Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Feeder threatening to poison cat

I knew all the good Christmas cheer was too good to last. A caregiver emailed yesterday to say that they were having problems in her area with a woman who is threatening to poison one of her cats. Here's the interesting thing - the woman is herself a feeder!

A new cat moved into the territory a while ago and they have been having some problems trapping it, though they have tried and used a cat trap. Unfortunately this cat is quite aggressive and bit one or two of the woman's cats.

The woman approached another feeder in the group and said the cat had better be sterilised or removed a month and a half ago. The group had no luck and apparently it happened again on Christmas Eve, whereupon the woman came and banged on the caregiver's door.

The caregiver asked that I try and speak with her as the woman then claimed she was going to poison the cat. She had repeated this threat to at least two feeders.

I spoke to the feeder this morning. I told her I understood she was frustrated and I was sure that she did not mean what she said about doing anything to the cat, but she insisted that she would take action against the cat if nothing was done. She kept insisting that the cat has to be removed or sterilised. She insisted the rest of the people are not co-operating.

I told her if that was the case, then why did SHE not do something? I told her that she could help to trap the cat. First she said that she was not the feeder. I told her that she could always use the cat trap. Then she said that she was under stress at home and could not bring the cat home. I told her it was always possible to bring the cat in to some vets the night before.

She started to tell me how when everyone else was sleeping, she was up caring for the cats, but I cut her off and told her that the main issue here seems to be an unsterilised male. Why not work together and not against each other. She insisted that the other caregivers and feeders did not want to call her. She also criticised their trapping methods.

I told her that in addition to killing a cat, the poison could very well spread in the colony and kill HER own cats. I told her for example, if the cat she was trying to poison threw up the poisoned food (which is quite possible) and another cat ingested it, then the other cats - 'her' cats - could be killed too. She said she could not think that far. She kept insisting it was a last resort - and I told her it was not. There were plenty of other options, like helping to get the cat trapped and sterilised.

I asked her why she, someone who supposedly cared for the cats, would not only kill a cat, but kill cats that she herself was supposed to be feeding? I asked her why she would put her own cats at risk like that. She then said she could not talk to me anymore, and hung up.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

a mental case. you can't possibly be a kind hearted feeder and then resort to using poison to settle an unsterilised cat.

full of excuses.

26/12/07 3:20 PM  
Anonymous chinky said...

The truth hurts but it has to be said. Hopefully she cooled down, she would reflect and do the right thing.

26/12/07 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stray cats should all be killed we have a real problem in this country where animals have more rights than people. This woman was a freak but maybe not out of line!

8/3/08 8:12 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous - how do animals have more rights than people? Just by the fact that you are suggesting that they be killed already contradicts your statement. I certainly can't walk out and point at my annoying neighbour for example and ask that he or she be killed.

8/3/08 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, stray cats should be killed if they invade your yard and cause you trouble. Why not? Do they pay your rent? Do they clean up their messes? They are coldblooded tresspassers. Don't expect their owners to do anything about the problem because they will become indignant if you accuse their precious little darlings of wrongdoing. Do you ever see the bleeding heart owners come to your yard to clean up their messes? HA!! They deserve to have to grieve for their murdered little crapheads- use any method that is convenient for you. Pouring tuna fish oil on rat poison works real good- they lap it up. Lets take back our neighborhoods!!

17/8/09 6:17 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous first of all, I'm not sure where you live, but poisoning cats is pretty much illegal in many places. I'm guessing from your spelling that you're in the US - and yes, it is illegal to kill cats.

Secondly, if they are feral cats, then they don't HAVE owners. Also, killing them, even if that is what you do, creates a vacuum effect and more cats will come in.

If the issue IS a neighbour's cat, have you spoken with them? If killing the cat is the first thing you mentioned, then I can imagine they might get indignant.

A caregiver I knew put up all kinds of deterrents AND went and picked up any defecation should one of the community cats she cared for (which were NOT her pet cats) have defecated in someone's yard.

If you are truly interested in just keeping the cats out of your yard and preventing them from defecation, then please do write to me. There are many ways of keeping the cats out without resorting to criminal acts.

17/8/09 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have you talked to the owner about the problem?" HA HA HA!!!
Do you think the cat owner will pick up the shit his cat left behind in your yard???? What a joke!!! IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!!! Do you know why? Because they are lazy fucks who care nothing about anyone else, except their precious little darlings, and they will never take responsibility for their monsters' behavior........because THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. Get you some good Anti-freeze to spread around.... and hope the owner samples some too.

17/1/11 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YEAH, BUDDY !!!!!!!

17/1/11 11:55 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

That's nice that you just posted in agreement to your own comment. I know of caregivers who DO go into other peoples' yards to pick up defecation (as I mentioned in my earlier comment). I also know of people who have worked with people who had issues when cats (feral or owned) came into their yards.

Instead of assuming that people don't care, perhaps you should actually try and talk it out. You'd be surprised what a little dialogue can achieve. Of course if your attitude involves threatening peoples' cats by killing them, then I wouldn't be surprised if you don't find any co-operation.

17/1/11 12:02 PM  

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