Friday, August 10, 2007

Catnappers strike again?

I spoke to the caregiver I went down with to the cattery the other day. The cat trapper who came with us to take us to the cattery had mentioned going to a row of shops in the area and trapping (or trying to trap) some cats there.

The caregiver spoke with one of the shop owners today. He said that he had seen two women, one of whom matched the description of the cat trapper, and they had tried to grab his two shop cats a while ago. Both were not ear tipped but were sterilised as he had done them on his own. The two cats fled into the shop and they then turned their attention to a sterilised cat there. Again, these cats have caregivers and are cared for by people in that area. The caregiver I spoke with said one of the cats in the area that has disappeared has been there for 6 years and is well loved.

I think we're going to need to speak with the other catteries and ask people to keep an eye out. The caregiver said that she suspected they would not be stopping. The women I spoke with the other night for example (and I am not implying they were involved either way with the trapping of these cats), saw it as being a good thing to remove cats and put them in the shelter for the safety of the cats. The thing that boggles my mind is that one of them is a caregiver herself - what if her own cats went mysteriously missing?

Not even debating the merits of a shelter versus cats on the streets (and while the shelter was clean, some cats were sneezing), the point is that it isn't up to someone else to make that decision for the caregiver. The women who let us in were telling us how many hours they spent there, how much time they had to clean out the cages, etc - which again makes one wonder, why not then leave the cats in their original colonies and look after them there if they are safe? Plus not even to begin to speak of the vacuum effect. When I mentioned it to one of them, she had not heard of it. From what she said, I suspect she may not have gone back to her former areas once these cats were removed.

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Anonymous sk said...

Whoever does this must have loads of money & resources to begin with. Otherwise, how can they be so confident that they are able to provide & care for the cats for the rest of their lives?

10/8/07 1:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

sk - the worry is what if they're not and haven't thought that far ahead.

10/8/07 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone "naps" owned cats, she is plain stupid & asking for trouble.
sk, no one can provide for multiple cats for the rest of their lives & she may not even be rich.
There are many people with few resources confining multiple cats-it has nothing to do with "rich".

10/8/07 2:29 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

if cats have gone to shelters, why are they not found? Have they gone to Chua Chu Kang new shelters? Someone asked me if I wanted to rent one block for 7K and I said I have not heard of it.

10/8/07 4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If i have 7K a mth, i could have rented 3-4 older houses away from the city and keep a lot of cats there. It will be hard to trace. Keeping multiple cats in a small area would cause stress to cats. Shelter is at best, a temporary solution.

10/8/07 5:32 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

You know $7K is very, very conservative.Say you take in 50 cats, two cats getting seriously ill a month could easily wipe out half that amount.

And no I haven't heard that either.

10/8/07 6:20 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

huh - one reason they're not found is that they could be at some other shelter, or someone's home. There are many makeshift 'shelters' as well and no one would even know where they are. As Anonymous said it could be in a house somewhere.

10/8/07 6:23 PM  
Anonymous huh said...

There must be a security camera in the area, these days with so many shops installing them, their identity could be traced.

Crazy to grab cats that are happily living in the community.
Agree expenses are v. high if you have sick cats and it's time to send 3 cats to the dentist this weekend as they are showing signs of gum problems...

10/8/07 7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine my cats getting along with some less speak about a huge community of cats,
I need to know if they are well,
I want them back,
They are happy here and jumped out from their hidden area upon my calling,
Catnappers if you are reading this,
STOP playing God and believing you are one!
You are ALSO accountable for the stress and anguish you are STILL putting us caregivers through
Come out clean

11/8/07 1:48 AM  
Blogger Barffie said...

I think cats in their own environment would be happier. Being caged up with other equally grouchy mates won't improve their quality of life by leaps and bounds, ain't it? I personally won't want to be stuck in a cage... I'd rather roam!

11/8/07 1:52 AM  
Anonymous huh said...

Which part of Singapore is this catnapping? Surely you can find them and the cats...unless the 2 women were imposters making fake claims about shelters.

Why are they interested in this area?

11/8/07 2:27 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

barffie - also I think the caregivers would like to know where they turned up.

huh - I think they probably did take them and put them somewhere (ie they aren't at the AVA certainly) but how do you find the cats? Any suggestions? The cats could literally be anywhere. Bear in mind that it doesn't need to be in a commercial shelter - they could all be in someone's house or flat.

11/8/07 5:56 AM  
Anonymous apple said...

barffie,i totally agree with u!
No animals should be locked up.
Only human beings who commit serious crimes should be locked up.

11/8/07 1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree these are not their cats and why are they so bothered about relocating, sheltering etc. the cats? No logic here. Unless they know something else.

15/8/07 3:13 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I think they're acting because of a rumour - ie someone said the area wasn't good because that's what I was told at the shelter.

15/8/07 4:55 PM  

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