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Why are all troublesome cats ginger?

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HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 14:56:17

I'm not saying all ginger cats are troublesome obviously. I love ginger cats. I am ginger myself.

We've moved to a house which is perfect for cats after renting for eight years. Finally our gorgeous girl has somewhere nice to roam around, sniffing flowers, swatting flies, sitting on flower pots, that kind of thing. Unfortunately it's the most popular place for cats in the world. None of them seem actually aggressive, but they have had the run of the garden too long and think it's theirs. I'm too fond of cats to scare them too much.

However one in particular is interested in the house. We put a cat flap in the other day. It's like a honey pot attracting an unusually persistent bee. I'm fed up of the yowling and hissing at 5am when our girl is this side of the cat flap and we can see an interested ginger face peering in. Yesterday AND today I found the Iams on the floor ripped open and scattered everywhere, which she has never done in her life. Today I just got home to hear angry cat noises upstairs and the furry little bastard was on the bed! Ours was one the window sill being angrily ineffective "This is MY house sad " It was quite funny chasing it and roaring through the house watching its little ginger legs skidding and skittering all over the wooden floors . It's a cute little thing, but I don't want it in the house.

Can't have a magnetic collar - the last time we tried a collar she almost strangled herself trying to get it off and the resultant sores got infected. We're just going to have to lock the cat flap when we go out, but this means she can't go out in the garden.

Grrrrrr. Just moaning really. I love cats but they're pushing their luck.

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 14:56:36

PS this thread is not gingerist in any way, shape or form.

treaclesoda Thu 27-Mar-14 14:57:17


JuniperTisane Thu 27-Mar-14 14:59:48

You need a microchip cat flap It uses your cat's existing chip so no collar necessary.

treaclesoda Thu 27-Mar-14 15:00:32


My pil had terrible trouble with a huge ginger cat bullying their little black and white cat, so your thread made me laugh. My then toddler DD very earnestly suggested to granny that she could try flushing the ginger down the toilet to see if that would help grin

Disclaimer: we have never,and would never, advocate flushing a cat or any other creature down the toilet. But dds creative thinking did amuse me.

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:04:56

I used to be a teacher. There is definitely something about ginger creatures. Males tend to be boisterous and into everything, girls tend to be studious and hardworking. I wonder if it's the same with cats, though there aren't many ginger female cats.

<considers thesis>

I will investigate the microchip catflap, thank you. DH will whinge as he only just bought and installed the other one, but I can't have this crap. The neighbours will think I'm deranged if I'm continually stampeded through the house roaring.

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:05:32

The price!!!! <faints clean away>

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:07:33


"99 of 209 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No more Mr Bad Guy! 22 Sep 2010
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Finally we no longer have next doors ginger tom invading our space. This cat flap is brilliant, I was dubious at spending so much money on a cat flap I will admit but my poor cat was being terrified by the neighbours cat so something had to be done. It was delivered quickly, it was very simple to put in place, the tricky part was trying to get my little darling through the flap so it would register her chip, but after 25 minutes and a lots of treats we were there and after lots of sniffing and the occasional jump at the flap clicking shut she is using it like its always been there and no longer do we have uninvited visitors which has made her much more relaxed and a generally much happier cat. One thing I was worried about was that sometimes when she is being chased she does come through the cat flap at quite a speed and I was worried it wouldn't register her chip in time but it does so if that is a fear for you don't worry.
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Another ginger thug cat.

JuniperTisane Thu 27-Mar-14 15:09:13

I know! But we had a similar problem with a big black and white tom. I found my (lovely but, yes, troublesome) Ginger and my timid little Snowshoe hissing at the tom in the kitchen at 2am shock. We spent the money and have never had a problem since.

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:10:57

How do they match your cat's microchip to the the catflap?

I'm sure I could find out this information myself so you don't have to reply... smile

CMP69 Thu 27-Mar-14 15:12:08

My Ginger is the best boy ever. The tortie however is a total Madam [redresses the ginger balance]. Random cats in your house is not good our two we bullied by a big black Tom when they were babies. He eventually gave up when they were big enough to fight back -typical bully angry

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:14:46

The one invading our house isn't a bully necessarily, just curious. It's quite young I think - it's got that skinny, leggy, innocent look about it. And its little bell ringing is very sweet. I think it just wants to be friends but has no concept of personal space. And our tabbly girl is a bit of a drama queen and is ten years old, so rather set in her ways. She despises children and strangers as well. In fact she's a pain in the arse and isn't even ginger... hmm

chemenger Thu 27-Mar-14 15:17:17

I have a ginger tom and he is lovely! (And very naughty and sits on next doors windowsills teasing their cats as well as annoying our other cat). We got a microchip cat flap to keep out a black and white semi-stray and also one of next door's cats. She is not the brightest button in the box and we would frequently find her in the house looking bemused and wondering why everything in her home had changed, she is very beautiful but very dim. The black and white sprayed so much on my fridge that the stainless steel is corroded in a line at cat bum height.

Kudzugirl Thu 27-Mar-14 15:17:19

I can't help laughing at your phrase "an interested ginger face".

I want the cat with the interested Ginger face! Steal him for me

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:19:34

I would (it would mean he is gone from here for a start) but he is from a Rough House <prim>

Can't believe the corroded fridge thing! shock

Kudzugirl Thu 27-Mar-14 15:20:54

I have found some interested ginger faces. <amuses self all afternoon with this>

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:22:18

Look at the fat one! I actually clutching my sides grin grin grin

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:22:23


Kudzugirl Thu 27-Mar-14 15:24:47

He does look more pompous than curious doesn't he? Like a Puffer Cat.

I have always seen Ginger cats as bolshier though. I wonder if there is any truth in it?

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:26:25

My first cat was ginger. I loved him more than life itself. He was massive and very bad tempered, but used to play with sticks of spaghetti like a kitten. I wept buckets when he died.

ListenToTheLady Thu 27-Mar-14 15:27:12

I saw a documentary about RSPCA officers and people who have to deal with problem animal situations. There were blokes talking about When Cats Go Bad and situations where they have literally needed several men to subdue and remove an aggressive cat that was holding someone hostage / going on the mad rampage.

Big burly "seen it all" type bloke goes "It's always the big ginger ones."

So there you go. Maybe it's genetic.

DramaAlpaca Thu 27-Mar-14 15:29:05

I'm sorry & I'm no help at all, but your post made me laugh, especially the chase round the house grin

I am owned by a ginger ninja who is a bundle of trouble. He visits his little ginger girlfriend in the house behind us & tries to sneak in through the patio doors & help himself to her food. Fortunately the ginger girl's house belongs to my friend who doesn't find him too annoying, even when he taps at her window to be let in blush

HesterShaw Thu 27-Mar-14 15:30:48

I'm still laughing at Fat Cat, and the last one who's looking at the camera so seriously and looks very clever.

Kudzugirl Thu 27-Mar-14 15:35:23

Aw Hester sorry to read that- made my eyes prick with tears. I love and miss may cat too. Doesn't and hasn't got that much easier with time either <gazes at his photo fondly>

I am getting near to the point of readiness for another cat. He will have to be a ginger ninja. There is one that sits in the window of a nearby house all day and when you walk past he extends a lazy foot out and blinks slowly. I think he expects me to prostrate myself in front of his window in supplication.

derektheladyhamster Thu 27-Mar-14 15:35:37

We have a microchip cat flap, as the same thing happens to us (i woke to find a strange cat on the end of my bed, whilst ours slept on the landing!)

Best thing we've ever bought, you just move the sensor over your cat to programme the microchip

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