I've just had the SSPCA drop off our youngest cat, a spayed female who lives with us and her mum and brother.
She apologised for taking her, but her microchip did not scan until she was back in the Centre so she appeared unregistered. She warned me that the person who had called them lived less than 100 yards away, had told them the cat was homeless for months and they had pulled her from the mouth of a fox (SSPCA lady said this couldn't be true as cat was uninjured/unscarred), and could they just keep her? They said they did not own a cat, but they had cat food, bowls, bed and toys. She tried to explain that the cat was well looked after and they roam by nature, but they said they and other neighbours text her whereabouts to each other and are sure she is outside too much.
She advised me to put a collar on her to try and stop this getting any worse. Does anyone have any advice for a (polite) phrase indicating she has a home and is well looked after, or anything else I can do to show that she belongs at home? I don't want to keep her in because she would hate that and might leave, it would also be difficult for the other two cats. But at the same time she was born on my sofa, in front of me, and is dd's favourite, we love her very much and don't want to lose her.
Definitely a very brightly coloured collar. Get a tag printed that says "best friend of 6 year old Molly" or something impossible to ignore and you phone number. I hate people that steal cats (and I don't even like cats!)
Thank you everyone. I liked the 'belongs to cute child' suggestion for her tag, it's not aggressive but makes clear she has a home. I wish they'd spoken more to the SSPCA officer, they have lots of cats that need a loving home more than mine needs two meals!
Since the person who called them lives less than 100 yards from you, personally I’d be knocking on all of the neighbours’ doors and reminding them that the cat is yours. Some of them will think you are nuts, but just tell them the story of the crazy cat person who thinks they can just adopt smebody else’s cat. I’m sure once you get to the right neighbours house you’ll know it’s them who want your cat. I don’t think I could live with not knowing who it is because I don’t think they’ll give up. They already have the cat bed, food and the rest.