Don't give officers an excuse to remove the cats
It certainly poured this afternoon - the air is nice and fresh! I went by to four vets to thank them for their help, and I saw a little moth-eaten, shivering puppy outside one of the vets. I spoke to the man who had brought it in. It had gotten into an accident, and he kindly brought it in to have it looked at - it's lovely to see people going out of the way for an injured animal.
Also I spoke with a feeder who said that a woman had complained about a cat and wanted it removed. I spoke with the TC officer and I believe these cats had been relocated there recently. The officer said the woman claimed the cat 'pounced' on her bags because she was carrying a hamburger. The feeder then told the officer that if it really attacked this woman, it would be attacking everyone! I know what she meant, that it seems very strange for the woman to be the only one affected, but I asked her to please not express it that way. I know she is trying to say that the chances are slim that the cat would attack at all, but if she had a trigger happy officer, they would have taken this as an opportunity to get rid of all the cats. After all, following her logic, the cat might attack other residents! So do be careful how you phrase things.
Fortunately the officer went down himself and said the cats seemed very friendly. He thought the complainant might have over-exaggerated. However, he did say she is very scared of cats. He said that she was trembling and crying down the phone.
I said I would speak with the feeder and see if they could be moved. It does strike me though that there seem to be an increasing number of people complaining lately they are frightened of cats. The cats aren't doing anything - but they are scared of the cats. Also, it does lead to people not being able to read the cats properly and hence believe the cats are aggressive when they're not doing anything of the sort.