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Q: What can i do?

March 9, 2009 | By Lorena G. | 22 answers | Expired: 2040 days ago

Lorena G.

ok, this is my problem. When i move in to our new house (6 months ago) we found a mom cat w/her 5 babies living under our house. I am saving money to get them fix. But like a month ago i found that one of the neighbors, they live behind us. have an animal trap set up to get any cat that comes to his yard, and his back yard looks like a yunk yard, theres a lot of mice. And thats why cats come to his yard, and to him all the cats are alley cats. And now one of my cats is missing, and i'm really worried, because he doesn't take them to a shelter, he takes them to nowhere. And my cat might not be an indoor cat but they are verry friendly and spoild you can say, they have clean water to drink, and always have food. I have toys outside for them to play with.

I really need to know if what he is doing is ok.. I fell i can't do anything about it. And i fell really bad.


I just wanted to say thankyou to every one that answer.. I have talked to this guy, and yes he is and old guy 60something, he knows how the cats look like. And 4 of them are boys. The only one girl is already fix. And now i have saved enough money to get 3 of the boys fix, I just hoppe the one missing comes back. About talking to the spca, or animal control, i think he would only get worts. So i'm going to have to get tags for all of them, and hope he does not gets them.

Thakyou sooo much......

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Natalia W.
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Mar 10, 2009

Definately get the animals spayed and or neutered as soon as possible. Talk to your neighbor and find out what he is doing with the cats. If it seems unlawful you can always contact the local police or animal control and see what they can find out. Good luck!

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Mashiara411
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Mar 09, 2009

animal control would just suggest you keep your cats inside.

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Darren F.
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Mar 09, 2009

Go to your neighbor and find where he brings the cats. Then perhaps set another trap at that location and check it every day, maybe twice a day. Then, once you have your kitty back, beat that neighbor with a 2X4. Hehe, just kidding about the 2X4. ;-)

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Judy C.
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Mar 09, 2009

There are many suggestions to your question. First I would spay the cats either way, it is best for them. I would put collars and tags on them to identify them. I would visit the neighbor and introduce your cats to him, so he might return them if they can caught in his traps. I would also call the animal control to see if he is doing anything wrong. I think he has the right to keep stray animals off his property, but as stated by others, his property may need some cleaning up. He does not have the right to trap the cats and dump them somewhere or kill them. Be nice to him, to avoid making him mad, but do look into the situation. I have both inside and outside cats, luckly I don't have neighbors like that to deal with. Good luck to you and all your cats.

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Angel S.
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Mar 09, 2009

I would definately go to your neighbor and try to talk with him. I would also contact the authorities to find out what exactly he is trapping and what he does with them, your neighbor might have animal cruelty charges pressed.

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Holli G.
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Mar 09, 2009

I would recommend trying to talk to him first and then second see if you can not get a collor of some sort on your cats. That way if he does catch one he might return it to you.

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SISSI V.
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Mar 09, 2009

I agree that you should talk to him first. Explain the situation and ask him if they have caused any problems. He may be more likely to stop if you could convince him that they are very helpful in controlling rodent population. However, I don't believe that he is going to change. Calling the authorities is just going to make him more mad; believe me, it is horrible having a scrabble with your neighbor. I also don't believe that authorities would be able to do anything as long as they can't prove any wrong doing, so you would just add fuel to the fire. My only suggestios are to keep them indors, try to find them homes, contact your local humane society, or lastly to move (which would not guaranty a better neighbor). Whatever you do, have them spayed or neutered. Hold a garage sale as a fundraiser, contact your local shelter for poss. low cost spay/neuter programs. GOOD LUCK!

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Tasha R.
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Mar 09, 2009

Wow, that's a very tough situation, but if you love your animals like I do and consider them like your kids, then maybe you should go talk to him and see what he says. Have you every talked to him before? Is he a mean old man? I think I would try and talk to him would be my first approach. It will always leave you wondering if you don't. Beyond that, I'm not sure what else you could do.

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Thechair1960
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Mar 09, 2009

Have the authorites or SPCA stop by and check out the neighbors premises. That way it'll be on record, and if it's not right for animals to live there, they can help fix the situation.

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Jerriann T.
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Mar 09, 2009

I would check with the local authorities to find out all the regualtions.......not only on his behaviour but also about the situation you found yourself in. Certainly a health inspector needs to come out and witness his property especially when attracting rodents. That is not safe to live by. Good luck.

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