I need to distance myself from my neighbours, but cant tell them why. I live on a very small street, where we pretty much know each others business - can be good at times, as there is always someone you can ask for help, but is sometimes incredibly annoying!! The majority of houses have pets, but to be honest, i dont rate most of them as good pet owners - and I know there is loads I Could do for mine that I dont, but all in all, they get a good life. I do do what I can with some of them to try and help their pets, but have come to a bit of a prob with one neighbour in particular. I honestly dont know why she has some of her pets, as she doesn't do a lot with them, and leaves them in other people's care a lot of the time, but that isnt' my main issue at the moment. My main issue is that she doesnt believe in euthanasia, and one of her cats has been diagnosed with FIP - I said I would euthanase immediately, and she said that she wont as she is eating and purring - she is aware that purring isnt' always a sign of contentment though. So, this poor cat will be left till she has no quality of life and then put out of her misery - woudln't be too bad if it wasn't for the fact that she spends all her time in one of our other neighbours houses, and out of her animals, this cat is pretty much the only one that doesnt go to the neighbours house, so she is left in the house the majority of the time by herself. And the other thing that makes it worse, is I had to watch two of their animals suffer last year due to not believing in euthanasia, she had to do it with the dog, but it was months after the rest of us would have done it and only cos the poor dogs heart was failing, but the other neighbour actually did let his cat die naturally of kidney failure, and there was also possibly hyper-t and liver issues, but by the time he took her to the vet, her body was giving up, and he opted for letting her go naturally at home, plus one 3 years ago (he was so bad they carried him from one house to the other every morning, I Think he had liver probs). So i honestly dont know if I can go through watching yet another of their animals decline and suffer, yet due to the way the street is, and the fact that Ginger likes both their houses, I am a bit stuck at not seeing them on a daily basis. It isn't my place to persuade her to pts, and I dont think it woudl work anyway - the other prob is she is over 20 years older than me, and has had cats for over 20 years, so thinks she knows more than me, yet her knowledge on some cat illnesses is very outdated, and some of her ways of looking after cats are bizarre too. I wish that I could just block out everybody elses animals, as i look at the majority of the ones on this street and know that I Could do better with them.
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8/26/06 at 2:23am