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dontsweatthelittlethings · 16/05/2011 21:35

I often leave the back door open on a sunny day or when DD is asleep in her pram in the garden, but every time I do I discover one or both of the neighbours cats have come in and are loitering in the house.
I also find them in the garage when I leave the door open while the tumble dryer is on.
The neighbour's DC laughed when DS told her about them coming in and asked if they had peed anywhere yet! Apparently they do at home so it's only a matter of time.
Our own cat is scared of the other cats and rarely ventures outside so is not impressed by having them in the house! And the garage stinks of cat wee.
AIBU to want to string the little darlings up by their whiskers?
I would love to hear any suggestions on keeping these cats away.

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AgentZigzag · 16/05/2011 21:45

So you're just saying you want to kill them in a jokey way?

But then your OP doesn't seem very jokey.

Or were you using it in the title to draw posters in to flame you about it?

dontsweatthelittlethings · 16/05/2011 21:47

Hoping to draw people in but really do want advice

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squeakytoy · 16/05/2011 21:51

you need to tell your pussy to man up a bit Grin

peggotty · 16/05/2011 21:53

Ironic username. Spray them with water every time you see them. Get one of those big water pistols. I have cats and wouldn't mind if someone did that to my cats if they were constantly going into their house. But please don't use horrible thread titles just to get attention - there are loads of people out there who really really hate cats and would actually like to kill them. And loads of cat haters on MN.

iEmbarassedMyself · 16/05/2011 21:54

Get a dog, a terrier Wink

dontsweatthelittlethings · 16/05/2011 21:55

i know he's a sad excuse for a 'tom'

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dontsweatthelittlethings · 16/05/2011 21:57

Sorry definitely not a cat hater though these two are pushing me to my limits! DCs would love the water pistol idea - they'd also love the terrier come to that!

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onadietcokebreak · 16/05/2011 21:57

Grin at squeaky

PumpkinSnatch · 16/05/2011 22:10

Are there really LOADS of people who would like to kill cats????

Goblinchild · 16/05/2011 22:14

Cats are regularly the victims of air rifle practice, or other torments.
So yes, there are a lot of people out there who like to hurt animals that can't protect themselves very well.
OP, get a water pistol and a better line in titles.

Eaglebird · 16/05/2011 22:21

Agree with the water pistol suggestion.
Also, why don't you shut the garage door, then the cats won't get in your garage and pee there?

PumpkinSnatch · 16/05/2011 22:26

Well any number of people doing that is too many but I would still think that those who want to kill/hurt cats are a relatively small percentage of the population.

RevoltingPeasant · 16/05/2011 22:27

Could you leave the door open but put a baby gate over it? Would they jump over it?

The thing about water pistols is, it might only teach them to be scared of you not of coming into your house.

... And I didn't think your title was that bad!! Honestly, it's pretty obviously not serious Hmm

Goblinchild · 16/05/2011 22:31

Got my second cat when she wandered into my parents' house at 6m old, heavily pregnant and with a shattered femur because she'd wandered into a neighbour's house, probably looking for a nesting site and been kicked by an army boot.
Our current cat is lucky that the neighbours are friendly.

rationalist · 16/05/2011 22:33

With the water pistol suggestion, if you do do that, you'll have to make sure that the cats don't see that it's you doing it, otherwise they'll just learn to avoid you rather than avoiding your house.

PumpkinSnatch · 16/05/2011 22:36

I'm not saying it doesn't happen GC. People get assaulted/murdered too but if you said lots of people want to kill people that would be wrong too (I hope).
Glad your cat found a kind owner.

simpson · 16/05/2011 22:36

I kind of know how you feel op Blush

I have 2 very petite cats and they are being bullied by a massive ginger tom atm in their own back garden Angry

I have taken to going out and shouting at it and squirting water when it comes close enough, obviously I would never hurt it, but how dare it torment my likkle kitties [Precious first Cat emoticon]

Goblinchild · 16/05/2011 22:45

I know PS, and the OP is probably not as angry as she sounds. I've also had a bad day at work, with Y6 girls yelling how much they hate each other for very trivial reasons and the level of aggro is so high.
It's depressing.

Foxinthewoods · 16/05/2011 23:01

Please could I say that if you intend using a water pistol on them, don't do it if you live near a road, just in case they dart into it, for refuge.

NulliusInVerba · 16/05/2011 23:12

Really, they are cats, not rabid pit bulls.

If they are in your house show them the door and call them. If that fails pick them up and put them outside.

Its not rocket science is it.

RobF · 17/05/2011 00:35

Just fill a plastic bottle with stones and shake it at them to scare them off.

sleepywombat · 17/05/2011 00:41

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Vallhala · 17/05/2011 00:46

Nullus - the voice of common sense and reason.

Sleepywombat, they tell me that "lion poo" is successful.

kreecherlivesupstairs · 17/05/2011 08:44

Sleepy, we had what DH called the cat-o-cuter. It was a motion sensitive thing that emitted a noise that cats don't like. It worked until it was covered in snow. Next door have nine.

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