TODAY 20071102: Enact microchipping, neutering instead of banning cats in flats

Latest in the HDB Pet Rule Debate – letter in support of effective measures for pet cats in flats.

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Enact microchipping, neutering instead of banning cats in flats

Friday • November 2, 2007

Letter by Dr Tan Chek Wee

Housing and Development Board (HDB) flat owners like myself, who wrote to the Ministry of National Development, to keep cats as companion animals were given this reply: “Cats are not allowed to be kept in HDB flats as they are nomadic in nature and are difficult to be confined within the flats.

“Due to the nomadic nature of cats, the nuisances caused by cats such as shedding of fur, defecating/urinating in public areas, noise disturbance et cetera would affect the environment and neighbourliness in our housing estates. In view of this, the HDB has the policy of not allowing cats to be kept in HDB flats.”

During the last five years, I decided to keep three cats that were rescued when they were kittens. They are now all sterilised.

I installed door and window grills in my flat to make sure that they do not venture out. However, they are happily home-bound.

They do not make noise from mating calls, called caterwauling, in fact, my neighbours have to make noise to call for the cats so that they can stretch their hands through the grills to”sayang” them.

They are also fastidiously fussy and will do their “business” in a bin filled with recycled pellets of paper or pine dust.

Responsible owners like myself support regulations instead of a ban to compel the few “black sheep” owners to be responsible.

Regulations that include microchipping, keeping home cats indoors and sterilisation will be more effective in reducing complaints about cats and in reducing pet abandonment. It is a win-win situation for all.

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