Hey folks .. couldn’t help myself, I had to chime in
I am a responsible cat owner, having two indoor cats who have an enclosed outdoor play area. They are lead trained and get to go for walks; this is not only for their safety but also the safety of the wildlife and the fact that I do not think it is fair to my neighbours to have my animals intruding on their lives. Sadly, my neighbours are not of the same mindset.
Blooie I have lost count of the number of times I have been chastised for “not letting cats be cats and hunt and prowl etc” and “it is cruel to keep them inside”. I rescued my cats from a shelter and both the shelter and the Vet have advised that the average life span of an outdoor cat is 3 years, while the average life span of an indoor cat is 12-14 years .. cruel? My cats are spoiled rotten and have many cat towers and toys.
However, the neighbour across the road has a cat who visits our property regularly and who I do not trust. He likes to lay in our driveway but has not ventured into the back yard [yet].
I have made my coop and run as safe as I can and free range is always supervised. I chase away the neighbours cat whenever I see him and I would never hurt him but trust me, if I ever find him close to my gals, my neighbour is going to learn that I have a dark side
I have told them that I have chickens and that their cat visits my property but when they see him laying on the driveway, they ignore it and just smile.
I wonder if they will be smiling when they are down at the animal shelter paying to get their cat back? [Or, if they would even bother].
I will stop because I could go on for hours, but it really peeves me that I am a responsible cat owner but my gals are ‘not safe’ because of the irresponsible pet owners.
I have no doubt that the neighbour’s cat will get run over one day but they will just go out and get another one!
Edited by Teila - 12/2/15 at 1:06pm