|Purred: Sun Sep 5, '10 6:51pm PST |
|I live in a mobile home park so my house is pretty close to my neighbors. My neighborhood has a stray & feral cat over-population problem. For the past two years the Humane Society and another cat rescue group has volunteered their services to trap stray and feral cats, fix them, give them shots and then release them where they trapped them.
Last year my mom and I got involved and together trapped over 40 cats. Over the past 7 years we've lived here, we've rescued several strays. Some we've gotten homes for, some we kept as pets inside (7 of them) and we have five strays we feed that live outside.
About a year ago a single man moved into the mobile home next door to my mom and I. At first things were friendly between us, but little by little things have gone south. One day he angrily approached me saying my cats are getting into his flower beds and garden and going potty. I apologized like crazy, tried to explain they are strays and offered to build a chicken-wire fence around his garden. He refused my offer and instead put up some sort of net fence that was not very effective.
He started giving us the silent treatment whenever we were in the yards at the same time. It became very uncomfortable. Then he began sprinkling this white powder all around his flower beds and house. Then these glass jars filled with some kind of yellowy liquid began appearing all around his house. I am freaked out he's trying to poison our kitties!
I overheard him yesterday angrily complaining about us to our neighbor (who also has strays she feeds!) and he was pointing at my house. I finally went to our managers and told them what is going on. They said the man has come and complained about us feeding cats. I don't know what to do about this situation.
We love these strays. Some of them have babies we adopted and who live in our house. We have invested a lot of money into these strays. I feel like I'm being driven from my home. I feel like I need to move. I just don't know what to do about this man. He seems obsessed with my strays and keeping them off his property. He seems to get more hostile toward us every day. It's not like I can tell the cats not to go over there! It's hard to express where my yard ends and his begins. A couple of them are totally feral. I can't even touch them.
Sorry so long! Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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