Next door's -thug- cat

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Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 12:35:06

Has started coming in our house and stealing cat food.
Our cats dislike him. (understatement...)
Once he's in it's a problem removing him because he growls, hisses and then attacks us (launches at our legs etc).
He spends an inordinate amount of time in our garden or staring in through the French windows. Any suggestion how to gently discourage him? I have no intention of having outside doors shut for the whole summer.
Enclosed a picture of him sitting on our outside table.

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werekitty Sat 20-Apr-19 14:14:53

Water pistol... And microchip cat flap to stop him getting inside

wigglypiggly Sat 20-Apr-19 14:17:46

Hes a big chunky lad. Water pistol and hiss back at him. Do you know who he belongs to.

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 14:42:18

He belongs to our neighbours (with whom we get on very well).
He is a big handsome chap (reputedly half Bengal)
Catflap idea won't work - we are sitting in the living room with the French doors wide open. The brazen beast just walks in.
How he sneaked past us twice in the last few days to get to the kitchen without us spotting him is beyond me!
Will try hissing grin.

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TeenagersandFurbabies Sat 20-Apr-19 14:48:29

Water pistol filled with ice cold water. Most cats don't like being sprayed with ice cold water. He'll soon learn to stay away.

Minkies11 Sat 20-Apr-19 14:49:40

Have a broom handy....not to whack him with but might help shooing him out. He's the spit of my ndn late Tom who was forever sneaking into our house. Our two cats loved him and would often find all of them asleep in a tangle on the sofa or on our bed blush
He would eat all the bloody food though.....

TheSultanofPingu Sat 20-Apr-19 14:52:10

I honestly don't think there's much you can do. If the French doors are open and he wants to come in, he'll be in. Maybe move the food somewhere he can't access?

madcatladyforever Sat 20-Apr-19 14:54:20

Send him round to my house. My cat beat up next doors dog and now he legs it whenever he sees her.

wigglypiggly Sat 20-Apr-19 15:39:02

You have to look him in the face when you hiss but he might just ignore yougrin try not leaving out, he doesn't look malnourished.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 20-Apr-19 15:55:14

Bengals have a stealth mode.

Water is the answer. Is he neutered?.

wigglypiggly Sat 20-Apr-19 15:59:16

I thought Bengals like water.

Beamur Sat 20-Apr-19 15:59:55

He is handsome and just oozing with confidence!
Water pistol. Very few cats will continue bothering you if they're being sprayed with water. Tough cat if he's going for you too!

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 20-Apr-19 16:02:21

I use water on my Bengal when he fights with next doors cat. Some days I only have to open the window and he’s back over the fence looking sheepish.

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 16:04:22

You have to look him in the face when you hiss but he might just ignore you
Being ignored I can live with - I'm more concerned that he'll rip my face off. shock
And yes he is neutered.

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ALannisterInDebt Sat 20-Apr-19 16:07:10

That photo says it all....he owns the table, your backyard and of course your home. As soon as you accept this fact and start bowing down to him the easier it'll be on everyone grin

HuggedTheRedwoods Sat 20-Apr-19 16:38:32

He certainly looks like he's in charge on your table! As you get on well with them, would your neighbours consider putting a collar with a bell on him for a few weeks at least to help you try to hear him sneaking in?

Coronapop Sat 20-Apr-19 16:41:22

I caught my intruder indoors, wrapped him up completely in an old towel so he could hardly move and dunked him in a sink of cold water. He did not return.

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 16:57:38

You have a point but my four cats have different ideas...
Sybil sees him off when she sees him and at half twelve last night Basil and him were kicking seven bells out of each other.

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Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 17:01:39

Good news. DW just hissed at him on the patio and he legged it. We'll see how long that works.

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Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 17:07:08

And Basil is now doing (half hearted) sentry duty by the French windows.

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wigglypiggly Sat 20-Apr-19 17:09:41

Keep up with the hissing. Basil is a real beauty.

MrsBertBibby Sat 20-Apr-19 17:12:23

Sentry duty. Aye right!

MsMightyTitanAndHerTroubadours Sat 20-Apr-19 17:14:25

can you borrow a large dog? We have a local thug, and every couple of years he makes it his business to incorporate our end of the street his territory, our large GSD saw him off once, when idiotcat (mine) and Timmy thugcat were having a standoff that he swiped the poor dog across the nose as he went by, this did mean that Timmy was very impressed by idiotcat's daring

Minkies11 Sat 20-Apr-19 18:26:44

Basil is very impressive!
Sometimes a hiss and stamped foot in cat thugs direction can get the message across although he does sound quite stealthy!

Grumpyoldpersonwithcats Sat 20-Apr-19 21:26:19

Next door also have 3 dogs which their cat seems to manage with an iron paw, so I don't think the cat would care.

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