Singapore Town Councils

Friday, May 19, 2006

Problems of stray cats at Block 56, Strathmore Avenue

Sent to the government on 19 May 2006:

19 May 2006

Attached is email from resident complaining of lack of action from the Tg Pagar Town Council. Please do the neccessary to address this resident's complaints. Thanks


Subject: RE: Town Council Blog

Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 01:05:01 +0800

Sorry for the late reply... Don't have too much time.

Last year, the Town Council put up a sign that said "No feeding of StrayCats" at Block 56 Strathmore Avenue - without the mention of a fine or anything else.

People in the area persist to feed them. Everytime I send an email, I get this reply - most definitely a "template"from somewhere:


Dear Sir/Mdm,

We thank you for your valuable feedback.

Please be assured that your feedback is important to us and we will look into it as soon as we can.

For any other information, you may contact our:

Maintenance Hotline : 6272 6415 (from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Essential Maintenance Service Unit : 1800-3543333 (after office hours)
Finance Hotline : 6375 3185

Thank you and have a nice day.

Best Regards,
anjong Pagar Town Council

I had taken it upon myself to remind them that the sign is there. This lady (photograph attached) told me that if I was not "happy" to report to the police to arrest her.

Despite having put up signs discouraging residents not to feed the strays, this nasty business continues.

Residents feeding strays attract even more stray cats.There are now more than 5 cats roaming the vicinity of the blocks and the multi-storey carpark. They defeceate everywhere and tear up plastic bags left as trash by other residents.

If 3 separate residents feed the cats twice a day, that means that the strays are getting 6 meals a day! As more of this activities continue, the strays become even more accustomed to human presence. Who knows what diseases the strays carry. Young children exposed to cat fur are more prone to asthmatic episodes.

Thank you


Blogger Dawn said...

Hi Town Council blogspot, Your entry was sent to me by someone. Feeding is not illegal though littering is. It is a common misconception that feeding encourages more cats - they have actually found that it does not as cats are naturally territorial. Hence, whether there is food there or not, some cats will be in the area. If they are sterilised however, they should keep the other cats away.

Is this person leaving food around and picking up? Are the cats sterilised? Their left ear will be tipped if so. Having sterilised, managed cats is better than having an unmanaged rapidly breeding population.

4:58 PM  
Blogger ronald said...

Cats bury their bowels in sandy/soil area. Responsbile feeders would normally clear their paper after the strays have finsihed their food. However, it is tough to counsel those who dump the food and walk off. Spare some thought for these unfortunate animals who have no choice but be borned into the urbanised environment. I wished that stray cats be extinct as I hate to see those who have to starve and be looking for their meals every now and then. Authority/SPCA should sterilised the cats and in the long run there would not be any cats.

4:53 PM  

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