Remembering Tom-King

The Story of Tom-King

#DownMemoryLaneMCDS15th April 2013: He was named Tom-King as he used to terrorise the other cats when he was an un-neutered alpha cat. A caregiver got him neutered and his aggressiveness abated. However he remained wary until the day he was limping, he yielded himself to be placed easily in a carrier and docile in the hands of a vet who diagnosed a spinal cause such a clot causing lower limb weakness. In view of his senior age, he was treated conservatively. He was transferred to Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary for "nursing home" care where he was pampered till he took his last breath on 1st August 2013. He died well loved.The WOES of Singapore’s Homeless CatsThis is the community cat #TOMKINGmcds, who inspired a caregiver to write this prose in 2006."HDB says NoWe stay on the streetsTown Council says NoThe feeders mess up public areasWe move to the carparksCar owners say NoThe scratches must be that "stupid cat sleeping on the roof"We move to the hawker centresNEA says NoOr else no 'Singapore OK' labelWe hang around the walkwayThe young lady says we scare her motherWe move near the childcareThe parents complaint to the Town Council's officer "Get rid of the cat or we beat your brain out!"We poo on the grassThe Town Council's Senior Property Manager screams "Cats cannot poo! Not even on the grass!"Where can we go?Can we ask to be unborn?We are labelled pest and nuisanceWithout justificationLook who is destroying the earth?At an unprecedented paceCome onWe only want to liveJust like you doWhat right have you got to push us off the brink?"

Posted by Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary on Tuesday, 14 April 2020


#DownMemoryLaneMCDS

15th April 2013: He was named Tom-King as he used to terrorise the other cats when he was an un-neutered alpha cat. A caregiver got him neutered and his aggressiveness abated. However he remained wary until the day he was limping, he yielded himself to be placed easily in a carrier and docile in the hands of a vet who diagnosed a spinal cause such a clot causing lower limb weakness. In view of his senior age, he was treated conservatively. He was transferred to Mettacats & Dogs Sanctuary for “nursing home” care where he was pampered till he took his last breath on 1st August 2013. He died well loved.

The WOES of Singapore’s Homeless Cats

This is the community cat #TOMKINGmcds, who inspired a caregiver to write this prose in 2006.

“HDB says No
We stay on the streets

Town Council says No
The feeders mess up public areas

We move to the carparks
Car owners say No
The scratches must be that “stupid cat sleeping on the roof”

We move to the hawker centres
NEA says No
Or else no ‘Singapore OK’ label

We hang around the walkway
The young lady says we scare her mother

We move near the childcare
The parents complaint to the Town Council’s officer “Get rid of the cat or we beat your brain out!”

We poo on the grass
The Town Council’s Senior Property Manager screams “Cats cannot poo! Not even on the grass!”

Where can we go?
Can we ask to be unborn?

We are labelled pest and nuisance
Without justification

Look who is destroying the earth?
At an unprecedented pace

Come on
We only want to live
Just like you do

What right have you got to push us off the brink?”

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