- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2018
So… long story short (or at least as short as possibe).
There is the SWEETEST cat that has been hanging around FI’s apartment complex the past few weeks. Every time he sees us in the parking lot, he’ll run down the street to come get cuddles. He is pretty skinny, his fur is dull and matted, and he’s got bare spots in places. We wanted to take him in, but our large cat doesn’t play well with others and we also didn’t want to risk his health around a strange cat.
Today when I got back from class, he ran up to me for pets and snuggles as usual. That was when I noticed he had two new BIG bare patches on his back, and what looked like some discolored spots on his skin.
So I called up our regular vet and asked them to squeeze us in. Brought him in, told them I couldn’t keep him but that I wanted him to have an exam, have his skin checked out, get him a rabies vacc and some flea/tick/heartworm meds, test him for FeLV/FIV and maybe see if he needed to be wormed since he was so skinny. I said I would just pay for all of it. I don’t usually do this, but you don’t understand- he really is THE sweetest cat I have ever met.
They take him to the back to weigh him/get his temp, and come back and tell me that he is microchipped. I’m thinking, “Oh great, somebody lost their cat and will be so happy to finally get him back!”
False. They get the owner on the phone. She is irritated and says he is a well-cared-for cat, and that the bald spots are from flea medication. Maybe, but I’m not buying it. They ask her if she has record of rabies vaccinations. She’s not sure. Explains that he’s an indoor/outdoor cat because her house is just too hectic for him because of her four kids.
So they come and tell me that instead of being grateful that somebody is looking out for her cat, she’s pissed that he got brought in and is irritated that she has to come get him. That right there tells me all I need to know about what kind of owner she is.
So they tell me that to protect me, they’ll have me wait in the lobby like a normal person so she doesn’t know I’m the one that brought him in. They ask me to hang around just in case she comes in and it’s a mistake and it’s not really her cat. I’m really not wanting whoever it is to take this cat back at this point, but there’s really nothing anybody can do about it.
So fast forward, the lady shows up and takes her cat and leaves. And here’s the kicker- I recognize this woman. No idea if she recognized me, but I know her.
She lives right across the fence from Fiance and I. She is the one that always has kids running loose and a big pit bull that she just lets run around without a leash on. This dog has chased/barked at Fiance on his bike before. Their response, “Oh, he’s just really playful.”
The knowledge that this woman is the one that’s been neglecting this poor, sweet cat is making my physically ill. I’m not sure what to do at this point. Where we live, this isn’t exactly high on the priorities list for the authorities. Calling animal services isn’t going to do anything but piss her off. I could get her fined next time the dog is off-leash, but that’s not really going to help this cat.
I want to confiscate the cat and try to rehome him, but as I mentioned before, he’s microchipped. Anybody who tries to take him to a vet for care is just going to get him landed right back with this irresponsible person.
Does anybody else have any experience with this kind of situation or what the legal recourse here might be? I really wish he wasn’t chipped… that would make this whole situation so much less complicated.