How do we stop irresponsible people from 'owning cats' loosely?
Tough scenario - a few days ago I mentioned someone wrote in about her friend who was calling the pest control about the cats in the stairway because there was defecation there. The caregivers went down and the woman who lived there insisted they weren't her cats (though they were sitting on the sofa outside her house and there was milk and food there) and to take them away if they wanted to. The woman lives on the third floor. The woman took in the kittens and closed the door on the mother cat, and the caregivers took the mother cat away to get her sterilised. They managed to go back and get the kittens as well to get them sterilised.
Now the family is calling and saying they want one kitten back. I spoke to the girl and said that I thought they had insisted the cats weren't theirs? The girl said she wants one kitten back. Here's the dilemma - to give them one kitten back, which is sterilised, and impress upon them how important it is to keep them indoors? If not, they will probably pick up another unsterilised cat. The caregiver suggested telling her cats are not allowed in flats - but the woman is likely to leave the cat outside again in the corridor.
I've set down certain conditions that they must meet and told them to think about it over the weekend. Then again, they may think it's so onerous it's easier to go get another kitten. They didn't want the mother cat returned.
The caregiver also said that the stairwell did have defecation in it from the cats since the cats are not allowed in the flat.