Thursday, July 26, 2007

Problem feeders

I was speaking to one of the people I dropped newsletters off to yesterday and she mentioned that she had been trying to trap community cats in her area. However there is a woman who feeds cats in the vicinity. She has offered to help her trap those cats many times but the woman refused. The woman I spoke to decided to just focus on the cats near her who recently appeared - and then she realised that the feeder had started expanding the radius of the feeding to include the area where the community cats she is trying to trap hang around.

As a result every time she goes out with a cat trap, the cats are so full, that they don't go into the trap. The food is also never cleared up. She said talking to the feeder does not help - all she wants to do is to feed.

When I spoke with a caregiver today, she mentioned the same thing. She said she was having problems in some areas with trapping because of the feeders. Two women insisting on leaving piles of food out and repeated attempts to advise them were futile. The caregiver tried to explain that she needed to trap the cats for sterilisation and they had to starve. The feeders retorted that the cats might be giddy with lack of food and it was especially important to feed them before surgery. The caregiver said her friends who were helping her were so incensed they were contemplating calling the police to fine the feeders.

The caregiver also told me that she had been trying to trap the cats in an area and had been speaking to yet another woman who was feeding but not sterilising. The woman refused to listen and kept telling the caregiver how much she spent every month feeding. The caregiver in turn told her that she had spent much more on sterilisation - and that she wanted to do it to help the cats. The feeder said she only wanted to feed - and even though the caregiver was willing to help with the money, the feeder was not interested.



Blogger VeganCatsg said...

We have the same problem when we started trapping cats in our neighbourhood but 2 of us just went ahead and try to beat the feeders to trap the cats at a hungry period. It was challenging and took a longer period to trap all the cats but we eventually did.

26/7/07 3:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good work - it's just frustrating that instead of helping, the feeders actually hinder the work you're doing.

26/7/07 3:39 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

Sometimes the feeders were suspicious with attitude like "we have been feeding for decades and who are you newbies to tell us what to do." But after almost 4 years of TnRM here, I think we have made some headway with the feeders becoming more responsible in feeding and becoming friendly with us. I think they saw the results and their feeding bags are getting lighter!!

26/7/07 3:42 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Good work!

The caregiver I spoke to though has been sterilising for more than 10 years - she mentioned to me that one of the people she knew was one of the people who she recently found out was littering. She had asked the woman directly and the woman insisted it wasn't her - when she went down to wait to find the irresponsible feeder, it turned out to be the woman she knew!

26/7/07 3:52 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

the cats at my void deck - i only play with them, i never feed them ... why ? bcos so many ppl are feeding ! they juz wanna feed, feed, feed - probably bcos feeding is fun, while caregiving is not ...

i just met one new feeder yesterday, and she was surprised i don't feed ... she said the cats are 'poor thing' bcos no food, and i told her they have buffet everyday ...

luckily they all feed downstairs, not upstairs ... whew ...

27/7/07 1:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Thank goodness for that at least!

27/7/07 3:59 PM  

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