I spoke with someone who is the chairman of a condominium today at the request of one of the residents because he was saying that they had to remove the sterilised cats from the estate. When I spoke with him, he mentioned the usual things - cats sleeping on cars, the cats spraying before they were sterilised, etc. I explained that these were issues that could best be handled by management and NOT by trapping because clearly removing the cats mean new cats will move in.
The man agreed and said there was no way that they could keep the cats out entirely anyway - they did not have security 24 hours a day, nor was there a way to keep the cats out. However he said he had to remove the cats because some people were superstitious and as he put it, had irrational fears about cats being bad luck.
I just spoke with another caregiver who said that one of the black cats was trapped in her area - because someone said that a black cat had gone up and she had a huge fright. I got the impression that the cat being black had a part to play in that. When I called the officer to clarify what was happening, he said he was in a meeting and when I tried to give him my contact number he hung up on me in mid-sentence.
So here's the thing - I can understand that people may feel cats are creating a nuisance, and that there are genuine issues they face. The question is - are we now removing the cats too even when we KNOW there is no problem and the person is being irrational? Where does it end? If I irrationally have a fear of bugs , whose problem is it? Mine or the TC or estate management's? And will they come and clear all the lizards/flies/mosquitoes that might potentially be anywhere in my immediate vicinity? The list of course can go on and on because after all, there's nothing rational about it.