Help stray cats

May 17th, 2013 atam Posted in Animal welfare | 2 Comments »

Once upon a time, when I was small, I woke up in bed to find a rat approaching my hand. I flicked it off the bed, ran out to tell my parents, only to find a commotion in the kitchen, where this menace’s cousins and friends were having a party and driving the humans there crazy.

We were not the only household in that building to suffer the invasion though, and after complaints from several families the caretaker brought back a few cats that were given the job of patrolling the ground floor area in return for food. They did such a good job that, for added insurance, my family adopted a tabby to man our flat too.

Ordinary, local cats are extremely good at pest control, as many a food shop or stall owner would tell you. Some are so good at their job, and so lucky to be adopted by dried seafood shops, that they are regularly rewarded with bites of conpoy of the most expensive variety.

But there are far more unlucky ones than lucky ones. They live in rundown areas where food is scarce and they are subject to abuse all the time. The SPCA and its volunteers run the Cat Colony Care Programme – essentially a trap, neuter, release programme – to keep their numbers down so they do not cause a nusiance nor become a burden on the dedicated carers who feed them everyday.

Learn more about the programme and help these cats, by clicking on the cat image to the right to purchase the book and/or make a donation. Think about adopting a cat too.

2 Responses to “Help stray cats”

  1. Sean Rothsey Says:

    Goverment studies in Singapore show that a single pairing of two feral cats can produce neary 250 offspring within 2 years.

    Feeding feral cats is misplaced kindness. You are just perpetuating their miserable existence exponentially – not to mention breaking the law , which is there to protect public hygeine and safety , well being ( by diminishing noise pollution) and protecting biodiversity.

    Feeding a needy child or beggar and catching and delveing r the cats for neutering, adoption or euthanisation .

    Healthy well fed cats breed! So dont feed them.

  2. If you’ve read the post carefully you’d see that the idea is precisely to prevent uncontrolled breeding. The SPCA and its volunteers work with government agencies to establish and maintain cat colonies.

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