As one of a growing number of residents who don’t put up with neighbours’ cats roaming on our properties, I was so worried when one of my neighbours decided to sell.
Would the new neighbours have roaming cats, pooping and stalking birds in my yard?
How would I welcome them to the neighbourhood, while at the same time having to tell them to please keep their cats off my property?
I was worried when I saw the movers bringing in a cat tree, but then I noticed they were screening in the back porch. My hopes raised, are they building a ‘catio’ [an enclosed outdoor space for cats]?
Two weeks go by and finally introductions were made, and yes it was a catio. They said that one of their cats had once brought home an injured bird, and that had spurred their decision to protect wildlife. Plus, they wanted their cats to be safe too, from all the dangers outside.
They were happy, I was happy. Be a responsible cat owner like these people.
Ian Anderson, Gibsons