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23 February 2009 @ 11:30 pm
Oh dear ...  
It is possible that we are about to inherit more cats. Either the people on the back street who used to own two nice cats have decided to leave only the same two lights on for a few nights and put their cats on diets, or they have left the cats behind and pissed off into the realm of complete fuckers who leave their pets behind.

Biscuit, the schmoopy calico, has been up mooching food at the local Thai for a few nights in a row, while Scooter, her co cat, has just been looking thinner every time we see her. J did an emergency food run this evening, I will be doorknocking tomorrow to see whether they have fallen over and can't get up, or if I need to be taking the cats across to have their tags scanned and register their ex-owners as irresponsible shitheads with the local council and RSPCA.

These two can be the outdoor cats if they come to us. Maybe our friends on the back street would like them ...
Kieranfilmatleven on February 23rd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Poor cats! I hate people who just leave pets! Ugh!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 23rd, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
me too! Scummy McScummersons of the Slime Family!
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on February 23rd, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
When I was in college, there was a hungry cat that came to our house. We thought she was a stray, but the kids across the street identified her as their former cat. They didn't miss her much: in fact, it was probably better if they didn't take her back, as they did things like feed her sugar and push her down the slide (treating her like one of them). I confronted their mother about abandoning the cat, and she said "Oh, I'm going through a divorce, I don't have time for a cat." I was outraged, as I thought this was extremely irresponsible.

I also fed a cat at the place I lived before this, when it had been seasonally abandoned by an elderly man's son who was taking care of the property in the winter. It was great: the whole neighborhood bought cat food and made sure the cat would be fed when G and I were out of town, even though we didn't know at the time who owned it. Eventually the true owner returned and was happy to be reunited with his cat.

Moreover, every time we move, G has suggested I "get rid of the cats," as it makes a lot more places available to us as most rental properties don't allow pets. I have told him the cats are staying and it's non-negotiable. The only reason that I would give away the cats is if someone in our household is morbidly allergic to them.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 23rd, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to like G, but sometimes he makes it hard.

Yeah, just ditching pets is so very wrong. It turns me into a frothing lunatic who is likely to slash the tyres of a particular Humvee should it reappear around here. I have just checked out the house on line, it is up for rent and appears to have been vacant for a month or more. Grrrr!

Yay for you and the other cat rescuers for keeping those moggies going!
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Bubba: Elizabeth Iabsynthedrinker on February 23rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
The perfect excuse to become the "Cat" lady you always dreamt of being.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 23rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
That's J more than me.
Though I enable ...

I have been a longtime contributor to horse charities and dream of fields of out to pasture nags. Which reminds me; I need to donate to TREW!
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girl; obsessed: other - kitty!complications_g on February 23rd, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
That's so horrible. :(

...That people would do that, to clarify. ;)

Edited at 2009-02-23 02:25 pm (UTC)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 23rd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I knew ;-)

On the upside, Biscuit has been doing quite well on scraps from the outside diners at the Thai restaurant, so most people are kind.
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Bryoneybryoneybrynn on February 23rd, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Oh that makes me furious. I hate people who don't take care of their animals.

*hopes you haven't read my fish killing post*

I can't even imagine it. How can you do that to a poor little creature?

Oh, now I'm having flashbacks of photos from some of the animals trapped during Katrina. Ack! Fuck. Seriously, I'm too soft Brammers.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on February 23rd, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I read the fish killing post, and could not adequately express my sympathy for you. You poor sausage!

Think of the man carrying his cats out through that other flood! And the firefighter with the koala!

If we do end up with Biscuit and Scooter, at least they know us and we know their names. J has been patting them for years!
this mundane stuff called lifewinnett on February 23rd, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Oh, it utterly pisses me off when people abandon their pets. What complete fuckers.

salviagsalviag on February 23rd, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
In case of fire/other emergency, I do think I would grab my children first and the pets as I could manage. Yay you for taking care of the neighbors' cats. One word about outside cats...some cats will not tolerate an indoor lifestyle. The life span of an outdoor cat, however, is an average of 3 years rather than 20 or so...I speak from personal experience--it's hard to have an outdoor cat that just disappears overnight. *sobs with guilt* But I suppose, better the outdoor cat with you-who will FEED them-then left to starve by previous bad owners.
Welcome to Ant Country: Hudson with flowerant_queen on February 23rd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
Abandoning pets is so wrong. If you can't keep them, at least have the decency to try and find them home or take them to the RSPCA. I especially hate abandonned cats as they will naturally start killing the local wildlife to feed themselves. We used to get a lot of abandonned cats on campus during session breaks when the students are away. Campus groundskeepers try to round them up and take them to the RSPCA.

We have a policy of always picking up any dogs we find wandering the streets without an owner in site and take them to the RSPCA or vet rather than leave them to get skittled. As it turns out, our neighbours have the same policy, as I discovered the other morning when I woke up to a commotion and found I had three dogs in our secure back yard instead of two. Neighbours had taken in a lost little staffie (about 6 mths old I reckon) and it had managed to jump the 5' high side fence to say hello to our two. Took about 15 minutes of me boggling how I'd acquired an extra dog before the neighbour's kids enlightened me. Pup had no collar or tag so she was going to take him to the vet to see if he was chipped. Looked well cared for, so we suspect he'd done a houdini and probably had a worried family somewhere. I like our neighbours more now.
Meredyth: Draco's Not Impressedmeredyth_13 on February 23rd, 2009 11:22 pm (UTC)
Firstly, you rock.

Secondly - fucktards!

Poor kitties. *sad face* At least they have you there keeping an eye on them.
daybreaqdaybreaq on February 23rd, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
I think your current status is cat foster mom. Here, some of the pet supply stores will display fostered cats in cages with a little history and personality written by the foster parent with a phone number to call if you are interested in adopting the cat. I'm not sure how long they keep the cats: every time I go in to the Pet Supermarket near me (I have a dog.), there are 2- 5 cats in the cages for potential adoption and they are always different ones. I think the foster parent has to take them to the vet first to confirm they are healthy and get them vaccinated and spayed/neutered before they can put them up in the shop.
Not Quite Donne: cat micenqdonne on February 24th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Man, what a-holes, if they have left them. I can't believe people do that, and yet it's how I ended up with two cats, sigh. You and me, b, we're stray cat magnets...

Just thank God they have someone like you around to care for them. And OMG YES please do report the former owners. It incenses me that people would treat animals like disposable razors.
It's a Deensedeensey on February 24th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
Eeeep! How do people leave pets behind? I don't get it. Either sort out adequate care or don't get the things in the first place.
glass_violet on February 24th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
people are crap, aliens told me so! i cried for days when i had to re-home my ginger boys (having made sure they were going to a safe, cat-friendsly environment), and in all other cases it has been the cats who did the leaving (faithless hussies, the lot of them!). thus far i have rescued two kittens from being bucketed, saved one for the depredations of horrid bogan children, and taken one home when it was dumped at the hotel i was working at. i hope it goes some way to redressing the balance.
uminohikariuminohikari on February 24th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
You are well on the road to being the neighborhood crazy cat lady :D
Robyn: fluffy thoughtsarobynsung on February 24th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
That's horrible!
*agrees with shithead sentiment*

I can't stand people who refuse to acknowledge their responsibility, especially when it comes to a life that's dependent on you.