Thursday, November 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

I just met this cat a while ago - a group of people are trying to start up a programme in their area. The problem is that apparently a lot of people are feeding them and the number is exploding. The other problem is that while they just started the programme, it seems as if the management of a building nearby just started putting out traps.

There are quite a number of cats there - I managed to speak to someone who is a tenant of the building, and she will get us in touch with the management.

One of the women I spoke with mentioned that they'll get the cats sterilised first, and worry about the rest later. That's a good approach to take if your idea is to control the population and it's certainly laudable to sterilise, but it's not so good if your concern is the welfare of the cats in the long run. Adoption as was suggested by one of the woman, is not going to be an option for most of these cats. Another agreed and said that they would definitely need to be returned.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

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22/11/07 6:58 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Adriane, I removed that because I'm not sure if the people in the area might want the area revealed. Have emailed you.

22/11/07 7:12 PM  
Blogger Surferket said...

The ideal is sterilisation with rehousing in a safe environment where the cats are free from threats from humans.
Common sense would dictates that building mgmt would view cats as both a nuisance as well as pests, and would prefer a "final" solution. Cats are just pesky animals afterall and not worth anything to preserve.

22/11/07 10:47 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

surferket - I disagree actually because I think that there is no such thing as a 'safe environment' with no threats. The cats ARE in their natural environment and if you remove one lot, the next lot will just move in again.

What everyone - and that includes building management AND caregivers - has to realise is that there will always be cats there. Removing and rehoming them just means new unsterilised cats will just move in.

It's also not about putting it across as preserving the cats - it's about finding a solution where cats are managed, which is in everyone's best interests.

22/11/07 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

street cats appear for years and then disappear forever, those in well-designed cat enclosures live for years, some as long as a decade and still looking good.

I have lost countless street cats in spacious private estates, just wonder where have they been. Natural habitat now threatened by hostile humans. Some took to locking the cats up.

23/11/07 9:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I would say it depends on what estate and which cats. Often cats are removed because there are complaints - and that's why TNRM has to come in.

Community cats that appear and then disappear are often replaced by new cats - so the question is, are you trying to protect one 'lot' of cats, or are you trying to help the general welfare of the cats? They can be quite different.

And yes while I agree that some cats in enclosures do live healthy lives and happy lives, I am not sure all of them do. I've also seen cats in enclosures die of disease because of overcrowding whereas I have seen community cats that are 16 years old and still going strong.

23/11/07 9:55 AM  
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23/11/07 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to build an outdoor run for my cats, about 9 cats live in one room now, they have no contact with nature outside. They came in as newborn kittens ( found in plastic bag ), accident victims and others saved from animal control.

They won't how to survive in the streets.

23/11/07 10:58 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - what you're mentioning is a completely different situation from community cats. The cats that you picked up are newborns or rescue cases who cannot go back on the street - these are cats that are already on the street and have lived there all their lives.

23/11/07 11:19 AM  

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