To GPS my cat and go and speak to the neighbour?

(151 Posts)
LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 14:12:15

I own a very large ginger Tom cat. He is supposed to be on a diet but comes home licking his lips and smelling of food. And also, often,
cigarette smoke grin
I bought a "cat nav" device for him (v small USB thing which attaches to his collar). I have used it three times now and downloaded the data and it shows him going into a house about 8 doors down and not moving for an hour.

AIBU to go and speak to them and ask them to stop feeding him? I wasn't planning on telling them about the GPS device... grin

Or would you leave it?

I am aware this post reads like I am a mad woman, btw. I promise I am sane. I just can't bear the patronising vet telling me he will get type 2 diabetes if he doesn't lost weight hmm

msrisotto Fri 14-Jun-13 14:15:13

I love you for GPS tracking your cat grin
Sure go and speak to them. However, he is likely to find food elsewhere! You can get collars like this which might help with greedy cats

quoteunquote Fri 14-Jun-13 14:15:29

A polite letter maybe asking them not to feed him as he is on special food, prescribed by vet for an expensive medical condition.

Where did you get your cat nav device grin].

I have to have one for my boy.

That was supposed to be a grin.

quoteunquote Fri 14-Jun-13 14:18:46

those collars are great,

My friend's parents have a country pub, all four of their very laid back dogs have homemade signs on their necks with do not feed on.

LookingThroughTheFog Fri 14-Jun-13 14:19:47

It's possible that your neighbour is just feeding her own cat, and your cat's coming into steal the food.

bonzo77 Fri 14-Jun-13 14:22:20

Yanbu. I've got a tag on the collar saying "on vets diet do not feed". I'd speak to the neighbour and explain that the cat has a condition, needs expensive food in precisely measured portions. Say you gps'ed the cat as you worry about its health (so they know you've rumbled them).

Does that cat visit them at a particular time? I'd keep it at these times.

Off to google cat GPS!

LisaMed Fri 14-Jun-13 14:35:19

the vet we used to take evil cat to had a resident cat which knew when all the grocery deliveries were in the area and was very good at mooching. They had a collar made saying 'I am fat, do not feed me'.

Said cat broke into their storeroom and started work on a huge sack of kitten food. It sits on the reception counter and intimidates large alsatians and rottweilers. And as for the cat that used to live three doors down which used to hang around the pizza shop at closing time to scrounge off the pizza buying drunks...

I suggest the collar and a resigned attitude. Also speak to the neighbour and say that there are weight issues so perhaps they could try low calorie treats.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 14:37:53

I think a note may be the better way forward grin especially if I might accidentally drop my cat in it if he is stealing!!

I got it from g-paws.com... More money than sense I know hmm

A small part of me really wants to go over there now and speak to them and report back!

Maybe it is just breaking in and scoffing their own cats food. If we didn't have a microchip cat flap then I'd be feeding half the street given hown many cat faces we get squashed up against the flap grin

limitedperiodonly Fri 14-Jun-13 14:41:21

I am fat. Do not feed me grin

msrisotto Fri 14-Jun-13 14:43:35

I am fat. Do not feed me grin Aww poor humiliated mog!

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 14:51:00

Mumsnet. I went over there. It wasn't good.

Oh dear, come on , spill!

And.... Type faster mad cat lady

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 14:58:07

blushes

I went over there... (I am off sick at the moment in my defence and going crazy. I have already had some fun this morning baiting a PPI caller (I'm a lawyer))... and he was IN THEIR HOUSE. Lounging on their sofa looking v at home.

I said, a little abruptly, 'er... he's mine' because I was quite shocked at seeing him on their sofa and she was basically very cool with me and said he is there almost half the time and she thinks he is hungry angry and meows at her to feed him. Wanted to say 'stop farking letting him in then' but turned around and left sad

With the cat I hope.

msrisotto Fri 14-Jun-13 15:11:45

Oh cripes. Erm, is that all that was said? I'd def get a collar with do not feed - diabetic or something.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:13:00

Collar sounds like a good plan. What a cow. Beginning to wonder if he is her cat and he is only visiting me!

msrisotto Fri 14-Jun-13 15:15:14

Well yes cats do select their owners rather than the other way round. However, did you see the thread recently where someone retrieved their cat after getting the police involved? That was a bit mad but they had tried rational discussion with the cat napping neighbour.

LittleFeileFooFoo Fri 14-Jun-13 15:15:41

Maybe try keeping him in for a while?

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:17:52

Blimey. He is in with me all night so I figure he is mine! I can't keep him in during the day... He goes mental, scratching at the door and whingeing mostly. Plus he needs any exercise he can get! grin

Justfornowitwilldo Fri 14-Jun-13 15:20:24

Stick a very politely worded letter through the door (keep a copy) to say that he is on a vet prescribed diet because his weight is causing health complications and could she please stop feeding him as it endangers his health.

Ezza1 Fri 14-Jun-13 15:20:35

Hahahahaha grin One of my cats makes themselves at home in a neighbours house. She doesn't feed him, he just likes lounging about her house shock

She said to me that she didnt mind him coming in but did draw the line at him going upstairs, drinking from the toilet then sleeping on their freshly made beds. I was blush blush blush blush blush blush

The other cat knocks about outside KFC <classy>

I would never GPS them - the shame of what they get up to would be unbearable blush

Justfornowitwilldo Fri 14-Jun-13 15:22:43

You might want to add that your cat is obese and greedy to the letter too!

Ezza1 you need a camera on your cats.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:24:08

He's just come back with milk round his gob. angry

Justfornowitwilldo Fri 14-Jun-13 15:26:05

Send the letter and usin your spy kit wink keep him in at the times he goes to her.

FairPhyllis Fri 14-Jun-13 15:28:35

Uh oh - do we have the makings of another Catgate here?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 14-Jun-13 15:30:52

Send her the letter explaining that he is your cat, cats beg for food, that's what they do, and that your cat is fat greedy and at risk of diabetes. Perhaps include your bank details so she can electronically transfer her half of the vets fees/medication. Oh and remind her that cats are lactose intolerant and milk is v v bad for them. and get a camera for your cats collar as well as the gps

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:31:08

Oh god. I don't want to end up in classics.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 15:31:22

You need to go back and tell her you have just been to the vet who says he is dangerously overweight and needs to be put on a restricted diet.

Then laugh in a slightly embarrassed way and tell her that the vet also discovered he was infested with fleas and ticks and recommended you spray your home with Indorex spray or hire a professional fumigation company.

ComposHat Fri 14-Jun-13 15:33:46

Stick a label on his collar 'please do not feed me as I am on a special diet for being a great big fat cat.'

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:36:57

I like the vet idea. I'll look mental if I go back over there any time soon though won't I?

limitedperiodonly Fri 14-Jun-13 15:37:38

Did they get the police involved Mrsrisotto? I was following that thread but missed the end.

OP an ex friend did the same with her neighbour's cat. After polite requests they ended up going to get it and having a huge row with her DP. He was apologising because he'd kept telling her not to encourage it as well. During the confrontation she hid.

The neighbours were so angry that her DP made sure that he kicked the cat out every time she enticed it in.

She continued to insist they were ill-treating it. Bonkers.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 14-Jun-13 15:39:06

Actually that's a good idea - you know when he goes there - what could you coat your cat in before he goes?
Treacle?
Fox poo?

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 15:39:24

Give it a few days. More time for the phantom flea infestation to develop.

limitedperiodonly Fri 14-Jun-13 15:41:25

A neighbour's cat used to use our house as a shortcut -go through it to save walking round the block. It regarded us as servants.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:44:08

I can't think of anything I could coat him in that he wouldn't eat. He has no pride. sad

limitedperiodonly Fri 14-Jun-13 15:46:50

Yes, tell them it has fleas.

No phantom flea infestation about ours. It was an unfriendly cat but I used to think it was funny to let it through. I refused to let it in when I tried to stroke it and it scratched me. A week or so after it stopped coming in the fleas started biting me. It only ever used to spend the time it took to amble through the house.

bugsyburge Fri 14-Jun-13 15:47:19

ezza you're cats are hilarious!!!!! I've literally been creased up whilst sat at my desk stifling a laugh!!!

one of my cats is often seen in my neighbours house.... infact someone about 10 doors away once stopped me in the street to ask if said cat was mine because he keeps breaking into their house during the day (no catflap so no idea how!!!) & getting INTO their bed!!!! shock

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 15:49:28

My other (very nice) neighbour told me that she was doing an exercise DVD for the first time since having her DC and she turned around, feeling not-very-fit mid-way through the DVD and my cat was lounging on her sofa. She thought she was hallucinating/having a heart attack. She keeps her patio doors closed now.

msrisotto Fri 14-Jun-13 16:53:05

Hah, nothing like a cat silently judging you for being unfit. They're critical buggers.

limitedperiodonly Yup! They called the police who went round and sorted it out! Can't remember the details.

Hassled Fri 14-Jun-13 16:57:44

I like the sound of your cat. I particularly like the loungeing on the sofa - I can see him now, sipping a small gin, watching a bit of telly, just chilling.

Sallyingforth Fri 14-Jun-13 17:09:56

OP I don't understand this. You are a lawyer used to dealing with difficult situations, yet you were unable to speak with these people and can't send a simple letter to them.
Has the cat been chipped to prove your ownership?

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:13:24

Hassled grin I imagine him with a cigar.

Sally Blimey, I must be a rubbish lawyer. I can send a letter but wanted to do it in person then lost my nerve.

Sallyingforth Fri 14-Jun-13 17:15:28

smile

If the cat chipped?

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 17:15:43

Not quite the same, but my dog escaped from my garden into one of my rear neighbours, went in their house and woke them up by jumping on them whilst they were in bed.

And yet still they think he is adorable!

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:17:10

Yes, he is. I got him 18 months ago from RSPCA (he's 4). he's chipped with my name but used to be a stray.

Soup grin

spiderlight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:23:00

Is he called Sid by any chance? grin

OrangeFireandGoldashes Fri 14-Jun-13 17:23:57

If he's not already microchipped, get him chipped so he's registered to your address. Then put a tag or notice of some sort on his collar saying "do not feed - vet-prescribed diet".

If you want to avoid confrontation (I'm guessing you're not a criminal lawyer!) you could also make a little flyer with a photo of your cat and pop it through your immediate neighbour's doors, in a joky "Hi, I'm LongGoneCat from Number 74. My owner has finally cottoned on to the fact I spend half my time hanging round other people's houses begging for food. Unfortunately I'm borderline diabetic so this is very bad for me. My owner has told me to politely ask you to ignore my 'starving kitty' impersonation and send me back home for my special medicated diet. Thanks"...sort of way.

Or you could, you know, woman up and say "please stop feeding my cat, he's greedy not hungry and it's making him ill".

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:24:11

No smile - good name though!

Once found my cat eating a raw sausage in my kitchen on a Sunday late morning........I didn't have any sausages..........grin

Just imagined some poor person cooking up their Sunday Brunch and wondering where their sausage went.

Also many years ago I got called by an upstairs neighbour one morning as she was cat phobic and she'd got up to find a cat sitting on top of her tv. She called me as she knew I had cats and wouldn't be frightened. It was a bit awkward because it was my cat that was in her 2nd floor flat - it had climbed up the walls and n her window. blush

OrangeFireandGoldashes Fri 14-Jun-13 17:25:12

neighbours' not neighbour's

Sorry OP, got interrupted mid-post and x-posted re chipping.

MrsDeVere Fri 14-Jun-13 17:25:55

I have given up having cats now.
I lost three in a few years to cat feeders.

One in particular was very hmm

A few months after Che disappeared for good a woman from about 5 doors came to my door.
She looked quite distressed and said she was really sorry but she had just take her 'Barney' to the vets and he had found a chip with out details on it.

She said she was sure he was a stray (ffs that cat was fairly gleaming with good health and had a sodding collar on). They had taken him in because he looked just like their last Barney.

What could I do? He wasn't going to come back was he? So I signed all the chip details over to her.

I was pissed off though. I loved my cats. Ismail cost be a frickin fortune before he was lured away by some cat feeding loon and I still occasionally see Fidel staring at me with contempt as he goes back to his new home.

Dogs are better.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:26:33

Soon grin that made me laugh!

I'm not a criminal lawyer no....! The generic note is a very good idea. Damn, I wish I hadn't gone over!

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:28:13

MrsDeVere oh my god. That is horrible!! ... And they just called their next cat Barney, too? Loons.

I wanted a dog, but work too long hours sad. Enormous cat was a compromise. Bloody love him though.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 17:31:09

I remember one of my uncle's cats coming home once with a large, unopened packet of smoked salmon.

..I never had the guts to ask her if she'd ever lost a sausage to the phantom sausage napper sad

MrsDV that's awful! Cat-napping!

LGBD you could still do the generic letter but for the one daft neighbour in particular you could just add a handwritten note "Thank you for earlier - I have discovered yours is not the only house he is frequenting!" or something.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:38:18

I uploaded a pic of him here grin

WorraLiberty Fri 14-Jun-13 17:39:05

Loving the CatNav grin

I have to say that before opening the thread, I read the title and thought good on you for wanting to speak to your neighbour face to face.

I don't know what's wrong with people nowadays, it seems everyone prefers to push notes through doors (as you've been advised to do lots on this thread) instead of just speaking to people.

Good luck and I hope the little git loses some weight grin

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:40:14

Also this is his worst angle sad here

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 17:40:30

I think my FatCat is similar in size grin. He's not really fat though (yet - could easily tip over the edge into fatness), just fecking enormous.

HeyLuciani Fri 14-Jun-13 17:41:13

This thread has reminded me of my friends dog. They lived on a farm when they were kids and one of their dogs was a scruffy (and very spirited!) terrier. One day this dog had disappeared.........he was later found at verrrry posh house in the village, shagging the owners on-heat poodle on THEIR BED! grin

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 17:42:08

Thank you worra, that was my intention. Think a note might be ignored. He's out again (with cat nav on) so will peruse where he's been soon...

MrsDeVere Fri 14-Jun-13 17:43:01

That is one very handsome but very porky cat grin

Ezza1 Fri 14-Jun-13 17:44:12

Oh, the sausage story upthread has brought back memories of one of my cats...I'd tried to block it out...!

He came flying over our fence with his prize. A very large salami type sausage. Not long after he went away and came back with a rack of ribs blush Someone was obviously having a BBQ. I was horrified but didn't know where he was getting his fare from so just locked the thieving git up in the house. He is a sly, slinky ninja like cat and by rights should be obese byt he's a skinny little sod.

He spent the rest of the evening glaring at us. Obviously plotting to kill us.

HeyLuciani Fri 14-Jun-13 17:44:38

Lovely pics of your cat btw.......... he is a big lad, your neighbour must be crackers if she thought he might be hungry!

Hassled Fri 14-Jun-13 17:48:56

He is a good lounger, isn't he? He has it down to a fine art.

catsmother Fri 14-Jun-13 17:53:01

What an absolutely gorgeous cat!

Hope you can get neighbour on side soon - I'd hate to lose any of mine, but especially if their diet needs regulating . Very irresponsible too if they're giving him cows milk as it could upset his stomach badly .

I get a cat coming regularly into mine - but shoo him away as I know he has an owner up the road. Unless a cat is obviously neglected or ill I think that's the right thing to do.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 18:04:30

Well he did have a dodgy stomach for the first few months of getting him, but then he started pooing outside so am blissfully unaware of it now grin (hope in her garden......)

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 18:04:51

Thank you re pics. He is a handsome chap. I don't want to lose him! hmm

One poster on here had their cat appear in the garden with a joint of roast beef I think. Might have been a ham. Now that was tricky......

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 18:13:07

My childhood cat brought home a bag of half-defrosted cheese and pickle sandwiches grin

limitedperiodonly Fri 14-Jun-13 18:23:38

I'm impressed that he hasn't any ripped ears or nose. He must be the baddest tom in town.

My mum sellotaped our cat's ripped ear up to no avail grin He was a neuter but if trouble found him he didn't walk away.

Follyfoot Fri 14-Jun-13 18:29:34

Loving the photos of him grin

My ginger tom came home one day wearing a bloody collar. Apparently he was now called 'Garfi'.... I rang the phone number on his collar and pointed out that he was my cat. She was quite arsey with me and insisted he was hers until I told her that he had been bought as a kitten. It all came to a head when the little bugger got run over (cat not arsey woman). She happened to be home and took him to the vet. She began ringing the vet up for progress reports until I told the vet that he was my cat and I would be paying the bill. That seemed to focus their minds and they refused to give the woman any more information on his condition. It took him ages to recover but once home, he never set foot back in her house.

He did however move in with the local GP on a part time basis, my next door but one neighbour and anyone else who paid him any attention. On one occasion my neighbours were half way to the local garden centre when he popped up on the back seat of their car.

When we moved to another part of the country, he got even worse and actually properly disappeared. It was whilst I was asking around trying to find him that it came to light that he had been spending his days in the local Subaru showroom. Needless to say they had been feeding him. Eventually we found him living with someone he followed home from the pub.... As he got older, he seemed to settle down at last, and spent his days living either with us or next door.

cocolepew Fri 14-Jun-13 18:37:05

Love the photos, all that is missing is a smoking jacket grin

I'm always amazed by cat napping stories shock

Bobyan Fri 14-Jun-13 18:39:25

My five year old is now singing "fat cat sat on a sofaaaaaaaaa"!

hugoagogo Fri 14-Jun-13 18:51:56

Who does this? I have had cats mooching at the back door before, but I might give them a sneaky coach, but you don't feed other people's cats. shock

blueemerald Fri 14-Jun-13 19:19:39

One of our cats once brought a dead mouse in, complete with mousetrap.
OP, you've got to get firm with these cheeky neighbours.

ComposHat Fri 14-Jun-13 19:47:50

he was later found at verrrry posh house in the village, shagging the owners on-heat poodle on THEIR BED! grin

Good lad, I assume he was doing it as an act of class warfare!

Is your username a reference to the Mark E. Smith play?

AhsataN Fri 14-Jun-13 20:07:13

oh what a handsome cat you have. I have two boy cats both savannahs and both brothers, except one brother looks more like a black Siamese he is the most evil shite you will ever meet. he is well known for dismembering large wood pigeons twice his size and eating the flesh from them while they are still alive. the most horrific incident was last summer when I spotted him laying on the lawn busy eating something. I ran down to have a look and he was eating someone's pet rabbit shock. it was still warm and he had ripped its throat clean out and was having an early dinner.
another occasion my neighbour told me Bob (cat) had gone into her kitchen and tried to steal her chicken that had just been taken out of her oven!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 14-Jun-13 20:27:59

Gorgeous but erm, well fed!

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 14-Jun-13 20:30:07

Compos you had a cat who shagged s dog?! shock

HeyLuciani Fri 14-Jun-13 20:37:26

DrinkFeck - ha ha! grin Compos is referring to my previous post about a terrier shagging a posh poodle

Compos - re name, nearly - I had forgotten about the play.....it was a Fall single when I was a youngster, think it came from the play?

Jestrin Fri 14-Jun-13 20:40:44

How do you view photos? I used to click on a members name but that doesn't work anymore.

hugoagogo Fri 14-Jun-13 20:44:17

You can still click, but some people's profiles aren't clicky IYKWIM

ComposHat Fri 14-Jun-13 20:47:33

Yeah I think it did - there was a soundtrack from the play.

Jestrin Fri 14-Jun-13 20:50:35

Then I can't see the photo sad I can't click on the OPs name at all.

<goes away and cries>

hugoagogo Fri 14-Jun-13 20:53:22

Oh! don't cry!

I think the OP put links on her posts to pictures of her cat, rather than it being on her profile.

Have a quick scroll back and don't despair.

SoupDragon Fri 14-Jun-13 20:55:59

Yes, the cat pictures were links, not on her profile.

Jestrin Fri 14-Jun-13 20:57:53

Thanks!i must have missed it! Scrolling back now. smile

Jestrin Fri 14-Jun-13 21:00:06

Oh he's gorgeous! Don't let the neighbours catnap him OP!

PosyNarker Fri 14-Jun-13 21:10:21

How rude!

I am an inadvertent cat thief (though he was a stray, found he had an owner, said owner bought a puppy & he moved in with another neighbour, then they abandoned him). He was a regular Six Dinners Sid and we were fond of him, but once we realised we were becoming responsible for him rather than tossing the odd bit of chicken off the BBQ we had a Grown Up conversation with the original owner.

It worked out, because he was leaving and a dominant male teenage cat & exuberant Alsatian pup wasn't working, but I can honestly say that if he's said 'stop feeding, I'm taking him' I would have gone and with it, albeit with a reminder to worm the poor bugger because he was underweight. Anything else is rude!

echt Fri 14-Jun-13 21:50:27

Aah, what a handsome cat. Back in the day, more rounded gentlemen were called "of full habit". So much nicer than porky.grin

LisaMed Fri 14-Jun-13 21:52:34

The people in the flat across the corner have now washed their hands of the stray thug tom known as the ginger gentleman who has been fighting all the local cats and really needs relieving of his furry dice.

We have just recently lost evil cat, but as the ginger gentleman has not only tried to beat up lovely neighbours' lovely neutered tom but their dogs as well, plus the cat from the funeral parlour and tried to kill evil cat, and will need a vet's bill the size of a small mortgage so I will let someone else who is currently feeding him (about five people so far, not including the people across the corner) and not feel too guilty.

I miss Henry that lived three doors down and who was fed by four houses, a corner shop, a chemist, a pizza shop and I think someone from over the road who opened up around 9.30 because that was when he waddled across a main road and was a danger to traffic

I would never dream of taking a cat in, not unless I was convinced it was a stray. I think you are going to have to keep a close eye on catnav, do not disclose catnav and keep to a polite letter every time there is a problem. Play on the 'poor sick cat' angle.

This ought to end up in classics.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:53:40

Beautiful but obese appears to be the general consensus grin

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:55:38

Re my username, it's a reference to one of my favourite songs by the cardigans.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 22:59:30

Ah, you didn't mean my name smile

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 23:01:04

Benjamin (my cat) is still out and has been since 19.30. Bet he's at her house! confused

LittleFeileFooFoo Fri 14-Jun-13 23:05:43

The freeloading bum! D'you think she's keeping him in?

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 23:07:12

I really hope not.

<watches clock>

80sbabe Fri 14-Jun-13 23:12:42

Not unreasonable at all to ask your neighbour to stop feeding or even encouraging your cat to visit.
We had a similar situation a while back with a neighbour who ended up trying to catnap our moggy. Our cat was and still is very thin but she has thyroid problems and needs medication and a special diet - which was (and still is) being provided at home and monitored by a vet.
Our neighbour kept taking her into his house and feeding her but she throws wet cat food up and he was making her condition worse.
It was the devil's own job to get him to stop and eventually we had to involve the police.
The neighbour would not believe that our cat wasn't being neglected, but thankfully after he was officially persuaded to leave her alone it all stopped.
Sometimes people think they are being kind but in reality are doing the opposite.

murasaki Fri 14-Jun-13 23:26:49

I'm afraid in terms of 'tea leaf' cats, I, or rather himself, can top you all. One Sunday, he found Cat1 one one side of the cat flap, dragging through something, clearly being pushed from the other side, by Cat2. When they got it in (it was nearly in when he entered the kitchen), it turned out to be a freshly cooked entire leg of lamb. Christ knows whose kitchen they got it from, and how they got it over at least one fence if not more, but he was too embarrassed to go round all the houses asking if someone had lost their sunday lunch. Imagine putting your lamb on the side to rest, then coming back in and finding it gone, you'd start to wonder if you'd ever cooked it in the first place! No neighbours have ever mentioned it, and he knows most of them....

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 23:31:40

murasaki grin

murasaki Fri 14-Jun-13 23:33:34

Mr M has very bad cats. ;-)

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Fri 14-Jun-13 23:35:16

I love that they worked together to get it in

murasaki Fri 14-Jun-13 23:35:30

Clearly not got the smiley thing down pat, let's try again grin

murasaki Fri 14-Jun-13 23:36:20

Totally, evil teamwork in action. I still wonder what those poor folk ate for sunday lunch though!

Oldraver Sat 15-Jun-13 01:01:22

OP did he come home...I would be tracking him, and anymore than 15 minutes in the neighbours going and getting him

kelpeed Sat 15-Jun-13 08:18:04

love your cat.what is his name?

our cat brought in a sausage too, and went back for a chop before i rememebred we weren't having chops or sausages for dinner, but Mr M's cat team and the leg of lamb wins hands down.

Can you tell the cat-napper the cat has fleas AND tapeworms? As he's a bigger cat, you might say tapeworms are especially hard to get rid of. You can also say that the tapeworm eggs usually sit outside the cat, on the fur, so then suggest she completely steam clean every single surface of the house every single day for the next week, so the cat doesn't reinfect itself with the fur-egg left on the sofas and other bedding. AND as bigger cats also find it harder to bend over and clean themselves down there, the wroms will find it easier to move around the house by just dropping off anywhere.

Or just make up a triplely distusting story to work her into a lather so she'll never open the door to the cat ever again.

(I just made up the size/de-worming correlation)

Fat cats not being able to clean their bots properly is sadly, true (not mine, this was the library cat).

True story for my rescue cat about the blurkers worms. i nearly died when i worked out what these things were.

AbyCat Sat 15-Jun-13 10:45:35

OP, your cat is gorgeous! (and looks just like my ginger Alan, who is also prone to wandering. I regularly have to go and spring him from the old people's home about a mile away where the ladies there keep him in their rooms fed on Mr. Kipling cakes & left over kippers).

We've also got to buy our neighbours a new electronic or magnetic cat flat as our Korat has been going in there, eating food, terrorising her two cats and sleeping on their kids beds. The shame of it. At least the neighbour doesn't encourage him, and we've also told the kids to squirt him with water if he rocks up there again.

xylem8 Sat 15-Jun-13 20:11:29

Did you see the Horizon programme the other night? Many of the cats were going into other cat's houses and stealing their food and neither owner had a clue!

Send them an invoice for his vets bills.

CSIJanner Sat 15-Jun-13 20:43:57

My first cat, Tigger was a right one. The next door neighbour left his Christmas turkey to rest on the side and next thing we know, glutton had dragged it to the bottom of the garden and made short work of it, whilst Uncle (next door neighbour) was shaking his fist at him over the wall, yelling "that damned grumpy cat".

It was lucky we cooked duck and turkey that year as we had to give one up to our dear elderly neighbours. They still looked after him and fed him when the elders were on holiday, even after turkey-geddon grin God, I miss that cat sad

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sat 15-Jun-13 20:47:26

He did come home, but at midnight (I don't have a cat flap so had to wait up). He'd been there again!

Yes did see the fab horizon programme. I would quite like a cat cam to try and ascertain if he is letting himself in and stealing or being encouraged in, but perhaps that's a step too far grin

Casserole Sat 15-Jun-13 21:42:22

Get a litter tray and keep him in for a couple of weeks, and tell HER he's been at the vets being treated for diet related complications.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sat 15-Jun-13 23:13:40

He's got a litter tray, but honestly, he drives me absolutely fecking mental when I keep him in. He meows and scratches the door CONSTANTLY. Blood brute! shock

neunundneunzigluftballons Sat 15-Jun-13 23:49:35

Do you think they do those collars for people I could definitely do with the I' m fat please don't feed me one

lemontwist Sat 15-Jun-13 23:56:20

Hmmm,don't really have any advice but quite impressed about the tracking device. DH thinksit would be 'quite fun' to attach a mini camera to our cats just to see what they get up to I suspect we would just get hours of footage of DS1's comfy bed

MonstrousPippin Sun 16-Jun-13 10:27:40

I wouldn't make out he's got fleas and worms as someone suggested, just in case that makes her think she's right about him being neglected.

ThisWayForCrazy Sun 16-Jun-13 10:53:15

Our neighbours cat "Hairy" (it's actually either Harley or Harvey but we can never remember) sneaks in our house, eats our cats food and sleeps on our beds hmm

We are regularly kicking him out. He even sits at the back door, with my girls, asking to be let in at night time!! He's a bugger.

I've told the neighbour, she's horrified bless her. But he just likes our house angry

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 16-Jun-13 11:43:01

Ah, what if my boy just prefers her house hmm

HeavenlyYoni Sun 16-Jun-13 12:01:16

Perhaps he needs a cat flap and can then come back when he feels like it? Lovely ginger btw

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 16-Jun-13 12:12:19

Yes, for v boring reasons it would be impossible for me to have a cat flap. I do agree though!

HeavenlyYoni Sun 16-Jun-13 12:50:05

not just for doors here

Sallyingforth Sun 16-Jun-13 13:08:47

not just for doors here
Hmm. I don't think much of the fitting of this one. Doesn't he have a spirit level?
www.catflapfitter.co.uk/images/wall4.jpg?894

hugoagogo Sun 16-Jun-13 13:16:37

That looks like bad photography, rather than bad workmanship to me.

Well you've inspired me to order one of those G-Paws thingys.

We have 3 cats, but having watched that Horizon programme I have suspicions about the particularly lardy one.

I think I will track him first and then see if what the other 2 are up to.

Your cat looks very similar to one of mine, he's called Desmond and is only slightly thinner, although our vet said he was just 'big-boned', he burns lots of calories shimmying up the drain to cry outside my bedroom window, usually straight after demanding to be let out of said bedroom.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Sun 16-Jun-13 15:44:38

Ah, I am in a terrace and all-glass conservatory covers back (main road out front). Would need a cat flap into conservatory as its freezing 9 months a year, and then cat flap to out doors, both in glass (£££). Plus I rent so would have to reinstate the property when I left (£££).

TwitchyTail Sun 16-Jun-13 16:41:11

She might genuinely think she is doing the right thing. My mother, bless her, used to put a bowl of cream and a tin of tuna out for our childhood neighbour's morbidly obese feline beast because "he looked hungry" hmm

With this in mind, I would go over again with a bunch of flowers and apologise for your cat bothering her, thank her for "looking after" him (with straight face), then politely explain about the borderline diabetic/vet advised diet business and ask that she cease and desist. Hopefully followed by pleasant chitchat about the silly things pets do and the weather. I imagine this will actually be much more effective than "stop fucking with my cat you feeder".

HeavenlyYoni Sun 16-Jun-13 17:08:11

ahh, not worth it then, unless the landlord would agree to it being installed and not being put right again.

DiseasesOfTheSheep Sun 16-Jun-13 17:45:19

"Stop fucking with my cat, you feeder" would be much more entertaining for us when reported back though...

My mother is terrible for this - every cat she sees, she assumes is stray and is desperate to feed/lure in/steal. Despite the fact she gets very twitchy if she thinks someone else is feeding one of ours angry

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Tue 18-Jun-13 12:23:44

According to the tracker he has been in seven different houses these past few days. I've got no hope of dieting him have I? hmm

msrisotto Tue 18-Jun-13 12:25:32

grin He's giving six dinner Sid a run for his money grin

CSIJanner Tue 18-Jun-13 12:27:16

If you have a panelled double glazed door or small panelled window in the conservatory, you can take out the lower panel and place door/window upvc and place a cat flap in it. Then when you leave, you pop out the old panel and reinstall the glass. We own our house and DH did this to a small window. Took him about 90 minutes to install.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Tue 18-Jun-13 12:47:18

Your pussy is a hussy shockgrin

digerd Tue 18-Jun-13 13:17:24

OP

And you let him out during the day to get some exercise? That one woman said he was in her house <probably on the sofa >for half the time. He's a very canny and charming cat by the sounds of it smile . 8 houses he went into - everybody loves him it seems.

One of our neighbours put letters through our doors saying his cat has tummy troubles and please do not feed him.

TryDrawing Tue 18-Jun-13 13:28:37

This is probably in bad taste but I've just read through the thread and it's more and more like the tale of an unfaithful boyfriend.

OP, you've got to talk to your cat about this, talking to the OW won't solve anything and will only cause you heartache wink

Or, as suggested, put notes though the doors of the relevant houses saying he has worms and fleas and that, should he somehow find his way into their houses, they should probably get a pest control company in to save them from having to burn their carpets later.

The cat GPS is GENIUS grin

This is brilliant and has really made me laugh. I needed cheering up as I'm in bed, ill, so thank your porky moggy from me, Op grin

I've had cats all my life and they've all been tinkers. Our first cat, a tom with attitude who cared not for authority, went missing for almost a week when I was a kid in the late 80s. Our next door neighbours came back from their holiday to find their previously shut bedroom window wide open, and our cat in their bed with his head on the pillows and everything. They came and knocked and asked my dad to come and see grinGod knows how he got the window open. His sister, a grumpy tabby, had a fetish for cleaning tools like sponges and brushes as well as rubber gloves. She would steal them from all over the district and horded them at the back of the shed. This only came to light when my dad was doing something in the garden and came across 50+ sponges and literally hundreds of rubber gloves. She must have been stock piling them for years! She also used to break I to our rabbits run and beat the poor bunny up!! We had to get the run reinforced.

Two of the cats I have now are cheeky brothers who've always been a handful. This happened when they were very little and only just going outside. Our next door neighbour has small children and in her garden one of those trampolines with a guard around it. One day she came round laughing hysterically after having just filmed 10 minutes of footage on her mobile of our cats jumping up and down on the trampoline. They had jumped from our shed and onto the trampoline and were happily bouncing like it had been put out there for them to enjoy.

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Tue 18-Jun-13 13:34:28

This behaviour is completely unacceptable. My cat is gaslighting me. I need to LTB.

My cat likes the trampoline too - and I caught her having a go on the neighbours slide!

TryDrawing Tue 18-Jun-13 13:38:35

grin

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Tue 18-Jun-13 13:39:48

CSIJ We would need to do that with both the door to the conservatory (which is one large glass panel - patio door) and then the French doors leading to outside. Plus we rent off people we know very well and they have said no, so wouldn't feel happy doing it even if we did reinstate. Besides, if I got a catflap I might never see him. At least he sleeps in my bed. That's the only way I know he's truly mine!

Ann74 Wed 19-Jun-13 08:22:55

My husband was one of the team that developed the G-Paws product but I don't think he wanted to cause waring neighbours! It's a tricky one, Yollo wears a collar asking not to be fed but since we've been tracking him we know people do, don't want to confront them and at the end of the day he always comes home...

unobtanium Wed 19-Jun-13 10:49:11

Love this thread and LOVE your cat. He can come over my house any day (and I WON'T feed him, don't worry!)

LongGoneBeforeDaylight Wed 19-Jun-13 11:08:30

Ah, I am friends with Yollo on the gpaws site! So you can observe all of the houses my boy's been in... grin

MinesaBottle Wed 19-Jun-13 12:57:23

We get 2 cats from down the road who come in now and again - we don't feed them but they just seem to like exploring. DH once came home to find them sitting by the front door waiting for him to let them in so they could roll around on the hall carpet and check out the bath, all the while complaining that we weren't feeding them. I'd be mortified if the owners complained - we don't encourage them and I'm sure we're not the only house they go to! Luckily they don't usually stay very long.

Ceebee77 Thu 18-Jul-13 02:07:05

Hi there, I came across this post and wanted to know what tracking device you purchased. I'm pretty desperate at the moment. I've suspected a neighbour has been feeding my cat as she has been putting on weight. In the last month she has come to my house twice a week and I haven't seen her, apart from a fleeting glimpse in a garden, for a week so the person has obviously decided to keep her inside. My cat is seriously obese and she's now so fat her long fur has become matted as she can no longer groom her back. She needs to go to a vet ASAP but can't get hold of her. She was a rescue cat and I spent years of hard work socialising her (she used to bite anyone that touched her). I feel very upset about it as I feel this person is killing my cat by overfeeding her. How do the cat navs work? Do they tell you the number of the house where the cat is or is it just an estimated area? My cat has a collar, identity tag and is microchipped. So they know she has a home.

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