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.