Thursday, June 05, 2014

Community cat news

Our community cats were in trouble for some weeks. There were complaints that they were sitting on car bonnets and scratching the car enamel, which is ridiculous. Also some cat feeders had left food lying about which upset the residents. This is a pity as it's not the cats' fault at all and people should take more care if they want to help the cats. So after complaints by the Resident Committe the Town Council had sent email to the LO in our area. As a result of all that, we had to put up posters around the carpark and the nearby flats to advise people what they need to do if they want to help the cats. 
This is the CWS poster we were given. It was only after I had laminated the posters that I read it more carefully and informed our LO that the term 'stray cat' should not be used at all as the correct term for the cats that we care for is 'community cat' and the Malay term is also incorrect. Since this poster was sent to me in PDF form I was not able to make the changes and so I had put the posters up as is. I hope the LO sends me a .doc so it's easier to correct the errors soon. I think if people think of them as stray cats or 'Kuching Liar' (wild cats), they would think the cats are without caregivers and may not treat them well. 
This is Puteh (white). She is about 10 years old. She is mild mannered and likes people. I am a glad she does not hang around at the carpark and therefore she is not in immediate danger. 
This is Baby. She is about 4 years old and very friendly with people she knows. She likes to play but knows when we want to clean her up. She would disappear in a flash then. 
This is Sunny Boy named for his cheery personality. He is three years. He is quite distrustful of people and was relocated to this place as we used to have only 2 cats here before. 
This is Jeffrey. He is the alpha male here but he has a mild personality now unless he sees a strange kitty trying to muscle in on the food. 
This blurry picture shows Jeffrey and Baby helping us put up the posters around the car park yesterday. I hope the residents around this carpark don't do anything to them. 
We decided to change the site where we feed them to this quieter place away from the thoroughfare. People have expressed surprise and asked us why we are feeding them here. This may be a plus as we then speak about responsible feeding and the complaints as well. If more people are aware that the people are more at fault and the cats are now in danger of being caught, then they would take more care. 


meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for all you are doing to help your community cats. Their world is most certainly better because they have you on their side!


kxbc said...

you should have seen some of the mess made by feeders in the bedok area i frequent. they/she just don't bother clearing up the paper boxes after feeding. I try my best to dispose those boxes everytime i go there. frustrating!!!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Your community cats are lucky to have people who care about them and look after them so well!

The Chans

Eileen said...

We like the term"community cats". They are very fortunate to have you and the other compassionate people who take care of them. Meow, jessica