ONLY ON 3: House cat confused for stray sent home with clipped ear, stomach incision

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Submitted: Thu, 05/05/2011 - 3:59am
Updated: Thu, 05/05/2011 - 6:43pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington woman says her cat has been near-mutilated by a local group who tries to control the feral cat population.

Meribeth Pearsall’s cat Roy came wandering home Tuesday like always, but he was missing half of his ear and had an incision in his stomach.

“They work with cats every day. This is their mission. This is their goal, yet they’re collecting tame cats. This is a house cat, he’s indoor and outdoor, but this is a pet,” cat owner Meribeth Pearsall said. “They collected him. They tried to fix him as a female. They can’t tell the difference between a male and a female cat? I’m astounded by that.”

Pearsall says Friends of Felines is to blame for her cat Roy’s current state. Friends of Felines is a group of volunteers dedicated to controlling Wilmington’s feral cat population. Pearsall says she’s seen the group catching cats in her neighborhood for the past couple weeks and their website says they “tip” the cat’s ear once it’s fixed. Pearsall said she was livid when she found out her one-and-a-half-year-old male cat, which was neutered as a kitten, had been cut into as if he was a she.

“They catch wild cats. They catch cats that you can’t approach that are the hissing, spitting, hairs on their hackles is raised,” Pearsall said. “That’s not this cat.”

Pearsall admits Roy does not wear a collar, although it is required by New Hanover County. She claims Roy is obviously tame and taken care of. When the group told her they only deal with wild cats, she was confused as to why Roy was caught at all.

“I do not have a problem with what they do. That’s a good cause,” Pearsall said. “I think they need to be more careful with it.”

Pearsall said she wants to make sure no other house cats end up like Roy, and she wants Friends of Felines to pay for a check-up to make sure her beloved pet is ok. Pearsall said Roy is in pain and having a hard time moving around.

We tried contacting Friends of Felines multiple times to hear their side of the story but have yet to hear a response.


  • mjit says:

    Obviously not checking the sex of the cat before preceding is disturbing, and as a former vet tech, that’s not a mistake I can understand.

    I don’t know the exact animal law at this exact location in the story, but pretty much everywhere the law is that an animal must be under control and on the owner’s property. If the animal wanders off the property, all bets are off. I cannot understand people who just let them out to roam. And it’s the people who are letting their cats roam that seem to be supporting what this lady did. If you have an animal, you are responsible for having that animal under control at all times. You have no more right to let a cat roam than you do to let a large dog. I just don’t get people who feel it’s okay to shirk this responsibility. Maybe one of you who do this can help me understand? Because as I see it, if the cat is off your property, loose, it is out of your control, and that means you’re being irresponsible. Period.

    Cats (and dogs) that act crazy to go outdoors are usually still intact. Their first priority in life is to to get out and mate. That’s more important than food, or comfort, or you. When those instincts kick in, that’s all that’s in their heads. And females will keep cycling through until they get pregnant, putting them at high risk for pyometria. Get non-breeding cats spayed/neutered. It will make life easier for both of you.

    All cats can spray. Spaying/neutering does not change that. My vet had three cats, two male, one female, and all had been “fixed” early. But when we had an upset cat come into the vet that left it’s mark that day, that night the males would go around the office spraying everything, and after a while the female would join in, too. It’s ne of the worst smells there is (parvo was the worst ever), and hard to get all cleaned up because you have to find it all to clean it all.

    I have a cat because someone was irresponsible, and this cat ended up stuck up on a post on my fence. She was skinny, hungry and scared, but very friendly, and obviously not a stray. We posted everywhere, but no one claimed her, or put up any flyers or anything. She likes to hang around the door, and she’d like to go out, so I can see how she ended up out there. She now has a breakaway collar. All the excuses people have made against collars are ridiculous, but I guess it’s easier to justify to yourself if you let your cats roam in the first place. A collar isn’t safe, but letting them roam is okay?

  • Beth says:

    Buy a safety collar. Then, you won’t have to worry about anybody’s limp, dead body hanging unless you put them there. :)

    There are safe ways to have outside time for cats It’s just easier for owners to open the door and then blame the neighbors when their cat is attacked in the neighbors’ yard. And btw, I hope Miss Sprinkles does get spayed, if she hasn’t been by you already. There’s enough kittens dying in shelters do to irresponsible pet owners as it is. :)

    FOF mixing up the gender is inexcusable. But so are those who leave their animals out in the elements with no identification and then get upset when they are assumed homeless.

  • guest1314 says:

    I took my cat to a vet and they had gotten his gender wrong. They weee literally the most incompetent people i had ever seen.

  • Burns says:

    A negligent owner wouldn’t have their cat neutered.

  • Beth says:

    I agree with the owner in that FOF made a really pitiful mistake. If it had been a tiny kitten, gender is harder to check, yes. But an older cat should be obvious even after his testicles have been removed. Be more careful and pay for a check up. Given the state of their goof, she is perfectly reasonable.

    Beyond that, I do think that Roy’s owner should hold the responsibility. A friend of mine once caught two stray cats out of a colony of ferals. One was very friendly, the other was not (although she’s perfectly wonderful now that years have passed). Friendliness does not equal owned.

    There are safe ways of letting a cat out yet keeping them in YOUR yard. There are different types of safety collars that you can give your cat. One of mine has one that stretches considerably when hung, but lays tight on the neck, otherwise. It doesn’t have to break away, and the cat will always be able to get out if she pleases. It also rests snugly enough when she scratches and plays that she does not wriggle out of it. This might be Roy’s ticket.

    I think it’s ridiculous that people only blame the FOF or claim that it’s unreasonable to request that people keep their cats in their own yard. Use a little creativity!! Chicken wire is cheap, all weather netting is cheap. You could section off a good 500 sq foot of yard for around a hundred bucks. Do this near a window and attach a cat door to an old AC shell, and you have an excellent adventureland for your cat without breaking the bank. No need to keep your cat running around your neighbors’ property.

  • Lis Carey says:

    1.Roy is a neutered male, so complaints about his owner not being responsible enough to neuter him are nonsensical, and the rest of your speculation about Ms. Pearsall’s alleged irresponsibility is completely baseless, founded in nothing except the fact that she’s nervy enough to complain about the incompetence of the Friends of Felines volunteers and veterinarian.

    2.Friends of Felines attempt to SPAY a neutered male. How exactly you think this is a logical, reasonable thing to do, rather than a demonstration of carelessness and incompetence, is beyond me.

  • Lis Carey says:

    Despite their excellent intentions, Friends of Felines volunteers AND the veterinarian they use are unable to tell the difference between a neutered male, and a female. Had they been minimally competent and paying attention, they wouldn’t have performed clearly unnecessary surgery on this neutered male. Which, you should note, was a waste of their resources. Your demand that the owner DO SOMETHING? She did: she neutered her cat. Nor did I notice any mention in the article of the owner complaining about friendly dogs being off-leash–at all, much less for thirty seconds. As for the cats in your neighborhood that you “have no idea whether they’re feral or tame” even thought “they’re all well fed and friendly,” here’s a clue: Feral cats are extremely wary of humans, and NOT friendly.

  • Guest1022 says:

    I don’t care whether the cats are fixed or not, but I am tired of cats walking accross the hood and top of my car. When a dog comes in contact with a rabid animal if the dog has had his rabies shot he then has to have a booster shot. How many rabid animals do these loose cats come in contact with and never have a booster shot? That is if they have ever had a rabies shot to begin with. If they are loose they should be picked up and dealt with.

  • Government Mule says:

    and need another $10.00. Thanks for all the help here.

  • Government Mule says:

    you exceed the posted speed limit. The laws are for actual idiots that literally don’t know how fast to drive or how to take care of an animal. I didn’t vote for that law or the people that did. There is a law against everything anymore. Idiots voted all our rights away. I just do what I want, the way God meant it.

  • jessica says:

    MICROCHIPS PEOPLE!!!! Jeese if people fix their cats and send them outside not beliving in collars they should have microchiped that animal. It can be done by the vet while the nueter or spay is being done. The stupidity of people amaze me.

  • Sadie Godfrey says:

    They should be held HIGHLY responsible for the damage they have done to her pet. Friends of Felines have overstepped their boundaries.

  • Guestgingergrant says:

    I think this lady is right to want some compensation, but it also illustrates the danger of letting your pets roam free with no collar to identify them. There is a hug difference between feral felines and housecats and the Friends of Felines should have noticed this right away. I hope Roy recovers! PLEASE keep him indoors.

  • bealsie2 says:

    You better get him to your own vet right away. God knows what they removed thinking it was a uterus if they couldn’t even recognize that he has a penis!

  • Guestcatsrvile says:

    keep your cat inside, same laws apply for cats and dogs. They should gather all cats roaming the streets and NOT release them.

  • Denise says:

    The only way to ensure your pets safety is to keep them inside if they are not being supervised or leashed. Pets can be run over, attacked by stray dogs, attacked by other animals, etc. Your pet is your responsibility not your neighbors.

  • Me says:

    Roy has a thumb.
    I have a cat, who in a thunderstorm got caught in the bush outside the house by his collar. I called and called for him and shook his bag of food, and he did not come. The next morning I found him wet and tangled under a bush. He was too frightened and freaked out to think calmly and release himself (which I am kind of sad about, I always thought he was a genious).
    Needless to say, he is no longer permitted to wear a collar.
    I feel he is too cunning to be caught in the first place. Poor Roy must have been kind and loving to everyone, which means he really did not deserve this!!!
    But I do worry that what will get my dear cat, is the selfish people speeding through these cramped streets as if they were the only lives that matter.
    We could all use a little more COMMON courtesy.

  • Guest23 says:

    The very nature of the methods that Friends of Felines uses is reckless. In my neighborhood at least they put piles of food out beside busy streets in addition to the traps or to lure the cats closer to the traps. Several years ago we raised a kitten we found in our yard. Had her neutered and collared but she was an outside cat. We have several acres and any time we called she came from our property. However one morning we found her dead in the road directly in front of one of FoF’s food piles. I applaud their intent but their methods could use some work.

    Incidentally I did not know about the NHC code and would have never guessed it’s existance considering the amount of outdoor cats that seem to be everywhere.

  • GuestLee says:

    All my cats have been house cats and they loved it. They were never “crazed”. Did you have yours sprayed or neutered? If not, I could understand it.

    Outdoors is very hard on cats or any animal. It’s a tough life, and most outdoor cats don’t live to be as old as indoor cats. Just saying….

  • GuestLee says:

    Pets can also get heartworms (from mosquito bites). It’s a terrible way to die, and no owner should have to see their beloved pet expire this way.

  • Sharon says:

    As a long time member of Friends of Felines and the editor of our quarterly newsletter, please let me extend my personal apologies for the mistakes made regarding your cat, Roy. We are a very small all volunteer group who have tried to make a difference in the lives of the thousands of abandoned unaltered cats and kittens in New Hanover County for over 15 years. We are human. We will make mistakes. We try very hard not to have this sort of thing occur but when we are setting traps in an area at the request and with the written persmission of the human who owns the property sometimes pet cats get trapped. If the volunteer is unable to determine if the cat is tame and altered then it may get taken in to one of our wonderful supportive vets. We often cannot tell if the cat is male or female in advance. The cat is sedated in the trap to save it and the vets from harm, vaccinated and altered then released to the care of a caregiver. We do not mutilate cats…we love them. And the sad part is, we often find abandoned pet cats in our feral colonies. I myself rescued two tame adorabel kittens dumped behind a business just recently. They too were obviously pets at one time. Again, I am sorry for your anguish and wish you and your kitty well. Please understand it was an honest mistkae made while trying to help the forgotten ones.

  • bb says:

    1. Roy was trapped in someone’s yard that requested spaying and neutering therefore he was permitted to be trapped he was wondering
    2. This loving cat was probably trapped Saturday night and released on Monday so I wonder if this loving cat was missed?
    3. If Roy had a full stomach he probably would not have entered the trap
    4. If one of my animals had what appeared to be an injury on it I would not wait to take it to the vet – I wonder if Roy has been to the vet yet and if he was in so much pain than why was he pictured being held upside down?
    5. I wonder if Roy had a license? and a recent rabie shot? and has regular vet check ups
    6. Unless you have experience in trapping animals you have no idea on whether the animal is tame or feral – they are unpredictable when it comes to being caught.
    7. If people would be more responsible when it comes to cats and dogs and get them spayed or neutered than we wouldnt have all the unwanted animals that are in the world today – thank God for the volunteers and shelters!
    8. FOF traps and releases – they don’t spay and neuter the animals themselves

  • Kirsten Pearsall says:

    My mom is a good owner and btw that is my cat, she does not neglect him we take very good care of him and love him. He is registered and has his rabies shot i think. Im not sure im just 12

  • Laura says:

    I don’t understand why everybody is blaming Ms. Pearsall. Maybe she should have had a collar on Roy. I have 4 cats, 3 inside and 1 outside. He doesn’t wear a collar, he would have it torn off in two minutes. He won’t go in the house, and anyway, if he did, the two boys would jump on him. He has been neutered, and he doesn’t roam all over the neighborhood, he stays in my yard, or the woods close by. Roy was probably close by Ms. Pearsall’s house. The FofF had no business picking him up. Could they not tell that he was somebody’s pet, and was well fed and taken care of? Did they not care. If they can’t tell the difference between male and female, and that the cat had already been neutered, they don’t need to be in that business. And I think it was irresponsible of them dropping the cat off after surgery and just letting him find his own way. He could have been hit by a car, or a dog could have attacked him, or another cat could have attacked him. And that business of cutting half his ear off–was that really necessary? One of my cat’s had part of his ear cut off when he was a baby-he was under the car and I didn’t see him and he got caught under there and I dragged him for a few feet. Now he acts as if it bothers him, or it hurts. I would sue those people if I could, and try to put them out of business. They are irresponsible. And I think they should pay for the cat’s check up after they so cruelly treated him the way they did.

  • Guestu says:

    I guess when outside cat owners care to follow the law, I’ll start caring about what happens to their cat. If a pet accidentally gets out is one thing, but I don’t have much sympathy for anything that happens when an owner purposely lets their cat roam the neighborhood.

  • Laura says:

    Every cat I’ve ever had started out as an indoor cat. Until they became so crazed that they stopped at nothing to get outside. Cats are curious…they want to go outside and explore. And collars are dangerous for cats. The last thing my kids need to see is Socks’ limp dead body hanging from a tree by his collar. I wonder if the lady that picked up Roy has been fixed. Heeeeeere laaady laaady laaadyyy…

    I feel the need to give a description of my cats to Friends for Felines. That way they don’t try and castrate our beloved “Miss Sprinkles”.

  • jinxey says:

    Well I feel that the owner is just as much at fault. The cat should have been collared and this would not have happened. Everyone says the cat was friendly. Get a friendly cat in a trap and it will freak out too. There is a law in New Hanover county……was the cat even current on his rabies shot or even registered with NH Animal Control. Yes I feel for the owner. I myself take care of a colony of cats….and with the economy the way it is …I am constantly finding friendly cats that were dumped due to people losing there jobs or they just don’t want them anymore. Friends of feline does a fantastic job helping this community. I wish they had a program/organization that did this in Brunswick county. The animals just run loose and constantly add to the population explosion.
    If you want your animal to live longer keep it in. I have a few cats and I would never put them as a outside cat. Most people just don’t want to clean a litter box.

  • justin says:

    No collar, no tattoo and wandering the neighborhood…hmmmmm, I’d say be glad Roy was picked up by the group, as opposed to Animal Control. Sorry, no sympathy for you or your cat.

  • Animal_Lover says:

    Appears your Animal Rights freaks are the worst enemy to your domesticated animals, eh?????

  • someone says:

    It makes me wonder how many feral males have been spayed and females neutered?

  • Guest1021 says:

    No, an animals worst enemy are the owners that feel it is perfectly fine to let their animals roam on other people’s property. Then they want to cry when something happens to them and it is always someone else’s fault.

  • meribeth says:

    First, let me say, Roy does not just “roam” my neighborhood. He is inside as much as he is out. As a cat, he does like to go out and explore. He is fed daily and well taken care of. As far as wondering into the trap, he is a cat and curious by nature. That does not mean that he was starving. He is up to date on all of his rabies and vaccinations. He does have tags but I do not make him wear them. I have had several break-away collars on him but he has gotten out of and lost every one of them. There is no need to trash me for letting my cat go outside. That is what he likes to do. He is not content staying indoors. He was neutered as a kitten so he does not spray peoples properties.
    I am not trying to get rich by making this public people. I want the organization to be more responsible and careful with what they are doing. This is my pet! He is now missing half of his ear and was cut open unnecessarily. Not to mention, that he was surgically operated on as a female cat. If the vet that performed the surgery can not tell the difference between the sex of the cats they work on, they do not need to be working on them!

  • Karen1 says:

    People who don’t have collars on their cats and say their dangereous use that as an excuse, and shame on them for not wanting to protect a member of their family by doing something that would identify them. As for indoor cats, I have them and they have a good happy and “long” life. At least when their sick I can get them to a vet before they go off into the woods and die. I hope your Miss Sprinkles is a male seeing as you cannot castrate females!!!! You kids are curious, you going to let them run loose, think about it

  • felicity says:

    OK, mixing up the gender was not a good thing; however, let’s not throw out the kitty with the bathwater. FOF is a group of volunteers, normal citizens who use their own time and money, in an atempt to control the cat population. They spay/neuter hundreds of cats and thus prevent hundreds of animals from a life of suffering and/or death.
    The feral life is usually very short and not one of comfort and ease. During their approximate 2 year lifetime, they have no medical care, sparse food supply, cold cold winters, & forget about love. All the comforts your house kitty may have, they will never have.
    Perhaps more quality control in FOF is called for (too few volunteers to do a big job). But if this organization did not exist, there would be many many more unfortunate kitties in the wild.
    If you’d like to make it better, give them a call – they could use the help.

  • Mandy says:

    Where to begin!!!

    If it wasn’t for people like FOF with their trap, Spay/Neuter and release program where would we be today with the cat population?
    This organization soley exists by people who care about these animals, why else would they spend their nights and weekends helping these cats and “our community” to make a difference.

    They take care of colony’s all around this county, feeding them, getting them to the vets, at their own cost not asking anything from anyone. These colony’s exist because of us “the materialistic all about me, human being” we should be thanking these individuals for being as dedicated to this cause as they have for so many years and making a difference.

    So why wouldn’t you put a collar on your cat? oh!!! it’s dangerous you say, excuses, excuses, when was the last time you went to the pet store?? You cannot buy anything but safety collars, my cats wear them and they work, I may loose a collar but never a cat and because I care I go and buy another replacement collar, thats what you do if you cared enough.

    Meribeth, you want to find fault, look in the mirror and take ownership of your own neglect. If you were so concerned about Roy why on earth haven’t you already had him to the vet???? What are you waiting for?

    Friends of Felines I applaud you for all you do, and thank you for taking the time to make a difference for the cats. Also ensuring they get the shots, protecting them, us and our personnal pets. These cats have no homes and life would be much more difficult for them with out you, I know many of us feel this way, so again a huge THANK YOU!!

  • DeeplyDistressed says:

    Hi there,

    Not sure if you realize that feral cats are part of nature. Birds walk all over your car and actually poop on it. Cats don’t poop on cars. Raccoons and other animals walk on your car too. Pollen falls on your car and pebbbles hit your car while driving. Cats are one of the most careful animals on the planet.

    You’re making a horrible asumption that a feral cat is equal to a rabid cat.. Do your homework so you can offer an intelligent explanation for your concerns, which are not valid. It simply sounds like you don’t like cats. Manged feral colony cats are often healthier and happier than many house cats that are left uncared for . THe shelters are full of OWNER surrender because they fail to care for their cats. Again, research before you post.

  • Guest311 says:

    Friends of Felines is HELPING the county. All volunteers. The cat was wandering, with no collar, and hungry. I live in an apartment complex with SEVERAL cats wandering in and out of the woods. I have absolutely no idea if they’re feral or tame, they’re all well fed and friendly. Yet, they are ALWAYS outdoors. I applaud Friends of Felines. If everyone is so concerned about their 7 (WHY SO MANY????) cats, volunteer to help them out! People freak out about friendly dogs being off a leash for 30 seconds, then put your cat on a leash or keep them indoors. Face it, if your cat is outdoors, he/she is bound to get more than a little tip of their ear taken off. They risk being attacked by other feral cats and more dangerous animals. Be a responsible pet owner and instead of complaining-DO SOMETHING. If you have the time to do a newscast and complain, offer to help so this doesn’t happen again.

  • Guest321 says:

    Why do you break animal control laws and allow your cat to go out and explore?

  • Guest 16 says:

    Yes, a cat is curious by nature. They will go into traps, and not because they are not well taken care of. You obviously care for your pet and that is aplauded. The situation that has happened was not intentional, it was a mistake. As a pet owner, you are responsible for your pet. If your cat was out and (God forbid) hit by a car, the driver of the car is not responsible, you are.
    Cats Spray, period. Fixed or not male cats will spray. You say he doesnt but I say he will. Especially if there are FERAL cats around spraying also. It’s a fact.
    Nobody wants to see your pet harmed, especially a group dedicated to preserving the lives of cats. A mistake happened. It is your own fault for allowing your pet to roam free. The group may need to be more diligent in its practices but you may need to keep in mind that they probably have to beg and plead to get licensed vets to DONATE time and money for their cause. Mistakes will happen.
    I am sorry that your pet had to go through this and maybe both parties have learned something positve.

  • Frances Walters says:

    If you had your animal on your property or on a leash than this wouldn’t have happened to your poor little cat! YOU should be a shamed of your self for being such a bad owner. I hope you learned a lesson. To bad the Social Services couldn’t come to your door & take your cat from you since your such a bad Amimal owner== that’s abuse on your part YOU let this happen to your Animal!!!

  • Radical Hick says:

    I can imagine a volunteer confusing a scared cat in a trap with a feral cat. BUT WHAT KIND OF INCOMPETENT VETERINARIAN CANNOT TELL A NEUTERED MALE FROM A FEMALE?

    Since they apparently did an incision and exploratory surgery looking for a uterus, the vet and his/her staff had to have put the cat under anesthesia, which gave them a chance for a good and thorough examination to determine his gender. If he/she did not bother to do this, they should be reported to the state board that regulates veterinians, as this is matter of basic competence.

    It makes me wonder if the Friends of Felines are using a veterinarian at all, or whether they have non-professional volunteers are doing spaying.

    This is the most upsetting part of the story to me – the possibility that there’s a vet out there who cannot determine the gender of a cat by doing a careful visual examination.

  • Guest2264 says:

    I agree with you Meribeth! My cats are indoor/outdoor, they stay in the yard, know their territory. I tried the cat collars years ago, the breakaways always get hung up on something and break…that’s what they’re supposed to do. A regular collar could possibly hang a cat. And if the tags are on the collar and it gets lost, then what do you do? You have to buy more! I take excellent care of my animals, and if this happened to me, I’d be PO’d too. Mine have been spayed, a good vet can tell if it’s been done!

  • Kirsten Pearsall says:

    We are good owners and we have to keep him outside because my dad is allergic, cats dont belong on leashes dogs do thank you very much. I did not let this happen to my cat because i love him very much! You are being ignorant saying nothing you know about

  • Guest 16 says:

    Hey, has anyone taken the time to make sure Pearsalls cat is legal? Was Roy up to date on his rabies shot? Was Roy registered with the county? Check it out wway, I think Pearsall is a negligent owner…

  • Stl314 says:

    You should definitely sue. There is no excuse for the vets error, she should be a trained professional. Now your cat is scarred for life. If you really love your cat you would do anything to make the vet pay for their mistake. This is unjustifiably and it makes me angry!!!

  • DeeplyDistressed says:

    My female cat has an appointment with the vet yesterday to be spayed. She was adopted from a shelter and already micro chipped and up to date on vaccines. She also already had a healed tear in her right ear yet also arrived with such a sever care of ear mites she suffered a vestibular stroke, toppled over, couldn’t balance and this lasted 3-4 weeks. The same vet who diagnosed her with vestibular disease, the nerve in her ear, which is the same damaged ear, was scheduled for the spay.

    It turns out my cat had already been spayed but the shelter made a mistake or never checked her. HOWEVER, my vet confused my beautiful sweet cat with a feral belonging to someone else and she tattooed a huge ROUND neon green tattoo on my cats BAD ear!! When Questioned why she performed an unnecessary and unauthorized procedures that may have harmed by beautiful cat, she lied to my face making excises for her error. My cat is now PERMANENTLY marred. She was to be a cat model and now she can never due to the horrific tattoo that destroyed her beauty and may have harmed her health!! I’m so angry. What would you do? Would you sue the vet?

  • SMBeez says:

    This is not the fault of the friends!!!! This lady is entitled to nothing!!!!! I feel she should pay for the work friends did and the check-up for her cat!!! She should be fined for not having her pet licensed, if the pet is licensed then the cat should have had a collar!!!!
    This could have been avoided with the collar!!! Plain and simple!!!
    Follow the law!!!

  • Vet tech says:

    People just love to get on the internet and trash each other. Perhaps we should all just keep quiet unless we know what we are talking about. 85% of cats in this world can get a collar off before you can say boo. It’s actually dangerous for cats to wear collars. Even the breakaway and other built in safety features on cat collars don’t always work and cats, as we know love to climb trees and get through the smallest places. While I agree we should keep our cats inside, there are exceptions to every rule. Not everyone likes to have a cat toilet in their house. Some cats were rescued from outside and simply go nuts when confined. Have you ever lived with a cat that wants outside? The best alternative to collars is a microchip. We do sex our ferals prior to surgery once they are under anesthesia. The tamest of cats will act feral when sitting in a trap in the middle of a hectic morning at the vets office. You simply can’t tell sometimes if a cat is going to end up crawling up your face when you reach in for it, so it’s easier to sedate them first and then see what you have. Rabies is quite prevalent in this are and it’s dangerous to reach in for a possible feral cat.
    Roy needs a microchip and he needs to stay in his own yard. Good luck with that.

    Local vet tech.

  • ma_lashley says:

    Ms. Pearsall should also understand letting her cat roam the neighborhood is a violation of NHC Code in the first place.

    Sec. 5-9. Dogs and cats running at large prohibited; fine.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog or cat to allow it to run at large off the premises of its owner.

    Perhaps she’ll take this as a lesson learned and keep her pet confined to her property.

  • guesty says:

    Keep your precious cat inside your home. I don’t want your little baby using my yard as a littler box. I don’t want your cat walking on my vehicles either. I have never understood why cat owners think it is perfectly ok for them to let their animals roam free.

  • GuestLee says:

    I agree….but I think the same rules should apply for dogs. I have an inside cat. People in my neighborhood walk their dogs, and sometimes let them roam the neighborhood, and they pee all over my yard and in my highly prized flowers. Then their dogs come runnning at me and bark like they’re going to tear me apart…in my own yard! ALL animals in New Hanover County should be on a leash…it’s the law. Come on people…

  • Burns says:

    This is veterinary malpractice. Who is the veterinarian that performs the surgery on these cats??! He/she should be made public and should also be put through an education course on the reproduction system of male and female felines. Although her cat should have had a collar on, even if he did have one on, those idiots still would’ve thought he was a girl! That poor cat. The poor owner. Looks like I’m going to have to call Friends for Felines and give them a description of my 7 cats so they won’t come and snatch mine up one day and try and cut the balls off of “Miss Sparkles.”

  • Me says:

    I understand her frustration but lady- put a collar on your cat! I personally think it crazy to let your animal run around outside anyway. I think a good lesson to be learned is if you don’t want something bad to happen to your animal- KEEP IT INSIDE. Its always a chance you take when you let your pet run wild. And to make a non-profit organization that is trying to do good deeds pay for your cat to see a vet is in my opinion a little ridiculous. They made a mistake and need to be more careful for sure but so did you when you let your cat run around without a collar.

  • Guest666 says:

    Maybe she should be fined for not putting a collar and tag on “Roy”. If he is so beloved, she should keep him in the house or at least know where he is and what he is up to.

  • Chris says:

    I live in the same neighborhood as Ms.Pearsall and I have seen the group go through the neighborhood a few times. I would just like to say this, and I hope this organization reads this carefully. I adore my pets, both cats have been spayed and neutered as kittens. This group will have severe problems on their hands if my cats come to the house cut up and missing a piece of their ear. There will be MAJOR repercussions for them if this does happen. Just wanted to make that completely clear. They also need to look harder at their employees IQ and their basic knowledge of cats if they are getting genders mixed up, never corrected, and still surgically operating on them. Big mistake…

  • guesty says:

    Easy solution there Chris, keep your cats in your own home. I don’t want them in my yard, on my vehicles or in my trees. Maybe you will have the MAJOR repercussions if I catch your cats in the trap I have. I won’t try to call the owner if listed on the tag (if they even have a collar) but will call animal control and turn them over to them. Then you get to pay the rescue fine. Keep them inside. Is that clear enough for you?

  • Guest 16 says:

    Well, if your cats stay on your propertey you won’t have to worry then right? There are laws in this county and if you don’t follow them YOU are responsible. I will make sure that YOU be held accountable for this as well.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Don’t let your cats roam free and you won’t have to worry about it.

  • Guest of the Week says:

    Helllo??? McFly?? Cat was roaming freely without a collar in spite of the law! Yeah, they screwed up by misidentifying the gender, but you are a direct contributor to that screwup. Maybe they should pay the bill, but maybe they should also report you to Animal Control for flaunting the law.

  • Gust says:

    “Not everyone likes to have a cat toilet in their house.”

    Well then they should not own a cat!!! I do not own a cat and do not like the smell of cat urine or feces in my yard or bushes. Keep your cat in your own yard or house and do not complain or cry when they are missing or end up a greasy spot on the road.

    If you are a real vet tech, I would expect better advice. Please let us know which vet so we can avoid your office.

  • Guest of the Week says:

    … not everyone likes having cats out in their yards either “spraying” all over our cars. I have a dog with severe allergies, and cats are one of them. The neighborhood I’m in has quite a few cats roaming free, in and through our yard no less, and no doubt are a contributing factor to the severity of his recent outbreaks. But hey… I guess we should just grin and bear it so a cat owner doesn’t have to deal with the inconvenience of dealing with their own pets responsibly, eh?

  • Wade griffis says:

    too much.

    I have had an indoor/outdoor cat for 14 years. She is asleep on my bed as I write this.

    I also have two large “found dogs”.

    The cat is the boss. They are inseprable. The dogs and the cat love each other.

    My cat does not roam, does not pee on anybody’s property and does not cause anybody problems. I had her spayed when she was old enough. She has never worn a collar and she never will! Nor will I.

    The ordenance about cats makes about as little sense as most of the BS that comes out of our electead (LEADERS?).

  • Guest7777 says:

    Who’s the genius that forgot to “sex” this cat then?

  • Bailey Pearsall says:

    This is my little kitty and i love him with all my heart! My dad is allergic and the cat has to stay outside. He is curious little guy and loves to Rome around for adventure. And we take very good care of him!
    Thank you very much!!!

  • demi thomas says:

    yall shut up people i love this cat he is well taken care of

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