One of the things that has greatly surprised me about this project is how many little things there are to be dealt with. Some of them are everyday problems that would crop up for anyone who purchased the property and some are unique to our situation. Either way, there are a significant number of things to do that are just plain time consuming. One of these is a problem with stray cats.
There are a number of strays that I think have been living on the HH property. We see them around frequently and one of the neighbors had mentioned that there were some living in the garage. And while the garage is no longer standing and that eliminates one hiding place, we still have a number of cats that call the HH home.
For many people this would be a nuisance, but for us it’s a danger. My father is highly allergic to cats and even a scratch could be enough to cause the worst of reactions. So, what do we do about the cats? That has not been an easy question to answer.
I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with IndiFeral asking if they have any program for this. Their program involves you catching them, spaying or neutering, re-releasing them, and seeing to their shots, etc. Umm, that’s not going to work. I don’t want to make the place into a kitty resort, but a kitty free zone. I even offered to pay for the spays or neuters, but they can’t remove the cats.
After talking to the Humane Society of Marion County and running through all of the suggestions/people that they had given me the only “answer” we could come up with is not one that makes me at all happy. We can trap the cats and call animal control, and we can try and repel them, but that’s really it. At this point I’ve hit a dead end. We don’t really want to hurt these animals, but it’s imperative that we remove them from the property. If anyone out there has a better idea or resource, I would love to know what it is.