Rocky’s owner Samantha Davies has been sent a letter by Rotherham Council requesting that she take steps to keep her cat within the perimeter of her garden and home, in future. The council had received complaints about Rocky. Their letter is the equivalent of an Animal ASBO! Yes, fellow cat lovers, we have an outdoor cat doing his usual thing, behaving naturally, minding his own business being served with an Animal ASBO. It’s a disgrace. It is shortsightedness and heavy-handedness on behalf of the Council 😉
Note for non-UK visitors: an ASBO is an order restricting a person’s activities because of prior anti-social behavior. It stands for anti-social behaviour order.
Samantha makes a good point in saying
“How can a cat behaves antisocially? It’s an animal, it’s a pet – he’s not going to bite your leg off, drink alcohol in the street or try and rob your phone.”
Well said Samantha. The point she is making is that Rocky is an outdoor cat and behaves normally.
“People need to understand me. I don’t like to be touched on my bottom and hind legs and I don’t like my tail to be pulled. I don’t like strangers trying to frighten me. I mind my own business so they should mind there’s as well. I can live in harmony with people if they just leave me alone. I am not a frightening cat. If people are frightened of me it is because they have an irrational fear of cats.” (Rocky has a degree from Cambridge University in cat psychology).
I agree with Rocky. I think this is heavy handedness by the council who are responding to unjustified complaints by the residents in the area where he lives. I feel that the residents are troublemakers. They may even have a grudge against the owner Samantha Davies. There may be a bit of history behind this. The trouble is this; the Council cannot interview Rocky to find out why he bit the person. It was almost certainly highly justified because the domestic cat does not bite people willy-nilly for the hell of it or the fun of it. A cat may bite a person but it will be for a good reason and nearly always in defence. Cats do not attack people as if they are prey! Cats aren’t that stupid. Although some people think they do that which tells me that people can be stupid.
There are wider issues despite the funny side to this story. The wider issue is this: should cats be allowed to go outdoors? This is a never ending discussion and one which takes place a lot in the United States of America where, as we know, a significant percentage of people keep their cats indoors full-time. One reason why they keep them indoors is to protect them from people who don’t like cats and to stop people complaining about cats roaming around streets etc..
Not everyone likes cats and I think this story is about that. It is about some people in the area not liking cats and if the cat is quite bold and confident and doesn’t run away every time he sees a person then the person who does not like cats may come into conflict with that cat. It is the battle between cat lovers and cat haters.
Samantha Davies is a council tenant and therefore she may be in breach of her tenancy agreement if she fails to comply with the request from the council so no doubt she will keep Rocky inside from now on it because if not she may lose her home. The council home in Britain is a valuable asset.