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
Look who is destroying the earth?
At an unprecedented pace
We only want to live
Just like you do
What right have you got to push us off the brink?”