I have lived here 9 1/2 years. My kitty Sammy is 8. He has the same type of fur as a bunny, and has been a very good companion his entire life. He adopted me as an outside kitten. He's a very friendly kitty, and has visited multiple neighbors over the years. He's very friendly, and will go up to people, then lay on his back for them to rub his tummy and pet him. He wouldn't harm anything. (except chipmunks)They're his favorite delicacy.
My problem began last winter, when a woman brought him to my door and handed him to me. As I said "Thank you," she just turned her back to me, and said nothing. The next day, I received a letter from the management to keep him inside, because the animal control service has been called, and they have set 3 traps then. It was much easier keeping him inside then because it was winter.
However, as the months went along, and summer arrived, my kitty wanted to go outside, so I would let him out after it got dark, and he was at the door for me to let him in at daylight. This went on for a while, until we got a sand flea infestation due to the weather. My daughter bombed my apartment and treated Sammy and my ferret Slinky twice to keep them away. Unfortunately, other residents got fleas in their apartments too, and I got the blame for it.
I received a nasty letter from the manager telling me he called animal control, and if they see him outside, they will take him away. Since I don't want to see anything bad happen to him, I have been keeping him inside. My daughter puts him inside a large pet carrier at night, and closes my door so I won't hear him cry. When morning comes, I let him out, and close him in my bedroom with me. I have to do it this way in order to get some sleep.
I tried letting him loose inside the apartment, but he jumps on me, and he weighs 14 pounds. I do so wish I could let him outside, but I just can't. I feel soo bad.
He even goes in a far corner under my bed to hide. He has never done that before, so I know he's depressed.
So yes, I too have gotten depressed. If anyone has any suggestions, will you let me know?
A very sad Fran
Oct 12, '05
I know this may sound weird Fran, but I have a leash for my cat. I live in an area where traffic is heavy, so when I take Gulliver outside I use a harness type collar (one that goes around the body, less tangling) and will let her do her own exploring. Advantage (unsure of the spelling
) is a product that you can use for flea control, it is applied behind the neck of the cat (once a month I think), a Vet or pet product place can give you better info.
They don't sound very tolerant of pets where you live Fran.
Last edit by DusktilDawn on Oct 12, '05