Thursday, September 20, 2007

There will always be cats around

This woman just wrote again and said that she wanted to know if residents are supposed to live in fear of the cats as a result. What I had mentioned to her earlier, and which I think she may not have understood is that it's not the difference between having cats and NOT having cats. The difference is between having a manageable number of cats or having an unsterilised, growing number of cats.

Here's the reality - there are cats. There have always been cats. There WILL always be cats - the question is how to manage the population in the best way possible.

Now the woman has said that she doesn't want the cats removed and killed - so let's say the cats are taken away, and put somewhere else. Then new cats come in and they too are removed and put somewhere else. Now multiply this by the thousands of blocks in Singapore. Where are the cats all supposed to go and who is going to pay for them?

Say they're all killed - even then, how much money is going to be spent, removing the cats, killed them, and then when the new cycle of cats moves in, doing the same thing, over and over ad nauseum. Surely there is a better way?

There is - sterilisation. It will never get rid of all the cats - but neither will killing, BUT it will manage the population so there will be fewer cats. Isn't that what will make everyone happier?

Also as for the question of living in fear - here's a list of phobias. If I am afraid of vegetables, men, home, teenagers dust, open high spaces, etc - will the town council remove them for me too?

Interestingly, the TC which had copied me on the email, thanked me for replying but asked if I would refrain from emailing the woman. I mentioned that if she emails me, then I will certainly reply in case she has any questions.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the TC officer again cowering in fear of a complainant but acts so bloodly bold towards residents who are caregivers? Surely this is discrimination..period!

20/9/07 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the TC request you not reply to the complainant? I tot u do a better job in explaining the situation to her.

I have a phobia with cockroaches. So does it mean I can call TC to remove all the cockroaches in my area? Strange people.

20/9/07 2:39 PM  
Anonymous big ears said...

Some people just like to use “phobia”, “scare” and “asthma” loosely just because they don’t like cat.“Sorry, I got asthma, can you take another taxi?” does it sounds familiar?

Recently someone wrote a note in the ML car park of dog pooh. Then I assumed a dog owner wrote on the notice to tell this person to blame the cats. What do you think a cat lover like me will do? But the notice was tore down the next AM.

20/9/07 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this woman insists that the cats be removed, then the caregivers can conduct a flat to flat survey of that block. As long as more than one family objects to wasting public fund to remove the cats, then all the the TC officer needs to do is to say her neighbours objected to using their money to remove her object of fear!
I don't trust TC officer to reply on his or her own.

20/9/07 3:19 PM  
Anonymous no patience said...

The communication channel can be broadened to include CWS if not, it will become a pest control, killing routine.

Residents with mental disorder or endless phobias cannot be solved with e-z, simplistic solutions.
Perhaps a mental health dept be incorporated into TC to deal with phobias so real problems can be solved instead of picking on cats.

Even you kill all cats on planet earth, you will still be afraid of something.

20/9/07 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The woman who is fearful of cats-she is the problem, not the cats.
TC officers have to learn to identify THE problem before they could tackle it. Complaints from people with unreasonable expectations should not be entertained.

What if i call up TC and complain about dust from up-grading that i didn't want. What do you think TC will so. They will identify me as the "problem" and ignore me.

20/9/07 5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the "culture" that breeds the mentality of TCs and hence their staff is that cats are "pests" and "nuisance" and they are puzzled why there are even residents who speak up for them. Hence such residents are often also labelled as "nuisance" and treated with disdain.
It takes a very brave TC officer (including the CEO's ), who are just like civil servants, to think independently to solve problems! Often they just like to flip through protocols, get the task done, collect their pay and go home!
And protocol in TC is "Just call the pest controllers!"

20/9/07 6:15 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The woman wrote back again - it seems that she doesn't mind the cats in the environment but not her block. i explained that we can't stop the cats from going to one particular area- but if the cats are being fed in a very obvious spot in her block, then it's a question of speaking to the feeder. She agreed that it's not possible to ask for all the cats to be taken away.

20/9/07 9:51 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

unless the cats are outside her unit & dirtying her doorstep, she has no reason to complain ...

she's a cat-phobic person ... what happens if she's a racist ? will she do what hitler did ?

seriously she needs to make an appointment to see someone at IMH ...

20/9/07 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahha....woman does not mind cats somewhere else, but not at her block. What a self centred person.
It is like: I don't mind haze over Singapore, just not in my area. You can have dengue elsewhere, just not at my block.
You can even have a mental hospital the other side of my estate, just not next to my block.

MY block shd be free from people too - is that possible??

21/9/07 12:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is advised to look away from where the cats are. Maybe her non-cat vision allows her to see men in swimming trunks wishing to sell their flats.

21/9/07 3:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think someone in her block can tell this lady that she can move herself away to any block but this block as it is definitely less stressful with cats around than human like her!
What a selfish grown up brat and to think she is a mother to kids!!

21/9/07 9:01 AM  
Anonymous no patience said...

I am a crow and I don't like this woman who keeps finding faults with the innocent cats.
She is teaching her kids how bad cats are and of course, she also dislike me for singing on a hot afternoon. Is she asking TC to relocate the sun as well?

21/9/07 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not MY block.
It's EVERYONE's block.

We mind our own business within our flat.

The more self-centered the person is, he/she thinks the world revolve around her ONLY.

Only she
Only he

21/9/07 1:10 PM  

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