To of given this cat a boot up the backside and to call the RSPCA?

(51 Posts)
katsopolis Thu 05-May-16 22:02:40

Large Ginger tabby has been coming into my garden for 3 weeks- several times a day. Fighting with my very old (18 year old) cat, harassing the birds and coming into the house- i've water pistoled it 3 times this week. Next door have had the same problem, and even had to take their own moggy to the vet.

It's the other next door neighbours. She is a pain in the arse. I've been over several times to tell her (as have next door) that she needs to keep her violent cat in doors. And it is violent- if you approach it, it hisses at you and lashes out.

Was disturbed 20 mins ago by a horrible catterwalling in the garden- this cat had mine literally pinned to the ground and was biting his throat. I couldn't pull him off- so I gave him (I will admit a bit too) firm booting and it ran off. My own cat was just lying there looking lifeless- so DP ran and called the vet and has taken him off to the emergency vet. Heaven knows how much it is going to cost us- and as DP has just taken voluntary redundancy we can't really afford it. It could honestly be the difference between saving our cat and paying the gas bill.

Neighbour has come over and claims that she has me "abusing her cat" on CCTV. She does have CCTV- but when I pointed out it was necessary for me to potentially save my own cats life, I was left with no option. This was happening over the garden fence and other neighbour came out and was backing me up and we have tried to tell her again, calmly, that she needs to keep the cat indoors if she wants to keep it. The cat isn't injured- I saw him bolting over her garden fence in another direction as we were talking.

I'm pissed off. I'm seriously debating calling the RSPCA and reporting her.

Someone please tell me IABU and talk me down because i'm not a nasty person.

katsopolis Thu 05-May-16 22:04:05

Sorry I meant to add- this neighbour moved in about 6 months ago. Cat was only let outside a few weeks ago (for obvious reasons to me..) hence why the problem has only been on going for a couple of weeks.

TheFuckersBitingMe Thu 05-May-16 22:06:25

YANBU at giving a cat a little boot to get it away from your own. I have 4 cats, love them dearly but if another cat was attacking ours to that extent I'd use my shoe-toe on it. Call the RSPCA and tell her what you're doing and that she's going to be held responsible for vets fees incurred by her devilcat from hell until she can either tame it or give it a lobotomy.

flowers to you and your cat. Hope he's not too injured and home soon.

tabulahrasa Thu 05-May-16 22:06:38

Well YABU really, because there's nothing to report her to the RSPCA for, they're there for cases of abuse and neglect.

SukeyTakeItOffAgain Thu 05-May-16 22:07:11

Don't bother with RSPCA...they'll do bugger all. They're not interested in animal welfare.

I don't think YWBU and I'm a cat lover. OS this SN unneutered tom?

NeedACleverNN Thu 05-May-16 22:07:34

I hope your cat will be ok and you did the right thing booting him off.

Your neighbour is a twat really.

However the rspca will do nothing here.
Cats are considered to be "wild". Therefore cat on cat fight wouldn't be taken seriously..

SukeyTakeItOffAgain Thu 05-May-16 22:07:44

FFS.

Is this an unneutered tom?

Wolfiefan Thu 05-May-16 22:07:54

You can call the RSPCA but I can't see that they would care. The only "cruelty" here is you kicked the cat. (They won't prosecute her for the fact her cat attacked yours!)
confused
Keep your cat in or cat proof your garden? It's unfair but you can't make the neighbour keep their cat in.
Or just persist with the water pistol.

mygrandchildrenrock Thu 05-May-16 22:08:05

You can ask her to keep her cat in but, legally, she doesn't have to. There isn't a law (as far as I know) requiring owners to keep cats under control.
Not a nice situation but maybe you could keep your cat inside.

Catsize Thu 05-May-16 22:08:24

Why call the RSPCA?

SissySpacekAteMyHamster Thu 05-May-16 22:12:44

My dog once ran past me at the open front door as she saw a dog across the road. She went in to attack and the owner of the victim dog kicked her away before she managed it.

I could only apologise to the owner and knew my dog was in the wrong.

Annoyingly, she had never escaped before and it was the night before we were due to move out.

mineofuselessinformation Thu 05-May-16 22:16:03

If any more is said, ask the neighbour why she has cctv looking into your garden. That's not legal.

Netflixandchill Thu 05-May-16 22:24:58

I've been throwing shallots at the neighbours cat for weeks (we keep them next to the back door in a basket and I don't really know what to cook them with) because every time I'm in the kitchen I hear the neighbours Giant Maine Coon cat attacking my little cats and it really upsets them! So no YANBU. I don't think I'm really teaching the cat a lesson but I'm frightened that if I approach it to scare it away it will turn on me! So I throw the shallot in its direction and it runs away.

Netflixandchill Thu 05-May-16 22:26:02

And I don't think there are any properties in the shallots that deter cats, it's just close to hand, small enough to not hurt the cat if it clips it and it makes a loud bang on the decking or fence to scare the cat away.

ScrotesOnFire Thu 05-May-16 22:29:50

You need to look into cat proof fencing so that your cat can use its own garden safely.

It's easy to diy it.

From the sounds of it, she isn't the responsible sort so it's down to you to protect your cat

ArmySal Thu 05-May-16 22:30:56

I'd have drop kicked it over the wall if it'd been harming my pet, and telling the neighbour I'd be doing it every time I caught it doing it again.

whois Thu 05-May-16 22:32:39

Her CCTV shouldn't be covering your garden for a start.

Hassled Thu 05-May-16 22:37:52

Sorry - but I'm giggling at the use of shallots as cat weaponry grin

YANBU but I agree the RSPCA can/will do bugger all, and I don't know what the solution is. Hope your cat is OK.

londonrach Thu 05-May-16 22:42:20

I wouldnt report to rspca as i bet you they come after you for booting the cat. Id send neighbour vet bill. Not sure if a police matter though.

MaddyHatter Thu 05-May-16 22:46:58

i would report the cat to the police if its attacking people.. you might have a bit more done about it, might not, but its still a vicious animal, and cat bites/scratches can get infected.

Rezolution123 Thu 05-May-16 22:50:55

So sorry about your poor cat. Try a washingup liquid bottle filled with water as a water pistol. Or that smelly spray from the pet shop. Maybe a bit of barbed wire along the top of your fence?
On a lighter note, our dog is a brilliant anti-cat protection.
He is lovely with our own two cats but defends them against any visiting moggies. Quite heart-warming in a way.

FeckOfffCup Thu 05-May-16 22:51:47

Well unfortunately cats fight and attack other cats, the owner is not responsible for this as far as I know.
The RSPCA won't be interested in the cat fight, technically your neighbour has done nothing wrong, they're more likely to be interested in you kicking the cat.

For your cats sake I would keep him indoors. At 18 he is getting on a bit, if he can't defend himself from other cats this could happen again, and it might not be just your neighbours cat that posing a danger to him.

meandmygirl1 Thu 05-May-16 22:57:40

I had same problem and council, police, Sspca not interested. It's very frustrating. I ended up buying a maxi water gun off amazon and putting up massive fence and keeping my cats in most of the time.

What I found most infuriating is that her cats are not neutered, she honestly loses or they die about 2-3 cats per year and Sspca are not interested.

katsopolis Thu 05-May-16 23:07:01

Thank you everyone. Mog is OK- fortunately nothing too bad and won't need an operation or anything but we have been handed a hefty bill. No point even asking her to pay it- it will cause WW3 (seen it with my neighbour).

Annoying that nobody will be interested. Seriously tempted to get a humane cat and dump it at the RSPCA. I bet they would be interested then.

not being serious just very upset

MimiLaBonq1 Thu 05-May-16 23:11:01

Netflix shallots are amazing in all kinds of things.

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