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Old 17th Jan 2020, 11:38
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Cat-astrophy.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/16/coupl...ttle-12067030/

It would seem to me that as cats do like to roam and the owner can't keep tabs on them when they are off their property, any interactions, both positive and negative are in the lap of the gods (Bastet). We've probably all had experiences with felines who have adopted us, either for a meal or for longer, but where do you draw the line in taking too much interest in someone else's moggy ? In the link above, it ended in litigation.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 11:48
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I had a long letter recently from this old girl in the village saying that my cat sits on the front step looking forlorn and pointing out my obligations to provide food and shelter. As he has his own door round the back and enough food to make him mildly overweight I don't see what else I can do. He often sits in the rain for half an hour before deciding to give in, them jumps soaking wet into my lap!
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 11:54
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Happened to glance in the neighbour's bedroom window from our back garden, and was mortified to see our cat asleep on their bed.
Rushed round to apologise to the old lady who lived there with her middle aged son.
"Oh yes, I know, but you see my son won't let me have a cat, so I'm very happy to have yours in whenever my son is out!"
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 12:21
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A neighbour's cat is a frequent and most welcome visit to my garden and occasionally the house. Initially very wary and shy, a small tidbit of chicken broke the ice so she and I are now firm friends - her visits are usually about 10 minutes of pampering, a quick play fight and then she's off elsewhere. Though if the back door is open she is very nosy...!

Previous neighbour had several cats that simply craved affection - one used to push through the blinds in my upstairs bathroom window when I was out, not be able to get out again and go to sleep on piles of sweaters, towels or any other freshly laundered items to immediate hand. I'd get a big welcome when I get home - or rather, studied noncholance, a huge yawn and some Catonese for "give us a scratch then!"
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 13:01
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Originally Posted by DType View Post
Happened to glance in the neighbour's bedroom window...
Hmm.......
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 13:15
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Some 60 years ago, I happened to glance at a (different) neighbours window, and said to my wife, "Look, their au pair girl is in their shower!".
Not all versions of "obscure" glass are equally effective.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 13:23
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One is pleased to offer a solution to JB readers and the general public alike for those who feel yer average cat is being an inconvenience ...for doing what cats do

Our dog, it has to be said, is not what you would call cat orientated ......think Mr Bolt, on steroids, when one is in the vicinity. Consequently, for a donation to her dining requirements, and the K n C charity fund, sole benefactor, oneself , one is prepared to transport madam ( travel costs separate to rental costs please note ) across this isle when her services are required. Please note, costs are variable according to how "des res " the post code area is.

Please PM for full details ( no charge ) and the details of how, and where, to send your non refundable deposit .
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 13:31
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think Mr Bolt, on steroids
Robert Bolt, the playwright?
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 14:01
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My luscious lady friend has three of the blasted creatures. One pukes on the floor every other day, another pees and occasionally craps on the floor and the other lives in a permanent stage of terror.
"Oh poor (insert name). She can't help it she's getting old".
My retort of, "I'm getting old but I don't puke, pee and crap everywhere" does not impress her.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 14:55
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Iím going to stick up for and defend cats here.

Iím under the control of two of them. Iím pathetically grateful when they deign to choose me as their chosen resting place. They use my iPad as a £400 bum warmer. They come in from the garden to pee in the sink, which I flush obligingly for them when theyíve finished. One of them demands that the tap is turned in so he can have fresh running water. More thought goes into the purchase of their food than anyone elseís. I sometimes sleep awkwardly around them as they have the best place on the bed. They donít like any doors shut in the house and show their displeasure if they are by ripping up the carpet - which consequently, blocks the door anyway!

But I love them.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 15:04
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Originally Posted by RedhillPhil View Post
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My retort of, "I'm getting old but I don't puke, pee and crap everywhere" does not impress her.
Give it time.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 15:12
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I tolerate cats, but I'm not a lover of them. We had a black moggy that came from elsewhere in the village just to scratch a trench in my flower bed and drop a very smelly turd, which I would discover when planting or weeding.

Eventually, after being overcome with a number of these nocturnal events, I sought a solution. At my neighbours suggestion, I took long straight cuttings from my thorny, standard roses, and laid them in shallow trenches between my bedding plants.

Boom, boom, no cats ever crossed my flower bed again,

IG.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 15:24
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Australian bumper sticker - "Dogs have owners, cats have staff"
Never a truer word etc.!
I speak as the deputy litter tray manager for an ill-assorted pair of rescue mogs. They have managed to indoctrinate us in satisfying their daily needs and, so far, remain housebound. Maximus, however, reminds me frequently that she wishes to go for a walk by perching on the hall table and waiting for me to put on her harness. Minimus, on the other hand has taken over the airing cupboard but shows her gratitude by a twice-daily, very noisy transfer of 'her' pair of socks (kittens?) from the stairs landing to the kitchen, as an 'offering' to the staff! Both 'communicate' via eye blinks and silent miaows and with constant biscuits and water 'on tap', and 'tea' pouches at 1630 daily (on the dot!) we manage to avoid any serious disagreements. Apparently, (unsurprisingly) the Ancient Egyptians worshipped them as Gods.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 15:54
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I am Cat rich....blessed/cursed with four of the rascals.....that all got taken on due to my being a softie and not the hard hearted guy I pretend to be....I guess.

Commodore Frady signed on as Ship's Cat and Sniffer of all Things while I lived aboard a nice Ketch, Smudge D Cat joined later as the Commodore's Battle Buddy when I bailed him from Kitty Jail, JR Mewing came to me as a two week medical foster and never left after four months and six surgeries winding up with a full amputation of a front leg, and Bubba....a huge Orange Tabby now ex-TomCat showed up just before a rather serious Hurricane and never left.

They do rule the roost....the Commodore (smallest of the four) has the Labrador Retriever terrified to enter his personal space which includes the entire house and surrounds.

They keep the mice, moles, rats, and big bugs under control....and pretend to be Bird Hunters but that involves hard work which they see as being beneath their dignity.

Two Cat doors....and they come and go as they please....enjoy their chow at twelve hour intervals....and get it or one does not get to sleep.

The most important service they provide is by being Chick Magnets......the Ladies love Men who love Cats and Labradors.

I can recommend the advantages hanging around Cats can provide....and the Lab is just icing on the Cake.


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Old 17th Jan 2020, 15:55
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I quite like cats, but when I caught our neighour's cat in our greenhouse, scratching up the seedlings and pooing in the soil (he/she had been doing it many times before) and I happened to have the hose on, I was delighted to give said cat a good soaking. It was unable to escape quickly because I was in the doorway. Thankfully, it never came back.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 16:01
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Originally Posted by Imagegear View Post
I tolerate cats, but I'm not a lover of them. We had a black moggy that came from elsewhere in the village just to scratch a trench in my flower bed and drop a very smelly turd, which I would discover when planting or weeding.

Eventually, after being overcome with a number of these nocturnal events, I sought a solution. At my neighbours suggestion, I took long straight cuttings from my thorny, standard roses, and laid them in shallow trenches between my bedding plants.

Boom, boom, no cats ever crossed my flower bed again,

IG.
Years ago I had a running battle with a big (and pretty vicious, and very smelly) ginger tom cat that "belonged" to our neighbour (although they couldn't get near it). I had a new gravel drive laid, and this cat decided that our nice new drive was its personal latrine. Not only did it bury smelly turds, usually close to the driver's door of my car, but it also pee'd up against the wheels of the car.

The first task was to identify which cat was to blame, which involved borrowing a CCTV camera from work, rigging up a PIR light sensor to operate the record button on our VCR, and recording the little sod taking his early morning constitutional. Not only did this confirm that it was next door's tom cat, but it also revealed that it stood up on its hind legs when pee'ing on the car tyres, looked like a bloke after a night on the piss pee'ing against a wall, seemed a really odd posture for a cat.

I tried putting out various supposedly cat repellent stuff, but that had no effect, neither did filling up a few clear plastic bottles of water and standing them around (someone at work suggested this would repel cats). I tried one of those ultrasonic repeller things, and that had no effect, either. In the end, I made up a gadget using the PIR switch I'd used to trigger the VCR remote, but wired to an old washing machine solenoid valve. I connected this to the hosepipe, fitted with a garden sprinkler, and set this up at night, so that the PIR would trigger and turn the sprinkler on if the cat wandered across the drive.

This worked a treat, although I found I needed to put the contraption out every night, because the cat always tried to crap on the drive, and would do so if I forgot to turn the thing on the night before. It seemed not to learn that this was an area where it might get wet, so always tried it on. Sadly I was forced to stop using this cat deterrent system, after I forgot to turn it off one morning, and it caught the postman. SWMBO ordered that I dismantle the thing and cease using it.

There was a happy ending, though, as I found where the cat was coming in, under a hedge, and erected a very low electric fence, made from a timer relay, power supply and an old motorcycle ignition coil. That worked perfectly, although I did have to remind SWMBO to wear rubber gloves when working on the border in front of the hedge, where the electric fence wire ran.
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 18:00
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... and for the 'miaowsicians' amongst us ...
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 21:52
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I am, along with many other Aussies, somewhat intolerant of what is one of Australia's most destructive feral animals.

They have their uses. Excellent for growing citrus trees, for instance.
One in the hole before planting the tree. Excellent.

Not a cat lover
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 22:31
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Cornish Jack, that pussy is catatonic...
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Old 17th Jan 2020, 22:58
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I'm not a huge fan of cats (some local ones have the disgusting habit of trying to defecate in our vegetable patch, despite it being fenced off), so I don't welcome them and neither does our terrier. However, many cats seem to like me and allegedly unfriendly cats in houses I've visited have been known to come up and sit on my lap, to the surprise of their owners. A couple of years ago my next door neighbour (a strange chap for reasons I won't go into) got himself a black kitten. It introduced itself to me while I was lying on my back on the garage floor, working under my car. It appeared completely unannounced from behind me and suddenly rubbed itself against my right ear. It took me so much by surprise that I involuntarily tried to sit up, cracking my forehead on a bolt tail on an exhaust clamp. The cat is fully grown now but it still occasionally visits me in the garage; a short while ago it climbed the ladder into the loft and couldn't get down again so I had to lift it out. My biggest concern these days is that I might lock it in by mistake!
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