Insisting on letting cats out
I spoke with a caregiver today who went to speak to someone who was letting their cat out to wander and who lived on a fairly high floor. Apparently this person knew whom the complainant was - the complainant had approached the cat's 'owner' and asked if she could keep the cat in as she was frightened of cat.
The 'owner' complained to the caregiver that she only let the cat out from 10 pm to 6 am and that since the complainant only went out later in the morning, she should have no cause for complaint. Of course, this means that from 10 pm to 6 am, the complainant should basically not come out of her home if she is frightened of the cats.
Now I think there should be a certain amount of give and take between neighbours. If the complainant has asked the 'owner' to keep the cat in, it doesn't mean she wants the cats killed or removed - she has a phobia and while it may be difficult for some people who like cats to comprehend, asking the person to just live with it is NOT going to help the person get over the phobia.
What I don't understand though is why people insist on letting their cats in the first place if they know it is unsafe for them. Cats are perfectly happy indoors and can live very happily inside. People keep complaining that their cats need to go out to be 'happy' but I don't think these cats are going to be very happy if they're trapped or if the owner gets a letter telling the owner to get rid of the cats.
What eludes me even more is cases where people know perfectly well there is a problem and continue to insist on letting their cats out. If anyone has figured this one out, let me know.