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aibu to resent neighbour slinging cat shit into my garden?

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wipeyuppie Sun 12-Jun-11 22:26:12

I have 2 cats and an elderly neighbour. I have noticed that our side passage is littered with cat poo but my young ds told me today that he saw * (our neighbour) throwing poo over the fence into our garden and that he thought it was disgusting. There are several cats in the area. What do you think about that?

MissVerinder Sun 12-Jun-11 22:30:27


<hunkers down with coke and popcorn for shit-slinging festival>

Shakirasma Sun 12-Jun-11 22:30:32

I think your neighbour is pissed of with finding cat shit in his Borders. Assuming he doesn't have a cat I can understand his frustration and desire to give it back to it's real owner.

However I. The interests of hygiene, perhaps you could suggest he bags it before he flings it, for ease of disposal for you?

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 22:30:32

Nice. Sounds like you have some right charmers there.

Post it through their letter box with a little note saying 'hi - i think you dropped this'.

Buy a pet elephant. You will Poo Wars hands down.

DooinMeCleanin Sun 12-Jun-11 22:30:45

More poo threads, yay!

Yabu just for having cats. Did you miss all the threads? They should be banned, along with dogs, seagulls, small children, picnics and jelly fish and a few other things.

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 22:32:10

Or even you will win poo wars grin

bluebobbin Sun 12-Jun-11 22:32:46

This is difficult.

I don't have a cat, but 3 neighbours between them have 5 cats. I have new piles of cat shit every day in my front flowerbeds right by the front door. The stink is terrible, I despise cleaning it up (chuck out a pair of gloves each time). I don't want it in my bin (even bagged) - why should I have someone else's animal faeces in my bin. Absolutely disgusting.

She might be chucking it over because she hasn't got anywhere to put it/doesn't want to keep buying bags/gloves. Other people's pets are costing ME money!

I really struggle to understand why people think their cat should be allowed to shit in their neighbours' gardens with no consequences. I wouldn't throw it back as I think that is also disgusting, but I do sympathise with your neighbour's problem. If I was in your position, I would offer to buy her a supply of bags or gloves. Or try to get your cat to shit in a litter tray and inform your neighbour that it isn't your cat.

I have a friend with a cat and she asked her neighbour if she would feed the cat whilst they went on holiday. Neighbour went mad, said she was forever cleaning up this animal's shit and that there was no way she would feed it.

CurrySpice Sun 12-Jun-11 22:34:29

I agree with Shakirasma

"I think your neighbour is pissed of with finding cat shit in his Borders. Assuming he doesn't have a cat I can understand his frustration and desire to give it back to it's real owner."

Doesn't make it right but by god it's understandable. This totally gets on my last one

RevoltingPeasant Sun 12-Jun-11 22:35:18

I like the elephant. You could probably train it to pick the poo up and drop it back over onto his side.

Seriously though, why don't you just have a word. My mum's NDN lets her dog shit all over the front gardens of the rest of the street - with a dog, this is obv preventable - and it's causing serious bad feeling. In the interests of neighbourly harmony, knock on his door, commiserate, and hand him a wodge of bags to use - or offer to go round every 2-3 days and pick up.

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 22:35:37

Make your cats wear a nappy then the neighbour cant blame you.

takethisonehereforastart Sun 12-Jun-11 22:37:15

It's probably better than a lot of the other solutions people have mentioned on here as a way to combat the problem. Those have included animal poison and some kind of pepper mixture, big dogs, sharp sticks, air guns, lion poo, human poo, human urine, plastic bottles and all manner of water missiles.

Ask him why he is so sure the poo is from your cats and if he says he's seen them do it could you offer to go and clear it up for him and keep an outdoor litter tray in your own garden for your cats to (hopefully) use instead?

hiddenhome Sun 12-Jun-11 22:37:17

tut, people just don't understand the charm that kitties have. It should be an honour to have cat poo in your garden grin

Flinging poo into your area when there's a young child about is just sick.

Ormirian Sun 12-Jun-11 22:37:19

I used to sling snails into next door's garden.

Which was very unfair as they weren't responsible for the snails.

But their garden was crap anway... .

RevoltingPeasant Sun 12-Jun-11 22:37:45

You might also buy your neighbour a remedy he can use to prevent the cat shitting in his garden.

When I had spinach plants it was horrifically disgusting to find catshit next to things we wanted to eat. I mean logically, I know snails etc will have crawled over them, but the shit was just horrible. I used cayenne pepper and never had any more problems. Could you buy him something similar?

Salmotrutta Sun 12-Jun-11 22:37:48

OK - I have cats. I have to say that if my neighbours were flinging the cat poo back over into our garden I would not be bothered. Why would I? They are my cats.
Why does your DS think it's disgusting for the neighbour to send cat poo back over but presumably thinks it's OK for your cats to poo in your garden in the first place?

wipeyuppie Sun 12-Jun-11 22:38:26

mistressfrankly love the "bag it up" suggestion and was thinking of sending 7 tr old ds round to ask why they did it.

madhousewife Sun 12-Jun-11 22:38:41

Kill em with kindness.
Even if it's not your cat doing the shitting, go over to your neighbour, knock on the door, apologise and ask if your cats are causing any grief, offer to clean up the mess, do this with a genuine heart and I guarantee there will be no more shit slinging.
(Except on the AIBU board!)

CoffeeDodger Sun 12-Jun-11 22:39:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 22:41:05

Stick a target out in your yard so they have something to aim for and can score points. Then you can stick a bin under for easy clean poo removal. Make a social sporting event for neighbourhood grin

microserf Sun 12-Jun-11 22:43:26

only a cctv camera can solve this issue. i note this would work well with MistressFrankly's suggestion, as you could then award points.

or a quick chat with the neighbour as madhousewife suggests? some good advice there for neighbourly relations.

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 22:48:27

Feed your cats loads of food colouring or beetroot then they have easily identifiable poo then you can tell the neighbour only to sling the blue/red/purple shit your way

gringringrin i am in SUCH a helpful mood

StrawberryMewMew Sun 12-Jun-11 22:48:58

MN has went cat shit crazy.

wipeyuppie Sun 12-Jun-11 23:02:39

ha ha mistressfrankly you really are a community sage -keep em coming. I am very tempted to take up your advice but will probably go with the kill them with kindness approach.

As for my ds thinking it is ok for the cats to shit next door - he dos'nt, he is too young to realise that the offending poo might be ours or even cat poo for that matter and is just reeling from the shock of witnessing a crazy pensioner shit slinging on a sunday afternoon.

MistressFrankly Sun 12-Jun-11 23:10:07

Ah wideyuppie i am glad to be of service. I think i have found my calling as a community peace officer - CSI division (Cat Shit Issues)

tooworried Sun 12-Jun-11 23:17:36

I've been a cat-shit-slinger too. We knew the cat was our neighbour's and it came in every day, little fucker. I had no qualms at all about chucking it back over the fence.

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