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Re: My neighbour soaked my cat

What I don't understand is why is it so absurd to keep your cats indoors in Switzerland? Judging by the many replies on this thread, they are a real nuisance to many including wildlife.

When I adopted my first cat back home in the US, I had to sign a document promising not to let him go outside. Here, it is the complete opposite. It took me forever to find a shelter that would allow me to adopt cats that remained mainly indoors. One shelter wouldn't even allow me in the door unless I had a "private garden".

I do know cats outdoors have a really good time, but if you adopt one that hasn't ever been outdoors & provide adequate space and entertainment for them, I can tell you they are very happy indoors. (I now have a roof terrace that my 2 Spaniards very much enjoy and can only kill bugs on.) Even former outdoor cats can enjoy the change - my Oliver (R.I.P.) was abandoned and lived outdoors permanently until he was rescued by us - he never wanted to go outside except for just immediately from our door & he was quite wild. He loved his indoor life with us ...

I do fantasize about having a farm with cats running through the fields, but it is far too dangerous and destructive to have them in busy neighborhoods. One of my best friends is a vet tech and is constantly dealing with cats hit by cars or even worse, being poisoned or injured by pissed off neighbors.
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Old 11.05.2021, 11:35
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I do fantasize about having a farm with cats running through the fields, but it is far too dangerous and destructive to have them in busy neighborhoods. One of my best friends is a vet tech and is constantly dealing with cats hit by cars or even worse, being poisoned or injured by pissed off neighbors.
Our neighbours seems to be getting new cats every year - they keep getting run over.
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I do fantasize about having a farm with cats running through the fields
Oh doG, our family ranch 30 years ago! What began as a couple of kittens in the woodpile quickly ended up 30+ cats who were too shy to be caught and treated for their myriad illnesses. One very small kitten even got itself stuck with a 2" length of brass pipe around its middle, which the muscles and skin had grown around by the time we found him...it was slowly killing him! Had to be euthanized, as there was no way to get the pipe off without causing excruciating pain. My sister had to learn to fix cats (thanks to a vet friend who taught her) because she would have gone broke taking each wave of cats to a vet for spaying/neutering. We finally got the problem licked. Feral cats are no picnic.
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Our neighbours seems to be getting new cats every year - they keep getting run over.
It looks like cats are disposable toys to them.

Meh. You either can take care of an animal, or else, just don't.
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It looks like cats are disposable toys to them.

Meh. You either can take care of an animal, or else, just don't.
Yea, I cannot possibly imagine. I wonder if my two know just how lucky they are ...
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Yea, I cannot possibly imagine. I wonder if my two know just how lucky they are ...
Of course they know. Animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for.

Btw, have you watched "My Octopus teacher"? Highly recommended for families with kids, mine loved this movie. (that didn't make us give in to their demands....yet. I really don't need yet another responsibility and I don't trust them to follow through their "love")
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Of course they know. Animals are much more intelligent than we give them credit for.

Btw, have you watched "My Octopus teacher"? Highly recommended for families with kids, mine loved this movie. (that didn't make us give in to their demands....yet. I really don't need yet another responsibility and I don't trust them to follow through their "love")
They definitely do - wish you could see the smile my wee Fred is giving me right now cosy on my lap.

I haven't seen it yet, but definitely want to as I have heard good things. Thanks for the reminder!

Final thought on the matter - my heart will always be closer tied to caring for animals & fighting for their rights - but I understand not everybody loves animals - however, not liking them does not mean you can harm them. Hope you find a peaceful solution OP!
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... I understand not everybody loves animals - however, not liking them does not mean you can harm them. Hope you find a peaceful solution OP!
Isn't there a strong correlation between children who harm animals and the same children and having psychopathic tendencies as adults?
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Isn't there a strong correlation between children who harm animals and the same children and having psychopathic tendencies as adults?
Yes, I knew some of those kids growing up. Rotten
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I just said what's my personal experience. And that was an example of entitled owners btw.

So far I can remember two small dogs which weren't nervously yapping and even trying to bite. In my whole life. So if I forget a few, we're up to 5, max. And I definitely met a bunch of them one way or another.
Also, when I say small dog, I mean those which are (oftentimes much) smaller than cats.

Those sized similarly as cats vary in their behaviour much more.

Yes I'm totally aware it's about owners, it always is.

I just think many folks get small dogs because they see them as a toy/convenience and invest zero effort in ensuring dog appropriate care and training. And then they have fearful / frustrated / unsocialised animal.

And they often start yapping from far away, so it's not hard to get that prejudice kick in.
Yes, my last and current dog are smaller than cats. And interesting you say this because I've met SO many of these small ones in my neighborhood as well as in town (here or other countries) with other bigger dogs passing by, and not one yap. Just friendly tail wagging and sniffing. So maybe the more prejudiced you are, the more you attract them to you
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Isn't there a strong correlation between children who harm animals and the same children and having psychopathic tendencies as adults?
There may be. And between parents who don't properly care for their children's needs, and those same children becoming the ones who harm animals.

Best to care for one's children well, and for the animals well, so one's own children don't hurt animals, and so that others who had a messed-up childhood, such that they now are willing to hurt animals (perhaps like OP's neighbour), can't even get anywhere near one's pets. As meloncollie keeps saying: The pet owner has to take responsibility for keeping the pet safe.
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