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Stop Violent Threats Against Cats
If someone is threatening cats, you need to take it very seriously. As tough as it seems, there are many things you can do to prevent threats from escalating, especially with the law on your side. In fact, intentionally injuring or killing a cat is a criminal offense. You have the power to end all threats toward outdoor cats and ensure their safety using these tools:
If someone is threatening cats:
- In order to have an official police record of a violent threat that was made, notify local law enforcement immediately and explain the situation in detail.
- If you know who’s making threats and feel that it’s safe interacting with the individual, consider a face-to-face conversation about how to resolve any issues they have with the cats.
- If the person making threats is volatile, you should never confront them alone. Always bring a friend along!
- Try to first mediate any issues neighbors are having with the cats using our How to Live with Cats in Your Neighborhood guide. For instance, if they simply want to keep the cats out of their yard, you can offer a CatStop™ or ScareCrow™, which safely deter cats.
- If you don’t know who is making threats, post flyers around the community to alert the offender that their threatened actions are a crime and someone is aware of their actions.
If someone has physically harmed the cats:
- Whether you know who is responsible or not, call the police immediately to file an official report.
- As difficult as it may be, take photographs and document all evidence that you find in order to provide proof to police for their report. This will go a long way in leading to the arrest of those involved.
- Then, immediately bring an injured cat to a veterinarian to receive appropriate medical attention. Use our tips for successful trapping of trap-shy cats for suggestions on how to safely trap an injured cat, such as using a drop trap.
- If sadly you find a cat you think was killed, get a necropsy (an autopsy for animals) performed in order to find the exact cause of death. Most states have a laboratory that performs post-mortem tests on animals. Costs vary, but it may be worthwhile if it helps find who did it.
- If a cat you care for has been injured, you can hire a lawyer for advice on pursuing any possible legal action.
- In order to protect the remaining cats, consider installing a video camera to document all activity. This will aid with evidence in future cases and deter anyone who might harm the cats from coming onto the property.