Friday, December 14, 2007

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.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

if the cat is being tied up, better pick it up and board it somewhere I know someone will take it in.
Afraid woman is already abusing the cat now. Full of excuses, no point talking to her, the next time someone will dump her.

14/12/07 5:49 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Unfortunately her friend has tried - no one wants to take in the cat or can take it in. It also isn't fair of her to try and make someone else take it - all her friends have cats of their own (and some of them have multiple cats) but THEY feel badly about the situation.

14/12/07 5:54 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Poor cat and this woman can go 'fly kite'! Don't understand her mentality - really, it's just so sickening - this attitude of hers, it's just so irresponsible and heartless. Why picked the cat in the 1st place? Treating the cat the way she did is also a form of torture for the poor animal.

14/12/07 6:03 PM  
Blogger Aminah Bee said...

It is inhumane to tied up the cat, as it can become restless, agitated, distrustful, physically ill or develop psychological problems. Perhaps SPCA can follow up on the case and advice her not to tied up the cat.
The cat owner is an irresponsible cat owner by abandoning it. Keeping a pet involves a lifetime commitment to love, provide and care for it. Should report her to AVA for abandoning her pet offence.

14/12/07 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just collect the cat from her, the longer the cat stays in the house, the longer the abuse.

15/12/07 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The window is an excuse - it must have been there since 2003. If she cannot cope with her diabetic dog, the logical reason would be to give up the dog. I would not wish that on the dog - but what has not being able to cope with a diabetic dog to do with the cat??
* Knock my head a few times to clear the cobwebs *

16/12/07 1:20 AM  

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