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When up to 20 cats go missing in a small village it’s the fault of the cats’ owners? — 7 Comments

  1. Hi, thank you for your non judgemental article highlighting not only George’s disappearance but the disturbing trend happening locally which has broken the hearts of many families.
    You have articulated the differences between UK and US cat ownership perfectly in that we, in the UK have different risks to assess when allowing a cat to go outside and this decision is assessed against very different criteria.
    To apply context, George lives in a small village, well away from major roads (highways) in an area with no previous instances of several cats going missing. We currently have 2 other cats and previously had several other cats who all lived full and happy lives, whilst being allowed to roam free.
    Before George went missing we were unaware of other disappearances and it is only through conversations locally that the apparent trend has been highlighted and reported.
    Had we been aware of the trend, we would have re-assessed our decision to allow George to live as a free spirit.
    Without the benefit of hindsight, all we can do is to reactively highlight the issue in the hope that a) the police may receive sufficient retrospective reports to conduct an investigation or b) other cat owners will re-assess their decisions based upon current information.
    If this situation can be a catalyst for a change in UK regulations relating to cat ownership/co-habitation, then i would encourage it.
    Regards,
    Steve Haywood
    Assistant 2 to Gorgeous George

    • Thanks a lot Steve for commenting. You’re right. I let my cat roam. Mind you I have to as he escaped from a very expensive and customized cat confinement fence which in the end I had to dismantle as it did not confine him. There is a risk involved in letting cats roam but as long as their caregiver accepts the risk and lives with it, it’s okay provided neighbours don’t kick up a fuss. And provided as you state that the risk is low and managed. This applies to you. I wish you the best for the future.

      Michael

  2. There clearly seems to be a mad cat hater on the loose in Thornhill. My sympaties go to to all that have lost cats or had cats gone missing, but that said – it does not have to be expensive nor complicated to build a safe enclosure in the garden. There are plenty of ideas to be found on the internet – this is ours, which has now saved us from worries for more than 10 years. And considering how much we spend on premium cat food and vet bills, the 300 Euro for the enclosure was well spent… 🙂
    http://www.raarup.eu/indhegn-en.html

    • It is a nice enclosure. It looks handmade which I like. I had one but my cat escaped. That said he is particularly athletic and particularly unsuited to a captive life. I have taken the liberty of publishing it with this comment. Thanks for the link.

      Handcmade cat enclosure in Denmark

      I agree that where and when cats go missing the owners should try a little harder to confine them in a garden enclosure.

  3. About 30 years ago, my sister had three cats disappear within a couple of weeks. Then most people did not keep the cats indoors, and let them come and go as they pleased. It turned out that a neighbor was luring cats into his yard and then selling them for animal experimentation. From then on she only has had indoor cats.

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