Dear A.S.S. Editor
Read in the news today that the Cat Welfare Society (CWS) president, Ms Thenuga Vijakumar, has made overturning the ban on cats in HDB flats as one of her long term goals. This ban on cats has been in place since HDB’s inception in 1960.
Some progress has been made – a pilot project for residents in Chong Pang to keep their feline companions in their flats was launched in 2012. Talks on funding to extend the scheme to two more precincts are ongoing. Once again, the debate between cats and dogs will be opened up. Most will ask why, if dogs are allowed in HDB cats, then cats are not allowed. After all, there are already thousands of cats living in HDB flats. Thus, by legitimising their ownership, this will allow for better education and enforcement against errant owners.
That is so true. Why do we have a ban on something that is unlikely ever to be imposed on? We are all pretending cats are banned in HDB flats, but how many of us actually know of someone who has a cat in their house? ANd we let them be, because the cats are unlikely to disturb your daily routine.
After all, cats are just like dogs. They are pets, and they can be trained. Just because there is one irresponsible dog owner, it doesn’t mean all dogs should be banned, and that’s exactly the same of cat ownership.