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.