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Ridiculous argument with neighbour

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KindleAndCake · 21/04/2022 15:24

Maybe IABU. My dog only ever barks at cats, that's it. Never at other dogs or people.
So, new neighbours at the back recently moved in and have cats, they have them on leads and put them up against our fence.
When I let our dog out and he sees the cats through the fence he'll bark at them. I will then bring him in.
Neighbour saw me today and challenged me over the barking. He said it was annoying. I just said there wasn't much I could do, he's a dog and he barks at cats and I bring him in as soon as I hear him.
Neighbour then responds with, "but my cat doesn't make any noise". I just looked at him, and said, but he's a cat. He doesn't bark.
Neighbour then threatened to call the police if this carries on.
Am I really being unreasonable? I don't know what else I can do?

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Jdub54 · 25/04/2022 11:52

Cover fence and add anti pidgin spikes to the top! Suggest they pay as it wasn’t a problem until they moved in.

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Plumbuddle · 25/04/2022 14:41

Barney60 · 24/04/2022 10:37

I dislike cats intensely, am totally a dog lover, but ive read cats need to be on leads in new areas until they have smelt out and are familiar with new area. Usually for a few weeks before being let off leads.
OP did say new neighbours.

Id cover the fence and put those water squirters high up so each time a cat goes on the top of the fence it will get wet, it will train it to stay away.


They really don't. I've had cats all my life and when you move you just put down their litter tray, put down their food, keep them in for a day then they can go out. There was an old habit of putting butter on their feet on a move, the idea being that once they wash they are at home. Cats are remarkably, given their reputation for independence, committed to their owners (because we feed them). Our family have taken two cats to summer holiday cottages for 10 years now, never a problem even when left all day in a property with a cat flap or open window so they can rush in at any sign of danger.

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Plumbuddle · 25/04/2022 14:46

ilikemethewayiam · 24/04/2022 20:14

Is this really newsworthy to a newspaper? That's totally hilarious. Love the pug in the pic though the guy should have had two Siamese in his arms looking triumphant.

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Heshkelgaii · 25/04/2022 15:30

I'd make sure that there were no gaps in the fence and install cat proof fencing facing towards the neighbors house. They are obviously doing it on purpose or they'd move the cat's leash lines to a different side of the yard. Also no cat needs a lead outside. That's weird, those cats must not like it there for some reason.

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swimlyn · 25/04/2022 16:05

annatwink · 23/04/2022 03:23


godmum56 · 21/04/2022 15:38
PriamFarrl
Q "Why do they have cats on leads?"
A "to stop them leaving the garden. Its stupid and dangerous as its possible for cats to get tangled in their own or other cats' leads and be killed or injured."

No. There's a ridiculously high injury and death rate for cats on busy roads and in cities. It's often a question of not if, but when, your cat gets hit. Then they will crawl away and suffer alone - if they survive. Not to mention the number of native wild birds cats kill on the regular, it's a real massacre in some countries. Also people with pedigrees often have house cats. House cats often get exercise in their gardens on a lead. Having said that you shouldn't leave them unsupervised for the reasons you mention.
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ilikemethewayiam · 25/04/2022 18:26

Plumbuddle · 25/04/2022 14:46

Is this really newsworthy to a newspaper? That's totally hilarious. Love the pug in the pic though the guy should have had two Siamese in his arms looking triumphant.

I know 🤣. To think someone gets paid to do this and someone else approves it as newsworthy!

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Grrrrdarling · 25/04/2022 19:04

Plumbuddle · 25/04/2022 14:46

Is this really newsworthy to a newspaper? That's totally hilarious. Love the pug in the pic though the guy should have had two Siamese in his arms looking triumphant.

I imagine they scour sites like this for news now. Once it is in the public domain I doubt they even need our permission to print the story.

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