Not abandonment because its not my cat
I just spoke with someone whose friend asked me to call her. Apparently she told her friend that she wanted to get rid of her cat because she was worried it would jump out the window. Her friend and other friends offered to fence the windows up for the cats but the woman refused.
I called the woman up and she said that she did not want the cat because she has a dog. She said the dog has diabetes so she cannot cope. She said she will put the cat back out. She has had the cat since 2003.
I told her that the cat cannot survive on the streets. She kept telling me it was sterilised and she would put it at a food centre. I told her that the cat has lost its instincts AND that the territory has been taken over. Cats left at food centres are as well subject to rounds up because they're not 'allowed' near food areas by regulations.
I asked her how she was finding it difficult to cope. She said the cat is tied up because she is worried it may scratch on her furniture. She also said that she lets it out at night but sometimes it dirties its basket. I told her that putting some double sided tape on the furniture for example can stop the cat scratching, but she said it was too 'troublesome'.
She also told me that she had a responsibility to the dog because the dog has been with her since it was a month old. The cat however was picked up when it was 2 years old so she can put it back.
I asked her if she would say the same thing if it was say a child - would you pick up a two year old or even a 6 or 7 year old and decide you can toss it back after a few years?
I told her abandonment was illegal as a last ditch. She insisted that this was NOT abandonment because this was never her cat - she only took it in because of pity and she started to feed it. I told her she could have continued to feed it without taking it home. I also told her she made the choice to take the cat in. She then cut short the conversation.
By taking a cat that is already ON the streets off the streets, keeping it at home, and then tossing it back, the woman is making it much, much harder. The cat will have lost its instincts AND its territory. The cat would have been so much better if the woman has not 'pitied' it.