A woman just called me. Apparently two weeks ago, she went down and picked up some newborn kittens. The people in the area told her that the mother cat was around, and would be back in the afternoon and to leave the kittens be. However the woman said that the kittens might die without water before then (I'm not sure why she thought that) and so she picked them up and took them home. Two of the kittens have since died.
Now the woman has a trip planned and now she is going away. She wanted someone to take these kittens and help bottle feed them till she gets back. Unfortunately there are no available fosters at all, especially when the festive season is coming up.
So now the woman has decided she will go back and put the kittens back in the area. I told her that the mother is very likely to reject them because they have been gone for so long and have a strange scent on them. I told her that generally I always advice people to leave kittens alone.
She mentioned she often brings cats to the vet when they are sick and they die. She said perhaps these vets are not taking good care of the cats. I asked her what was wrong with the cats in the first place - she said she had no idea. For example, if someone has terminal cancer, you can't blame the doctor if they die.
She also mentioned that someone had complained about her to the HDB. She had marched down to the area office and complained and it seems the letter has been rescinded (according to her). She said she knew people with 50 cats in their flat and they had no problems. I said that it all hinged usually on complaints. She went to confront the neighbour. She said her cats were clean, there was no smell, they were nice cats, etc. I asked her if she had any idea why they were complaining then - it seems the complaint came in because the cat went on heat and was crying in the flat.