Our cat Billy ran away, stole food, and got himself injured.
Now a lady from the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has just called me and we had a nice long chat this afternoon.
She understood that we didn’t mistreat, neglect, or abuse our cat. However, someone has called the RSPCA because our cat keeps stealing food meant for his cat from his house.
Billy the intruder
Billy even pushed his way through the microchip pet door of his house – actually a good microchip pet door should have deterred intruder animals from getting through the flap. Either Billy had some sort of superpower, or the microchips had failed working anyway.
The RSPCA inspector has spoken to Bobbie, who feeds Billy and brushes his fur often when Billy came to tea. Bobbie also told the RSPCA lady that we have collected Billy 12 times from her house, and have taken Billy to the vet. Bobbie told the RSPCA we are very nice people.
Of course, the RSPCA inspector also visited the man who rang them about Billy. It’s agreed that Billy is a well-loved cat, yet he is also an independent thinker.
Billy was checked by the vet again yesterday, and he is due for another check-up mid next week.
After his full recovery, we’ll need to re-home Billy. The RSPCA agreed with Bobbie that Billy needs to be rehomed far away from Chandler’s Ford, for him to have a fresh start in life in a new territory.
RSPCA asked me to contact Cats Protection too, so that with more publicity, Billy could be rehomed sooner.
If Billy has taught me anything, it is about unrequited love.
You feed him, comb him, play with him, let him sit on the most comfy chair (or anywhere he fancies), and shower him with love. But does he love you back? Is there a way to measure a cat’s love for its owner? Or is it too much to ask a cat about love?
Perhaps when you are in love with
someone some cat, you should just follow your heart. Asking for reciprocity of love will just break your heart.
Story of another Chandler’s Ford cat – Joules
“I can emphasise with you about your cat – our lovely little tabby Joules was the same and she travelled all round Chandler’s Ford – she was quite a timid cat when we first had her as she was feral too.
Eventually she became a very loving cat and would quite often follow people home in the Hiltingbury area if they walked past our house and one time we had to get her from the King Rufus pub as she had followed some people up there and then she was rubbing round people’s feet in the bar. Thankfully someone contacted us from her collar ID !
She always knew when we came home and would run along our road when she heard our cars or my work’s van but sadly she got knocked down and killed out right just outside our house – think she had heard my van coming down the road from wherever she was and then crossed the road and got hit by a car – she was always dodging the cars in the road and certainly had more than her allotted 9 lives in her young age of 11!
We all miss her little face greeting us with a friendly Mioww when we get home. Our dog was her best friend and kept sitting in the garden waiting for her to come home for quite a while. I hope Billy finds a safe sanctuary soon.”
From Sarah Guilder, owner of Bay Leaves Larder.
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