CWS recently received feedback about a new cat in a neighbourhood in Tampines. The fat tabby white cat was meowing loudly in distress, seemed heavily disoriented and kept trying to enter residents’ homes. He had also defecated at the stairway and residents were already starting to complain. Concerned residents were worried that the new cat, nicknamed Fatty because of his rotund size, would be forcibly removed by the authorities. They divulged that community cats in their neighbourhood did not usually wander to upper storeys and given the size of the new cat, it was likely someone’s pet cat rather than a stray.
CWS mediator, Laura got in contact with the town council officer in charge and explained that it was highly likely that Fatty was most probably a lost or abandoned cat. This bought her some time to make arrangements for Fatty.
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Cats that are lost or abandoned typically exhibit similar behaviours. They appear scared and hide in fear when people approach. Like Fatty, they may keep meowing and may seem lost and disoriented.
Our mediators receive many such cases on a monthly basis. The sad reality is that they are simply unable to rescue every single cat that is lost or abandoned given the high figures and frequency of abandonment.
Thanks to Laura’s intervention and a kind-hearted resident’s goodwill donation, Fatty is now being boarded temporarily for one month. Notices have been posted at the lift lobbies to see if Fatty belongs to a resident but to date, no one has stepped forward to claim him. If you recognise Fatty, please email [email protected]
Alternatively, if you are keen to foster or perhaps to adopt this manja fat cat, please drop Laura an email as well.
Without Laura’s mediation, Fatty’s fate would most probably have been sealed. Now, he gets a second chance at life. CWS works with independent fosterers and rescuers to allow them to bring their rescued cats to adoption drives, which gives these cats like Fatty a greater chance of finding a forever home. We have increased the number and frequency of adoption drives in 2018 to keep up with the ever increasing numbers of cats up for adoption.
Help us organise more adoption drives and support our mediation efforts to target the numbers from increasing further by making a kind donation via this link – https://catwelfaresociety.give.asia/charity/catwelfaresociety
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What should you do when you come across an abandoned cat?
The best person to help the cat is the person at the scene, ie you.
• If you have witnessed the actual act of abandonment, you have actually witnessed a crime as abandonment is punishable by law. Take videos as well as photos of the suspect and take note of the place you found the cat (or cats), and make a report to the police, as well as contacting the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) 1800 476 1600 as a follow-up. To assist in the prosecution of the owner, evidence is key so the videos and photos to the relevant authorities for follow up.
• You may want to find ways to lure the cat into a box, by yourself or by engaging professional humane trappers to help you.
• Check if the cat (or cats) have clipped left ears (some sterilised cats, especially pet cats, may not have a tipped ear), and bring them to the vet if possible for a check on their condition.
• You can also try to reach out to friends and people via different local cat-related facebook groups who have experience handling cats and are able to give you advice or even be able to temporarily care for the abandoned felines. Alternatively, you can also check boarding services which can also house the cats.