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Letting your cat wander can lead to cat ownership problems — 17 Comments

  1. In the US, there have been several cases of theft usually involving the rarer or expensive breeds such as the Savannah. A case about a month ago, involved trespassing on private property and cutting cages open in which several Savannahs and a serval were stolen.
    I wanted to post a comment to the article posted the other day titled Asian Golden Cat Facts but I could not locate a place to leave a comment at the end of the article. ?

  2. Thank you for your kind words Michael. I know how recently you experience bereavement yourself, so I hope I haven’t brought back unhappy memories for you.

    I must admit I was so shell shocked by the speed at which Sophie went downhill that I didn’t ask the vet about potential causes. Came away in such a state that I didn’t realise I’d forgotten her carrier until I arrived home.

    The vet (not my regular one) allowed me to be present for the x-rays and ultrasound. Apparently it’s rare for cats to develop primary tumours on their liver, as generally they spread there from other organs.

    Cancer doesn’t discriminate between the young or the old, so I think a lot of time it’s purely bad luck or maybe even a genetic disposition.

  3. No worries Michael. I don’t know how you manage all the admin and article writing, it must keep you very busy.

    On a sad note, I had to have Sophie euthanised today. She stopped eating Thursday and was at the vets all day yesterday and this morning. She was very jaundiced and her liver test results were off the charts. Ultrasound scans revealed she had cancerous tumours on her liver. She was only 10. I’ve never lost a cat that young before and it was totally unexpected.

    RIP my feisty one. ’twas heaven having you here with me.

    • I am sorry to hear this Michele. My condolences. May she rest in peace. Ten years-of-age is not, as you say, a good age. Was it bad luck that she got cancer or could the vet point to anything? It looks like bad luck.

    • So sorry to read your sad news Michele x
      R.I.P Sophie.
      We were devastated to lose our Bryan to cancer at only 10 years of age too, cats lives are short enough already. It’s only fate that decides who this deadly disease strikes, we lost our dearly loved mother to the same, not that long before Bryan.
      At least we can spare our cats the agony of slowly dying from cancer, by setting them free before.

    • Sorry to hear of your loss Michelle no matter how hard it must have been sounds like she was very poorly so you did the right thing

      • Thanks everyone for your support. It means a lot to me.

        Charley and Horace are indifferent to her absence. They are friendly cats, but seem to prefer each other’s company than being with me 🙁

  4. Michael I’m in the UK, but you’re right that such an uncommon cat as a Snow Bengal would have been a temptation someone couldn’t resist. Whomever found the cat clearly didn’t respond to my work colleague’s “missing cat” posters. If only she’d had her microchipped.

    • Hi Michele. For some reason I thought I was reading a comment by Rudolph in India 😉 rather than yours – sorry . I read the comments in the admin section of the site which can mislead sometimes if I am not careful.

      What I said applies to England, as you say. A snow Bengal cat will look gorgeous and be a great temptation. The cat could have been sold in fact.

  5. Dee, there are people here who don’t know or prefer to ignore the theft laws regarding cats. A female work colleague adopted an adult Snow Bengal intending to keep her indoor-only. I encouraged her to have the cat microchipped but she didn’t feel it necessary. Unfortunately one of her teenage daughter’s visiting friends was remiss at closing the front door behind her and the cat sneaked out. Despite reporting her missing to local rescues and vets, they never did find her, but I bet someone else did and kept her!

    • Nice to know that the Bengal cat is in India. Your story is a classic example of transfer of ownership. Although it looks more like quiet theft. A person having a Bengal cat in India should have an enclosed garden, I think, because this cat is active and they do like to get out and I can image the cat being desired by many so it’ll be goodbye.

  6. Not so much a problem here.
    Free-roaming cats are anybodys’ game.
    No court would even put this sort of dispute on the docket.

  7. It’s unfortunate that Mrs Meehan didn’t get Rambo microchipped when she first got him as that would have avoided this kind of ownership dispute and heartache for both families involved. (His second owners did adopt him in good faith from a rescue and must have become attached to him.)

    I appreciate that some cats wander further afield than others or will be greedy enough to schmooze neighbours for free meals, but unless they look malnourished, people shouldn’t feed cats which don’t belong to them.

    In the UK cats are legally classed as property. Anyone finding a cat is obliged to make all reasonable endeavours to reunite them with their owner. To assume that a cat outdoors is homeless and deciding to keep it for oneself, is no different than finding a valuable watch on street and not handing it in to lost property.

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