Moving into our new house, one great fear was that we wouldn’t like our neighbors or even worse, they wouldn’t like us.
So far, we’ve lucked out on this end. During construction, one neighbor across the alley let our workers use her water supply and another let us use their electrical supply as we were getting it set up.
Some of our anxiety slipped away as we learned little by little, that we had little fear as most of our neighbors probably weren’t Pat Robertson, Bear Grylls, or members of Guitar Wolf. (OK, maybe Bear would have been OK, but he’s a little over the top)
One thing we didn’t really think about was the prospect of our neighbors having pets that would cause problems. As part of the house planning process, we liked to take walks in our “new neighborhood.” We discovered some great local animals in the neighborhood including one house that has at least two goats and several heritage chickens—a true urban farm. We may actually ask to borrow the goats to mow our lawn.
We also noticed on one of these walks that our neighbors had a couple of cats who recently birthed kittens. Assuming these kittens would be given away, we didn’t really think much of it…
Shortly before moving in, Momager asked one of the neighbor kids how many cats they had.
“16” said the neighbor.
Now, we are trying to figure out how to deal with all these feline friends. We didn’t trap them in the walls as the framing happened so we avoided our largest fear, however they still pose an interesting problem:
How can we get rid of some of these cats which will surely soon have kittens, but not harm the cats, or anger the neighbors.
Friends have suggested no-kill shelters, calling Seattle animal control, or even fox urine, but none sound too appealing.
We’re totally perplexed, but I’m tired of having small paw prints cover my car every morning. Any suggestions?
The bright side? Rats and mice will never be a problem, and the grey cats are really cute