Ok, let’s climb on the bandwagon, shall we! I am a cat owner! Yes, I am sorry Mr L. Foster, but I am, and my cats do ‘roam wild’.
However, I do agree that Paul Carter was put under pressure, and that action needed to be taken, but did he really need to carr y this out in such an immature and aggressive manner?
As far as I can see, the neighbour is not entirely blameless in this matter, either.
I consider myself a responsible pet owner, and, not only do I regularly inspect and clean the areas surrounding my own property, despite the fact that I am not the only cat owner, I have told all my neighbours not to suffer in silence any problems caused by my cats.
If the cats should foul their property, and I am informed, I will happily clean up after them, and, should they damage any plants, I will replace them or refund the cost.
I have also provided any neighbours, who have been affected, with repellent sprays and crystals.
This is what I consider to be part of being a responsible cat owner, just as a scoop and a plastic bag is for a dog owner, so, surely, a little communication and co-operation could have diffused this situation before it went so far, and before it gave others the opportunity to develop it into dog versus cat warfare.
A final word about birds - sadly, this is nature. A cat is a predator with a highly developed hunting instinct along with many other species of wildlife that ‘roam wild’, even in the town centres.
Also, he is unable to categorise between a bird and a mouse, and, therefore, can not understand why he is praised for catching one, but condemned for catching the other.
Patricia M. Child