Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I'm moving, help!

I was speaking to a feeder this morning who has told me that she needs to move out of her flat because her CPF funds have dried up and she needs to downgrade. She will be moving to a slightly smaller flat.

The problem is that she now has dozens of cats and she doesn't know what to do with them. She called up to ask what to do.

I asked her where the cats came from. Some have medical conditions, others she picked up during SARS, and yet others she picked up because people abandoned them. She complained that people kept throwing cats out despite her picking the kittens up and bringing them home. She wanted to call and ask if there were caregivers who would take her cats into their colonies.

I told her that it is highly unlikely anyone can absorb her 'excess' cats so to speak. Most people are struggling, and even an increase of two or three cats will be very difficult for the caregivers. In addition, no one in her area really is a caregiver - she knows one other feeder who had never contacted the TC because the feeder says the officers keep changing and she does not know whom they are.

It's a difficult situation, and abandonment is an on-going problem. The problem also is that removing the abandoned cats doesn't help - because the people dumping very often keep the unsterilised parents and those cats continue to breed. In the end, people end up taking in too many. Unfortunately some like this woman run into unexpected situations like having to move and that makes it worse.


Anonymous said...

oh. no. so what's going to happen to these cats? are the cats inside her home or she's only feeding at her home's immediate vicinity? are her cats sterilized? can i do anything to help?

Dawn said...

They're all in her house - unfortunately unless you can take in two dozen cats or let them put them in your colonies that's not much that can be done. She's downgrading to a smaller flat but isn't homeless so I'm asking if she can take them all.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes its sad to say this but at times we really have to harden our hearts and not take in every cat dumped in the streets. Some people simply take certain areas as dumping grounds when they see that the cats they dump get taken home. I don't know if they start advertising to their friends cos for example like my estate, we often see new cats every now and then even though we know all the sterlized community cats. Feel like killing the dumper!


Anonymous said...

sigh. sounds like another hoarder. are all her cats sterilized? sorry if i'm obnoxious but please do tell this lady to stop taking in any more cats or kittens. you take them in and you rob them of survival skills and then they may get thrown out!?! please, don't home domesticate stray kittens and cats unless you can and plan to keep the cat for life!sheesh(thanks dawn)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn

Was going to suggests the same, to take all her cats into her downgraded flat or try and see if she's able to adopt some of them out meanwhile?

Agree that we should just hardened our heart and not take in any cats that's been dumped but go back and make sure its ok.

Just been reminded of the russian lady who is leaving in a very small space but has cats everywhere she turns. Not sure whether these cats are healthy or ok but look pretty well fed from the video.


Dawn said...

Adriane - yes, you're right, it's not possible to take in every cat dumped. I sometimes think that the presence of caregivers also alerts them - ie if I don't want my cat, look that nice man or lady will feed them for me!

Anonymous - yes all sterilised as far as I know.

v - yes have asked her to do that. Hope she's able to do it.