San Luis Obispo woman hoping to get her cat back

October 12, 2020



When San Luis Obispo resident Kelly Anderson lost her cat Maulks in late August, she never thought she’d have to fight to get her beloved cat back.

Anderson was surprised at the community support she received after her 13-year-old three-legged cat failed to come home. She placed missing cat signs around town and posted a plea on Nextdoor for neighbors to help her find her cat.

“Even strangers have reached out to help,” Anderson said. “It is very encouraging.”

On Saturday, SLO City Council candidate James Papp said he knew where the cat was, but did not disclose the location.

“Found Maulks safe in a new home,” Papp responded to Anderson on Nextdoor. “More later.”

Maulks has always lived as an indoor and outdoor cat, often wandering around its downtown neighborhood. On several occasions, Anderson has retrieved her cat from Papp’s place.

Papp said his door was open, the cat walked in, and he fed Maulks.

During the past three days, Papp and Anderson have gone back and forth on Nextdoor, with Papp insisting the cat is happy in its new home, and Anderson pleading for him to tell her where her cat is located.

Papp argues that when you allow a cat to wander outside, you have a reasonable expectation it will not come back. He also questions if anyone can truly own a cat.

Exchange from Nextdoor:

Anderson: “Why wouldn’t you tell me where or give them my info so I can get him back? You know I’ve been worried and trying to find him. This message makes me upset. As if your the one to decide whats best. Can you please give me their info.”

Papp: “The person who had Maulks is themself very upset. Someone told me not to get involved because everyone would be upset at me, but I wanted you to know he is safe.”

Anderson: “Why would they be upset? It is not their cat. Why would you tell me you know where he is, but won’t tell me? I have been searching for over a month. Called animal services multiple times. Filed reports. Fliers. Gone door to door. And your telling me that what these people are doing is ok. You are supporting theft. Aren’t you running for city council? Aren’t you supposed to help the people of this city?”

Papp argues that it is not reasonable to let cats wander, and that if she loved the cat, she would keep it indoors.

“It is now an indoor cat, and it is happy,” Papp said. “The cat has three legs because it is allowed to wander.”

Papp claims Anderson has left the cat unattended when she leaves town for work, showing she does not love the cat.

“If she loves this animal, she would not let it wander,” Papp said. “It is not my business. This is taking away from city issues such as homelessness and climate change.”

Anderson says Papp does not know her, and that when she works out of town, she hires a cat sitter.

Anderson is hoping to be reunited with Maulks, and has filed a police report.


If someone took and kept one of my animals, and James Papp said he knew where it was, I assure you, he would tell me. Eventually.

Jorge Estrada

If the lady wants her cat back, give it to her and catch a Ferrell cat you can tame.


Papp is an Idiot…Just because a Cat is Outdoors as well as Indoors does not mean its not yours and you don’t care for the Cat…If that were me he would be getting my Cat back to me..I wish Ms. Anderson well in getting Mauks back..


Mr. Papp

You are a cat-napper plain and simple, your parents should have taught you that taking something that belongs to someone else is wrong. Ridiculous reasoning on your part, no city council for you! As a history man you should know that they hung horse thieves in SLO 150 years ago! Grow up, be a man and do the right thing.


As an ardent cat lover, I know that an inside/outside cat rarely is happy becoming an inside only cat. My 5 cats are a part of our family. If they wander to other peoples houses, my hope is they will be treated well and allowed to leave and return home. They have collars and tags with a phone number. Mr. Papp, you are out of line and your thinking is twisted. Please return her cat. I would be devastated if I was put in a similar position.


My once feral cats seem quite happy to live indoors where it’s safe and they’re well fed and played with.


Hey Dave, maybe you can get him back on your radio show to explain his sadistic actions. He always seemed like a strange dude to me. A couple wires crossed maybe?


James Papp joined me Monday from 3:05 to 3:30 to react to the allegations. Podcast is posted at


I listened to the podcast where Papp said the protocol is to notify Animal Services when you’ve found a cat. So, Papp’s friend that has the cat and is not following proper protocol, but that doesn’t seem to bother Papp. If the owner has filed a lost cat report why isn’t Animal Services following up by interrogating Papp to find and return the cat? If Animal Services doesn’t follow up, then filling out a lost cat report is obviously a waste of time. Papp also asserts that the cat lost a leg due to being left to roam outside. What if the cat had cancer or birth defect initiating amputation and Papp is assuming, blowing smoke out his…?

Godless Heathen

I heard him on the radio and this guys irritation level is through the roof. In my opinion I think this guy could benefit from a really good, old fashioned “attitude adjustment”


What a sick f**k this guy Papp is. I had a rescue cat out of the creek. Very good looking and friendly. Spent thousands on his medical care, if that, in addition to our personal bond, didn’t make him “my cat” I don’t know what does. His dental care cost more than mine. My neighbors stopped people from taking him twice. In his ninth year with me he was taken from SLO by someone with Papps’s mentality and turned in near death at Atascadero Pet Center from Morro Bay. He died. He was an indoor/outdoor cat. No way was he going to be indoor only. He likely escaped from his captors and was found distressed in the wild trying in vain to come home.


I have two great replacement cats, both for companionship and rodent control. Both indoor/outdoor. One sketchy enough that a stranger/Papp couldn’t get him. The other is friendly and likes to roll around and rub his back on the sidewalk and entice scratchies from human passersby (he’s very good at it). Papp scares me.


Papp is now claiming his reputation is being trashed by online trolls…

Please please please can one of the local papers run the headline:

“Pussy problem causes Papp smear” ;)




This has to the The Best comment ever on CCN! Have you considered stand-up?


See, now that’s funny!