(Photo Source: Cat Society (Hong Kong))
Cat Society (Hong Kong) Limited, an animal charity, told reporters that three people brought to their site at To Kwa Wan five kitten that are covered in blood and still with their umbilical cords and the placenta still attached on the night of 7 December, requesting the volunteers to take care of the kittens. The personnel on-call at the time told these people that the premise was already at full capacity and that there wasn’t sufficient helpers to take care of those kittens. It was suggested that the kittens should be taken care of by the three people for now, or they should look for other suitable helpers. However, the three people snapped at the volunteer and threaten to smear the Cat Society online.
Two other volunteers of the Cat Society eventually arrived to take in the kittens, unfortunately, due to the absence of their mother, four of those kittens passed away. According to the Cat Society, the mother of those kittens should still be looking for its own babies. The spokesperson believed that those six cats were put in unnecessary hardship for the ignorance of certain pretentious individuals. The Cat Society also condemned the volunteers who referred the society without any thoughts on the situation, “for them not to help while requesting our assistance with the kittens. It not only allows them to take the credit for ‘trying to help’, but also claiming such hollow praise in the expense of the poor animals. Those people should be condemned amongst volunteers.”
Elaine Chan, president of the Cat Society, told us that after their volunteers’ refusal to take in the kittens, those three people continued to linger outside, and according to the CCTV footage, they left something under the postbox, which was later discovered to be those five kittens.
It was rumoured that a certain “Miss Pak” of the NWSC was involved. This was later confirmed by NWSC LegCo member Leung Yiu-chung. Chan told us that Miss Pak had been involved with the To Kwa Wan patrol team to follow up on the serial killing of cats earlier in that region, but she reckoned that Pak’s political background was not relevant to this case.
However, Leung Yiu-chung told reporters in his reply on the incident that “there was a pedestrian passing by a trash bin that was close to where he lives and discovered five kittens within the bin”. Chan thought otherwise. She told us that when people drop their litter into trash bins, they don’t look at what is already inside the bin. Moreover, the kittens still had their placenta and umbilical cords attached, some of which were almost strangled by the cords, i.e. they were just born and theoretically could not be able to make noises.
Chan also said that it is both natural and normal for the cat mother to first ingest the placenta and also clean the kittens. She believed that either someone intentionally separated the cats, or the mother was scared off by passers-by.
Chan believed that people should not see the Cat Society as the “emergency room” that would take on kittens unconditionally. Their limited resources both in capacity and manpower do not allow them to do so. She suggested that if people did pick up stranded kittens, they should look for caretakers more patiently.
Chan disagreed with how the kittens were taken away from their mothers, “these people have done a terrible deed with good intentions,” as the lactation from cat mothers have antibodies to help the kittens; the usual milk formula for cats are simply incomparable. Chan also suggested that if people witnessed cats giving birth, they should not disturb the process but remain in distance. If kittens are discovered without their mothers nearby, be patient and continue to observe, the mother may just be looking for food nearby.
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