“It’s theft, that’s what it is!” Exclaims the husband, obviously upset.
He came in after a little chat with our neighbour who claimed that she saw Boots on a woman’s house a few days ago. She said she told the woman that Bootsy actually belongs to T. But the woman didn’t seem bothered that the cat she has housed belongs to someone else.
“Well, she can bloody de-fleace her then!” Added the husband.
“I don’t think it’s theft” I say.
“She entices her in, lets her sleep in her house, knowing fully-well that she belongs to someone else! That’s theft!” He repeated.
I kept silent, knowing the argument wasn’t going anywhere. Little T is upset that Boots now prefers someone else, no matter how much we’ve explained that cats are sadly, like that. Home is where they like it. And I’m afraid our home with an over-excitable dog just doesn’t appeal to her anymore.
I saw a documentary about cats once on TV. And there was also this one family whose cat buggered off when their family grew bigger (i.e. children and dogs). And their cat also decided to find another home, a quiet and peaceful home without kids or dogs. The cat found an old couple without dogs and probably grown-up children who have long flown the nest, just like Bootsy, who found an old woman who lives alone. When interviewed, the woman (the cat’s former human) said that it hurts that her cat has chosen someone else to live with, considering they had the cat long before the dog and the kids. We are exactly in the same position she’s in now.
But what can we do? Show up on this woman’s doorstep and demand that she stop feeding and letting Bootsy in her home?
While I’m also hurt that she has chosen another family, after all, nobody wants to be dumped, even by a cat right? I just hope though that this woman really takes care of her. And I also agree with my husband, she can pay for the vets fees and de-fleaing medicines too.
What do you think? Is this theft?
What would you do if you were in our shoes?