I know you’ve heard us complain about this before and this will be the last time we promise, but we’re looking for some advice. I’ll catch you up just incase you haven’t been following the kitty trail.
Our neighbors who have lived in their house FOREVER have 20 cats (yes, it was 16). They are outside cats that seemed to be loved by several of the kids but, well, they are sort of wild in a tame kind of way. They aren’t aggressive but I have seem them put down an entire Costco pizza and more recently hot dogs. They get dry cat food too.
We recently laid sod down and filled garden beds with dirt. We had hoped to plant over the weekend but the weather was awful on the days we had time. Today Dadtractor came to check on something and told me the cats are pooping everywhere. In our flower bed, in the vegetable garden bed, on the new grass and even on the slope we worked hard to net and cover with beauty bark. So we’re ready to do something, but what? I think there are three incomplete options.
1. Email the neighbors. I have their email address because they found out about the housewarming party (the kids asked), so we invited them. They didn’t come but sent us an email that wasn’t mean but wasn’t super nice, it just was. They did “officially” welcome us to the neighborhood. If we do email, what do we say? Please put diapers on your 20 cats? They are cats and are more free than dogs (why is that?).
2. We could try and catch one of the neighbors in person (my preference is one of the kids) and ask them about the cat situation. Again, not sure what to say.
3. We call animal control and tell them that there are too many cats, and they are disturbing the slope on our land. I think you are legally allowed to only have 7 animals. This option is the easiest as long as it stays anonymous. That family will be there forever and so will we.
I’m leaning toward option 3 but I am wary of getting on the neighbors bad side. I’ve seen and heard the Mom get mad and it’s not pretty. Plus, Micah’s band practices at our house and I don’t want them complaining about the noise. It’s not loud or anything but I’m sure they could complain if they wanted to.
So here we are. Honestly, what would you do? HELP!