I'm in New Zealand. The cat (probably female), has been with us for 5 years, but my parents are sick of her killing our trees with her claws. We think she was abandoned by her previous owners and lived alone for some time. She took over after our own last cat died. She went from being untouchable to loving and sneaking indoors occasionally.
But she simply won't learn, no matter what we do to protect our backyard trees, to stop causing their demise. She can't be dewormed without a major effort or held for more than 30 seconds. But we know she desires to be more of pet, only she was just not raised right. I was often overseas, but came back because of covid. I really love her, but I have no money to move out right now and even if I did, I don't see how I could take her with me.
But I hate the idea of leaving her to just anyone the SPCA lets adopt her. Especially with her behavior, I'm worried she'll be abandoned or put down as she is at least 7 years old. I'm also worried that the experience of being forcibly removed would be traumatic for her. I'd love some practical advice on this one.