Our neighborhood is home to a two-year-old intact tom named Petey. We’ve known Petey since he was kitten, and since he’s reached sexual maturity he’s not only spraying neighborhood doorsteps and landscaping with regularity, he’s also needed medical attention a couple of times for what appear to be fight injuries. Not to mention the fact that he’s sowing his oats hither and yon.
Petey’s owner, a young woman who lives down the street, seems oblivious to the fact that Petey needs to be neutered. I’ve had a couple of conversations with her over the months about Petey during which she’s told me she’s taken him a to the vet a couple of times to get his battle wounds tended and his vaccinations updated. But she’s not had him snipped.
The woman doesn’t own a cattery, and he’s not a show cat; he’s a standard issue tabby housecat. When I’ve broached the topic of getting Petey neutered, politely mentioning the fact we can smell his spray from just about everywhere in our house when we’ve got the windows open and voicing my concern about his injuries, she shakes her head vaguely and makes noises about how she needs to get around to that “at some point.”
I’m really in a quandary. Petey is a lovely little guy, and I don’t want to watch him fight himself to death before he’s five. I also don’t want him to spray the wrong house and end up shot or poisoned.
Most importantly, I don’t want the neighborhood to be littered with little stray Peteys. For the third year in a row this spring we’ve found one or two kittens in our yard that we’ve had to take to the animal shelter, and it’s heartbreaking. Our family also supports a local no-kill cat sanctuary, and we’ve seen just how dire the unwanted pet situation is in our community.
Our family can afford to get Petey fixed. Should we offer to take him to the local low-cost clinic for her? If she says thanks but no, should we press her? He’s chipped, so if we surrender him at a shelter they’re just going to return him to her. We called and confirmed that.
And no, both our 15-year-old Siamese grande dame and my husband would be apoplectic if I brought another cat home, so don’t even go there. :rotfl: