|Originally posted by Mark Kumpf
No matter how strange things are, there is always some person that is able to make you believe that the world is too wierd to be believed.
The older I get, the more I think the world (with its inhabitants) is too weird to believe!
What I wanted to point out in my last post, but probably failed to do, was that marking behavior isn't necessarily connected with neutering. JC has been walking outside on his leash since he was 5 months old. For years we laughed because he would make a mad rush for the house and his litter box whenever he felt the "urge" while in the yard. In January 2003 he discovered that cats could urinate outside, thanks to a (at that time uncastrated) neighborhood cat, Tobey. Although he doesn't mark in the house, JC, much like a dog, now "saves" his urine in order to mark his territory around the house. Tobey's owner didn't feel neutering was necessary, and, as an elderly widow receiving very little social security and not owning a car, really couldn't afford to have the operation done. After another neighbor (whose cat was injured by Tobey) and I threatened a lawsuit, she gave in. We scripted everything in advance, and I offered to take Tobey to the vet and pay up front, so everything was "legal". Sometimes you have to resort to deception. If she hadn't agreed, I would have catnapped Tobey and had him fixed, simply to stop him from attacking other cats and fathering litters. Tobey is now sticking close to home, is no longer attacking other cats or stinking up the neighborhood, and his owner is reimbursing the expense of his neutering. So sometimes there is a happy ending.