Wherever you find humans in Singapore you will find cats. Probably quite a few at times. Our old condo had three or four stray cats who hung around and got fed by a couple of neighbours (and us). Yes, we had a “crazy” cat lady too.
It’s a stance that’s been fought since the dawn of mankind. Do you feed stray cats or not? When I did feed our condo’s strays I always felt like I was a second away from been heckled and booed from the surrounding apartment balconies. I always had a response in my back pocket in case of said emergency: “I prefer cats to rats”. BOOM!
Sadly, animal and cat cruelty in particular around Singapore have been in the news more often recently (horrible pics included in this link). So I thought I would present my perspective on the community cats of Singapore.
As you might tell I’m on Team Animal and when I’m wandering the housing estates (HDBs) of Singapore photographing the architecture and people I always, more often than not, bump into some community cats for impromptu photo shoots.. I even have a sure fire way of getting them to look at me, yeah…uh-huh. No cats were harmed in the taking of these photos I assure you.
So, here you go, just some of the stray cats of Singapore that I’ve managed to capture on a memory card.
You may notice some clipped ears; that is done by a Trap-Neuter-Return-Manage (TNRM) initiative by cat welfare organisations in Singapore. Cats who have been sterilised are then readily noticeable by the organisations and the public at large.
So keep a look out for these friendly felines the next time you are wandering around Singapore. They play a part in the unique communities you see around you.