for the good of the cat, but a cat that has long been human-cared may not survive in an urban environment - it might be rounded up by TC, ill treated by others etc. It will be naive to assume that it will naturally fall under the care of a neighbourhood caregiver. If someone actually "steals" and adopt the cat for life, then that is true compassion.

28/4/07 7:50 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes kaori is right - the man really does seem to care for the cat and I have never seen the cat look distressed, unhappy, etc. Unfortunately he doesn't seem to understand that this isn't the best way to 'keep' a cat.

28/4/07 7:57 PM  
Anonymous cat friend said...

Is the kitten going to be in danger because of the metal lease?Will she be abused or attack by stray dogs? Can she runs off and hide or avoid attacks?

Frankly, I don't care or worry about the man, he can find other source of ' entertainment' or hobby.

30/4/07 3:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

From what I understand, the cat is kept indoors at a shop nearby at night when he is not there. When he is there, he is never far from the cat as he worries it will be stolen.

30/4/07 8:44 AM  

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