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The microchip catflap is worth EVERY penny. We finally relented last month after the neighbourhood Tom cat had used our house as a night-time drop-in centre for too long - eating our cats' food, spraying on the kitchen table (boak) and leaving fleas and hair over the sofa. Final straw was when it started shitting in the living room. I honestly don't know why we lived with it for so long. With the new mega flap in place our house is ours again and our cats are no longer terrified.
I could have posted this next doors cat (massively ranting over this as next door have no cat flap, kick cat out in morning and work long hours, so he is looking for warmth and food)
comes in and eats cat food has scratched my hands to pieces has been found asleep ON MY BED we woke up one morning and he was behind curtains in my bedroom has peed all over dining room carpet when dh had him by scruff and was taking him out of house being removed has SPRAYED - or rather KEEPS spraying all over my hall so my house stinks came back from holiday and he was asleep up on ds cabin bed, which is our cats favourite hiding place.
dh is ready to spend the £79.99 plus £24 to get ours micro chipped. Ours is fluffly can't wear a collar it is mirochip or nothing
plenty of cats in area, only this one comes in (our cat is huge fluff ball male - very wimpy, just sits and looks worried as his dinner disappears)
(we have huge bucket of water outside our back door and neighbours cat has been dunked in it several time, he just come straight back in)
It cost me £60 and 2hrs in a vets waiting room with a 10stone Rottie last time our cat had a fight though (there is always the biggest rotties in vets when I am in them), the flap works out cheaper in the long run if you look at it like that.
Plus savings in food and time spent cleaning up cat spray.
Our cat will go into houses if they have a flap, he used to wait for the next door neighbours to go out then nip in to beat their cat up until they got a locking cat flap.
Our cat used to do this and it is deeply iratating, we paid for a cat flap that was operated by a collar for our next door neighbour. The swift foot up the arse had not worked as had every other trick she had tried, do you know whose cat it is, i would be tempted to bill them for food (have to say though that out cat used to be encouraged in to a previous neighbours house from a kitten, so just assumes that every house is ok to do this too)