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To chuck water on their cats?

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Softlysoftly · 14/04/2013 20:52

Next door neighbours cats I have discovered havebeen using our top bit of garden as a toilet.

I'd planned for that to be a swing/slide area for the 2 dds, had saved their Christmas money to buy toys for summer, now it is coated every step in shit. They aren't even burying it. I'm going to have to shovel it all out and it stinks.

I know they can't control their cats, we've tried lion stuff, , pepper, plants they are supposed to hate, blocking fence gaps and nothing has worked.

AIBU to lob a jug of water over them every time they venture shitwards until they stop coming in the garden?

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mateinthree · 14/04/2013 21:02

We also had to stop our young daughter playing in our garden today because next doors mangy pet vermin had crapped all over the place, including a disgusting one that turned into a horrible yellow splat when I tried to remove it rather unsuccessfully. If 'cat people' want their animals to be treated in the way they expect then they can start controlling them or getting them a litter tray or whatever. If they can't be arsed to do that then whatever happens to their cats is their own fault.

We've had some success with the ultrasonic deterrent things although resent having spent over £100 on the hardware and batteries to date.

kinkyfuckery · 14/04/2013 21:02


I'd recommend a water pistol over a jug of water though.

givemeaboost · 14/04/2013 21:02

yanbu, i have a cat and as others have said id much rather someone soak him in water for pissing them off than try and poisen him with antifreeze or something which has happened not too far from where i liveSad I would also second the nerf gun solution- i have the tiny palm sized gun which i keep loaded as a local cat keeps brazenly coming into my house and bullying my cat!

CubanoHabana · 14/04/2013 21:02

I would much rather my cats got squirted with water than booted by someone (although in their case it won't happen as both are indoor cats)!

Our neighbour asked us if it would be ok to spray water at one of my mums cats, which we immediately agreed to, unfortunately, being a big Maine Coon, who used to get very hot in the summer (until we started getting her fur shorn off), she actually enjoyed it and would intentionally go and wind him up so she got a nice cool shower!

Softlysoftly · 14/04/2013 21:04

Is it true btw if you own a cat other cats won't poo in your garden? We used to have cats and not averse to rehoming another one in the near future!

Then it can be someone else's issue Grin.

And should I politely tell the neighbours my plans of cat nerfguns or not?

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DiscoDonkey · 14/04/2013 21:06

No alas it is a myth

peggotty · 14/04/2013 21:06

Hmm strange that the ONLY rabid and unreasonable response so far has not been from cat-lovers but in fact, a cat hater Hmm

Wallison · 14/04/2013 21:06

mateinthree, most cats have litter trays. And I hope you are not suggesting that people who kick cats are justified?

DiscoDonkey · 14/04/2013 21:08

Top of my job list tomorrow is picking up cat crap from the garden

RightsaidFreud · 14/04/2013 21:09

Mateinthree, you sound lovely.... I'm glad my neighbours are more considerate and animal tolerant than you. You can't force a cat to use a litter tray or control a cat.

lurkedtoolong · 14/04/2013 21:10

I have a cat who is definitely my substitute pfb but if he's causing a nuisance then would have no problems with a neighbour chucking water on him. I have a coke bottle filled with water for the bully cat that comes round.

Maybe not a bucket, maybe a water pistol instead.

mateinthree · 14/04/2013 21:12

And I hope you are not suggesting that people who kick cats are justified?

No although I have more sympathy for frustrated people who have their property and childrens play areas defecated all over than those who find the animals they don't properly look get a kick up the arse. Anything that doesn't cause lasting damage to the cat is fine in my book.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty · 14/04/2013 21:13

What about some sort of motion sensor sprinkler? Then you don't have to watch out for them and they learn that each and every time they come on the garden, it rains. Grin

mateinthree · 14/04/2013 21:13

You can't force a cat to use a litter tray or control a cat.

Then don't get a cat. You not being able to control your pet is your problem, not mine.

foslady · 14/04/2013 21:14

Another cat owner who has no objections to watering a crapping cat! Before I got mine I went round all my neighbours and told them to let me know if it became a nuisance and got some pepper dust for their gardens if they wanted to use it (no one did though!)

ImTooHecsyForYourParty · 14/04/2013 21:15

It's not the cat's fault though, is it?

Hunt the owner down and kick them up the arse! The animal has got no clue about gardens and children. It's not their fault, why should they get hurt?

Wallison · 14/04/2013 21:15

I don't know about telling the neighbours, tbh. I mean, I don't mind at all if my cat gets a soaking, and I know how nasty cat poo is and think people are well within their rights to stop it getting in their garden. But I'm sure some people can get a bit funny about it (hell, some people can get funny about anything). I guess it depends on how well you know them ... and how likely you are to be seen doing it!

Rosesforrosie · 14/04/2013 21:16

You deliberately misunderstand.

No one can force a cat to use a litter tray.

Wallison · 14/04/2013 21:17

But cats are not controllable, mateinthree. It's not because the owners are bad or can't be arsed - they go off and do their own thing; that's how they are.

ZZZenagain · 14/04/2013 21:17

water sounds alright to me

Areyoumadorisitme · 14/04/2013 21:19

Mateinthree - you may wish cats were not available as pets but legally owners are responsible for dogs actions but not cats. So if a dog ran into the road and caused a crash for example the owner can be prosecuted but not so if it was a cat. Owners are not expected to be able to control cats.

As a cat owner, I'd have no problem with water being thrown on my cat in someone else's garden. When people talk about nerf guns hough I am assuming they mean the water ones not the bullet ones??

sebastianthesingingaubergine · 14/04/2013 21:20

a spray bottle set to mist

Ahahahahhahaaaaaa! Imagine, just pffff pffff pffffing a crapping cat in a bid to scare it off. That has made me laugh. A lot.

Another cat owner here quite happy for mine to be soaked by a neighbour if necessary.

Sparklingbrook · 14/04/2013 21:20

YY to a water pistol or rinsed out washing up liquid bottle with water in.

at controlling cats. Grin

LadyBeagleEyes · 14/04/2013 21:22

I agree with others, a water pistol or a super soaker.
Which is what i told my new neighbour when he put up a bird table, as my cats are serial killers.
Water won't do them any harm.

Theicingontop · 14/04/2013 21:22

The sound alone terrifies my cat... What can I say

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