I live between two very different neighbours. On the right side we have who I shall call Caroline, she has 3 young boys and a partner. They're not the most ideal neighbours. Overgrown front garden with a sofa and TV dumped in the front for over 18 months. Her children have slept on uncovered mattresses and the house smells. Her children are good kids and they play nicely together. The house is getting more unkempt now that she has a heart problem and her partner appears to do very little around the house.
On the left side Rita lives with her teenage daughter. I can set my clock by her. She hangs out her clothes at 6:00 am and sweeps her front step at 10pm. She is a total clean freak.
Caroline has pets. She has a dog and I suspect there's also a new puppy in the house. They have cats but they seem to stay outside.
A few years back Rita and her daughter would leave cat food out for a cat they called Oreo. Because of the food being left outside, Caroline's cats would be fed by Rita too. Rita doesn't like the cats inside her house and she has a little cat box outside.
I noticed the other day that one of Caroline's cats appeared to have just had kittens. Today I've noticed that they are on Rita's doorstep - 1 cat and 3 kittens. Rita usually goes away for 4 weeks in the summer to visit family abroad.
There's a few issues.
These cats & kittens need (IMO) to be neutered.
The RSPCA should be notified, shouldn't they? Caroline can't afford to take care of them. But I am also afraid of getting involved and there being a bad atmosphere between us. I don't think they will be medically checked over either or given jabs.
Should I speak to Rita and see what she thinks should be done?
Oh no, my dog goes a little bit mental when she hears a noise outside (her bed is nearest the back door where the kittens are) that may scare off a few but not the hungriest or the noisiest. I'll have to talk to Rita as well as Caroline.
OP I've seen you live in Bromley. That's only five miles from our Lewisham branch and we can neuter cats and kittens for free in these circumstances. Please give the Lewisham Branch a call and discuss it with them. If no one is able to bring the cat/kittens in then one of our rescue workers should be able to help with that: www.celiahammond.org
I promise to keep you updated. I tried knocking at Rita's house but no one was there.
My cousin used to be Caroline's friend (which is why I know a bit of the back story). She still has a friend who visits Caroline a lot. My cousin told me today that they paid £1k to get a pug dog yet they can't even afford to feed themselves as a family! that they've got their priories all wr
Okay, I've put a note through Rita's door with the website and the phone number of Celia Hammond and explaining that I think they should be neutered and checked over and asked her to phone for advice. I hope I worded it well. Fingers crossed that the note works. I don't dare involve Caroline and her partner at the moment.
Is anyone involve with the welfare of the kids? If they're sleeping on bare mattresses, the house smells and the family can't afford to eat (but has bought an expensive dog) I'd be worried the children are being neglected.
You should call social services or the kids' school (anonymously if you prefer) and let them know. The cats are important so well done for tackling that, but the kids are more important.