Friday, July 13, 2007

Water Bowls

One of the caregivers emailed me yesterday and we also had someone from NEA write to one of the town councils about this. Apparently with the dengue fever outbreak, there has been a lot of concern about water bowls being left out. People are worried that stagnant water is breeding mosquitoes and are worried about the water in the bowls not being changed.

One simple way to prevent people from thinking that the water is stagnant is to have seven different bowls and to write the day of the week on each bowl. When you go down to change the water every day, please change the whole bowl and not just the water in the container. That way at a glance, anyone can tell that the water has been changed and has not been lying there for several days.

We wrote back to tell the NEA officer this was one of the suggestions that could be used. He thought it was a good one. I also took the opportunity to ask him about what happened when people saw irresponsible and recalcitrant feeders who would not listen. He said that anyone can call the NEA hotline at 1800-2255-632 to ask for help.



Anonymous mr giggles said...

I can only hope that this dengue endemic isn't going to lead to yet another witch hunt to eradicate cats on the pretext that because they have to be fed, mosquitoes are bred by people leaving water bowls for them. So the presumed solution is to "remove" (actual term should be "kill") the cats so that well, no cats, no water bowls therefore no mosquitoes!

Ridiculous as that sounds, the relevant govt bodies are not beyond that sort of knee-jerk illogical thinking as they have displayed during the SARS outbreak.

Can CWS and SPCA and other groups issue a joint statement to pre-empt this or something along the same?

14/7/07 1:07 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The NEA officer wrote in because of the presence of 'cats' actually and that's why I wrote back to explain that it wasn't the cats' fault and that this was one suggestion to stop making it so obvious.

I think we might not want to necessarily highlight the issue - not everyone leaves water out for cats as well, and we don't want to draw peoples' attention to it unnecessarily at the moment.

14/7/07 4:31 AM  
Anonymous X-man said...

Even the officials found water containers with water on one occasion, they cannot say the containers are meant for strays. Unless, after removing the containers, new containers are placed again for subsequent days.
Again, even though there are always similar containers with water left at the same spot or around the same area and the officials have confirmed the containers are for strays, that doesn't mean these containers will breed mosquitoes or have caused to breed them. I hope they check whether there are larvae before pointing their fingers at the carers and have the poor strays culled.
Some people-in-command just can't think further than that when they see water in containers, they concluded that these containers will breed mozzies.

14/7/07 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not just solve the whole issue by not leaving water out for cats? I am sure they have ways to find sources of water.. after all we are not in a desert. Putting out bowls is just asking for trouble. when there is an epidemic, people dont think and cats will get it when people start saying that water bowls risk breeding mozzies.

14/7/07 1:39 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

X-Men - yes I think usually they find water bowls out in the same place. It's a precaution so that no one points fingers at the cats again basically.

Anonymous - some caregivers also pointed out with additional fogging going on the water probably isn't very safe for the cats either.

14/7/07 8:05 PM  

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