Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cats turing 'violent'

Another complaint just came in and one of the things the woman mentioned was that she was worried that the cats might 'turn violent'. She mentioned also that one of the feeders had scolded her children for chasing and playing with the cats.

I wrote back to say that animals don't usually attack for no reason, but that if her children were chasing the cats, that might well be construed by the cats to be frightening behaviour and it would be best to ask them to stop.

It does seem quite odd that on one hand, some people are scared that the animals might 'attack' but then don't try and stop their children from chasing after the cats and instead ask that the cats be removed. It would seem to me that the more easily controlled behaviour would be to ask your children to be wary if you were worried about them getting attacked - because that behaviour can be controlled by you.



Blogger Mary said...

Reminds me of an incident i saw outside the polyclinic. 2 teenagers in school uniform were gesturing a black cat to them and when the cat walked towards them; they then stamped their feet to chase away the cat. i called out to the 2 'boys' and told them not to confuse the cat with their behaviour. They then smiled sheepisly and walked away.

19/9/07 3:14 PM  
Blogger VeganCatsg said...

I have personsally witnessed children who would frighten cats by making scary gestures adn then chasing them when the cats scurried away, with their parents standing silently by. I would imagine these parents would definitely blame the cats if they attack in defence!
I always tell people that we who are concerned about cats wish there are no cats in the estate as they are at such great risk of being hurt and killed but we just want to reduce the number humanely by sterilisaton. We DO NOT WANT MORE cats but LESS!!

19/9/07 5:04 PM  
Anonymous chris said...

i tink many or us witnessed such cases.
with the children doing such things n the parents simply cant b bothered.

saw a boy using those gun with paper bullets to shoot cats. i yelled at e kid, e mom jus glare.
sickening adults tt dun educate.

19/9/07 8:19 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

This is typical SG mentality now. Our children can do no wrong but everyone else is wrong.
We are raising shits to be future citizens.
I'm glad the world is likely to kill off the human race in less than 100 years time.
Humans are not fit to share this world with any other creatures.

19/9/07 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Ting said...

Reminds me when i witnessed a man with his family using a rolled up wad of newspaper to hit a kitten that walked towards them because his daughters and wife screamed.

hello, it's a KITTEN, not a tiger. and it does not matter what animal it is you should not be treating it like that!

i carried the kitten away and told him off what example is he setting to his children and i got ticked off instead.

This, is SG.
our very gracious society..

19/9/07 10:57 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

Parents and school who fail to teach children not to be cruel to animals are responsible for breeding a monstrous society.

One decade ago I was not into cats and saw 3 boys using stick attacking a very terrified kitten.
Infuriated by their bad behaviour, they received a severe scolding from me.

Even little girls would scream and stamped their feet while a cat was eating quietly at a corner.
I shouted at the girl to behave herself and be respectful, loud enough for her parents to hear.

At Botanic Gardens, children were throwing stones at the swan and I told them to stop but their parents said they were only kids and of course I got the security
to come over.

Stop the act, tell them what they did was wrong and shameful.

19/9/07 11:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The woman wrote back and said she didn't want the cats killed - which is good, but she said she had a phobia of the cats, and didn't want them around either.

She said she certainly didn't let the children touch the cats - but they were curious. I think curiosity is a great thing, and that most children naturally love cats and animals - but they are taught not to by their parents, or taught to be scared of the cats,and that's a real shame.

20/9/07 12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only some residents can write to the town council and said they didn't want a cat-phobic woman to be around!?
Such selfishness is the cause of this country's lack of happiness.

20/9/07 12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The town council officer should be sane and sensible to inform this woman that she is suffering from a psychiatric disorder called cat phobia and that is what is needed to be removed and not the cats. And she is infecting her kids with the same psychiatric disorder!
I pity the caregivers because all they need is just one such unreasonable self-denying sick woman to jeopardise all the hard work of TnRM as well as causing the cats to be "removed" !!

20/9/07 12:55 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

To be fair, I think that there have been complaints there because there has been no sterilisation till recently. However I also do think that there are a lot of misconceptions here - that the cats can just be removed.

20/9/07 2:06 AM  
Anonymous belle said...

Govt Policy - have more children - children are an asset to the nation - go SDU, grab anyone, marry & reproduce ! thats the message from the govt always ...

in s'pore, children & young people are so over-rated that many kids are now spoilt rotten by their parents (become 'little emperors') while employers become 'ageist' and reject older applicants for jobs ...

at the same time, this govt was NEVER one to support animal welfare, hey, they don't even provide human welfare come to think of it ...

20/9/07 1:25 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

Reminds me when i witnessed a man with his family using a rolled up wad of newspaper to hit a kitten that walked towards them because his daughters and wife screamed.

wow, i can juz visualise this, so typical singaporean, so alienated from nature & greenery ...

next time, juz quietly carry the kitten away, stroke & comfort it, and make sure the people watch u do it - but don't say a word to them ... else u get ticked off by an idiot for nothing ... lead by example, show them whats right, re-educate these morons ...

20/9/07 1:35 PM  
Anonymous auntie p said...

Interesting what belle had said.

Sometimes, we see young kids clinging onto their maids or guardian to avoid a cat nearby (because they were probably taught that cats are dirty and to be feared), and when they see the cat running to my hubby & me and we just stood there giving generous strokes and even food to the cat, the kids looked like they got really confused with the mixed messages. Haha!

20/9/07 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One way for kids to learn is to show them how mistaken they are about cats and confusion method is effective. They remember.

21/9/07 3:08 AM  
Anonymous belle said...

One way for kids to learn is to show them how mistaken they are about cats and confusion method is effective. They remember.

... they remember that their neurotic parents are not always right ...

21/9/07 11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children have not learned how to react to animals. During CNY, we put cats & kids together and after a while, kids do not want to leave.
I am sure if pets are introduced in the right way to young children, children would learn to like animals very much.

It is like children to the singles.
If the child cries and frets, it is hard to want to carry such a child. If child coos & smiles,
chances are we would actually pick one up.

It is just a matter of learning to interact (yes, and not demand cats be removed) that cats and humans live together in the same community (esp if no crazy scared-of-cats woman is in the block).

22/9/07 9:33 PM  

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