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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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Jestrin · 15/04/2013 20:21

But please can I ask you not to 'fling the shit back over the hedge'. It is upsetting for all concerned and causes bad feeling. Owners cannot help where their cats go. We have provided litter trays and a patch of earth In our garden. We have two cats BUT there are numerous other cats in the neighbourhood. Our neighbour has done this and I thought we had a good chatty relationship. Now I just feel sad that they couldn't speak to me about it. I would happily dig the garden and dispose of the poo.

PigletJohn · 15/04/2013 20:30

you'd better go round with a trowel and bucket and offer to collect it then.

Giving the neighbours a squirt gun may well do the trick.

One of my few undying regrets is that when I was standing next to someone who threw a stone at my cat, and hit it, I didn't belt him.

Unfortunately the old git is dead now so I won't get another chance.

goldenlula · 15/04/2013 20:35

I have 2 cats and have told my neighbours to spray them with water if they need to. I would rather that than some other things people do. Last year I got a cheap water gun to spray a cat that was coming into my house (even climbed in an open window in the middle of the night and came into my bedroom) and also spraying everywhere in my garden and up my front door.

Jestrin · 15/04/2013 20:45

you'd better go round with a trowel and bucket and offer to collect it then.

I take it thats aimed at me? It's not just words, I would and will.

babybarrister · 15/04/2013 21:08

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Latara · 15/04/2013 21:12

YANBU - Water is harmless.

Except.... some cats love water (like my cat) and will actually run towards you thinking you want to play (my cat is that silly)...!

LST · 15/04/2013 21:42

Good job im not in Australia then midnite

LadyBeagleEyes · 15/04/2013 21:50

It's kind of put me of OZ too LST.
My cat's are totally outdoorsy, cats have been running around free in the British countryside like forever.
Didn't they used to be kept for keeping rats and mice away from the grain or summit.

PigletJohn · 15/04/2013 22:17

cats are somewhat environmentally-unfriendly, especially in Australia, where the native species have evolved without needing to deal with such a predator.

MidniteScribbler · 16/04/2013 14:35

When I woke up this morning, I could see about a dozen kangaroos in my front paddock where they were grazing. There's a koala in the big tree at the front of my house. In the late afternoons I get a flock of red-tailed black cockatoos (which are classified as a highly at risk species in my area) in the trees at the back of my house. The old tree down the back paddock houses a wombat and her offspring each season. I have a nature reserve on my property (a specific amount of the property required by law) where native bird attracting species are planted to encourage native birds.

Cats do NOT fit in to this environment at all.

There are plenty of urban areas of Australia where cats are able to roam at will, although many local councils, even in urban areas are increasingly putting curfews in place for cats to try and protect native wildlife. Cats remain one of the most popular pets in Australia.... for those who keep them secure on their own property. But it's becoming more and more the law for cats to be confined to their own homes.

Rosesforrosie · 16/04/2013 17:57

Yes, but the real question Midnite is,do you feel aggrieved by the kangaroo/koala/wombat poo?

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