I have to move, I'm putting my cats down
Just had a long phone conversation with someone whose block may be sold in an en bloc sale. She said that she is not sure where she is moving to, and as a result, she wants to let me know she's going to put down all her cats if the sale goes through.
I told her that a lot of people have faced similar situations, and that ultimately of course it's her decision, but that one thing to consider is that these aren't home cats. No matter how friendly they are, they are community cats. They may live in a protected estate, but still they are cats living on the streets and they do have the instincts.
She insisted that they are very sweet cats and won't be able to survive, but I told her that at the end of the day, if she puts them all down, they're all 100% dead. If she leaves them, they have a chance to survive. They can run to the nearby areas to look for food, they're all sterilised. Yes some of them may not make it, but some of them will.
She said that she can't bear the thought of them possibly coming to a bad end on the streets. I told her that at the moment, she still can't tell what will happen to them. They live in an estate yes, but they may get abused, run over, have an accident, or just die mysteriously. She can't watch them 24 hours a day. Yet they've lived there happily for many years.
I do know of people who moved out or moved away and left their cats, or the area the cats lived in was demolished. I'm sure it is an absolutely worry for them every single day - but many of those cats are still there.
Again, I can understand her worry and not being able to see her cats every day (though possibly she could travel there and watch over them). I can also see the cats are going to be bewildered and frightened when the estate undergoes changes. Some cats will adapt though, and some cats won't. They may die - but they would have a fighting chance.
It's a hard call.