This rumbles on and on, so far have done the following;
offered to get them a cat (they don't want one)
kept cat indoors, except for 15 mins in morning
but they are STILL feeding mine who is greedy and if I'm not on the ball during his 15 min morning run will be let into their house and not let out until I telephone to ask them to let him out.
Apparently, they used to keep a cat and for sentimental reasons they keep his bowls and 'put a little food down' which my cat nibbles on YET they have done everything they reasonably can NOT to feed my cat
[now absolutely fucking furious emoticon]
Just one thing to add, Sir. Your demented neighbours have fixated on Catgate for over three years now. If the cat disappears (rehomed - or long term fostered which is another option), they'll likely find something else to fixate on - and then you'll probably have 'em.
Can't get over how mad this thread is. Poor OP and poor puss.
I love cats. I am allergic so can't have one. next doors cat, and one across the road, often come over to us for a fuss. They are stroked ON THE DOORSTEP and then they walk away. In the summer, they do wander in, because our doors are open. They are allowed to stroll around our kitchen (wipeable floors) but we chase them out if they manage to get anywhere with carpet. Next doors has a habit of climbing on to our conservatory roof and trying to get in the bedroom window, we have caught her halfway in a few times-and I'm sure we will soon find her asleep on the bed! However-our doors are always open. If cat has come in for a sniff around/a stroke, It is shooed out before we close the door. Isnt that how normal people deal with cats?
Neighbour cats may come into my garden (although we have precious few left these days - at least ones who go outside) but while I'm civil to them, I don't feed them, cosset them or allow them into my house.
They're not my cats.
Phone 101 every time. Send a solicitor's letter.
Find a bloke to give you pee which you can pour around their doorstep.
I'd start ringing at 2, 3am or 4am asking if they had the cat as he wasn't home and is usually at there's when he is missing - even though he's safely snoozing on your bed!! They might stop letting him in for a quieter life and a night's sleep.
Last night I had to ring them to get the cat out of their house. Then I couldn't get the cat in, so I left him and went to bed - the temperature here was not too bad and the cat had run off up the street at every attempt to get him in.
After midnight I got a phonecall from the husband which woke me up
ordering telling me to come down now and get my cat in as there are foxes in the garden and he is vunerable and I am cruel. I basically told him to fuck off, yet he went on and on about the welfare of my cat
I couldn't get the cat in despite trying as it was firmly positioned on their doorstep inside their garden.
Needless to say I got a poor nights sleep after that.
I am going to keep cat in from now on and will either get cat run or catproof fencing (small price to stop these disgusting people) - I know, I should have done it earlier.
Sorry this is still going on
I'm getting Protect A Puss cat fencing to stop my cats from getting out after one went missing in August.
Sir - I can't believe this is still going on! I remember this thread from my first maternity leave and I'm now on my second. This whole sorry situation has been going on for way too long now...
It's almost as if the crazy neighbours are stalking you via the cat. Can you get some kind of court order against them? Something to do with harassment? I don't know the terms but surely this has to constitute harassment in some form? It must be so ridiculously stressful for you.
I think the cat run is the only way to go, save moving. Good luck.
Hiddenhome, I realised that I can build a very easy fencing using that stuff on the side return drive of my house with access from the kitchen - it will make a lovely extra little place to sit out in the summer.
In the meantime the cat stays home.
It is just incredible the way your neighbours have behaved...
My neighbours are nuts, well, she is clearly not well and he is a nasty bastard
I am so, so sorry that this is still going on. I am glad to hear that you may have sussed out a cat run area that will also be nice to sit in the summer. The added satisfaction of knowing you have thwarted your bonkers neighbours will make it all the sweeter. As for the simulated masturbation, that's just not normal (and weird and gross). Shouldn't someone be told? Police? Local mental health services?
I've just read nearly the entire thread before realising that it was an old one, but your neighbours are definitely nuts. No idea what you can do about it though.
OP I am aghast at this! They sound utterly bonkers!
A few years ago I had a legal (civil) problem. I had a half hour (free) consultation with a solicitor who basically told me what to write in the forms for the small claims court. I won and this was against a large multinational company. It was easy to do and mighty effective.
Could you try something like that? Claim for stress, carpet cleaning, lost hours at work etc etc
Just to add, the staff at the small claims court were also really helpful
Would a cat-harness be a silly idea?
I am really not liking the sound of your NDNs
This thread is insane! Never heard anything like it. Personally I think you have the patience of a saint Sugar, I could not continually ring them and be civil.
Glad to hear you are considering cat proofing the garden now, I really do think nothing will ever change otherwise. It just basically needs to be a situation where they cannot get their hands on your cat at all, and the cat has no way of getting to them. No amount of calls, letters or police visits are going to change them after two years! You have obviously exhausted every other option bar rehoming which you shouldn't have to do. I would be tempted to put the cat on a lead and walk it round the garden twice/three times a day rather than let it loose to roam! Keep us updated, good luck!
I'd have had to move or I'd have lost my mind.
Puts me minor neighbours feeding cat issue right into perspective.
They are insane.
Christ. I've just read this whole thread, the outrageous frustration, the extremely funny "you're not from Strictly", the horror when the cat goes missing, the sadness when his friend comes looking for him, the elation when he comes back. The grimness of the simulated masturbation. I was desperately, desperately hoping for a happy ending after two years. And there isn't one.
OP I'm so sorry. I hope the cat run works for you all and that the loathsome man next door finally accepts defeat. He can't easily get in to your garden can he?
gosh only skimmed, what an unusual and strange situation. How odd.
feeding animals too much is abuse, I wonder if you shouldnt get a solicitors letter out lining this...
I'm dave now.
Just looking at when I started this thread, four long and tiresome years of Catgate.
I've just kept cat in for two months because the situation was unbearable. The cunts over the road were ringing me up late at night after putting him out telling me that I wasn't looking after him properly because he was in the garden.
At one point I barely saw the cat for three days.
Ask them to pay vets bills and they are all, oh we're too old for cats/can't afford a cat/can't be looking after a cat
So I let the cat out at 10am this morning, and at 10pm this evening I have to ring them to get him back as they throw him out when they go to bed. He's been there for 12 hours.
If all goes to plan, we are moving at the end of the month, miles away and taking the cat of course.
What they don't realise is their little 12 hour stint with him today was their last. He won't be let out again until he is settled in new house.
What would be a fitting farewell from me to them; I did think of a photo of cat with byeee written over it, but maybe I will just go and be thankful I don't have to live across the road from them anymore.
Cats are sods.
Are you sure it won't be one of those Incredible Journey Type things where he'll trek across the country and you'll find him in their kitchen again?
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