Cats in cages
Last night, one of the feeders wanted me to speak to this woman whom I have gone down twice to see. She has dozens of cats crammed into a back room in cages. The feeder said the cats are in bad form.
I told the feeder I have spoken with the woman before but I called her again. First off, she told me that she had taken all these cats in and gotten into so much problems. Apparently the SPCA and AVA had been down. She said that she wanted to send them to a shelter though she claimed that none of them could speak English. I explained that if she sends all the cats to the SPCA, they will likely be put down. She said that she had no choice. I asked her why she couldn't leave them where they are on the street. The woman said that they might get run over by cars - she said that she had seen cats there run over and she felt sorry for them.
She also said it was too much problem and that AVA had told her she couldn't feed. I asked her if she was sure this was not the NEA and she faxed me the number. I spoke to the AVA officer and they had gone down not to tell her not to feed but because of a complaint about animal cruelty. They had advised her to control the food and to get the cats sterilised - otherwise the population would grow out of hand.
When I rang her back, she said that she had not understood that, and she wanted to send them to a shelter. I asked her how this was better for them if the idea was to try and save their lives in the first place - I told her that on the street, the cats have a 50-50 chance at least.
She said that she could not believe that someone would complain about cruelty. She said the cats were happy. I told her that putting 60 cats into a room in cages makes them unhappy. I asked her if some of her cats were balding. She said they were. I told her this could be a sign of stress. She told me she thought cats shed their coats every once in a while. I asked if any were spraying - she said some were, again obviously another sign of stress.
I asked her if they were all sterilised and she said they weren't. I asked about getting them done and then she said she thought she'd send them to the SPCA again.
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