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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?
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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.
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Old 05.08.2019, 00:32
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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
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Rubber snakes at the doors. Cat goes apeshit.
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How is it entering in the first place? Doors? Windows?
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How is it entering in the first place? Doors? Windows?
Catflap?
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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
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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.
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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.
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Just put a mirror at the entry so that the cat is aware that there is already another cat living in your house.
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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.

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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.

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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!
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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?
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Then a screen for the door which would keep out the cat and the bugs at the same time.
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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.
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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!
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Aw yeah, they're lovely Tom, thank you. Two peas in a pod and almost identical looking at them.
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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!
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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.
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