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to abduct the neighbourhood tom and get him "done"?

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trellism Thu 30-Jul-09 12:43:49

We have a perfectly affable ginger tom who likes to prowl around our garden and who has made friends with our two spayed cats.

However, he has decided that our front doorstep is one of his waypoints and piddles on it regularly, meaning the smell of tomcat wee percolates round the house. For a while we were unfairly accusing our cats, but I've caught the bugger in the act a couple of times now.

Would it be so terribly wrong to gain his trust and then whip him off to the Blue Cross to get him neutered? I know it might not help much with the piddling, but I also worry that he will get run over as he is constantly wandering the street looking for skirt.

I think he has an owner somewhere around as he looks well fed, but I doubt he's chipped - surely if you care enough to get a cat chipped, you'd also get him done?

BadgersArse Thu 30-Jul-09 12:47:24

lol at perfectly affavble

mayorquimby Thu 30-Jul-09 12:47:37

yabu, and your just jealous of his free-wheeling skirt-chasing lifestyle and his devil may care attitude to peeing which is what makes him so attractive to the local talent.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 30-Jul-09 12:49:08

Even neutered toms still spray unfortunately (I know as next doors neutered tom is forever marking his territory around here angry).

Also, even when done they can still look as if they have bollocks testicles so it may be that hes been done already.

MoonIsATiredSlayer Thu 30-Jul-09 12:52:39

Do it.

HollyBunda Thu 30-Jul-09 12:56:22

YABU and you cannot just take the cat and get him done.
If he's such a problem put up some flyers seeking his owners or tie a note around his neck so you can have a chat with them.
You may find yourself with a huge bill that the owners will not have to pay for.

123andaway Thu 30-Jul-09 13:07:56

Norbert, our male cats have never returned from the vets still spraying and with bits! Are you sure your neighbour is being honest with you about their cats errm status!

Trellism YABU, they may want to keep him 'intact' for breeding purposes, and getting him snipped would amount to criminal damage! YANBU to be fed up with him spraying all over the place though!

BadgersArse Thu 30-Jul-09 13:11:47

I just love the OP though.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 30-Jul-09 13:14:08

123andaway - I know that the cat next door has been done as I remember it being done. They had him from a kitten.

The male cat on the other side (who came via a rescue centre so was def. done) also looks as if hes still intact. Apparently its not unusual.

We had 2 cats who were brothers when we were children. One of those still used to spray after being done but the other didn't.

imbored Thu 30-Jul-09 13:17:58

perfectly reasonablewink

scottishmummy Thu 30-Jul-09 13:28:30

i read initially neighbourhood tom and thought prostitute.get him done?what talkin of putting malkie on the local tom.

melmog Thu 30-Jul-09 13:31:36

My old cat was neutered but still managed to spray a bit. It may depend on how old they are when they have it done?

Bear in mind this is not your cat. If an owner is dead set against neutering (stupidly) then you could have all sorts of disputes on your hands.

Put a poster up or tape a bit of paper to his collar asking if he is owned first.

I know from experience that people sometimes feel strongly enough about things like this that they contact solicitors and all sorts.

If it's a stray though, the cat protection league may help with costs.

trellism Thu 30-Jul-09 13:41:07

He's a bit threadbare so I doubt he's prime breeding stock. Anyway, I think cat breeders are a bit more responsible and don't let their toms prowl around busy streets looking for some random.

I'm pretty sure he owns a functioning set of nadgers though. He does keep trying to seduce my cats - he seems eternally optimistic that one day their ovaries are going to grow back.

whoisasking Thu 30-Jul-09 16:14:00

Have you called the CPL to see if they can advise you?

We had 2 tom cats and suddenly a much larger, much harder, much more "street" cat arrived in town. He sauntered about in our garden, sparying EVERYWHERE and also pooping in our alley. My 2 cats were terrified of him (haha! they really are pussies) and in response, they started also pooping in the alley.

Jesus it was awful, we were bloody knee deep. ANYWAY <stops self whittering on> I called the cat protection league, and they told me to trap the intruding cat and call them. They would come and collect him and whip his nadgers off. shock

I might have called a mad rogue CPL lady though, so..in conclusion, call the CPL.

<breathes>

Zalen Fri 31-Jul-09 14:22:12

Although I think YANBU to want to take him down the vets and get him snipped, as others have suggested, you might be laying yourself open to all kinds of grief from the irresponsible owners.

I seem to remember having a similar problem when we were small. IIRC my mum would sprinkle pepper down around the front door to discourage this behaviour, I've heard other people say coffee grounds will deter them too.

curiositykilled Fri 31-Jul-09 14:29:05

You can't take someone else's cat to be neutered. Cats are property and you could get in trouble. When we moved into our house we had a neighbour's cat constantly using our garden as it's litter tray, we also had another neighbour's cat who liked weeing on our front doorstep.

Apparently, I am very scary to cats. I stalked them both then hissed and screeched at them right in their faces till they backed down and ran away. I only did this ONE time for each cat and they have never been back... weird... I did not expect it to work at all...

trellism Fri 31-Jul-09 14:42:43

Ahh, good idea. I will call the CPL and see what they suggest. He is a nice kitty, peeing aside, and my cats seem to be quite fond of him.

Mumcentreplus Fri 31-Jul-09 14:43:56

Try and find the owner they are exposing their cat to Cat AIDS...

booyhoo Fri 31-Jul-09 15:26:02

apparantley cats arent actually property. they cant be owned by someone in the same way that a dog can. and would they owner be able to tell who it was got him neutered? if it was me i'd call CPL.

booyhoo Fri 31-Jul-09 15:27:03

sorry, the owner

Callisto Fri 31-Jul-09 15:45:26

I'd do it, and I thought on a legal basis that cats are classed as vermin (though my brother told me that many years ago so it is probably bull). TBH, if he is visiting you regularly and he hasn't got a collar he is fair game to be taken in to be done. And how would his owner ever find out you had done it?

kitkatqueen Fri 31-Jul-09 15:53:18

Cats are property just the same as a dog or any other animal,but have the "right to roam" If you have his bits whipped off yourself you could be liable for court action - don't go there!

There was a thread on here a while back where someones pedigree cat had had its nuts chopped when it got out - the owner was v upset if she had of found the person who did it i suspect that she would have prosecuted.

Cats that are neutered late generally continue to spray and in my cats case have hanky panky with all the local females anyway.

I don't think that taking him to be snipped is actually going to help you in any way, you would be better to deter him from peeing on the step.

Really if you get him snipped you will be interfeering in a way that is unreasonable.

Longtalljosie Fri 31-Jul-09 15:55:00

Cats are people's property - have a look here. Altering the cat could constitute criminal damage.

Also - it may be too late to alter his behaviour. If you don't fix a cat early enough, they get into a habit of spraying.

ClaireDeLoon Fri 31-Jul-09 15:56:03

I have a very affable, slightly (well, very) threadbare ginger tom that does spray on our fence. Is it him? Are you my neighbour? If so, I wouldn't bother as he's been bollockless for years and years.

purpleflower Fri 31-Jul-09 15:56:30

Sorry to hijack but does anyone know whats the earliest a boy cat can be done?

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