And now for something completely different
After that heartwarming story about the cat stuck in the car engine, I spoke to a town council officer because a caregiver said she heard that the cats in the estate were about to be removed this morning.
The officer said they wanted to remove one cat which liked to lie on someone's car and the person claimed their car had been scratched. I asked if we could go down and take a look and ascertain if this was so, but the officer said that the complainant does not want to meet up. He just wants the cat removed. He claimed that he had to repolish his car.
While it's possible that a cat could have scratched a car - nothing is impossible after all - it isn't very likely. I'd still like to go down and take a look, but the complainant does not want to co-operate. If he wants it to stop then why not let us go down and find a solution besides removing the cat? If the problem stops, and the cat remains, then everyone is happy.
He also mentioned that he didn't like this cat because it sat on his car. I have to say I have trouble understanding that - some people complain the cat isn't doing anything, but it's just sitting on their car. I realise people spend a lot of money on their cars, but it's COLD sometimes, especially when it's raining. Scratches are an entirely different kettle of fish, but if the cat just wants to sit on your car for a little warmth, why begrudge the cat that little comfort? In fact, jumping up and chasing the cat is more likely to make them extend their claws - hence increasing the chances that your car might be scratched.