CWS mediator, Laura received a call from an AVA officer informing her that a flat unit in Beach Road wanted to surrender 2 cats and the officer wanted to see if she could try to mediate with the owners.
When Laura visited the unit, she found out that it was rented out to 2 men, one of whom had called AVA for the removal of the 2 cats. It was a hard sight for Laura to endure as the house was unkempt and reeked of urine and alcohol. One of the men apparently drank very frequently.
It was hard to spot the cats which were hidden amongst the mess but Laura was determined not to leave without having a look at the cats. Perhaps sensing that she was there to help, one of the cats, a muscular ginger boy crawled out to suspiciously take a peep at Laura. He had deep scars across his head and neck, likely sustained from fights with the other cat.
The tenants shared that the 2 cats had been previously taken in by the flat owner, who used to stay with them but is currently in jail serving a sentence. They found the 2 big, unsterilised tom cats an eyesore and refused to care for them any further. It is suspected that the men may have hit the cats. Laura assessed that it was best to remove the neglected cats from the unfriendly environment, sterilise them immediately under CWS’ sterilisation programme and find an alternative space for them to live in.
Both cats are currently at a boarding facility undergoing rehabilitation and will be put up for adoption soon (Pictured below: One of the cats at the boarding facility). If you are keen to foster any of the cats, please email [email protected]
CWS runs a Stray Cat Sterilisation Programme (SCSP) to help sterilise strays islandwide. Oftentimes, in the course of mediating cases such as what you have read above, cats from homes like these are also sent for sterilisation under SCSP. This costs the Society more than $200,000 per year beyond the 50% sterilisation subsidy that AVA currently provides. This amount pays purely for the surgical procedure. It does not take into account additional trapping costs which are incurred before the cats are brought into the vet for sterilisation. The humane trapping and transportation of cats for sterilisation costs $100 per assignment regardless of the number of cats which are trapped and this can add up to more than $100,000 per annum. These figures do include the amount spent on our Low Income Pet Cat Sterilisation Programme, where we provided subsidized sterilisation to families in financial need.
Please help us to keep this important programme running so we can continue to effectively control the cat population in Singapore. For every $50 that is donated, 2 male cats can be sterilised at a subsidised rate. You may make a donation of any amount by clicking on this link – https://catwelfaresociety.give.asia/charity/catwelfaresociety
A tomcat is a sexually mature male cat that has not been sterilised. Tom cats are more prone to getting into cat fights with other males over females and territory. They tend to be bigger sized, with heavier, more muscular bodies and thicker necks than other cats. They also tend to have larger faces with jowls which start developing from around 6 months of age. In addition, as tom cats do not groom themselves as much, they usually look more unkempt. It is also common to see tom cats with battle scars around the facial and neck region, sustained in fights with other cats.
Why is Sterilisation so important?
The surgery, which is relatively simple, has many advantages. The single most important reason for sterilisation is that it helps prevent unwanted pregnancy and kitten litters. The reality is that every single day, kittens are born. Not every one of them is fortunate enough to find homes. The fittest remaining which survive to adulthood go on to become stray cats, which if not sterilised, move on to reproduce more young, repeating the cycle over and over again, leading to overpopulation and a host of many other problems if left unchecked.
In addition, sterilisation prevents many undesirable health problems – reproductive system, labour and breeding problems in female cats as well as testicle and prostrate problems in tom cats. Sterilisation, also known as neutering helps in curbing many unwanted anti-social behavioural problems like roaming, fights and intense scent-marking.