At my age, I have to admit that there isn’t a lot to surprise me, but I was a bit stunned about a conversation that my husband had with the neighbor two doors down. This neighbor has a cat that roamed outside in his old neighborhood, so of course things haven’t changed here.
We love cats and other animals as well. We also feed a lot of birds, quail, pigeons, doves, chipmunks, etc. around here. They have a real haven in our backyard. Our cats are indoor cats and always have been. I have never understood people who can let their cats run lose especially with a busy street so close by.
Since moving in, the neighbor has acquired two more cats. After some complaints of his cat hunting in people’s yards, he did install an underground fence last fall. The cat is over here daily filling up on birds, or whatever it can catch, which makes my husband quite disgusted. Even with the underground fence, this cat still gets out.
About a week or so ago my husband got a picture of the cat in the act and marched down to confront the neighbor about this again. Usually the guy never opens the door, but this time he did. My husband told me the story after he returned. It isn’t as if we would miss a bird or two because we must have at least a hundred over here at any given time. However, it is the principle, I guess, even though the cat is only using his inbred instincts.
Anyway, after denying he even had a cat, the neighbor had to fess up after my husband showed him the cat’s mug shot on his camera. The guy said he won’t stay in the $2,000 fence he had installed and he didn’t know what to do about it. He suggested my husband shoot the cat. Can you believe that? Of course, there is no way we would shoot a cat. My husband told him to take care of it by keeping it inside or taking it to the pound. We have a “no kill” animal shelter here.
Well, after this incident, we didn’t see the cat for over a week. I suspected the worst, thinking perhaps that the guy shot the cat himself. I felt relief when I saw it hunting in the yard again yesterday.
My husband said the guy would never shoot the cat. He was only trying to get some reaction by saying that. Why do people do that? I guess I tend to be blunt and just come out with it, not say something to see what kind of reaction I’ll get. The world is full of all kinds of people though. This guy and his wife are not very friendly with anyone.
Meanwhile, the hunt goes on for a place to move. This move has nothing to do with this neighbor, although most of the people in this state are not very welcoming. I love the scenery and my house and even the cost of living when you are retired and have to consider that, but the weather is a BIG drawback. Nine years is long enough to put up with that.