Following the virality of a video showing a 10-year-old boy killing a community cat by throwing the animal down from the 22nd storey of a HDB unit at Boon Lay, the boy’s motives for doing so have since been revealed.
According to Lianhe Zaobao, a resident living in the same block named Cai Meimei (Chinese transliteration), said that the cat was named Panther.
Cai, a 47-year-old bus driver, told the Chinese daily that she was very sad about the cat’s death, and added that there had been at least 5 cats dying after falling from height in the neighbourhood.
But she couldn’t confirm if the other cats had fallen from the block themselves or were thrown down by people.
Confronted the boy
Cai said she had confronted the boy who threw Panther down from the block the next day, asking if he was the one who threw the cat down the block.
The boy had initially denied doing so but eventually admitted to his actions after Cai showed him the CCTV footage.
The boy then said that he had killed the cat because he felt a lack of love and attention at home, from his family members.
A 10-year-old boy who plays hide and seek with the now-infamous cat killer, described him as being a quiet boy who usually smiles.