The small town of Walney is a picturesque coastal village in England. And like any other of its kind, you would hardly expect anything unsettling to happen there.
But underneath that calm surface, there is a drama going one, involving two neighbors and one cat.
Winston is a curious cat, and living in a village provides him an opportunity to play indoors and outdoors. And in time, his appetites for adventure probably grew, which eventually led to a neighborly dispute.
Coming home one day, Winston’s owner, Karl Hart, found an odd letter on his door.
Scroll down to find out what it was.
I am writing in regards to your cat, Winston. Grey Cat, Bow-tie Collar. He is a Pest.The neighbour says he is your cat.
He is constantly through our cat flap and eating all our cat’s food throughout the day. My cat needs to be on a special diet that is expensive, he trashes my kitchen opening cat pouches all over the floor. Each time I catch him from now on I will take him to the RSPCA, which will be inconvenient for you as I commute to work, so will be Lancaster, Kendal, Blackpool, Preston and sometimes Scotland. So each time I catch him I will take him to a different one so you will have to pick him up.
You need to maybe get him a cat flap so he isn’t locked out all day or at least feed him now and again. This is neglect. He is a beautiful boy and if I didn’t already have my cat I would take him in microchipped or not and I wouldn’t let him out.
Please keep him in or at least feed him otherwise travelling around the country with him is my next step with him. My cat needs his diet regulating and your cat keeps eating it all. Thank you."
Karl didn’t want to escalate the situation, so he wrote an anonymous letter and posted it on his Facebook page, because the author in the first letter also wanted to stay anonymous.
"To the anonymous lady in the vicinity of Verdun Avenue, Walney threatening to abduct my cat,
Firstly; let me assure you that I do appreciate your frustration with Winston coming in your house and eating your cats food. I too find other cats entering my house through the cat flap that is present and eating the food that is here. I however see it as an acceptable hazard of allowing my cat to come and go as he pleases.
Secondly; please be assured that as I do not follow Winston on his adventures, and he doesn’t report back to me on them, the letter you posted through my door was the first I’ve heard of him freeloading off you!"
"In all seriousness, in order to prevent what appears to be your objective of making my life hard by travelling around the country to retrieve my cat (in no way stopping him helping himself to your cats food once he’s home and exploring again) I would like to offer to buy you a new cat flap that only your cat can access.If (hopefully) you are a member of this group please get in touch with me to organise a rational solution to this issue.
Also, if you happen to be friends with the lady please pass this message along. Kind regards, Karl"
People were flooding the posts with funny cat puns. One guy, in particular, John Burgess, was especially productive.
“Sounds like a bit of a cat-astrophe to me.”
“Why don’t you hiss and make up?”
“Doesn’t sound like she’s feline fine, take her some whiskers round to cheer her up.”
“She obviously thinks shes purrfect.”
“Maybe her cat invited him over for a spot of dinner, he is dressed for the occasion with his little dickie bow on…”
“Taking a cat to a charity that is already stretched and depends on public contributions when the owner lives across the street is malicious, selfish, and quite pathetic.”
“This is awful she should just close the cat flap.”
“If her cat has a cat flap to come and go as he pleases, how on earth is she monitoring his diet? He could be eating anything while he’s out, including other cats food. Can’t be that regulated and strict can it?”
Luckily, with today’s technology, it is not hard to find products that would be suitable in this situation, of course – if the cats are micro chipped.
Hopefully, the author of that threatening letter will be notified about the response, and that she will stop plotting routes across the country.
Perhaps you could consider getting an automatic cat feeder to assist with the problem if you do have random animal visitors, just like this one.
It could also assist your household if you have multiple pets, or a pet with a slight weight problem.
Here's a great method to prevent any random cats, dogs or even raccoons from entering your household. It's a Microchip Pet Door that only allows access for registered microchips. Pretty clever!
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