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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Marigold~ View Post
    The issue I have with this particular situation is the fact that the cat in question has been "welcomed" in a sense and fed. (at the OP's reluctance, I understand that and fully empathise with not wanting to encourage a stray) All an animal knows is home and safety is where the food is. I find it a bit sad that after having found this sanctuary it will now return to find deterrents in place, no trees and no food. It will inevitably wander off and starve to death somewhere. If it hadn't have been offered food from the get go, it would have moved on and yes, possibly still starved to death somewhere, but (and this is not directed at you @Degrassi as I understand your frustration and the situation you're finding yourself is not your fault) I find it cruel to now start with the sprinklers, pellets etc because the animal has had a taste of some form of TLC and is now being turned away.
    I hope I'm expressing myself correctly here and not coming across as some crazy cat lady! I'm not at all, just in this particular situation, I think the animal deserves to be re homed if possible. We had a stray turn up in almost identical circumstances last year, it decided to hang out in my front bushes and, already having two cats I wasn't about to start feeding it because once you do that, they NEVER leave. I was feeling so stressed and torn as to what to do but luckily a couple walking past noticed it sitting there looking all mangy and feral and knocked on my door asking if I was aware of it, I explained it had turned up a few days ago and was obviously a stray so they returned with a box and took it away. Had that not happened I probably would have starting calling the local rescue organisations.
    I still don't understand why the places you've called can't get the cat and scan it for a microchip to see if it has an owner? I'm confused by their protocol, as I thought this is exactly what they did.
    Actually, the neighbour who initially starting feeding this cat should take responsibility for it now but it's a bummer you can't locate them.
    I know it's not what everyone would do, but (if it is in fact only the one cat you've actually seen) I'd still go the ad on Gumtree route at this stage.
    Again Degrassi, I totally get your frustrations and it's a sh!tty situation and not something you've asked for.
    I do agree with you. I'm the type of person that has taken birds that have flown into our window to the vet, a huge animal lover. But after all the neighborhood cats and strays we dealt with in our first flat in London, I totally get the frustration now. I also think the food is probably encouraging more than one neighborhood cat, that's what happened with our garden, I discovered the lady upstairs was throwing meat down from her window into our garden, making it impossible to get them all to leave. I don't necessarily think forcing the cat to move on means it will starve and die elsewhere. This very well could be a cat that is owned but only outdoors so just looks mangy but does get fed elsewhere. Also many no kill advocates believe that with feral cats that the best way to deal with them is to catch and desex them and then rerelease them to live how they were already living since they usually can't be rehomed.

    Maybe on the note for the neighbor you could suggest if they are worried about the cat that they start encouraging it to eat at their house? Is the cat friendly Degrassi?

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    My opinion is probably not going to be popular so I will wear it.

    I love animals. All kinds of animals. I know we cannot confirm this cat is feral/stray/owned but there is also the issue of protecting the wildlife.

    Is there any way of trapping the cat and getting a vet to check for a chip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HollyGolightly81 View Post

    Is the cat friendly Degrassi?
    Not friendly - it runs off if you go near it.

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    Imagine how many birds and lizards it's been eating. Or had been eating till the neighbour fed it. And then what if it's an intact male and its breeding with all the neighbourhood cats? Then you've got even more kittens to deal with. (As a community I mean) There is a reason the rspca puts down cats and I think it is a very logical one.

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    The RSPCA puts down cats?
    I thought they attempted to rehome like they do with dogs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    The RSPCA puts down cats?
    I thought they attempted to rehome like they do with dogs?
    Yes. They do temperament tests. For dogs/cats (especially feral) that cannot be homed they do. Of course they also do if the animal is too sick.

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    I knew they did if they couldn't be homed or weren't considered suitable for rehoming. Perhaps I misunderstood the previous post. I thought the poster meant that the rspca put down cats as standard practice rather than trying rehoming. Which confused me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trio View Post
    Imagine how many birds and lizards it's been eating. Or had been eating till the neighbour fed it. And then what if it's an intact male and its breeding with all the neighbourhood cats? Then you've got even more kittens to deal with. (As a community I mean) There is a reason the rspca puts down cats and I think it is a very logical one.
    This is why there's a new practice of catching and desexing feral cats before releasing them again, to stop the cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GucciDahling View Post
    I knew they did if they couldn't be homed or weren't considered suitable for rehoming. Perhaps I misunderstood the previous post. I thought the poster meant that the rspca put down cats as standard practice rather than trying rehoming. Which confused me!
    No but the sad reality is there are way more unwanted than wanted cats so many don't get rehomed particularly the older cats.


 

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