Saving a Kitty

KITTYThe girl who lives in the apartment next door to us (I’ll call her Beth) has been leaving her cat alone in the apartment for days and days — or at least that’s what I’ve suspected for the past couple months. I just got an email from a friend confirming my suspicions. Beth told my friend that she only goes to the apartment once a week to pick up her mail and feed the cat. Then she leaves.

I’m not an expert, but I do have two cats and I know cats are social animals. They go nuts when they’re left alone for too long. My guess is this cat has been left alone, except for brief contact once a week, for at least the past two months, probably longer. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the life it’s had since it was a kitten (it’s not yet a year old). I’m fairly sure leaving a cat alone unattended for so long constitutes animal cruelty.

Whatever it constitutes, I’m doing something about it. I called our landlord and left a message saying I’m going to take action. I’m calling the SPCA or police or somebody. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m doing something.

I’m not a cat person, but I hear the cat crying all the time, and I nearly busted the door down trying to get into the apartment today. I was going to nab the cat and I didn’t give a damn.

About Phillip

Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John’s, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

5 Replies to “Saving a Kitty”

  1. I can see it now. Phillip puts on his red cape, marches… er, flies over there and busts the door in. The door falls off its hinges and lands flat on the floor, squarely on top of the cat.

    Phillip, my hero! Spooooon!

  2. We left a note with our neighbour saying we’ll take the cat. If she doesn’t respond to us, our landlord will track her down and have the cat removed somehow. So we’re waiting.

  3. The kitty died.

    Just kidding. Our neighbour was going through a break-up and was distraught. So she stayed at a friend’s house for a month. She’s back now. Though I’m pretty sure she used to leave the cat alone a lot even before the break-up. I still don’t have high hopes for the cat.

  4. Sad ending to this story. A month or two later she gave the cat up to the SPCA because she said she couldn’t afford to have it fixed. Right. The cat is probably dead now.

    I should have broken into the apartment and taken it like I originally planned.

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