My wife and I just bought a house a few months ago. We love the neighborhood - its relatively upscale but not snooty, etc, but…
…stray cats bound. We’ve been waken up in the middle of the night by them fighting, mating (one of the worse sounds in the world), and otherwise causing ruckus. They also poop in the yard without burying it, and it stinks when it rains.
For some time, we thought this was primarily the work of one un-nuetered male that we saw quite frequently (we call him Morris). We were determined to put an end to the sleepless nights, so we borrowed a trap from the local animal control. You trap a stray, they come pick it up, no questions asked.
We caught 5 different cats, all untagged and “unfixed” and quite mean, but not Morris. And I saw him poop in the garden a few days ago, which really pissed me off. He did it just like a dog - just raised a leg and “plop,” right onto the sqaush.
So, I really have it out for this cat and was planning on getting the trap back from animal control. Only problem is I saw my neighbor feeding him yesterday.
What to do? I’d really like to get rid of this damn cat once and for all, but I’m afraid I’ll piss off my neighbor. Its not his cat per se (he’s got two other indoor cats), but it appears that he’s taken a liking to Morris.
Advice? Should I trap him on the sly and not say anything? I was thinking of approaching him about it, but if he takes offense then he’ll know who to blame when Morris stops showing up for dinner.
BTW - I am not a cat hater, and don’t feel like I’m doing a disservice - stray breed more strays, most of which dies from disease, starvation, tangles w/ other animals, etc.