I had a bit of a problem this morning. I got up around 8:00, and took Jamie out for his walk even before I'd had my shower and coffee, because the sky looked really bad - a blizzard was definitely imminent. Being half asleep still, I failed to notice that a neighbor's cat was in our yard, hiding behind a bush. Jamie knew he was there at once, and attacked him, giving him deep puncture wounds in the neck. I called our neighbor, and she ended up taking her cat to the emergency vet. I told her I'd pay the bill, and she said no, because her cat was "trespassing". That's silly - how do you explain "trespassing" to a cat? Anyway, this afternon I called the emergency vet, whom I've dealt with before, and told him to send me the bill. He apparently called her and told her I was paying the bill, because she came over here this evening, very upset, and said she wouldn't accept that. She has to pay double the normal price, because it's Sunday. Her cat, Timo, is in our yard all the time, since he likes the catnip and bird feeders. Aren't we inviting cats by having such things? He's a little love, and doesn't even defend himself against Jamie. My husband told her we were paying, period, which really upset her. Our cat attacked her cat, and was able to do so because I wasn't paying attention. I can't understand her reaction, and can't believe we're getting into an argument over this. Jamie did the damage, and I didn't prevent it, although I know how he is with other cats. The way i see it, I was negligent, not she. So why is she reacting this way?
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2/13/05 at 12:12pm