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SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 09:58:54

This rumbles on and on, so far have done the following;

asked nicely
got cross
written letters
telephoned
offered to get them a cat (they don't want one)
kept cat indoors, except for 15 mins in morning

but they are STILL feeding mine who is greedy and if I'm not on the ball during his 15 min morning run will be let into their house and not let out until I telephone to ask them to let him out.

Apparently, they used to keep a cat and for sentimental reasons they keep his bowls and 'put a little food down' which my cat nibbles on YET they have done everything they reasonably can NOT to feed my cat

[now absolutely fucking furious emoticon]

samandi Wed 07-Dec-11 09:59:56

YADNBU, but I have no advice. They sound weird as fuck.

samandi Wed 07-Dec-11 10:01:01

Perhaps say that he needs special food as ill?

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:02:06

Done that in writing

they put a little food in a bowl, for sentimental reasons?

agree with samandi, they sound weird.

GypsyMoth Wed 07-Dec-11 10:03:01

Put things on edge of their property that cats hate..... Isn't there cat deterrent gadgets, plants, sprays etc?

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:03:01

I have a file and am keeping notes, feel like some crazed person

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:04:32

had to phone this morning as cat was inside and I could see him through frosted door, she said ' I will check if hes in here'. WTF? YOU KNOW AS YOU LET HIM IN !!!!

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:05:56

will investigate sprays and do it in dead of night

ViviPrudolf Wed 07-Dec-11 10:06:18

They ABU, but as you say you've tried everything so now you'll just have to approach it from a different angle.

Just accept that this is the situation now, your neighbours will be feeding your cat in the morning and you will save on your catfood bills. Tell them this will be so. Either arrange for them to let him out every day at an agreed time, or suck up that you're going to have to ring them every morning to ask for the release of moggy. Its just going to have to become part of your routine - sounds like it already is, but it's currently an irritant rather than an accepted situation.

I don't think you will be able to change their behaviour or your cats, so you're just going to have to alter your own perception of it all. Not really fair on you, but a solution nonetheless.

i think your only option is to keep him inside 24/7, but thats not really fair on the cat.

is he chipped?

samandi Wed 07-Dec-11 10:07:10

Put a collar on your cat stating "Do not feed".
Talk to the RSPCA.
Tell your neighbour you have spoken to the RSPCA.

Would this count as animal abuse? hmm

Same ere.

Fatbastard cat has now pissed off and lives with the tart two doors up the road, causing a lot of upset to my dd.

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:07:38

Was thinking of sending DCs over for breakfast too

oh, citrus peel is supposed to deter cats, could you chuck a load under their hedges?

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:10:05

Hes chipped, ACT thats what I'm worried about, this cat was my mums and given to us after H died. They are not having him. They don't want one anyway, they told me. So why keep feeding mine; because I pay the fucking vets bills and as he gets fatter, the bills get bigger!

samandi Wed 07-Dec-11 10:10:21

Was thinking of sending DCs over for breakfast too

grin

Why don't you all go round?

MissPentChristmasBudget Wed 07-Dec-11 10:12:20

They sound a bit unhinged. The only thing I can think of is to phone the police; if they've taken your cat into their house, that's theft. It seems a bit OTT though, and the police might just laugh at you. No idea what else to suggest.

ViviPrudolf Wed 07-Dec-11 10:13:56

Are you friendly with any other neighbours in your street? There's strength in numbers and if you went and laid it on the line for them with a bit of back up as it were, they might be more inclined to acquiesce if they realise how unpopular their behaviour is making them?

ViviPrudolf Wed 07-Dec-11 10:15:06

*Yes I am suggesting intimidation. I'm not proud of that but if someone nicked the 'Prudog, I'd call in reinforcements...

SirSugar Wed 07-Dec-11 10:18:53

Other neighbours know, we have all lived here for years, this couple though keep themselves to themselves, she has a reputation for being 'bonkers' and he doesn't even say hello. Have only recently started speaking to him when he approached me to check cat was mine and tell me ALL cats have two homes and that my cat loves to sit on his favourite cushion in their house and be fed chicken and tuna!!!!

LisasCat Wed 07-Dec-11 10:20:53

I second the RSPCA involvement. Nothing you've tried has worked, they need a bit of intimidation, and those RSPCA inspectors can look quite officious in their uniforms. If they threaten these nutjobs with a fine and a ban on ever owning animals again that should shit them up a bit.

Perhaps offer them a sizable donation if they help you with this distressing matter. It's not bribery, merely covering any costs they may incur by visiting your area.

Alternatively, rub your cat against another cat with fleas, and then send him straight round there. Or feed him something that doesn't make him ill but makes his poo particularly special for a few hours (suggestions, anyone?).

startail Wed 07-Dec-11 10:22:32

Knock on DSILs door. Hi we are from the camp site.
She gets this sometimes if the owners are out.
No they want to check her cats ok, because they haven't seen him this visit.
DSIL says he's fine asleep on the bed and ends up taking concerned couple up to see him.
Turns out for several weeks each summer her cat has been made a bed in their caravan and made a right royal fuss of.
Her family are veggies, so she knows he goes off scrounging bacon rind etc, but she'd no idea he had a whole other home.
She said the couple were totally sweet, but total mad. Didn't seem to have struck them that the cat had a loving home.

ViviPrudolf Wed 07-Dec-11 10:22:43

You need to get heavy on their asses. They're getting away with it because they're the 'mad ones' Well you should be the mad one now. Crazy cat lady who goes round screaming like a wild woman at her neighbours. Freak them out so bad that they'll never want to see your cat again.

CatPussRoastingByAnOpenFire Wed 07-Dec-11 10:25:15

If your cat only goes out for 15 minutes, id be building a cat run in the back garden. If it's only for a short time, don't let him leave your premises. I think if you call the police, they will laugh at you!
Fwiw, I think it's generally not you personally hypocritical. Cat owners make a huge fuss about a cats right to roam, when someone complains about cat shit! This cat is doing just that... Roaming! If you don't want it to roam, pen it in.

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