An open letter to the neighbor across the street:
Dear Cat Lady,
We have lived here over a year as a family of four. We have taken care of ourselves just fine, and made sure that everyone was loved, comfortable and fed. We take responsibility for all members of our family, no matter what the consequences.
We ignored you when we would see Dude in your arms. We ignored the signs you left on our door and the knocking at naptime to "bring him back", faux-upset that he was on your property. We even ignored the wet food you would set out for him to lure him over. But it has now been over four days since we have seen Dude, and we know that you have him. I don't know if you are keeping him in your house, or caged up somehow, but we want our cat back. All of these ridiculous games you have been playing with our pet are not "cute" or "funny" anymore. Theft of a domestic animal is a crime. More than that, stealing someones pet is just downright cruel.
We miss Dude. He was the very first purchase Ben and I made when we bought our first home together. He was our first "baby" together. Yes, I hate the fur he leaves on the couch. And I hate that sometimes when Margot gets too rough he will swipe at her. But he belongs to us- to this family. And we want him back.
Bring our cat back. Get your own cat. You have now angered me, because my husband is sad. My daughter is looking for her kitty. Bring our cat back.
One more thing, Cat Lady - don't think I am not going to come looking for our pet, because I am. You have poked the Mama Cat; and I have my claws out.