A cat owner in Newtown in Sydney’s inner west took to a Facebook group when her cat came home after wandering the streets. The cat had a note attached to her collar and the owner wanted to know whether any other cat owners had experienced anything similar.
According to The Daily Mail (UK) the note read
‘Keep cats safe from people and protect (the) environment. Keep inside!’
The owner wasn’t sure how to feel about the note.
I may be wrong, but I think she’s very fortunate to have her cat back home in one piece. With the cat cruelty we read about on a daily basis (especially in Australia with the feral cat situation), her cat could easily have been killed by the note writer and the owner would be none the wiser.
It’s scary when you think about this. A cat who is friendly enough to allow a person to attach a note to the collar is a prime target for animal cruelty. The note was written in permanent marker.
I don’t believe this was helpful advice being delivered in the form of a note. Do any of you think that? I take it more as a ‘keep your cat inside or else’ and the owner is being warned.
I hope the cat is kept inside. The note could easily be the first and only warning. I don’t believe the person who wrote the note would take the cat to a shelter. ‘Protect the environment’ is more in line with Australia’s goal to kill two million feral cats by 2020.
Anyone who finds a similar note attached to their cat’s collar should take it seriously Don’t depend on Facebook to give you the correct advice on what to do. Keep your cat inside to keep the cat safe. If your cat enjoys the outdoor life you need to build a catio or make an area of your property escape-proof.
How do you interpret the note? Please sound off in the comment section below.