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I am so cross - please talk me down.

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sebsmummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 17:52:01

We have lived in our new house since November and soon after we moved in I noticed there was an obviously pregnant mangey tortoiseshell moggie frequenting our garden looking for scraps - I assumed she was a stray.

I've worked in a farm environment for many years in the past so had had my share of farm cats left to get pregnant repeatedly so I had decided if she kept appearing in the future I would get a trap, catch her up and get her spayed. Job done.

I then found out through a neighbour that she wasn't a stray at all but the pet of a family three doors away and they sell the kittens. I was a bit hmm but didn't have a chance to say anything more as the conversation topic switched.

Fast forward to today and that poor cat is heavily pregnant again and scavenging on the garden. I actually saw her being pursued by two equally mangey toms a few months back and really should have put two and two together.

I know this is none if my business but I am trly pissed off with the situation. I have a mild tolerance for people breeding repeatedly from their pedigree Queens, because I suppose there is a market for it, although it still feels kind of weird to me. But to let your extremely skinny and obviously hungry moggy get knocked up constantly just seems like animal cruelty to me.

We live in a pretty affluent area and the people seem to run a profitable business from home so I doubt this 'kitten money' is being used to keep then from the breadline. Question is, do I wind my neck in, or do I stick a Cat Charity neutering service leaflet through their letterbox?

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 16-Jun-14 17:56:04

Who on earth would buy a kitten?

Poor puss. If you are brave enough then raise it with them.

Or entice her in and catnap her

CookieLady Mon 16-Jun-14 17:57:30

Can't you report them to RSPCA? It does sound like they're allowing her to get pregnant so that they can sell the kittens on for greed. I'm no cat expert but I thought that it wasn't advised to allow the cat to fall pregnant so soon after
having kittens??? Iirc it's advised to wait at least a year or two??

sebsmummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 18:01:53

Personally I would never breed from a non-breed cat as I think there are too many in rescue shelters. But one litter I can forgive them for, the state of this cat with a hugely protruding belly and permanently protruding tears I can't.

I really don't feel like I can approach them, it's too much like shutting on your doorstep, plus it's not illegal is it. I was hoping to maybe shame them into action.

sebsmummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 18:02:46


lljkk Mon 16-Jun-14 18:21:01

Well, can you unknow the information, kidnap the cat before birth, get her to vet to confirm she's not microchipped (you know she won't be) & get her neutered as soon as the kittens wean?

Okay, I know you can't. But it's a nice fantasy. sad

isseywithcats Mon 16-Jun-14 18:21:25

get in touch with the rspca and report her i wouldnt give a shit wether they are neighbours and too close its just not fair on this cat and people like her are the reason that all the rescues are overloaded with kittens at this time of year and the kittens wont be healthy so you might prevent people buying ill bred kittens in future

thecatneuterer Mon 16-Jun-14 18:30:19

Do exactly what lljkk said. Yes you can. No one can prove it was you. And yes, I've certainly done it. More than once.

lljkk Mon 16-Jun-14 18:32:49

<<Applauds>> TCN. I'd never have the brass, but am glad someone has.

sebsmummy1 Mon 16-Jun-14 18:53:33

I would happily trap her but I think she probably is chipped. Plus she is now heavily pregnant and then feeding her kittens. The only time to catch her would be when she is newly pregnant again. For fuck sake I am so pushed off than I am having to give this some thought. Why can't people act responsibly.

isseywithcats Mon 16-Jun-14 20:29:39

because sadly they dont think, i had a neighbour like this and each litter tha cat had became not so good as the last even when she had a litter all deformed who didnt live longer than a few days he still refused to have her or her daughter neutered, my daughter got in touch with local cats protection league and they arranged with my daughter to take the cats if my daughter got them into her house, spay them and rehome them, to this day said ex neighbour never did find out what happened to his cats and luckily he never got any more cats

GatoradeMeBitch Mon 16-Jun-14 22:46:42

Contact your local branch of Cats Protection and see what they say. Don't bother with the RSPCA (IMO).

GatoradeMeBitch Mon 16-Jun-14 22:47:06

Or do bother with them, but get in touch with CP too!

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 16-Jun-14 22:52:03

We recently spayed a 12 year old cat who had been a kitten making machine poor girl she was just soooo tired.
I have to say our project we have been working seems to be finally reaching the bottom of the barrel over 700 cats done in our 2 tens in 15 monthsgrin.

sebsmummy1 Tue 17-Jun-14 07:25:37

I've decided on a course of action!! Once I know she has had her kittens and I get eight of those two toms I'm going to put a trap outside in our alleyway. Then whatever I catch will get done. If I'm lucky it will be one of the toms or both if the toms. If it's the female then I'll know she is about to her knocked up again so I assume she would have finished feeding her kittens?

sebsmummy1 Tue 17-Jun-14 07:25:58

Eight - sight

Thumbwitch Tue 17-Jun-14 07:30:55

I'd still report them to the CPL, tbh. They can come and check it out, and hopefully take the cat and her kittens, wait until she's had the latest litter and spay her straight away (as soon as practical after giving birth, anyway). Wouldn't hurt to report them to the RSPCA as well, even if they're not up to much.

Harry1603 Tue 17-Jun-14 12:52:49

I'd report them to CPL. You could also report them to the RSPCA although I would try and avoid any of the cats being taken by them.

QuietTiger Sat 21-Jun-14 19:24:28

I'm with Thecatneuterer on this. Like her, I've done it more than once.

I've usually caught the pregnant queens, raised the kittens, then re-homed everyone out of the area after spaying mum.

My approach has always been "Cat? What cat? No, sorry, haven't seen it..." and that's even if they bother to look.

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