Cats not welcome

My husband and I, and our fabulous feline Mr. Cheddar were so excited to be planning our move to the area, for this summer or early fall.

My husband and I, and our fabulous feline Mr. Cheddar were so excited to be planning our move to the Parksville Qualicum Beach area, for this summer or early fall.

Unfortunately, the reality of trying to secure cat-friendly accommodations has been surprising and discouraging too. Seems that a lot of people in your area are under the misguided opinion that all cats are destructive and basically trouble. Several vacation rentals and apartments have been dog-friendly, but not welcoming cats.

Mr. Cheddar is a well-behaved, older house-cat.

I thought you might want to write a story in your newspaper about this lack of cat-friendly accommodation in Parksville and also in Qualicum Beach. This is something I have never had problems with before, when travelling with a feline friend and it has been most discouraging.

We want to move there so much, actually our first choice for places to relocate to. But the way things are going, we might have to give up and try elsewhere. Had hoped to rent a place or a short-term accommodation before buying but the doors keep slamming on those plans.

Now we are planning for late August/early September. But without a break in this cat policy from someone and for somewhere suitable, we will be out of luck. Also, we sold both of our cars when we moved to Nelson, eight years ago so we need to be within walking distance of amenities or on a bus route. Again, has made this even more challenging.

Obviously, a lot of people are wanting to move to your area but does that have to mean leaving feline pals behind? That doesn’t seem right to me. And certainly not to Mr. Cheddar — he’s giving this basically cat-free zone the paws down, at least for now.

Geraldine HartmanNelson, B.C.

Just Posted

City of Parksville rejected sharps disposal containers from Island Health

Mayor says cost of maintaining boxes too much for city

Parksville hopes ‘cookies and carols’ become annual holiday tradition

Free, all-ages community event set for next month

Nine animals find fur-ever homes after special Parksville SPCA event

Province-wide half-price adoption deal homes 212 animals

Man, 50, dies following incident in downtown Parksville

Teenage girl hailed as hero for intervening after witnessing situation unfold

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Abbotsford police chief mulls more enforcement of homeless lawbreakers

‘When all else has failed we have to hold people accountable,’ Police Chief Mike Serr tells council

Striking Vancouver hotel workers, employer reach ‘tentative’ agreement

Employees of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia have been out at picket lines since talks broke off on Sept. 21

Environmental and animal rights activists chain themselves to front doors of Kelowna bank

The group is protesting Interior Savings Credit Union’s support of Kelowna Ribfest

Cold, stormy winter forecast across much of Canada, The Weather Network predicts

In British Columbia temperatures will be slightly above normal and precipitation will be just below normal

Cell phone tickets worse tax grab than speed limits, SenseBC says

Distracted driving statistics questioned as B.C. tickets pile up

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Most Read