Scarecrow & trapping
I went down to drop off the Scarecrow this afternoon. The man came out and tried to put it in, but then realised it had no battery. To be fair, I did forget to bring one as most people so far have bought their own. He tried with a battery at his home, but it didn't seem to be working, and he seemed a bit reluctant. His wife came out to join us and I heard him mention that they hardly have any use for the battery and I wasn't sure if he wanted to buy one if not, so I offered to go out and get one for him in case they changed their minds.
I came back and as he tried it, I spoke with his wife. She asked why we were doing this and why not just use a cat trap. I explained that the cat would be trapped and killed. She said then the cat had to be killed. I said that it was basically ineffective. I explained also the vacuum effect and the different kinds of repellents that could be used. She asked if I was from the AVA and was a cat lover. I explained that I loved all animals but that this was also the most effective way of keeping the population down.
The woman said the problem was with the neighbour's cats that came over. She said most of the community cats did not actually come into the yard. She said sometimes the neighbour's cats fight with community cats outside her home and it is noisy. I said that the cats are sterilised, and she also knew about the ear tipping. I told her that we work with the community cats to ensure that people and cats can live together. She remarked that she didn't have an issue if the community cats were killed either.
I told her that the best solution is TNRM and told her how many cats were killed a year. She asked me if AVA didn't put them in the shelter and feed them until they could not be kept. I told her this was not the case and that they were always killed unless they were claimed. I told her that sterilisation keeps the population down. She said that she had actually noticed this in the estate, which is incidentally Jolanda's old estate when she lived here. She said that after Jolanda started sterilising the cats, she had seen a decrease in the number of community cats. She said her main issue was with the neighbour's cats.
I just hope the Scarecrow will keep any cat out of the yard!
I also popped by the neighbour next door and showed her the Scarecrow. I asked her if she was sure she didn't want to borrow it. She said that it was fine. I told her to please call me if she had a problem and that she could also see the Scarecrow in action in her neighbours' home.