Kitten on string update
I went down again this afternoon to see about the kitten that was kept on the string. The collar was nowhere in sight. I asked the man looking after the cat about the collar. He said that the collar was too loose (unfortunately he did notice) and that he would not use it till the kitten was a little older.
He kept insisting that this was a very special cat - that the cat slept next to him and that it was so cute people stopped to look at it all the time.He said that after we had come by on Saturday night, several more people had stopped in to speak with him, including someone whom he claimed knew me.
I asked if he will use the collar - and he said he will, but not till the kitten is older. There was ample food and water. I also gave him a sterilisation brochure and he seemed less hostile to the idea today. He said that he will think about it again when the time is nearer. He had seemed quite against the idea when I first broached it on Saturday.
So what to do now? Call the AVA? They can advise him but even if they take the kitten away, there's nothing to stop him from taking another (in fact the reason I stopped by was that earlier in the week, I had dropped a brochure by another man in the shop that helps him out to remind him to sterilise as I seemed to see a different cat with him each time - the kitten was not on a string at the time). They might charge him possibly for neglect or cruelty though technically he does give the cat space to walk about so it might not even be that. In addition, he told us on Saturday that he has no fixed address so people can't even find him if they DID want to charge him for anything.
What else to do? Monitor the situation? Hope the kitten doesn't get strangled? Keep talking to him in the hope that he will come around gradually? He does guard the kitten quite carefully and watches it. In fact when I arrived today, he was again intently watching it.
Some times there really aren't good solutions - just less bad ones.
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