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MaryPoppinPills Fri 11-Apr-14 21:57:57

Basically i live on quiet cul-de-sac made up of six houses with a row of garages opposite 3 of the houses including mine have small children.

One of the houses (couple mid 30's no kids) is really starting to piss me off. i say couple but they look very much alike so may be brother and sister.

Anyway the problem is that they seem to obsessed with feeding all the stray cats and foxes that hang around the area. To the point i regually see the man sat on the curb late at night hand feeding the foxes (i shit you not). He leaves plates of meat out at least twice a day which i believe is no attracting vermin as ive had a mouse in my house and so has another neighbour.

Most of the house have conservatories so the door are open most sunny days, and quite frankly i dont want to find a fox sat on my sofa


I also believe he has also pulled down the fence next to the train lines at the side of my neighbours house as he was spotted hanging around there and next day quite a few fence panels had been quite obviously yanked off

PS. i cant really approach him as everytime we've tried to say hello he turns and walks away

MaryPoppinPills Sat 12-Apr-14 20:53:33

not been around all day, and couldnt access on my phone due to the password resets

YourMaNoBraBackOfMyCar very nearly woke my child laughing at that suggestion...... genius

anyways only got in 30mins ago and he hasnt yet put another plate out crossing fingers he may have got the hint.

Marylou62 Sat 12-Apr-14 20:43:17

Don't...I'm cracking up...electric fences!!! My self and 3 DCs were at a camp site on holiday and they had an electric fence around some piggies. My silly plonker DS1 (10) got his brother (4) and sister (7) to hold his hand and then touched the fence!! Do you know what was sillier?...They all did it again and again!! Knowing how much it would hurt!(you might ask where I was when all this was going on? Sitting by tent with a glass of wine and only realized what was happening when I heard some other campers talking about the 3 funny kids electrocuting themselves!!! I knew it was mine!) They are still 'have a go at everything' type of young adults...

halfwildlingwoman Sat 12-Apr-14 16:58:11

It's unlikely that his plates of meat are attracting mice to your house.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:53:50

Exactly grin

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 16:44:11

grin yep just like when someone just has to look when told not to look down.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:37:54

I don't know, that temptation to just touch it, really quickly, just for a nanosecond, is a little overwhelming at times. I have to hold one arm back with the other to stop myself.

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 16:30:14

They had electric fencing around a nearby farm here for the Sheep. It had to be took down because the Plonkers Adults couldn't resist 'checking'. Who the fuck checks if a sign 'Warning - Electric Fence' is legit or not? confused.

Write "Fuck off ya fuckin fox feedin fence fucker upper yer!" on the plate with a sharpie. Bake it to make it permanent. Pack it in polystyrene, in a huge box and pay insufficient postage so he has to go out of his way to get his plate back.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 16:19:26

I grabbed hold of one once, I didn't realize it was electric. It gave me a huge shock. And the poor dog, who I had by the collar, who was squatting down to pee. Poor woofer, that was one big yelp he let out as the current passed through me and then him.

I'm not sure if my youngest would touch it the once or not. I think he would view it as sport, and be drawn to it. A bit like playing chicken in a busy road.

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 16:11:32

I wouldn't worry too much Brian they'll only touch it the once shock

The small hairy hound escaped from his area in the garden,got all excited about having full access to the entire garden,until his wet nose touched the fence...........................

Before ppl start reporting me to the RSPCA,NSPCC etc I'd liketo point out that the aforementioned electric fence was a perfectly legal,low voltage one and not a super duper thing that would send 50000 volts through man or beast

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 15:48:38

Yep, that may not work. I am rather forgetful. An electric fence may not be for me after all grin

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 15:40:49

brian Yes it will - you just have to remember to disconnect the battery before the DC's go out to play in the garden grin

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 15:35:17

Hmm, electric fence, wonder if that would keep the neighbors cats out grin

floppyfanjo Sat 12-Apr-14 15:33:40

The people over the road feed foxes.

They used to come into our garden for nice desert of worms, the only problem with that was they insisted on digging up our garden in the process and when I say dig up I mean GREAT BIG FUCK OFF HOLES which were quite deep and as well as ruining the lawn also made it impossible to let the DCs run about the garden as they would have literally fallen down a hole.

In the end we purchased an electric fence (the best £150 we spent) - that kept the fuckers out................

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 14:34:48

Brian grin at gobble up.

Taz1212 Sat 12-Apr-14 14:30:56

Foxes don't bother me. We used to leave food out for animals when I was growing up. We had a lovely little skunk family who would come looking for their supper every night and a couple of raccoons (leaving the food out for them stopped them from trying to climb into the bins!). We had a family of feral cats as well- they eventually became more or less tame though they did their best to attack my mother every time she rounded them up for their shots!

LangenFlugelHappleHoff Sat 12-Apr-14 14:22:22

Mr Foxy sits on my lawn in the sun. He is there now. He doesn't give two shits about us, just chills in the sunshine.

aermingers Sat 12-Apr-14 14:18:03

I feel really sorry for this couple. They've fed the cats and foxes so therefore their neighbours are watching them, ganging up on them and blaming everything that happens nearby on them.

Poor sods.

adoptmama Sat 12-Apr-14 14:18:01

Your neighbour fed a wild animal.

You stole from your neighbour.

.... guess which sounds more unreasonable!!!

Your neighbour feeding foxes - or stray cats - is unlikely to have causes a problem with mice appearing in your house unless they are taking shelter from the pack of foxes and cats outside your neighbours' house.

It is pretty much impossible to fox-proof your garden (although you can make it hard to get into so they will head to more easily accessible territory), so if you are genuinely concerned that a fox may come into your house you need to fit an insect screen door on your conservatory which cannot be nosed or pushed open by a nosy fox.

BrianTheMole Sat 12-Apr-14 14:17:20

I live in an area where there are loads of foxes. Of all the things I find myself to worry about, foxes jumping through the window to gobble the children up just isn't one of them.

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 14:10:36

Behind our house is a field and woods. There is always a family of foxes wandering in and out and the kid fox darts off like lightning the minute it hears footsteps. I'm still very careful on summer evenings with the children around though.

Feminine Sat 12-Apr-14 14:03:17

My Mum has started feeding her local foxes.

They wait everyday for her and she gives them dog food!

I think I just needed to share that.

I've no opinion on the op grin

Tiptops Sat 12-Apr-14 14:01:29


The man isn't doing anything illegal or cruel. Do you regularly steal from people you don't like OP?

Misspixietrix Sat 12-Apr-14 13:52:17

You're keeping Foxes behind the kitchen cupboards for the mice OP? confused grin

Purpleroxy Sat 12-Apr-14 11:42:04

Report to the council. You aren't supposed to leave food out like that. Rats, mice etc will be attracted.

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