Catnappers strike again?
I spoke to the caregiver I went down with to the cattery the other day. The cat trapper who came with us to take us to the cattery had mentioned going to a row of shops in the area and trapping (or trying to trap) some cats there.
The caregiver spoke with one of the shop owners today. He said that he had seen two women, one of whom matched the description of the cat trapper, and they had tried to grab his two shop cats a while ago. Both were not ear tipped but were sterilised as he had done them on his own. The two cats fled into the shop and they then turned their attention to a sterilised cat there. Again, these cats have caregivers and are cared for by people in that area. The caregiver I spoke with said one of the cats in the area that has disappeared has been there for 6 years and is well loved.
I think we're going to need to speak with the other catteries and ask people to keep an eye out. The caregiver said that she suspected they would not be stopping. The women I spoke with the other night for example (and I am not implying they were involved either way with the trapping of these cats), saw it as being a good thing to remove cats and put them in the shelter for the safety of the cats. The thing that boggles my mind is that one of them is a caregiver herself - what if her own cats went mysteriously missing?
Not even debating the merits of a shelter versus cats on the streets (and while the shelter was clean, some cats were sneezing), the point is that it isn't up to someone else to make that decision for the caregiver. The women who let us in were telling us how many hours they spent there, how much time they had to clean out the cages, etc - which again makes one wonder, why not then leave the cats in their original colonies and look after them there if they are safe? Plus not even to begin to speak of the vacuum effect. When I mentioned it to one of them, she had not heard of it. From what she said, I suspect she may not have gone back to her former areas once these cats were removed.