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Old 03.08.2011, 11:55
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

Water guns work wonders....you might just have to deal with an irate swiss owner though.

Almost all cats will develope a Pavlovian reaction to the water gun, eventually you can just leave it lying around.....although some cats love water and water guns, but those are the exception.

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Old 03.08.2011, 11:57
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Water guns work wonders....you might just have to deal with an irate swiss owner though.
Whats the cat gonna do? Complain to its owner?
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:00
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Whats the cat gonna do? Complain to its owner?

hahaha--this made me laugh.

Actually my old cat would always run down stairs and start howling at me (complaining) when the landlord 'hit the target'. Stupid cat
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Nice red eyes. That is one scary looking kitty, no wonder the dog was intimidated
LOL this cat really looks exactly like mine so I thought it was a good picture
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:13
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

This guy has a website dedicated to his own design of helmet mounted water cannons. I believe that's the ONLY way forward here...

http://www.ultimatewatergun.com/

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Old 03.08.2011, 12:14
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

Ahem, similar cat problem here.
More specifically, a neighbour kitty who has taken our garden, more specifically the passage to our door, as a litter box (after all, it is sandy).
We have thought about spraying some water, but he's a really smart offender, and always manages to hit when we're not home. It's a bit annoying, first of all because I have to clean up, and secondly because I have the feeling some of his mates are getting the same impression, and joining in the poop party.
Does anyone have any experience with cat repellents? I don't want to hurt the kitty in the slightest way, but I'd also like to access my garden in the evening, without having to carry a flashlight to see where I put my feet.
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My dog spottted that cat the other day and he went absolutely bonkers trying to get to the cat. I called him away and distracted him. However, ever since then, the cat has been constantly back, sitting at the bottom of the building, watching in amusement, as my dog goes bonkers. I had to shoo the cat away many times. F***king cat.


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Old 03.08.2011, 12:20
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Ahem, similar cat problem here.
More specifically, a neighbour kitty who has taken our garden, more specifically the passage to our door, as a litter box (after all, it is sandy).
We have thought about spraying some water, but he's a really smart offender, and always manages to hit when we're not home. It's a bit annoying, first of all because I have to clean up, and secondly because I have the feeling some of his mates are getting the same impression, and joining in the poop party.
Does anyone have any experience with cat repellents? I don't want to hurt the kitty in the slightest way, but I'd also like to access my garden in the evening, without having to carry a flashlight to see where I put my feet.
ah, this is easy - you need to get your own cat. Cats are very territorial, so it will keep the strangers out and they rarely ever do their business in their own garden.
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

^Here the Ssscat might actually work, you could give that a try.
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:22
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ah, this is easy - you need to get your own cat. Cats are very territorial, so it will keep the strangers out and they rarely ever do their business in their own garden.

This is true---but your cat will have to make sure it establishes its only alpha territory.

Until that point, the other competing cats will purposely leave their uncovered mess around your property to establish a heirarchy of pussy-pecking order.
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:24
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Ahem, similar cat problem here.
More specifically, a neighbour kitty who has taken our garden, more specifically the passage to our door, as a litter box (after all, it is sandy).
We have thought about spraying some water, but he's a really smart offender, and always manages to hit when we're not home. It's a bit annoying, first of all because I have to clean up, and secondly because I have the feeling some of his mates are getting the same impression, and joining in the poop party.
Does anyone have any experience with cat repellents? I don't want to hurt the kitty in the slightest way, but I'd also like to access my garden in the evening, without having to carry a flashlight to see where I put my feet.
I could swear by ssscat (see my previous post), as it is both harmless and effective. I love my cats to bits and would never hurt them.
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:35
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Does anyone have any experience with cat repellents? I don't want to hurt the kitty in the slightest way, but I'd also like to access my garden in the evening, without having to carry a flashlight to see where I put my feet.
The very nasty cat of my grandmother used to mess around her best sofa, destroying the silk pillows and going on a rampage on the lace. She used nafta balls (those smelly things grandmas used to put in the closet) and it worked - cat wouldn't even enter the room. The only problem was the nafta smell lasted a while in her living room, but the cat eventually learnt to keep away from the sofa. The ssscat thingy might be less smelly solution, though...
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Old 03.08.2011, 12:45
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

I also use Reppers repellent sticks, which are odourless for humans but carry an unpleasant smell for cats. I stick them on the wardrobe, so that the cats won't open it and jump inside.

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I rather nip the problem in the bud to make him stop, than avoiding it.
I think you need to adopt said kitty to keep him company.
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Old 03.08.2011, 15:29
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I think you need to adopt said kitty to keep him company.
Sorry, cant! Uber allergic! Even if I am not, I'd have alot of explaining to do to my dog as to why I've let his number 1 enemy in!
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

While my cat was a kitten he took to scratching our couch's legs. I had to buy a cat repellent (in a small trigger-spray bottle), which discouraged him from getting underneath the couch at all. It worked great.

I wonder if these things are available in CH. They are completely harmless to animals and plants, don't stain (I remember using it on my chalk-colored couch) and very affordable. It could be a solution in case you find out the cat has an owner who magically talks to cats and finds out it was the "nice lady on the second floor over there" who sprayed him with water.
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

I feel your pain , Summerrain.

One of my mutts is seriously Not. Cat. Friendly. I have tried all sorts of training: distraction, counter-conditioning, you name it, with only minimal progress. She will never be a cat fancier. And when she gets her dander up, the others - although usually cat-neutral - follow suit.

Most of the neighborhood cats have learned to stay clear, or to at least contain their incursions into canine territory to short raids. One cat, however, is of the Clint Eastwood variety: he sits at our window, doing his best 'Go ahead, make my day' impression to the mutts.

Who of course go bonkers.

Kitty has balls of steel - even a herd of mad barking shelties won't make him budge.

Because of the neighbors, I can't allow the dogs to bark - that they are being provoked by an intruder is no defense against noise complaints.

I finally decided that when it comes to canine-feline relations, discretion is the better part of valor, and have taken the simple way out:

Blinds are kept closed.

I'm hoping that kitty, deprived of his audience, will eventually get bored and move on to pastures and challenges new.

I hope you have better luck than I...
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Old 04.08.2011, 18:08
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get a net and throw it at the cat. when suitably entangled, let slip the dogs of war.
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

Hi Summerrain,

I have 4 cats, and would *completely understand someone using water to deter them from visiting (as long as it was cold water )

In fact, on day 2 of living in Basel (when we were a two cat household) our next door neighbour came round to explain that although he loved cats, and had one himself, she was an old lady and he'd throw water on ours if they bothered her. That was a test of our German - but we agreed it was fair enough.

I think one of the kittens got a water pistol full recently - either that, or he fell in a pond - either way he's not keen on the garden across the road anymore.
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Old 04.08.2011, 21:31
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Re: New cat in the neighbourhood

Have a look here, there's alot of good advice:
Neighbors Cat Sh**ing on My Balcony

I used just about every trick in the book. For me a fence around the garden and constant "shoo-ing" finally got the message across to the cat(s). Now they side-step my property in a nervous fashion . It took about a month to get it thru their little thick skulls tho, so if your problem is relatively new, apply all methods necessary and give it a little time. If all else fails, I know a couple of guys from New Jersey who can "solve problems" for a reasonable fee
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