09 Nov '11, 10pm

The number of stray cats taken in by the SPCA has more than halved recent years

I REFER to the letter "Why are cats the priority?" (Nov 7) and would like to address certain issues raised by Mr Peter Khaw. The prohibition on pet cats being kept by residents in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats has been in force for many years. Although there was much lobbying by individual animal lovers and interest groups over the years to change that rule (on the proviso that cats be sterilised, microchipped and kept indoors), the authorities did not reverse it. The downside of this was that many HDB residents kept cats but as these cats were never microchipped or sterilised, there was no accountability where irresponsible cat ownership was concerned. As a consequence, pet cats often roamed freely and unwanted litters of kittens were being abandoned, adding to the general cat population. Right now we have the opportunity to do what is right and what should ha...

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