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Old 08.12.2011, 11:12
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I also have problems visiting a Zoo.
I have a problem with people that keep making campaigns of "let's free the zoo animals".

They are in cages. It's a pity.
They should roam free. Very true.
Their main habitat has been/is being destroyed. Oopsie
Their species only exists in captivity because the human kind has hunted them almost to extinction. Double oopsie
Their species is being hunted down to extinction in their natural habitat because their bones/horns/skin/penis are worth millions in the market. Triple oopsie.

A lot of "exotic" animals in the zoo have 0 or close to 0 chances of survival in their natural habitat. It's a pity animals are caged. It's a pity they cannot roam in peace in beautiful savanas and prairies. But the world is not a Teletubie meadow. And sometimes the only solution for the crap human kind has made is a bad one. But the other option is worse.



As to original topic: like others have posted, you should contact your landlord. And have a conversation with the neighbours about the fact the stair was accepted by landlord, and a promise you will be responsible for any damage made by your cat. Maybe with a piece of cake. Cake solves all the problems in the world!
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Re: Religious neighbours and cats

How could I stay away from a thread about cats AND religion?
But seriously, I agree with Sky and a few other posters: your neighbours are in the right and you'll have to accommodate their fears, however irrational they may seem to you.
I once approached my neighbour about the possibility of her cat sitting for us. I could see that she wanted to help us out but she admitted that she was afraid of cats. I invited her over and showed our two fluffy balls of fur. She was a bit apprehensive but after a while she overcame her anxiety and now she 'babysits' for us whenever we are away and has actually grown fond of them. If I were you, I'd try to befriend the neighbours, introduce them to the cat perhaps.
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Re: Religious neighbours and cats

I live on the fourth floor. I also signed a contract with their breeder to say that they will not be let out. This is the case for many pedigree cats, as they get stolen. My cats don't know any different, nor have their ancestors.
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I live on the fourth floor. I also signed a contract with their breeder to say that they will not be let out. This is the case for many pedigree cats, as they get stolen. My cats don't know any different, nor have their ancestors.
Cats CAN be perfectly happy indoors and comparing their situation to the plight of some animals kept in zoos is crazy IMO.
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Secondly, it is quite right that in Switzerland, a traditionally rural country, the idea of keeping cats in is seen as totally un-natural
Wasn't also in the tradition to eat cats?
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Old 08.12.2011, 11:26
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Re: Religious neighbours and cats

What sort of cat are you talking about? Puma, cheetah or saber-toothed tiger?
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I live on the fourth floor. I also signed a contract with their breeder to say that they will not be let out. This is the case for many pedigree cats, as they get stolen. My cats don't know any different, nor have their ancestors.
Agreed. I have never owned (well you never own a moggie- which is why I like them) a pedigree cat. All my cats have been very ordinary street/field moggies, and here in CH they are still the vast majority. So I'd agree that a cat that has been bred from other cats who've never known the outdoors, the situation is very different. My cats were born for the outside, and like me couldn't live inside without going totally crazy. Therefore, personally, I would never have a cat unless it could come and go as it pleases and just share what amount of time they choose with me. That's me - that is my own personal opinion. I'd rather a cat was kept inside than have to negotiate 3 floors on a narrow ladder. But why choose an apartment on the 3rd floor if you have cats who are used to go out and roam. If you have indoor cats, then it does not matter of course.

Helm - this has nothing to do with a landlord - as the OP has bought his flat. Other owners will have their say in this, if it has an influence on their everyday life and on the saleability of their property. In most instances that will be decided by the Owner's management committee and other owners asked to approve (or counter).
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I live on the fourth floor. I also signed a contract with their breeder to say that they will not be let out. This is the case for many pedigree cats, as they get stolen. My cats don't know any different, nor have their ancestors.
Agreed. I have never owned (well you never own a moggie- which is why I like them) a pedigree cat. All my cats have been very ordinary street/field moggies from cat rescue and here in CH they are still the vast majority. So I'd agree that a cat that has been bred from other cats who've never known the outdoors, the situation is very different. My cats were born for the outside, and like me couldn't live inside without going totally crazy. Therefore, personally, I would never have a cat unless it could come and go as it pleases and just share what amount of time they choose with me. That's me - that is my own personal opinion. I'd rather a cat was kept inside than have to negotiate 3 floors on a narrow ladder. But why choose an apartment on the 3rd floor if you have cats who are used to go out and roam. Sorry.

Helm - this has nothing to do with a landlord - as the OP has bought his flat. Other owners will have their say in this, if it has an influence on their everyday life and on the saleability of their property. In most instances that will be decided by the Owner's management committee and other owners asked to approve (or counter).
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Wasn't also in the tradition to eat cats?
Nil, why make such comments. Same for Italy and Spain - and many countries when meat was in short supply. Really below the belt to bring this up in this context- and you know how much I deplore this tradition, so why throw it at me, please? Couldn't we stick to resolving the OPs problem without making it personal and unpleasant. A pity, really.
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