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An Open Letter to the Person Whose Brown Tabby Cat is Walking Around My Neighborhood

Someone in the Third Addition has a cat on the loose.  I have seen this small cat the past two nights on our back patio.  Last night, he or she was trying to eat the dried bread we had put out for the birds.  No collar, therefore no tags, and the cat is frightened when I open the door, so I cannot offer it any warmth when it's 6 degrees or less outside, in a blanket of snow.  Person Whose Cat This Is, I am calling you out as an idiot.  Do you think cats like to be outside, that somehow it is their natural environment?  Do you think your pet is disposable?  Maybe it accidentally got out of your house - without tags it will never be able to be traced back to you.  It is freaking cold outside!  This isn't a squirrel or a rabbit, used to living outside, this is a house cat!  It's supposed to be -10 tonight.  Do you know how long it will take your cat to freeze to death?  That cat will be cold and miserable for a very long time before it dies. I suggest you come to my back yard and sit in the snow and wait for your cat to come eat my stale scraps, so you can call to it, take it home and give it the life you agreed to give it when you gave it a home in the first place.

Your pet is not disposable.
Lynn January 22, 2014 at 07:14 AM
What is WRONG with people ? WHY would someone allow their Cat or any other Animal to be out in these kind of Temperatures? Even if Pet is and "Indoor / Outdoor" one. Actually Cats should be indoor only in this World today no matter what the Weather . I agree with the Author of this letter. Poor kitty has feelings --why should it have to fight to survive if in fact it has a "caring" Family
Jay Heiferman January 22, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Indoor cats have an average life span of 12 - 20 years when compared to 1 - 5 years for a cat kept outdoors. Cat owner(s): Do the right thing! Thanks WA Mama.
Homewood Walker January 22, 2014 at 11:09 PM
Maybe the cat is a feral cat and does not have any type of owner. Feral cats are very wary of people, and will usually run from people. But I do agree, no cat or dog should be out in our recent weather!
Lynn January 23, 2014 at 07:39 AM
Feral or not all Animals deserve shelter in such weather== and food. A cooler place on it's side with Towels or Blanket inside , preferably placed as close to a dwelling with open side away from Wind and blowing Snow ( or Rain) offers some shelter. BTW Feral are Humans fault originated by careless owners---- they can be "tamed " with time , patience and kindness.
hmwd res January 23, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I’m in Governors Park and have three beautiful cats that have either no home, or horrible pet owners (not pet parents.) An orange tabby, a calico, and a black tuxedo – that have visiting my yard since last winter. I have been leaving my garage door open for these poor creatures, and leave dry cat food for them, with shelves that have blankets, towels and comforters for a little protection from the elements. However, they need a home, and I cannot take them in, I have two senior (15 years old) cats, one of which is not in great health. I agree with Lynn, one of my cats was feral, now, she thinks she’s human, and she is a gentle, loving ball of fur. If you know who my “outsiders” may belong to, please, let them know that NO domestic animal / pet should be left out in the cold (or heat), and that they deserve food, water and shelter – and medical attention.
Tony Dauginas January 23, 2014 at 01:56 PM
If it's declawed and answers to the name zippy or zipper, it was abandoned by a neighbor of mine.
Lynn January 24, 2014 at 09:04 AM
WHY in the H--- would ANYone do that??? And not try to find some on to take it & there arer some nice NO KILL Shelters, PAWS in Tinley Tree House is and EXCELLENT Shelter for Kittie-- & has TWO locations on the Northside of Chicago- I hope someone is taking some care of this poor , lost, confused baby. Really , have a Heart---- ironically that name is the name of one of my Daughters 2 Indoor kitties-- he goes by both.
SouthSide January 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM
http://www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery Scroll down for quick and easy way to provide temporary shelter for feral/outdoor cats.

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