All this talking about cat-zones in Ubi – not just when describing the story of Ginger and Untipped at 341, but also in my correspondences to other cat communities (how did you guys find me in the first place? wow!) – has got us to putting down on virtual paper what these cat-zones in Ubi really are.
Just a small disclaimer of sorts: while we may be organised into zones, actually the way the zones are managed is still in a very kampung style. There is no paper-work as to how the zones are managed, no time-tables, no job descriptions, no chain of command. This structure was in place long before I even became a cat-owner; I did not plan this. Aswat is more or less the cat community penghulu or kampung-leader for cats, and he conveyed this concept of cat-zones to us when we first knew him. The management of the zones is based on the community spirit of the neighbourhood, common-sense, word of mouth. Very kampung indeed, right?
Until recently there was no need to put things on paper, but through corresponding with other cat communities there has been a need to share how we work, and putting things on paper, albeit virtually, is one of my skills, so here it is, our Ubi map and our cat-zones, to give all you readers a greater understanding.
Cat-zones in Ubi: Neutering and Feeding
This zone is known as Ubi central, which is where Andy and I live, and where Angels Pet Shop is located – the only pet shop in Ubi. Angels Pet Shop at Blk 302 is the HQ where we board rescued animals for re-homing as well as stray cats recovering from sickness or injuries.
Auntie Can is the cat patron of this zone: she feeds the cats every night even though she is not even an Ubi resident, as well as sponsors the neutering in this zone. She also sponsors medical costs of any strays in this area that fall ill.
Zone 2: Blocks 311-318
No cat patron.
Cat feeder: Auntie Rose and 1 Indian Muslim Auntie.
This zone is opposite Bedok Reservoir Road, along the Ubi river where many cats have dropped in, been thrown in by mad people, and drowned in as well. It has high human traffic, as the main bus stop where most of the buses stop at is at Blk 311 in this zone.
No cat patron. We usually tompang the cats from this zone into other zones where there are cat patrons sponsoring the neutering. This zone is currently the most under-managed.
Zone 3: Blocks 319-335
Cat patrons and feeders: Auntie Shirley and Pakcik Hassan
This zone is large, and has good financial support from the cat patrons who are feeding – high quality food too! (Royal Canin and Innova Evo) – sponsoring and trapping the cats themselves.
There is however a particular group of cats who hide within the power station located in this zone. The patrons can only feed them through a feeding station set up outside this power station. All cats inside are not neutered but all the kittens borne inside this power station also cannot survive long. All other surrounding cats in the zone have been neutered.
This zone also has a lot of abandoned pedigree cats – Persians, Burmese, Siamese – the most ‘pedigreed’ zone in the estate.
Zone 4: Blocks 336-352
Cat patrons: 2 Chinese Uncles
Cat feeder: Auntie Doreen
This zone is nearest to the industrial estate of Ubi, and furthest away from the central. Auntie Doreen feeds the cats in this area, and the 2 uncles who sponsor and trap for neutering also help to feed the cats in this zone.
This zone’s neutering rate is slower than in zones 1 and 3 as the patrons are older and less able, physically and financially.
Rescue and Re-homing
For our cat rescue and re-homing work, Aswat, Andy and I work across all Ubi cat-zones to help disadvantaged cats such as the sick and the young. We hear about these cats in need mostly through word-of-mouth, or when we walk around the neighbourhood and spot them. Intervention can take all forms, from informing the cat-zone patrons and feeders to monitor, to first-aid, to fostering the cats at the shop, to re-homing the young.
Kampung-style or haphazard? Two ways to look at it, but at least now you have a picture – albeit a simple one – of how we manage what has become known as Ubi Kuching Project.