Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04.08.2019, 23:20
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Geneva
Posts: 148
Groaned at 18 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 64 Times in 30 Posts
Dan M has earned some respectDan M has earned some respect
The neighbor's cat

The tenant next door to us has a cat that they allow to roam free on the building property. Unfortunately, this means that the little bastard wanders into our apartment on a regular basis and is becoming an annoyance. We are trying to find the best way to handle the situation. We are not on the best terms right now as they have unfounded claims that my kids scratched their car. They own their unit, which is the largest on the property, and we are renters.

Any thoughts on how to handle this?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04.08.2019, 23:29
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: ZH
Posts: 5,184
Groaned at 42 Times in 33 Posts
Thanked 6,964 Times in 2,916 Posts
doropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond reputedoropfiz has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Free-roaming cats go where they will. There is nothing the neighbours can do about that, other than lock the cat up, which would hardly be fair on the animal, and your so requesting it would not be likely to fall gently on the neighbours' ears and hearts.

The following method has the advantage of dealing directly with the cat, without harming it. You will thereby actually fix the problem, rather than having to try to ask the neighbours to do something.

Every time the cat enters your apartment, hiss at it loudly. This does not harm the cat, but will startle it enough for it not to want to return. It may take ten or so times of hissing, but the cat will then freely choose to roam elsewhere.

Of course, for this to work, you have to make sure that ALL the family members will do this, and that there is no-one living in your apartment who is secretly tolerating, petting or, worse, feeding the cat. If someone feeds it, it owns you.
Reply With Quote
The following 9 users would like to thank doropfiz for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 04.08.2019, 23:32
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Küsnacht, Switzerland
Posts: 4,032
Groaned at 85 Times in 79 Posts
Thanked 8,080 Times in 3,761 Posts
Blueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond reputeBlueangel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

You could try a scat mat along the entrance the cat uses to your property. It's an entirely harmless deterent.

https://www.gardeners.com/buy/scat-m...1/8592448.html
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Blueangel for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 05.08.2019, 06:18
slammer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lummerland
Posts: 4,798
Groaned at 117 Times in 82 Posts
Thanked 8,082 Times in 3,036 Posts
slammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Rubber snakes at the doors. Cat goes apeshit.
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank slammer for this useful post:
  #5  
Old 05.08.2019, 06:45
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 20,404
Groaned at 353 Times in 268 Posts
Thanked 14,872 Times in 8,552 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

How is it entering in the first place? Doors? Windows?
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank Medea Fleecestealer for this useful post:
  #6  
Old 05.08.2019, 08:55
NotAllThere's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Baselland
Posts: 11,047
Groaned at 168 Times in 145 Posts
Thanked 15,694 Times in 6,363 Posts
NotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond reputeNotAllThere has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
How is it entering in the first place? Doors? Windows?
Catflap?
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank NotAllThere for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 05.08.2019, 09:05
omtatsat's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Timbuktoo/Zürich
Posts: 8,213
Groaned at 1,559 Times in 849 Posts
Thanked 3,626 Times in 2,311 Posts
omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
The tenant next door to us has a cat that they allow to roam free on the building property. Unfortunately, this means that the little bastard wanders into our apartment on a regular basis and is becoming an annoyance. We are trying to find the best way to handle the situation. We are not on the best terms right now as they have unfounded claims that my kids scratched their car. They own their unit, which is the largest on the property, and we are renters.

Any thoughts on how to handle this?
Maybe their cat scratched the car. Take a DNA/finger/paw print test and compare
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank omtatsat for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 05.08.2019, 11:15
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Blätzarsch
Posts: 1
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
veggie reggie has no particular reputation at present
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
Every time the cat enters your apartment, hiss at it loudly. This does not harm the cat, but will startle it enough for it not to want to return. It may take ten or so times of hissing, but the cat will then freely choose to roam elsewhere.


hissing at the cat may not be enough. Throw a key ring or something similar that makes a metallic rattling noise on the floor in front of your feline foe's nose. Make sure you don't actually hit the animal. Repeat until it gets the message.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05.08.2019, 11:41
Sandgrounder's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ZH
Posts: 13,638
Groaned at 126 Times in 117 Posts
Thanked 24,975 Times in 9,625 Posts
Sandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond reputeSandgrounder has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Plant misters with ordinary water do the trick, too. Not the supersoakers with a jet, though. Also, the suggestion further up the thread of rubber snakes left where the cat normally comes in are a good deterrent.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Sandgrounder for this useful post:
  #10  
Old 05.08.2019, 11:42
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 7,170
Groaned at 243 Times in 181 Posts
Thanked 15,152 Times in 5,256 Posts
k_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Just put a mirror at the entry so that the cat is aware that there is already another cat living in your house.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05.08.2019, 11:51
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Geneva
Posts: 148
Groaned at 18 Times in 7 Posts
Thanked 64 Times in 30 Posts
Dan M has earned some respectDan M has earned some respect
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
How is it entering in the first place? Doors? Windows?
Typically through the door to our terrace when we are not looking. With the heat, the open door has been a lifesaver.

Quote:
View Post
Rubber snakes at the doors. Cat goes apeshit.
Now to find a few... Except of course that my 1.5 year old will want to play with them.

Quote:
View Post
Plant misters with ordinary water do the trick, too. Not the supersoakers with a jet, though. Also, the suggestion further up the thread of rubber snakes left where the cat normally comes in are a good deterrent.
I'll get another spray bottle. Don't punt the cat across the property... tempting, but got it.

Maybe I should post a picture of Alf on the window? Then the mangy little bastard will know we mean business!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Dan M for this useful post:
  #12  
Old 05.08.2019, 12:06
slammer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lummerland
Posts: 4,798
Groaned at 117 Times in 82 Posts
Thanked 8,082 Times in 3,036 Posts
slammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
Typically through the door to our terrace when we are not looking. With the heat, the open door has been a lifesaver.


Now to find a few... Except of course that my 1.5 year old will want to play with them.


I'll get another spray bottle. Don't punt the cat across the property... tempting, but got it.

Maybe I should post a picture of Alf on the window? Then the mangy little bastard will know we mean business!
Hmmm! How to scare the 1,5 year old?
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05.08.2019, 12:40
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 20,404
Groaned at 353 Times in 268 Posts
Thanked 14,872 Times in 8,552 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Then a screen for the door which would keep out the cat and the bugs at the same time.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Medea Fleecestealer for this useful post:
  #14  
Old 05.08.2019, 13:24
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Kanton ZH
Posts: 119
Groaned at 48 Times in 26 Posts
Thanked 142 Times in 63 Posts
Susie-Q has made some interesting contributions
Re: The neighbor's cat

What does he do when he comes into the house? Cause trouble?

Just don't give him any pets or food...clap your hands together and shoo him away. Play an alarm sound on your phone...or get a spray bottle of water. Cats do not like the smell of citrus, you could leave orange peels near the door.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05.08.2019, 13:59
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 26,977
Groaned at 1,693 Times in 1,295 Posts
Thanked 31,326 Times in 14,972 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat



Tom
Reply With Quote
The following 4 users would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #16  
Old 05.08.2019, 16:48
Merrylegs's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Vaud/Valais
Posts: 958
Groaned at 25 Times in 17 Posts
Thanked 1,280 Times in 561 Posts
Merrylegs has a reputation beyond reputeMerrylegs has a reputation beyond reputeMerrylegs has a reputation beyond reputeMerrylegs has a reputation beyond reputeMerrylegs has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Thank you Tom for such a lovely picture! My neighbour's cat came onto our terrace this morning. Such a beautiful animal. I stroked him and then he returned chez lui. A very pleasant start to my morning!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Merrylegs for this useful post:
  #17  
Old 05.08.2019, 17:01
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 20,404
Groaned at 353 Times in 268 Posts
Thanked 14,872 Times in 8,552 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Aw yeah, they're lovely Tom, thank you. Two peas in a pod and almost identical looking at them.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 05.08.2019, 17:05
Today only's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Europe
Posts: 7,694
Groaned at 845 Times in 578 Posts
Thanked 9,568 Times in 4,534 Posts
Today only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond reputeToday only has a reputation beyond repute
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post


Tom



Lunch & Diner ?
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Today only for this useful post:
  #19  
Old 05.08.2019, 17:21
omtatsat's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Timbuktoo/Zürich
Posts: 8,213
Groaned at 1,559 Times in 849 Posts
Thanked 3,626 Times in 2,311 Posts
omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat omtatsat
Re: The neighbor's cat

Quote:
View Post
The tenant next door to us has a cat that they allow to roam free on the building property. Unfortunately, this means that the little bastard wanders into our apartment on a regular basis and is becoming an annoyance. We are trying to find the best way to handle the situation. We are not on the best terms right now as they have unfounded claims that my kids scratched their car. They own their unit, which is the largest on the property, and we are renters.

Any thoughts on how to handle this?
Here's an insider tip. Say to it in a commanding tone " shooo pussy shooo !!". They say it gets rid of the most obstinate pussy.

Or get a dog!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 05.08.2019, 17:27
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Zurich
Posts: 20
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 18 Times in 8 Posts
kernosurf has no particular reputation at present
Re: The neighbor's cat

We occasionally get cats hunting song birds around the bird feeders.
A water pistol, filled with water seems to work quite well.
Good fun, and you don't feel too guilty as you're saving the birds.
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Nachbarrecht and neighbor daycare [Neighbor noise dispute - what are my rights? ] Holly210 Housing in general 40 20.02.2014 19:30
My cat and the neighbor Gigithecat Pet corner 34 10.06.2013 20:34
The Ex Neighbor Confloozed Daily life 12 01.12.2012 15:06
Help! Neighbor's cat in our bedroom at 3am! esmeinbs Pet corner 2 16.02.2012 17:04
problem with neighbor cat Sandpiper Pet corner 65 06.10.2011 14:45


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 10:34.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0