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Cujgie  (Level: 183.0 - Posts: 754)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 9:53 PM


My neighbor across the street has a beautiful Siamese (mix?) who is usually outdoors. (Right now, we have six inches of snow and ice, and it's about 30 degrees.) Our next-door neighbor finds the cat at her door, scoops him up, and returns him to the owner. Before long, the cat is hanging around her house or ours. Twice the cat owner has pounded on our front door and asked if we have seen the cat because his children are distraught with missing the cat. During the past five years, this neighbor has had other cats who were outdoors cats and are no longer alive. (We are near a busy street plus winters are quite cold here in Chicagoland.)

We have been feeding this Siamese for about three weeks now. He's friendly and a nice cat, but we already have four cats and three humans living in a small house. I want to kidnap this cat and keep him indoors. Is that theft, and will I go to jail if found out?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 10:05 PM

I think it's a clear case of home-icide.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 10:07 PM

While I understand you have good intentions to keep the cat safe from harm, if you want the cat, you need to discuss it with the owner. And if you get permission from the owner to take the cat, I suggest getting it in writing to prevent any backlash in the future.

I do not think it's right for you to "kidnap" the cat. Sorry. that's my opinion.
-- Geri

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.4 - Posts: 4456)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 10:14 PM

P.S. If you believe this neighbor of yours is seriously neglecting or mistreating the cat, there are agencies you can contact about it, such as your local Humane Society.

Oogie54  (Level: 210.9 - Posts: 1120)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 10:29 PM

You know I had a similar situation once, had a lady's cat at my house for some time and she came over with a police officer demanding restitution. I gave her twenty bucks and the cop promptly arrested her for....

Cujgie  (Level: 183.0 - Posts: 754)
Fri, 19th Dec '08 11:57 PM

I'm a volunteer at the local cat shelter. I will discuss it with them tomorrow.

Now I'm going to take a little catnap and reconsider my kidnap plans.

Stone  (Level: 35.0 - Posts: 259)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 12:10 AM

My across-the-street neighbor has a cat that comes to my house frequently. I've told her and she says it is okay for the cat to visit. Last night I was walking down the street and saw the cat clawing at her door trying to get out! She leaves the cat out all hours and all weather. I think 'Miss Tootie' would like a home without a dog. I feed her and let her stay inside for a while, but send her home. I go out and stop traffic (one way street) so she can cross safely.
Report it to the local SPCA. See what they say.
My three cats are all strays who have adopted us. I am so excited as they are starting to function as a family, playing together without any fur flying! Claudette

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5425)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 12:16 AM

Now I normally would not condone catnapping a feline. But the way I see it, if you leave your door open and the cat walks in, that's not catnapping. The cat just came for an extended visit. OR there are so many in your house you don't notice when one of them has overnight guests.

I'm sure part of the animal cruelty laws covers providing food and shelter and if they are not doing that, then they are in violation of the law. When this all started was the cat very thin and do they provide any shelter for the animal? The next question is, do you want someone from animal control knocking on their door accusing them of animal cruelty or neglect when they know you work at the shelter?

Your idea is good to talk to the people at the shelter. If the cat is seeking food and refuge and shelter at neighbor's homes, I'm not sure but what maybe it is a neighborhood cat, which makes you part owner.

One thing I have learned in my later years is that not all of life is black and white; sometimes there are a lot of gray areas that are OK too. Especially when it comes to one of our four-legged friends who we have tamed and then try to make them fend for themselves.

Cujgie  (Level: 183.0 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 2:12 AM

Three of my four cats are "rescues" -- I've written about them on another thread here. Little Debbie was under a year and came to our front door shivering in the December cold. After a few days of feeding her, we scooped her up and took her to the vet to get her checked out (and later to get spayed). Kuro was born in our back yard. We rescued him and his little brother when he was six months old. We kept Kuro and got the brothers happily adopted. Thomas Jefferson was born during a t'storm on the 4th of July (thus the name). He was rescued by another cat shelter volunteer, and he chose me to be his soulmate. Only Rasputin came from the "inside"-- from a friend's litter.

1mks  (Level: 221.1 - Posts: 5930)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 9:01 AM

Catnap him......he needs a caring family.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 9:27 AM

I think I'm on board here with talking to the SPCA. From what you said of their past behavior, even if you kept this cat, they'd just get another and repeat the cycle. It seems to me that someone with some authority would at least have a chance of stopping the neglect cycle. Maybe?

Cujgie  (Level: 183.0 - Posts: 754)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 2:58 PM

If they keep getting cats and I continue to catnap them, maybe my husband will finally agree to add on to our tiny house. Hmmmm, there's a plan...............

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Sat, 20th Dec '08 7:40 PM

There's a lady who lives close to my kids who bought this old 2-story house - took out the windows, and keeps it just as a sanctuary for all kinds of animals. (But of course she doesn't live there - don't tell your husband)

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