To spray a cat

(43 Posts)
MrsLouisTheroux Tue 12-Mar-13 08:35:33

with water just as it was just about to poo in my garden?
It was preparing it's 'toilet area' next to my snowdrops and I sprayed it with water. The cat ran off.
Our garden is littered with cat poo and a cat loving friend actually suggested the use water. It this U?

AliceWChild Tue 12-Mar-13 08:36:46

YANBU generally. And I have a cat. I'd probably think twice in this cold weather though.

NewAtThisMalarky Tue 12-Mar-13 08:37:06

Nope, it won't hurt them. YANBU.

Wolfiefan Tue 12-Mar-13 08:40:20

YANBU! If my cat comes home damp then I apologise for her refusal to use the perfectly good litter tray at home.
Try planting lavender and rosemary as they don't like the smell. You can get a get off type product. Or buy some lion pooh to scare it off!

musicposy Tue 12-Mar-13 08:40:47

It's only the cold weather would worry me in case cat is shut out all day. On a normal day, I wouldn't mind you doing this to my cat. But I'm not sure I'd be too happy today with 6" of snow in the garden. Bang a saucepan or hiss maybe?

MrsLouisTheroux Tue 12-Mar-13 08:43:27

Oh thank you Wolf I am not a cat lover, don't want them in my garden but don't want to hurt them either. Do they learn not to come back if they are squirted? I'll try your suggestions!

MrsLouisTheroux Tue 12-Mar-13 08:46:14

No snow here music but I get what you're saying. I tryed hissing and it looked up and carried on! Our neighbours have lots of cats and they seems to congregate in our back G. There were 6 once. I was angry

Shutupanddrive Tue 12-Mar-13 08:47:35

YANBU, it's only water

musicposy Tue 12-Mar-13 23:20:32

I have realised it is probably only us with half a foot of snow in the garden, so I think YWNBU.

I suspect if you squirt them enough they will learn to go somewhere more comfortable. But you may need to sit there for hours good chance to mumsnet with one eye on the garden, days even grin

YANBU unless the cats immediate escape route is to a main road. When startled they could run out and get run over. Otherwise it's a harmless deterrent!

YANBU at all. We own two of the things - both of which use our garden so I am occasionally tempted to invest in a SuperSoaker myself! grin

steppemum Tue 12-Mar-13 23:59:29

YANBU - invest in a good water pistol, or in the summer a hose pipe with a spray. it is quite effective!

NatashaBee Tue 12-Mar-13 23:59:47

YANBU, I do it to ours to stop them jumping on the counter. Think you can also buy some cat repeller things which make a high pitched noise inaudible to humans.

maddening Wed 13-Mar-13 00:15:18

Yanbu - also apparently sprinkling pepper round your garden helps (obviously not when it's raining a lot.

Lueji Wed 13-Mar-13 00:20:32

In my experience you don't need to squirt a lot.
A drop of water makes my cat jump and run off.

OkayHazel Wed 13-Mar-13 01:37:47

To be honest just walking up to it and whooshing your arms about will do the trick.

ripsishere Wed 13-Mar-13 03:27:14

YANBU in the slightest. We lived next door to nine, 9, NINE of them. They never pood in their own garden, just ours it seems.
Fortunately, they were all different colors so we could pick out the ones that had been done with water (they were the cats that slunk along the back fence).
Last year we had two. we also had a well used litter tray. Once, one of them did their business next door. I went out with a bread bag and cleared up.

ENormaSnob Wed 13-Mar-13 06:00:21

Jet wash or super soaker?

MisselthwaiteManor Wed 13-Mar-13 07:02:08

YANBU, it won't hurt them. A super soaker is a bit much though.

LadyPessaryPam Wed 13-Mar-13 09:10:30

A Karcher should do the job.

YANBU, I have a cat who I'm very PFB about blush and I often say I'd much prefer a neighbour who didn't want him in their garden sprayed him with water rather than hit him or throw rocks etc.

lozster Wed 13-Mar-13 09:28:32

I have a cat and wouldn't mind. In fact i once snook in to my neighbours garden to remove a big dump i had just caught my moggy doing blush. No need to soak though - most are afraid of the spraying sound do that alone would work without the water.

DeepRedBetty Wed 13-Mar-13 09:29:14

They're quite bright and will soon learn to vanish if they see you approaching with a water gun.

Mydelilah Wed 13-Mar-13 10:13:23

I used to spray my own cats with water (from a houseplant spray bottle thingy) when they went to scratch my sofas or jump on kitchen worktops as kittens. It worked, as they learned not to do it! YANBU

YANBU I have a cat, if you caught him crapping in your garden I'd have no problem with you spraying him with water.

FreudiansSlipper Wed 13-Mar-13 10:22:52

I have a toy water pistol I use on my cat when he is scratching my lovely velvet armchair
still does it but it works at the time but he is very spoilt and knows he can wrap me around his little paws

Greydog Wed 13-Mar-13 10:26:39

I've got a water pistol as well that I spray cats with. Also found that curry powder is better than pepper dust. You can get curry plants as well!

ComposHat Wed 13-Mar-13 12:13:40

I am besotted with our cat, but wouldn't object if you'd squirted her with a water pistol, just so long as you hadn't held her down and hosed her in sub zero conditions.

YANBU at all.
I sprayed a persistent offender who kept getting in through the cat flap with orange juice.
Never came back again.

noblegiraffe Wed 13-Mar-13 12:32:13

How much curry powder would you need? A pinch liberally sprinkled or a whole packet?

Greydog Wed 13-Mar-13 12:55:12

a liberal sprinkling round the favourite spots!

Bridgetbidet Wed 13-Mar-13 13:11:05

YANBU. I have 4 cats and would not mind at all if people sprayed them with water to get them out of their gardens.

ComposHat Wed 13-Mar-13 13:27:13

My Gran swore blind that a pop bottle half filled with water keeps the cats at bay.

I thought it was the first sign of senility, but other people do it too. The theory is that the reflections from the pop bottle and the water create prisms of light that the cat doesn't like.

Whether this works or not, is another story.

MrsLouisTheroux Wed 13-Mar-13 20:45:13

LadyP: A Karcher should do the job. grin Sorry cat lovers but this made me laugh! I used a plant spray bottle - I don't fancy hanging around for days until they get the message though. I might try pepper next.
ripsishere I feel your pain. There are at least 7 visitors here. Our garden is a communal toilet sad

MrsLouisTheroux Wed 13-Mar-13 20:49:16

Thank you though to everyone with cats who has said IANBU. I was expecting a different response. Your responses have made me feel less angry about the poo situation!

zukiecat Wed 13-Mar-13 20:50:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 13-Mar-13 20:58:38

My DBil had a cat in his garden the other day. He threw a tennis ball at the shed beside it to scare it and as the cat whipped round at the noise, the tennis ball rebounded and smacked it right in the face. He didn't mean to and I'm sorry but I laughed. blush

Sokmonsta Thu 14-Mar-13 11:50:51

Yanbu. I've done this. We use 'cats away' as I don't want my children playing on soiled grass and we don't have a cat ourselves.

FeckOffCup Thu 14-Mar-13 13:34:35

YANBU, it won't harm them and will hopefully give them the message your garden is a no go area.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Thu 14-Mar-13 13:45:44

My cat (late cat. sad) had some sort of reciprocal arrangement with the cat next door. She would crap in his back garden and he would do the flowerbed in our front garden.

Unless I misunderstood and it was Shit Wars, or something. grin

maninawomansworld Tue 19-Mar-13 10:37:10

No, you were well within your rights. We have a cat who comes around (god knows where from because we live in the middle of nowhere) and craps on my veg plot unless the dog is in the garden.
I would DEARLY love to shoot it with my shotgun and sort the little bastard out once and for all but sadly that's illegal and would get me in a lot of trouble with the cops so I have to continue sending the dogs after it when I see it and hope that one day it'll get the message and not return or the dogs will actually catch it!

meddie Tue 19-Mar-13 12:48:36

Yanbu , water pistol or washing up liquid bottle filled with water is fine. I had a cat who use to use my neighbours garden and this is what I suggested to her. I have no problems with people spraying my cats if they dont want them in their gardens.

Latara Tue 19-Mar-13 12:52:22

Water is fine.. unless it's my cat - she loves water!

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