Originally Posted by charlicata
Good point Alwaysbehind. That is a good reason not to contact them. If the cat is coming to your barn on a regular basis, he probably isn't being taken real good care of anyway.
And dang mbender. I've never heard of having to pay a shelter to take in any type of animal. I know the situation with stray, abandoned, abused, and just in general unwanted animals is very very bad out there. But if the shelters can't help, who will?
Per the bold - This isn't necessarily true. Yes it can
mean they might not be taking the best care of the cat. Is it 100% proof of that? Nope, not in the least. Cats do not have a tiny defined area. I am betting that the barn in question is part of the Tom's regular hunting area.
Also, if you just take the cat and make it disappear and they later find out, you can be prosecuted for stealing their animal.
IMO the OP should talk to the people and if that doesn't work, contact animal control and have them deal with it if the owners won't. In that case the OP wont be in trouble for stealing someones pet.