Monday, June 25, 2007

My cats don't go up

I realised that there is something new that has been occurring of late. We are all familiar with people who are not willing to keep their indoor cats in, or who feed cats upstairs, and claim the cats are not theirs. Or there are the people who claim their cats never go out/walk around. They do not much care what happens to the community cats if they are mistakenly rounded up or do not see it as being their problem.

However of late, I have noticed that there are some feeders and caregivers who are aware that people in the block are letting their cats out, and that the cats are either causing problems or may potentially cause problems. One feeder this morning however summed it up by saying that 'his' cats don't go up, so there was no need to bother about it.

Unfortunately there is. I do realise that pet cats are not community cats and therefore out of the purview of the caregivers so to speak. However, most complainants cannot tell the difference. If push came to shove, most of them think that the cats are the same cats. They are unable to tell a home cat apart from a community cat. Sometimes they don't even see the home cats, because some owners keep the cats in and only let them out at night, when everyone is asleep. All that is left of their presence is a pile of defecation.

What happens then is that the complainants blame the cats - and often the cats downstairs get fingered. So if someone does not want to deal with the home cat problem as well, then the community cats will bear the brunt of it.

I know it is unfair that caregivers and feeders have to deal with irresponsible home owners, but until the law changes, that's the way it goes unfortunately. If nothing else, you can show that the problem does not originate from the community cats - and ask that the right people be taken to task, the irresponsible owners, and NOT the community cats.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat care-givers who are managing community cats near their flats shd be aware of the "other" cats around. Some 'owned' cats are allowed out of the flats at special times - care-givers may not see these cats if the cats are let out during..say, office hours or after midnight to come back at daybreak.
If there is a complaint, care-givers would be in a better position to make a guess what could be the problem if they know whose-cat-is-whose.
It may be possible to talk 'owners' into shortening or stopping their cats' outings.

25/6/07 12:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes exactly right. Some owners do not realise the problems that results when they let their cats out.

25/6/07 12:20 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

thats why the govt does not trust HDB homeowners to keep their pet cats indoors - so the law is - no pet cats in flats at all ...

25/6/07 2:02 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

another thing - cat litter is not cheap ... many ppl who have cats at home are not willing to buy, and carry the bag of litter home from the shops (too heavy) ... so the easy way out is to let the cat poo outside ... this works fine for those living on 2nd/3rd floors as after pooing in the grass downstairs, the cat can go back up ... but for residents living on higher floors, their cat will do it outside the neighbour's front door ...

in life, if u want something, u have to make sacrifices ... if u want a pet cat at home, u need to wash litter trays & buy new litter ... irresponsible pet owners juz cannot be bothered ...

25/6/07 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Belle, the cat litter theory is really new to me! Really interesting and something I never thought of. Come to think of it, makes sense why some owners dont want to keep their cats indoors.

One trend I note, I must first say no offence to Malays but personal obervations and that of friends are that many malay families keep cats. And they often dont bother to keep them indoor, worse still some cats get abandoned by their owners and owners mesh up their doors and windows not to keep the cats in but to keep their once pet cats "out"! The latest I heard is of a white persian cat in woodlands that had this fate befalling on it, it's owners meshed up their home and refused to let the cat back in. So now it wanders at the void deck and has turned grey colour due to neglect. I am trying to get my friend to catch the cat when he nexts sees it so that I can clean it up, bring it to the vet and then foster it.

Once again nothing against malays but they seem to have really weird attitudes towards their cats which are contributing to alot of problems for responsible cat owners.

CO

25/6/07 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cat-scratch disease, also called bartonellosis, is the most common zoonotic disease associated with cats

25/6/07 6:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Belle - unfortunately the fact that they refuse to keep the cats in causes MORE problems. One point that you mentioned is the cat litter issue - and it's true. One family I remember lived on the 12th floor and would shove the cat out after dinner so it wouldn't defecate in their own house. Where is the cat to defecate then?

CO - I don't think it's just Malays. I have met my fair share of people from other races who have strange theories on cats.

Anonymous - yes cat scratch disease can be caught, but obviously only if you are scratched or bitten by an infected cats. Basically, I would suggest that if you are bitten by anything (cat, dog, person) to get it checked out - the mouth harbours a lot of germs.

25/6/07 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you get a cat paper-trained in the toilet, poo-problem solved. Cat can pee in the bathroom outlet - just change the plastic cover once a while - no litter needed. I think cats are easier to train than some kids who wet their beds right up to time they go to school.
You get biten by infected mosquitoes, you get dengue.

25/6/07 11:21 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Or you could use shredded paper. Or some people train their cats to use the toilet bowl.

25/6/07 11:37 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

yeah i know, cos i carry the bag of litter till my arms ache :-D

i know someone who keeps the red-ear slider (terrapin) but finds it a chore to wash the aquarium ... others get their maid to walk the dog ... they choose to keep a dog but don't spend time with it ... walking it is a good way for owner & pet to bond ...

so many irresponsible pet owners around ...

i read somewhere that ideally, a home must have 1 litter-tray more than the # of cats, ie. if there're 2 cats, there shd be 3 litter-trays ...

26/6/07 5:26 PM  

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