My cats don't go up
I realised that there is something new that has been occurring of late. We are all familiar with people who are not willing to keep their indoor cats in, or who feed cats upstairs, and claim the cats are not theirs. Or there are the people who claim their cats never go out/walk around. They do not much care what happens to the community cats if they are mistakenly rounded up or do not see it as being their problem.
However of late, I have noticed that there are some feeders and caregivers who are aware that people in the block are letting their cats out, and that the cats are either causing problems or may potentially cause problems. One feeder this morning however summed it up by saying that 'his' cats don't go up, so there was no need to bother about it.
Unfortunately there is. I do realise that pet cats are not community cats and therefore out of the purview of the caregivers so to speak. However, most complainants cannot tell the difference. If push came to shove, most of them think that the cats are the same cats. They are unable to tell a home cat apart from a community cat. Sometimes they don't even see the home cats, because some owners keep the cats in and only let them out at night, when everyone is asleep. All that is left of their presence is a pile of defecation.
What happens then is that the complainants blame the cats - and often the cats downstairs get fingered. So if someone does not want to deal with the home cat problem as well, then the community cats will bear the brunt of it.
I know it is unfair that caregivers and feeders have to deal with irresponsible home owners, but until the law changes, that's the way it goes unfortunately. If nothing else, you can show that the problem does not originate from the community cats - and ask that the right people be taken to task, the irresponsible owners, and NOT the community cats.