Originally Posted by Flossie
Hi. I'm new here. I know I will probably be told to bring my cat inside, but my husband won't allow that. Never mind HE brought the cat home for me. My cat is a 1 year old male named Spanky. Solid black and very affectionate.
Anyway, my problem is that the neighbor's cat will come onto our porch and attack my cat. Talking to the neighbors does no good. How can I keep this other cat off my porch without doing anything to bother my Spanky?
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Hi Flossie and welcome to TCS.
I'm afraid that you already know what must be done but your husband has placed his demands above the health and well-being of Spanky ... can you not explain to him that if Spanky continues being attacked that the resultant vet bills may become unmanagable? What about the stress and pain it causes to Spanky to BE attacked every time he ventures out?
I know how it is living with a man who feels that cats belong outside. When I first married my husband (nearly 20 years ago now!) he was of the firm opinion that I should immediately turn my beautiful little Seal Point Siamese girl out and let her fend for herself. Of course, he ~never~ let on to this before we married, so it came as quite a shock to me to learn this was how he really felt. He told me in no uncertain terms that I must put her out before he returned from work that day.
Well, it came to quite a shock to him when he got home from work this one particular day and found my suitcases had been packed, my cat was already in her carrier and I had my car keys in my hand. I told him right then and there that I had no intention of putting my cat outside and that unless he was willing to change his views, I would be leaving immediately.
Needless to say, we are still together, my little girl lived to be 18 years old all the while an adored INSIDE ONLY pet - in fact, she took to cuddling in with him in the later stage of her life and the day I was forced to have her euthanized, he grieved her parting in a way I had never seen before.