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To be a bit upset with this visit from the RSPCA

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HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:30:13

While i was in town doing the grocery shop the RSPCA came round to our home and spoke to DH about our 15 year old cat.
He said our cat was looking a bit thin. DH explained that our cat has a thyroid condition. Which she is on medication for One pill a day in her food.
DH also pointed out the collar she is wearing. The RSPCA officer didnt know what it was. Its a dermatological collar She has something similar to dermatitis. The collar treats it and gets renewed every six months. He didnt even ask about it much less know what it was DH had to tell him. DH also showed him vets bills , told him about the regular trips to the vet including a visit to an emergency vet at 3am one morning when her back legs kept giving way. He wanted to come in and see her so DH let him in.
DH told him not to pick her up or stress her out and he just touched her head.

After that he said that she is obviously being looked after and he left.

But last year they told me to leave my elderly cat outside overnight in favour of a snake that had found its way into my flat. And i told them on the phone then that my cat is/was elderly.

They didnt seem concerned then.
Im really worried that they are going to come and take her away from us. We have had her for 15 years She used to belong to an ex neighbour but decided she preferred it here with us.

She has brought and still brings us a lot of joy. We love her so much. We go without things so she can get her treatment. But we dont mind cos she is MORE than worth it.

She may be coming to the end of her life and we want to make her time that she has left with us as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

Last years thread when i was told to leave her outside all night.

PickAChew Fri 07-Oct-16 21:31:46

Why the hell are they showing so much interest in you?

Palomb Fri 07-Oct-16 21:33:42

Ignore the RSPCA, they're a fucking disgrace.

Jackie0 Fri 07-Oct-16 21:34:19

Has someone reported you?

booellesmum Fri 07-Oct-16 21:35:25

I genuinely don't think anything else will come of this. They have to investigate and can now see that you obviously love and care for your cat.
Hopefully she has a few more years in her yet.

mycatstares Fri 07-Oct-16 21:37:02

The rspca are batshit, take no notice of them.

Your cat sounds incredibly lucky to have caring owners like you and your

Floralnomad Fri 07-Oct-16 21:37:21

Most of them are just jobsworths , just ignore , if it would reassure you see if your vet would give the local officer a ring or write a letter on your behalf . I would imagine a neighbour has reported the cat otherwise I don't see why they would just show up on your doorstep . You sound like very caring owners .

Wolfiefan Fri 07-Oct-16 21:37:49

I agree with Boo. Someone has seen a very thin cat and assumed the worst. Our old girl was 19 when we lost her and had thyroid issues for a long time before.
Is puss definitely eating the pill? We had to have regular bloods done to check levels and one pill a day eventually wasn't enough.

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:38:01

I honestly dont know. She is well known and well loved cat on the estate . People have seen her go to the vets often in her carry case.

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:40:07

She has missed 9 pills in two and a half months. For her this is good. she is having regular blood tests.

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:40:53

The 21.38 post is in reply to PickaChew.

blueyedboy Fri 07-Oct-16 21:43:25

Really feel for you HelenaDove. This was always my worst nightmare.
Our cat 18 and thyroid problems looked terrible, but was happy and eating, under constant vet supervision.
Can you get your vet involved, write a letter or phoning.
This shouldn't be allowed to happen. RSPCA are the worst 'charity' targeting the wrong people again!

KoalaDownUnder Fri 07-Oct-16 21:45:37

Ah, you poor thing. How awful for you.

I know very little about how the RSPCA works in the UK, but I'd be gobsmacked if they would remove a beloved, cared-for pet.

Try not to worry. flowers

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:46:11

Yes...........will phone the vet to let them know whats happened.

Its so sad that so many cats suffer with these thyroid problems.

thedogsvagina Fri 07-Oct-16 21:46:30

Someone has reported to the RSPCA that your cat is very thin and they were worried that she wasn't being looked after properly. The RSPCA have a duty to investigate. They did, found there was a reason for her thinness and have left saying no further action.

I understand that it must be very upsetting but seems like they were just doing their job.

WingsofNylon Fri 07-Oct-16 21:46:38

I'm not sure why you are worried. They came. They got theut evidencethat you are looking after the cat and that left. Nothing more to fret over.
Mine has thyroid issues too so I do empathize. They can look very thin at times.

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 21:49:28

Hopefully they noticed the boxes of cat food piled up in the hallway and the kitchen.

katemess12 Fri 07-Oct-16 21:54:31

Someone likely reported you.

Don't worry about it. The RSPCA won't do anything about it. They visit, take note that they've visited and clear the report. They won't remove the cat from you. If someone reports the cat, they are obliged to investigate. It might seem to you that the neighbours all know it's your cat and that it has a condition etc. but it's possible that someone doesn't.

I reported our neighbours to the RSPCA twice, because they left their dogs in the backyard with absolutely no shelter, whilst we had torrential, flooding rain for 3 days straight. Only after the second visit did the neighbours decide to put up shelter for them. I know the dogs are loved, but the people were totally ignorant as to how to properly care for them. I don't feel bad for reporting them, because it put my mind at ease that at minimum they were seen by someone else and their situation assessed.

They rarely remove pets. Often it's only when it becomes an actual police matter do they step in and take the pets (severe neglect or abuse).

WorraLiberty Fri 07-Oct-16 21:54:39

I can't see them coming again now that your DH has reassured them.

I wouldn't be upset either, as someone probably very well meaning has reported the cat to them.

I'm just amazed the RSPCA were even remotely interested, as I and many people I know, have found them to be monumentally shit over the years.

All they seem good for around here (London/Essex), is to fob people off with telephone numbers of charities who 'might help'.

Benedikte2 Fri 07-Oct-16 21:58:05

Don't worry, the RSPCA guy was just going through the motions as he has to check when there's a complaint made.
I think your DH convinced them that your cat is well looked after but for your own peace of mind ask the vet if he'll give you a letter to show the RSPCA if they ever come calling again.
15 is quite a good age, especially if she has health issues. She's lucky to have such a loving home.

Smrendell Fri 07-Oct-16 22:05:54

Someone would have reported it. Aren't oh glad that they checked anyway? Imagine how pissed everyone would be if an animal was actually being abused and they hadn't checked on it.

RosieSW Fri 07-Oct-16 22:09:28

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Pollaidh Fri 07-Oct-16 22:11:41

Our friends have a similarly skinny cat at the end of her life, and at least once a week the local vet phones them because someone has picked her up, thinking she's a stray, and taken her to the vets. Obviously the vet explains that the cat is well cared for. It's good that people care.

LyingWitchInTheWardrobe Fri 07-Oct-16 22:13:29

HelenaDove, the RSPCA may have attended with thoughts of your cat being abused but I bet they didn't think so when they left. It's awful when your much loved pet has health problems and they start looking the worse for it, regardless of the care and - I bet, expensive - medication that they're having.

I wouldn't pay it any regard, it's good that the RSPCA attended - just think of it that your visit doesn't need a follow up, that the RSPCA does care enough to attend and it will be in their notes now.

People can be malicious, ignorant or just a bit misguided - but that doesn't change that your cat is beloved and well looked after and if the reporter rings for an update, they'll hopefully be told that.

HelenaDove Fri 07-Oct-16 22:15:39

Thankyou MNers Feeling a bit easier now.

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