I’d appreciate some perspective and advice on how to approach this situation.
My neighbor has two cats, one female, one male. I have seen them around since they were kittens and they are outside very frequently. I know for a fact the male isn’t neutered because I checked, and I’ve also caught him spraying on my deck. (This really ticked me off but I don’t blame the cat for doing what is natural behavior for them.)
They look well fed so it’s not like the neighbor is totally neglecting them. And the male was hanging out with a radar dish collar on yesterday and a stitched up cut on his side. So obviously she is willing to get them vet care when needed. Still not fixed though.
Although I will say I have provided shelter for the male during bad weather.
Now I know indoor cats vs. outdoor cats is kind of a controversial topic. I personally believe that it’s better to keep cats inside and all my cats have been indoor cats, and have gotten along fine. But, I don’t want to raise that argument with her. I’d rather just convince her to get her cats fixed. (There’s no way to tell with the female, but since the male isn’t neutered, I can only believe that the female isn’t spayed.)
Do any of you have any advice on how I might approach her? I live in an apartment complex, so I would prefer to stay on good terms with my neighbors. She’s pretty young, so I would like to assume the best and chalk it up to lack of education about being a pet guardian (I don’t like the term “owner”) than just not caring.