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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
One of my Lucy's (RIP Lucy ) kittens who I re-homed over the road from me, is not being cared for properly. He's 4 months old. After he left me, my sister had him, her cat wouldnt accept him, so I gave him to this neighbour. After Lucy died, he came back to me briefly, then back to the neighbour. She's now given the cat to her neighbour (Confused yet?!).

Im not happy. The cat has been called Peter (my home) Max (my sisters) Aflie (Lady over the road) and now...........wait for it SPITFIRE! What a terrible name for a beautiful cat Apparently, the cat gets carried around by his collar, by this womans 7 and 4 year old children If I ever caught my children doing this, they would be punished. I found this all out today from another neighbour. I really feel sorry for this cat, as he was Lucy's son, and I feel he's still a part of her.

Hes a very friendly cat, and Im in 2 minds whether to capture him, and re-home him.

He keeps coming up to my front door, and meows to come in, but my husband says its not my problem. But if a cat Ive helped into the world is not being treated right, then surely it is?

Sorry this is long, but Im very upset.

Ive added a pic of him, with my daughter holding him, as you can see hes lovely and should not be treated this way.

Thanks for letting me vent.

post #2 of 14
IMO, if he's crying at your door, then he's not happy where he is and he is seeking your protection. I agree with you that he is still your responsibility, in a sense, and I know you must especially feel that responsibility since he is Lucy's son. And if you can find him a better home, I would do so. Being kids of a fairly young age doesn't excuse carrying a kitten like that, and you would be even more heartbroken if something happened to him. It also sounds to me that he needs a good forever home, instead of being shuffled around the neighborhood. Poor thing has to be confused as to whose house he should go to, and what name to answer to...

And he is a very beautiful little guy.
post #3 of 14
Neesey one thing you can do in this kitty's favor is remove the collar. If the kids are using this as a handle to carry this poor kitten with, taking it off will stop that problem at least for awhile. It may just be that these kids have never been shown the proper way to carry a kitten, perhaps you can go over there and talk to them and show them? I would be hesitant to kidnap this cat, simply because you could get into trouble over that. Instead, I would go over and talk to your neighbor and kindly express your views about how you are worried about this kitten and would she like you to try and find another home for it? Point out vet costs, and other factors because it sounds to me like this woman may not really care one way or the other. But if the kids are attached to the kitten they may care a great deal and unless you have a place right away to put the kitten far enough away from the present home, you could get into some mess. If the kitten is spotted in your window by them, you could be dealing with the law. So just be careful and because you were the original owner of this kitten, you do have a vested interest in what happens to it down the road. Good luck!
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Ive just heard from my kids, that hes got worms. I cant stand to see this cat treated this way. I walked past this persons house yesterday, and the door was closed, and the litter box outside. Makes me think he's not allowed indoors. I know what will happen in the end............He will turn into a feral cat, unneutered and suffering
post #5 of 14
Neesey - personally I would bring the cat into your home, if only temporarily with a view to rehoming it. If your neighbour objects you could mention the RSPCA don't look kindly on even suspected cases of animal cruelty, and leave it at that.

Please don't let the cat turn feral or worse still be subject to abuse by yobs or the victim of an accident.

I know there are legal implications if these people really dig their heals in, and while I appreciate what Hissy is saying about talking to people, I suspect that the types of people that treat their pets in this way are not the types of people you can easily reason with.

Good luck
post #6 of 14
Grab him at the next opportunity and take him home! They obviously do not care about him. Even though he is very cute, he is a common color, if he does not have a collar, they can't prove it is the same cat. They probably won't even look for him. It sounds like this poor baby has a miserable life and if something is not not done soon, he may not have one at all. He is probably very confused at going from a loving home to almost no home at all.
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
Id do that right now if I could, but Im worried about what my husband would say He's not a cat lover, and although I could temporarily 'hide' him, this is very dishonest of me. I just wish he cared about animals (esp cats / kittens) as much as me and my children do.

I could swipe the cat, deworm / deflea and rehome him, probably by the end of next week.

But my husband just doesnt see it this way
post #8 of 14
This is a hard spot to be in Neesey. I have kidnapped cats before in my rescue attempts and learned the hard way it is NOT the right thing to do. If the cat is truly being neglected, a call to an animal rescue facility will prompt a visit to the home and an examination of the animal. But, I don't think that this is life threatening from what you say. This type of *care* of cats is pretty typical from people who really do not love the animal for what it truly is. Case in point, there is a lady down the street from me who has this white female kitty she just lets breed all the time.The cat has never stepped inside her home, and has had so many kittens in her short life it is insane. The kittens run around freely all over her property and she feeds and gives them water, so no one has stepped in to interfere. No laws are being broke here. The colony right now is at 10- I can only imagine what will happen in a years time to those numbers. Again, although the law will not step in now, unless the cat is really being abused, you kidnap this animal and get caught, and the law WILL step in then. I speak from experience here.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks Hissy, I take on board your comments

For now then, I will leave the cat where he is, and just hope he soon looses his temper with these people, and lets them know hes boss!
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
This cat died last week. He was found, comatoze by the original owner across the road. She took care of him, until the morning, when he went to the vet. He was dehydrated, under norished and very, very ill. He was laid to rest later that day

He outlived his mother by 3 weeks, I know they are now happily joined together at the bridge.

My heart bleeds for this poor baby, but it is mad for the people who couldnt be bothered to look after a piece of my Lucy properly.

RIP: Poor Peter

'Peter aged 4 days'
post #11 of 14
Neesey, I am soo sorry
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks. Apparantly, he died from severe 'Feline Gastroenteritis' Poor baby
post #13 of 14
Oh Neesey. That really is tragic. My eyes are filling up as I type.

Poor little baby. But you're right. He's nuzzling with his mummy at rainbow bridge right now.
post #14 of 14
Denice, I'm so sorry. At least his original owner took care of him in the last. He is happy and playing with sweet Lucy at the Bridge.
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