SUNDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — This wasn’t supposed to be cat week at The Armchair Mayor News, but since the Saturday Morning Editorial was about the sad case of Smokey — a Vancouver cat found hanged and subjected to cruel indignities that may have been committed after his death, or maybe before — best that the case of Butterscotch be acknowledged.
Butterscotch is the cat in Brandon who got an insect catcher stuck on his head and evaded capture for two and a half weeks. It was originally thought the contraption on his head was a bird feeder and that he couldn’t eat or drink. It’s now thought he could, thus explaining how he survived for so long.
Anyway, the story is that Butterscotch, who is believed feral, finally walked into a trap. It wasn’t easy, as someone apparently was sabotaging efforts to trap him; then a Jack Russell terrier got caught in the trap instead of Butterscotch; and he otherwise simply avoided the traps set out for him.
Since he had no identification, nobody knows if he had a name prior to his misadventure, but the woman who first saw him with his head caught in the insect device named him Butterscotch because of his colour.
So, Butterscotch now has a name, likely soon will have a new home, and is fresh out of surgery of the kind that all male tom cats should have.
The fact that people would go to so much trouble to help a cat out of a fix (and in to another one, so to speak), is reassuring.