i'm not saying i agree with outside cats, i am undecided one way or another. my cats are only allowed out supervised.
in all fairness we have not seen this womans backyard. she might have considered it perfectly safe*, the cat might not have ever wandered from the garden before, she might have only turned her back for a minute etc. etc.
|What if someone lets their dog into the yard without making sure the dog can't get out, and the dog gets out and gets hit by a car? isn't part of the blame on the owner for the dog's death?
i very much believe it would have been the owners fault partly. but whether this is right or wrong cat ownership is viewed very differently to dog ownership. people have accepted that free roaming dogs are wrong but not free roaming cats.
all i know is she cared enough to rescue and ship the poor cat into the country and raise it with love and care and was looking after it the best way she believed she could.
*i know the dog had got out before but let me tell you a story. my neighbour two doors down had two terriers. the dogs kept escaping into our garden to terrorise our rabbit. we mended holes in fences, secured the rabbit hutch, told out neighbours, basically did everything we could to keep the dogs out. in the end the dogs dug under the fence one night (this would have taken them a long time as our fence was partially underground. they must have been unsupervised or not missed most of the night) and smashed through the rabbit hutch to get to my rabbit. even though we caught them as soon as they had got the hutch open their shaking of the rabbit put it in shock and it died. like the woman i had the choice of which pet to save, one dog went one way for our guinea pigs, the other for the rabbit. this is why i have such sympathy for her. no matter how safe you think your garden is these things happen.