Re: Neighbors dogs attacking cats, what can I do?
Today I asked my friends at the Clothes Closet, a small local non profit organization here in town that I volunteer at, to stand out side and watch while my husband went to talk to our neighbor. I wanted to make sure he couldnít claim we were harassing him or that my husband was threatening him. (he likes to make a living trying to sue people) He has agreed that if we build him a tethering system he has easy access to off his back deck, heíll keep them tied up when he lets them out. Iím sick right now, so it wonít be till this weekend but my husband is going to drive me out to Pet Smart, and weíre going to see if they have anything that will work. If not then Iíll design a system, and pick up the supplies at Loweís. Personally I donít think its right that weíll be paying for it, but if heíll use it, Iím willing to do anything. These cats already have a raw deal; I canít stand the idea of them not feeling safe here. We have cat trees out side that lead up to out roof, but around here thatís not always the safest place, we have large birds of prey. While the larger more aggressive cats probably have nothing to fear, the smaller ones do. I have winter houses for them that we set out under the deck every year during the cold season, and while big dogs canít get to them, I never thought about a Chiwawa. I should have since all our neighbors have tiny dogs, but I honestly never did. Chiwawaís just didnít seem that high up on my list of potential threats. I have two of the largest dogs in our neighbor hood, a boxer and a husky mix; neither would hurt another animal, so I really didnít think about a small toy dog being a risk. Right now even as Iím sending this Iím looking at Serenity, our husky mix, sleeping in what I guess would be a cat pile since two of our indoor kitties, Nocturus and Zoie, are sleeping on top of her. They are part of her pack. I guess I just got so used to that I forgot what other dogs could do. I should submit some of my art some time, I love to paint and draw pictures of all these cats. Iíve been working on one a lot lately, we call her Layla. She came to us pregnant we didnít know how far along so we trapped her and turned her loose in what was my studio; itís been cleared and clean now while sheís in there. We thought we had time but four days later she gave birth to five kittens. Our Vet postponed our appointment for her until she was stronger and the kittens where bigger, he didnít want to stress her anymore than she already was. Itís a little over an hours drive to our Vet. Heís not the closest but heís a family friend and I trust him. Unfortunately we had to rush one kitten to him, the runt, he didnít make it, and the Vet confirmed that he was premature and underdeveloped. Heís set an appointment for the others for when they are four weeks. Just to give them a general check up and for the mom. Their appointment will be the middle of next week. I hope they are all given a clean bill of health. Layla is doing much better with our presence, and is even allowing up to pet her and the babies. Iíve been sitting in there and drawing and painting them everyday. We named the four survivors, Shiloh, Freya, Modo, and Uri. And we named the little one who didnít make it, Max. We got a memorial marker for him and buried him in my flower garden. They are so small and precious. How anyone could hurt one or allow one to be harmed Iíll never know. Thank you all for taking the time to read and your responses mean a lot to me. Thank you.