It all started with three stray cats they took pity on. Unfortunately, the cats were not fixed and the population started to grow. The brothers felt increasingly helpless and did not know who to approach for help. They were unable to keep up with the cats and could not manage basic cleaning in the flat given their health conditions. The complaint from the neighbours came along with an HDB warning and they finally decided to bring the cats to SPCA for rehoming. When they learned that the cats might be put to sleep, though, they could not bear to do so. As luck would have it, the brothers bumped into E’s friend at SPCA and this was how E learned about them.
Many would ask: why take in pets when you can’t even feed yourselves? Are you doing the cats more harm than good? Why do such hoarders even deserve our help?
We as volunteers have also raised such questions, but we could see how selflessly the brothers provided for these cats and loved them. Even though the brothers could barely make ends meet, they refused to just simply abandon the kittens. The brothers ended up buying more and more food to feed the cats and this only weighed them further down financially.
There were cats in every room, along with dried-up patches of cat pee and excrement everywhere. We did a brief count and the total number of cats came up to about 25–30, including 13 kittens. (later turned out to be 40 adult cats) Thankfully, some of the cats did not look extremely emaciated or sickly, but there were a few cats needing medical attention. One extremely wary mother cat seemed to have a bad fungal skin infection and had made it worse by constantly scratching herself.
We then asked the brothers where they slept and they pointed to an old, worn-out mattress. Sadly, we saw some cat poo on the mattress too. They will just dust and sweep everything off before they rest for the night.
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