It took me a full 2 hours before I dared to take a peek at the courtyard.
And then my heart sank.
This implies several things, of course.
- My troubles are not over.
- I might have trapped the wrong cat.
- The same cat has already been released and had wrecked furry vengeance in the wee (heh heh, geddit?) hours of this morning.
- I have to drive ANOTHER (50 x 2)km and do this ALL OVER AGAIN!
Today, I’m going to Magnet Mart to talk to a person about some serious repellents. Hopefully, they do not suggest I get a dog. Arddun will be ecstatic, but I will want to punch somebody.
UPDATE: Just checked with the RSPCA. Cat was retrieved yesterday afternoon and therefore probably released last night to say hello to our hedges. I’ve just booked a cage. We’ll do this all over again next week.
16 August 2012 at 10:31 am
are u kidding me!?!?? that is so frustrating esp that the owner got their cat back and then let them out again that night!!! well hopefully a couple 50km trips will also deter them from doing it? maybe next time put a tag on the cats neck saying ‘PLEASE STOP LETTING ME OUT AT NIGHT!’. can the rspca say something? ive never owned a cat but is letting them roam free at night really the done thing? what a saga. funny for us but frustrating for you… hope it gets resolved soon! :(
16 August 2012 at 10:37 am
Unfortunately, the ACT doesn’t have laws against outdoor cats. Where we live, we’re very near a nature reserve and outdoor cats are a known nuisance to wildlife. But our suburb doesn’t have a pet curfew. (The newer surrounding suburbs do.) I will be making a few 50km trips because as much as I could chemical-repellent the living daylights out of my garden, she’ll return as soon as the chemicals wear off. If only I could get near enough, long enough to put a tag around that cat saying “Keep me in afterdark”! The problem is, she’s rummaged our garden in the daytime, too. And she’s getting bolder and more destructive as the weeks go on.
16 August 2012 at 1:15 pm
that is such a pain!!! man what is it about your courtyard that it is so obsessed with coming back?! bizarre. hey maybe you could just borrow a dog for a couple nights?!?! give it a good fright!?? i feel like coming over myself and giving it a good talking to now!!
3 October 2012 at 9:31 am
“Mouldy pavings… mmmmmm…”