Neighbours up the road are feeding my cat

(8 Posts)
ReluctantCamper Thu 20-Mar-14 16:51:48

We hadn't seen her for a week, I've been out every night calling for her like a nutter, despite being 4 months pregnant and feeling like poo. A different neighbour suggested that I knock on a certain front door as she thought these neighbours were feeding my cat. Cat was there, upstairs asleep on their bed!

We have 2 cats, a boy from a rescue centre who came first and our girl cat who is being poached by mad neighbours. We didn't really want a second cat, but girl cat got turned out by my brother and his soon to be ex wife when they moved (they have a kitten now <seethe>). She moved in with my Mum, but Mum broke her ankle, and girl cat started bringing her presents of live rats, which Mum couldn't handle. So rather than let her go to the RSPCA, we took her in.

Boy cat was most upset, and still fights her some times, so I think he chased her off. Because of this, I have considered trying to re home girl cat, but finding a home for an adult cat is easier said than done.

I am considering approaching mad neighbours to see if they'd like to take her on. But if they don't want to, I need them to stop feeding her (she disappeared for 3 weeks in summer too, and I suspect they were behind that too).

I buy monthly pet insurance, flea and worming treatment, 6 monthly vet check ups for her and cat flu injections. It may sound a bit tight, but I'm reluctant to spend all that on an animal I never see. Besides, how am I supposed to flea and worm her if she's never here?

What an essay!

TL;DR: I'm going to have to confront my neighbours, aren't I?

cozietoesie Thu 20-Mar-14 16:56:38

Not 'confront'. Go to speak with them but stay as open-minded and positive as you can. She seems to like their household (I'd guess it's quieter than yours?) so if they decided to take her on formally it would be a Win Win wouldn't it?

ReluctantCamper Thu 20-Mar-14 17:01:29

You're absolutely right cozie, I am cross with them, but she would probably be happier at their house, so hopefully we could sort out what would be best for her.....

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Mar-14 17:06:09

I'd get them to sign a receipt. I know someone whose neighbour took on another neighbours cat but rather than pay vet bills themselves they expected the original neighbour to pay.

Then they reported her to the RSPCA when she wouldn't.

She had emails off them proving puss was their cat now.

All very messy.

cozietoesie Thu 20-Mar-14 17:10:22

Yikes. That possibility never occurred to me - good point.

ReluctantCamper Thu 20-Mar-14 17:11:01

Good point fluffy. They do seem slightly bonkers, so I would need to make sure we all understood that ownership was being well and truly transferred.

Fluffycloudland77 Thu 20-Mar-14 17:24:25

Is she chipped to you? You could print off a change of ownership form & post it recorded delivery for them.

Because you're helpful like that wink

ReluctantCamper Thu 20-Mar-14 17:29:50

yes she is chipped. great idea!

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