Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Live in the city, St Paul, Mn
What I woke up to this morning:
I wasn't sure where to put this, cat tails, behavior, ferals, or the 911 forum...oops don't have one of them. So I thought the lounge would do.
As I have posted before, I took in Annie last fall...a homeless female calico.
Then with sub zero temps I made a couple of places in my cluttered city yard...a couple of sheds...one for garden stuff, one for my maintenance etc storage, and a boat & trailer..wheel barrows and misc. I know come spring I gotta clean it all out. What I made was a safe and comfortable place(s) for a feral cat to keep from freezing. A large gray/white real feral who would flee whenever I came around. Sometimes it would sleep in the sheltered open cage I had made for Annie; other times, in a shed or under my back porch. I had a heated water dish on my front steps too. Lately, my 'gray ghost' friend would stay a little before darting off...kinda checking me out I think. I would put out food at times but not every day and it would consume it during the night.
I have a duplex next door to me....I don't socialize with them much but I have done some repairs on that house for the owner whom I do other work for on other rentals of his. The woman downstairs has at least one cat...I saw it recently...skinny...looked underfed but not my place to judge. So:
I'm getting my morning cup of joe and have Marble (my rescued 3rd cat) on my lap on a chair near the window and we look out and there are 3 squad cars out front. Not unusual but I watched and someone came up to the duplex next door with a fishing net, and what might have been a small pet carrier and a pole snare. Hmmmm. I saw him go to the back and I went to my balcony as he was coming into my yard thru a gate. (Lucky I don't have a pitbull but the officers that were also on the duplex property or by their cars had guns i'm sure.)
I called to him and told him to go to the front of my house and I would be down...I quickly threw on some pants and jacket and met him out front:
He had that net, a pole they use to 'hook' an animal, and the pet carrier.
I said, "what's up? What are you trying to catch?" He said my neighbor had said that a large cat hissed at her and looked threatening as she stepped outside in the back>. My goodness...she called 911 about that?
Well being nice I asked if the cat she saw was gray and white. He didn't say so I told him there is a feral hanging around these houses. "Are you going to TNR him?" No, and he said something about Animal Ark and I said they are full up and that I deal with Feline Rescue but this is a feral....there are dozens of them here in this part of the city..."Do you do TNR?" I asked again. By this time I knew he was from the city Animal Control departmet and I knew if someone calls 911 about anything, they have to send a squad car or two to investigate. They must have called A.C. too so they could trap this feral and euthanize it.
I explained that I have provided places for this one feral to get away from the 20 below zero temps we had this winter and provide a water dish for any others that roam around. I told him this Gray/White one looks healthy and scatters even from me so I don't believe it would attack my neighbor. I think she is just a bit too worried since I can't even get close to this cat and it 'knows' me. I haven't seen any other ferals most of the winter by these houses either, I told him.
Well, he seemed ok with that and knew he couldn't catch this cat anyway and the tracks in the new snow indicated it went under my back porch.
Then I wondered: He had a fishing net on a two foot pole, that choking pole and a carrier that was too small. Even if he got the cat in the net, no way was he going to get it into the carrier, or even with the choke pole...No way.....and then it hit me.
The cops......once he snared it, they would shoot it. The carrier was for the corpse. They would feel justifed in removing one feral from the city, that has hundreds of them. I know, I walk the hood and see them at times or their tracks where they find shelter in old garages or sheds.
As the A.C. guy left I heard one cop say to another,....."he is harboring a cat....I don't know if he heard what I had spoken to the A.C guy about. ya, right, I'm harboring a fugitive cat.
So, they left...I talked with the owner of the property an hour or so later as he was doing a repair for the downstairs renter. I relayed this story and asked him to check about the description of the cat she saw and to let her know that the 'gray ghost' is not a danger...just another feral cat doing no one any harm.
I don't and won't have a good relationship with this woman...cordial, polite, but that is about it. I have lived in my house for 30 yrs and have seen countless people come and go from that property but have only recently done work there. I snow blow their sidewalk and back parking area, pick up their overflowing trash litter, (they won't recycle....just want a third garbage can). But no need to go into this further. Some times it is just best to not get too involved with some people (neighbors).
I guess I will latch my back gate and maybe even padlock it. And put up a no trespassing sign in back.....I'll probably get a call from a city inspector about my excess ...ah....things out back....which I can deal with if it happens...With warmer temps and sno melt, I will be able to get back to gardening, using my boat, and open trailer for hauling their couch and mattresses they dumped out behind their place. Finish cleaning out my own garage so I can put my maintenance supplies in it...hard to do when it is below zero and waist deep in snow.
Hopefully, (since this is the lounge) you had a cup of joe with you cause this got real long. I'm not a man of few words I know....Hopefully too, they won't be back and the landlord quelled my neighbors fears of being attacked by a large feline that supposedly hissed at her.