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Stolen Cats — 6 Comments

  1. Its heartbreaking if your pet is stolen or missing.I am surprised to read about the use of cat fur in the hosiery business and could be that many long fur cats are stolen for their pelt.I vividly remember animal activists with posters outside Harrods in London depicting the brutal skinning of “Farmed animals” for the fur business, requesting Harrods to stop selling “Animal pelts”. Cat fur could easily be counterfeited for other expensive pelts and my guess is that many cats might be butchered by cat thieves as it could be a very lucrative business in some country’s.remember, thieves exist in all societies, only difference is the difference in products stolen. In India, cat thieves are non-existent unless your cat has strayed out of the house and gets lost in the street or is picked up and looked after by another stranger.

  2. Our friends owned a motel when I was a kid and they often would find their cat Roger in people’s rooms at the motel. Were they planning to abduct him? We kids found that hilariously funny because Roger had bad gas almost all the time. Ha, ha.
    My mom and her sisters on more than one occasion lost a pet cat because tourists took him. My grandparents ran a boat rental, with cottages for rent across the street, next to my great uncle’s bait shop. Why tourists would take a cat, I don’t know, but my mom said she saw her cat in somebody’s car more than once. Grandpa refused to challenge the people about this because he didn’t want to insult customers, drive away business. What if you were wrong and it wasn’t your cat? So the tourists would just take the cat, probably to dump it somewhere.
    I think our cat Tiger was probably dumped by tourists, either their cat or a cat they stole and got tired of. I realize that living in a tourist town you have to be glad for tourists coming because they are your livelihood. They paid my way through college in a way. But when people go on vacation they behave differently. It’s as if because no one knows them there they can do anything they want. Because who would take a little girl’s cat and just drive away with him?

    • Ruth, you describe what to me what I would call “casual criminality”. It seems all so careless and effortless. But these are cats, living creatures that are used to a certain area and have a connection (I hope) with the caretaker person.

      I think it reflects the causal relationship some people have with their cat. It seems some people don’t mind losing their cat that much. Maybe they get used to it if they have lots of cats that go out.

  3. In Slovenia the gipsys steal copper roofing and cables. You just can’t have it or they will find it and steal it. If the scrap metal merchants didn’t buy it then the game would be over. Perhaps there could be licensing for scrap metal collection and sale.Our cat in Slovenia disappeared. He was friendly but not overly. We put up signs everywhere and looked everywhere. The ones we put up in our own (large) building kept being removed. This led me to think somebody stole him and the perpitrator or a friend is taking down the posters we were putting up. The building management would not allow us to look at the cctv files.
    He never came back and nor did we ever find his body. It’s awful. He might still be alive in our building just up high on the 11th floor. My ex still lives there and she said another couple had the same thing happen. Lost cat and signs being taken down. This is in the poorest area of Ljubljana the capital of Slovenia. It’s government housing – big blocks. Most people are from Bosnia or Macedonia Albania Serbia Russia Ukraine. It’s not like you could sell a cat in Slovenia either though and he was a typical tabby boy cat called Pepe. It’s heartbreaking to think of him and if he is still alive or what horrors might have happened to him. He could not live indoors because he grew up outdoors. We tried but he would poop all over the place til we opened the window. Luckily we lived on the first floor and he could climb down.

    Sometimes I think some mean old granny just took him because she wanted him. He was nice – infact we met him because our old landlord in our previous place left him outside all year round. He had too obnoxious dogsd too so poor Pepe was out in the winter and we immediatley let him in. I was shocked when the landlord was totally fine about us bringing him with us when we moved. He was not attached to him at all. How sad. We gave hime a wonderful life until he disappeared.

    Because of the person taking down the posters I can only assume he was stolen either to keep or torture – or he was poisoned because he was going in somebody’s garden and they wanted to hide the fact. 2 out of 3 chances he was stolen. I am still thinking of rigging up a camera when I go there and getting the person who takes down the posters. I’d follow them to their apartment and then once I knew where they lived I would take it from there. Now I dont live there I wouldnt be scared of doing the person some real serious damage – I think I would be so angry to finally have the person I might not behave safely.

  4. Why do people feel the need to steal? Especially to steal living creatures, as if it’s not bad enough stealing inanimate possessions.
    Yes I suppose eventually as some of the people in this world get even more corrupt and it gets more unsafe outside, all cats even in the UK, will be kept prisoners. It makes my heart ache as cats love and deserve some freedom but they do deserve to be kept safe too, so we can’t win! It’s not even safe for children to play out now as we were able to, whatever has gone wrong with the human race to come to this?
    It was written in the stars when humans first domesticated cats that one day they would own them completely, as they own many other species of animal and are desperate to own wild creatures too.
    I feel so very sad that this world, meant to share, is being taken over commpletely by humans without a thought as to what is being taken from animals.
    We are lucky in our local police and Babz and I work quite closely with them as we co-ordinate our Neighbourhood Watch and have got to know the nicer and caring ones.
    I suppose it’s different in a big city like London.

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