Can you investigate if it's the same cat?
This guy just called me a short while ago. He wanted to know if the caregivers or I had been threatened by the residents - I told him that no one had been threatened as they knew we were trying to help the cat. They were just concerned that the cat was going to be removed and upset about that. I said this was a cat that most of the neighbourhood seemed very fond of and they were upset it was being taken away.
He says now that he feels guilty in case he asked for the wrong cat to be taken away. So I asked if he happened to be able to tell - he said that he's not sure as cats look the same to him. He said the body shape and the colour looked right, but he wasn't sure.
I asked him if the cat was still in the vicinity then. However he has not walked by there since the attack so he can't say.
He asked if any of the residents I spoke to were able to identify the cat. I said the ones I spoke with said that they did not see the attack - and they said anyway that if cats do scratch a dog, it's probably because the dog got unwittingly too close. They said just as a dog might snap at a cat, the cat might scratch a dog. So they didn't think it was a big issue.
He asked if I can possibly dig deeper. He is convinced the cafe owner on the corner MAY have called the cat by name - he said he heard the man yell something in Malay which he thinks was the cat's name. I said perhaps he was yelling stop. He said that he knew the word for stop - and when he told it to me, he had the wrong word.
At the end he said he realised there was nothing much else that can be done then. I am glad though that he feels guilty, but you can't have it both ways - either the cat is removed or it stays. You can't have it removed and want to feel good about it too.