- 3 years ago
I could write a novel here but I’m going to try to keep this as concise as possible:
– We live in Canada, it has been a frigid winter and our neighbour is repeatedly leaving her unneutered young cat (who is not microchipped and does not wear a collar) outside all day long
– We always bring him inside, wait until she gets home, and then bring him over to her. On two separate occasions it was so cold out he actually ran into our house when we were coming home
– Every single time she either claims that she did not know he was outside or that he got out by mistake, but that she had to be somewhere and couldn’t catch him so she just left him outside
– After 6-7 times of this happening and us trying to gently advise her that she needs to try harder to keep her cat inside, offer to chat with her anytime she needed cat-ownership advice, etc. I finally just laid it out, politely but firmly: “It is too cold for your cat to be outside, you have a responsibility to keep him safe, that includes keeping him inside, especially during the winter. Especially since he is not neutered.” She told me that she understood
– Two days later we saw her cat run in front of a car and very narrowly miss being run over. FI took her cat to her front door, handed him to her, said “we just saw your cat nearly get run over by a car, it was a pretty close call” and walked away
– That was two weeks ago. We thought that she finally got the message until today, I was walking another neighbour’s dog and saw the cat in my backyard. He is now in my kitchen, where he always ends up when we find him outside In the cold.
Which brings me to now. I really don’t know what to do. Clearly she isn’t getting the message and this cat is the one who is suffering. I can’t just keep the cat because we are at our limit for pets, and when you take an animal to a shelter, even a no-kill shelter you never know what will happen or where they will end up. I am at a bit if a loss.
Has anyone dealt with something similar or have any suggestions about what to do? We’re at our wit’s end!