Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fenced gate

Fenced gate
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Someone just wrote into say that another cat of hers had gone missing from her home. This is the seventh cat to have gone missing in the last two years from her house. She had checked with the AVA - no traps were loaned out to anyone in her area. She wondered if the latest cat may have wandered off as it does not like one of her newly adopted cats.

I told her it might happen, but losing 7 cats in that time makes me suspect something else is going on. I asked if any of her neighbours might not be happy with her cats. She said she had spoken with them and they seemed alright with the cats.

Several things might be happening - the cats might have been eaten by a snake or even killed by another animal. Or someone may be trapping the cats but not telling the woman in question.

One way to tell if your neighbours might be having problems with cats is to look out for a fence like the one in this photo. It could mean that the neighbour has a dog and is trying to keep the dog from running out (as may be the case in this photo), or it could mean they are having problems with cats running into their garden. This is usually a good clue that someone isn't too fond of the cats running into their home.

As I advised the woman, since these are her home pets, the best thing to do is to keep them indoors. The area is unsafe for some reason and it's easier to keep the cats in than to find out why they are disappearing.


Anonymous AutumnPiglet aka Marilyn said...

The question is why hasn't she fenced up her gate if she hasn't done so? No matter how much the cat might love living with you, they will still wander if given the chance.

My cat is basically an indoor cat. She doesn't wander out when the gate is open. My dad, thinking that after 3 yrs, my cat will not wander, removed the fencing that covers the gate. Next thing we know, she tried to crawl through the gate but was caught in time by my mom. She does that just because she's curious as to what's outside.

IMHO, a neighbour with a fenced gate doesn't mean that the neighbour doesn't like cats or would trap cats. It could simply mean that they taking a proactive approach by fencing their gate and not loaning traps from AVA. At least they are better than those who simply refuse to fence up their gates just because (as mentioned in some of your earlier posts), and would rather loan traps from AVA.

17/1/07 3:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Autumnpiglet, you're right - but it does mean they are likely to have a problem with the cats. It's best to tackle the problem early (ie by approaching the neighbours) then to wait till they get really fed up at which point they may borrow a trap. I've noticed quite a few homes that I've been to that DO borrow traps have the fencing at the bottom - probably because it wasn't fenced well enough to keep the cats out.

17/1/07 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fencing up the gate does not mean the cat could not jump up the wall and walk on top of the wall. That could literally take the cat around the entire housing estate!!

17/1/07 5:34 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Which is why it doesn't really work when people put the fencing to keep cats out. Some of them think it will help and it doesn't. They get irritated and then borrow a trap - which is why a bit of wire on the gate is usually only a good early warning system to let you know your neighbour isn't happy.

17/1/07 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have thought that losing one or two cats would make one cautious about allowing cats out but seven...?

17/1/07 8:22 PM  
Anonymous profpig said...

I really pity her having to re-live her pain 7 times but perhaps she really have to be more cautious. Some neighbours take the law into their hands.

I intro my cat to my neighbours with and without cats, even those with dogs and also microchip it.... We help each other (I hope) keep a lookout. Maybe she should make more friends around her neighbourhood? Someone might just spot the evil one?

Might I ask, what will AVA do if the cat that is trapped is microchipped? Will they still do what they do, with blood on their hands? I just can't think about it. It's so depressing. We need more people to respect others' property. We need a no kill shelter and louder voices.

17/1/07 8:46 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

profpig - they'll return the cat if it is scanned but that's assuming that the microchipped is (1) scanned in the first place and (2) registered somewhere.

Anonymous she said she would look into some form of fencing for her yard.

17/1/07 8:53 PM  
Anonymous profpig said...

Somehow I do not have any more faith in these people. They won't even spare neutered cats.

It would be great for them to lay their dirty hands of these cats, especially neutered ones. I'm not speaking for cats only, but dogs and all other animals that they can lay their hands on. Despicable.

If there's mo compassion for animals, let alone human?

Quotes that I sent to my bosses to make them approve my proposal:

The future depends on what we do in the present.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948), 1869 - 1948

17/1/07 9:07 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Profpig - one thing to consider - these cats are sent in by the TCs and by people who trap cats. The AVA does not trap cats. If blame is to be apportioned, then the TCs and people who trap the cats to be killed are just as much to blame. If people stopped sending cats in then there would be no cats - neutered or otherwise - to kill.

17/1/07 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

After one of my cats was trapped by a neighbour, we meshed up all the windows. I can't imagine losing 7.. it would drive me crazy wondering. What about putting up posters? Offering a reward? etc..

18/1/07 3:11 PM  

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