Pounce of in­tru­sive cats ter­ror­is­ing lo­cal woman

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

A Sandringham res­i­dent is at her wit’s end af­ter be­ing ter­rorised by four cats in her home and back­yard.

Ch­eryl Love, re­tired, led a quiet life with her 14-year-old cat Har­riet, un­til three black cats and a white per­sian started en­ter­ing her home at all hours of the day.

‘‘You’re dead to the world and the next moment there’s a cat on our bed hiss­ing and growl­ing at Har­riet at 2am. It’s fright­en­ing.’’

The in­tru­sive cats come in dur­ing the night through Har­riet’s cat door and when Love con­fronts them they don’t run away.

‘‘Of­ten they stand their ground and hiss and spit at us.’’

Love is forced to shoo them out with a broom, but it hasn’t fixed the prob­lem and Har­riet now hides un­der the bed when guests ap­pear.

With lit­tle progress in re­solv­ing the is­sue Love has had to con­sider clos­ing her own cat door, but she’s not pleased.

‘‘Why should I have to to have a cat box in my house be­cause other peo­ple’s cats are com­ing into my house?

An Auck­land Coun­cil bylaw re­quires all pet own­ers to make sure their an­i­mals do not cre­ate a nui­sance or health risk to any­one.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Ch­eryl Love is be­ing ter­rorised by neigh­bour­hood cats.

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