I’ve been living in Brussels for almost 4 years now and I haven’t written much on the subject (with the exception of a few articles for other people’s websites!)  So what prompted me to start writing about ‘Brussels’ this evening? To ask one question…

Is somesome stealing cats in my locale, or, have cats ‘en masse’ suddenly lost their skill to navigate back home?

In my 4 years of residing in the radius of Merode and Schuman transport lines, I’ve never witnessed so many ‘Lost Cat’ posters taped to lamp-posts and bins, pushed through my door mailbox, or as one lady did recently, taped to her own front door to catch passerby attention. The quantity of these posters could account for the high-walled gardens that are common in this area, where cats could find themselves slipping off the tiles and ending up trapped in the garden. However, I’m just not convinced that all these poster cases are such Rapunzelised cats.

As a cat lover, I figured this article may draw more attention to the issue, and, for all the missing cats out there, may help to bring light to their plight.

So where are all these these “lost” cats?

Well, we all know that just like humans, cats can leave home because they don’t like the attitude of their family anymore, or, they’re lured to the nice south-facing garden and tasty nibbles of a kindly neighbour…! Around this locale its plausible, particularly if your cat lives near Merode where a “cared for” possee of cats hang out and keep the public amused with their furry antics.

If these “lost” cats didn’t choose to leave home, then the other choices are less easy for a loving owner to stomach. When your cat doesn’t come home when expected, the worry becomes exponential. Thankfully, if a cat goes “missing” in Brussels then there are a number of resources at hand to help find them:

  • Help Animals has a very useful page on lost cats and what to do
  • The lost and found website Chat Perdu has a long long listing of lost / missing cats…. luckily, some ‘found’ cats are there too!
  • The WAHF animal shelter has a lost and found page on their website
  • This website has a very comprehensive listing of all the animal protection services in Belgium
  • Auberge Feline (a pension for cats) and Cat Rescue may also be able to help
  • Or maybe check the pet classifieds like, Vivastreet.be and expat websites like AngloINFO or Xpats
  • Local vets are a good source for information too

And if these resources don’t turn up the “missing” cats then can we assume the worse…. that Belgium’s cat fur trade is making its rounds in our locale, again? Getting access to the commodity for this trade is very simple, as explained by an interviewed perpetrator when asked if he takes cats off the streets in Brussels and Gent to make them into rugs’. He answered, “Sure. We give people money to bring the cats here”. The furry bits of our missing cats would be seen later of course, draped over the limbs of some mindless mannequin.

Originally published: Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 00:11 in Living matter, Monologues

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