My cat-shit crazy neighbor

September 2nd, 2010 · 163 comments

Edie in Bellevue, Washington wasn’t too happy with the neighbor’s cat using her lawn as its personal toilet, so she finally asked the cat’s owner if she’d please clean it up. “She did,” Edie says, “but only after explaining that the cat poops on everyone’s lawn and no one else minds.” (After asking around the neighborhood, Edie found this to be only half-true.)

Little did they know that cat’s crap was practically worth its weight in friggin’ GOLD!!! One can only imagine the reactions of Edie and her similarly ungrateful neighbors when they finished reading the photocopied letter taped to their front doors. (First place? For three years running?? What fools we’ve all been!!!)

I know you like to complain about white kitty pooping in your yard...but he has won first place at the Average Cat Show the last three years running.
related: Don’t feed the cat (or the trolls)

extra credit: The Radiolab episode about Toxoplasma and crazy cat ladies

FILED UNDER: bold-underlined-caps · cats · most popular notes of 2010 · neighbors · shit · Washington state

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  • #1   aaa bang

    Soooo, is “white kitty” the cat’s name? Or does the Bestower of Cat Shit just refer to him as white kitty out of deference because it would be too disrespectful refer to this cat (obviously crafted from God’s own hair and vomit) by its given name?

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   jules

      My thought was that I tend to not talk about my animals by their names to folks who don’t know my animals, because a) random people are not going to remember that “Zoey” is a dog and not my kid or something, and any time I’m talking about her it probably involves an anecdote about her stupidity; and b) while I do interact with animals not all that differently than I do with people, there are folks who would think that makes me a nut. “My dog” allows me to pretend like I don’t let her sleep in the bed with me. ;)

      However, based on the tone of the rest of the note, you may be on to something.

      Sep 5, 2010 at 2:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Durp

    Sooooo….. the cat got first place at being average?

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Sarah

    So it is a trade off then? Cat poo for rats.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   bored @ work

      Technically, it’s not a trade as the neighbor is getting the same rat back after it has been digested…

      Sep 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   dbm

    I have owned several Maine Coons. They’re not white.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   anglophile bang

      Were they Caucasian?

      Sep 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   modernmoron

      They do come in white.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.3   Morgaine

      We have a purebred Maine Coon and he is white. Well mostly white with some orange. 26 pounds though. BIG cat, not fat.

      Dumb as a box of rocks though, and he has never once caught a mouse, mole or rat. He isn’t allowed outside though.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.4   Canthz_B bang

      White Kitty is a Coon? 8-O

      Sep 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.5   Divvitar

      I had a Maine Coon/Angora cross cat that was black with silver stripes. He was the best bird catching cat I’ve ever seen. No rats, though he did try to take on a rooster once. That was like watching a cartoon. Just a blur of feathers and hair, and both animals then charging in opposite directions at 100 mph. Funny as hell!

      Sep 8, 2010 at 12:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Heidi

    “White Kitty” is an alias. Either that or he’s in the wrong hood.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Kel

      The cat’s real identity is on a strictly need to know basis. The owner could tell you but then she’d have to kill you (naturally).

      Sep 2, 2010 at 10:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   marpolejoel bang

    You always were a youthquaker, Edie…kitty poo is such sweet sorrow…

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Will

    Oh yeah, so “white kitty” keeps all the rats and moles out of the neighborhood so it’s all nice for the yuppies. It’s urban gentrification, feline style!

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Silver

    Cats crap all over the place… as long as it’s nowhere obvious and I can’t smell it, I couldn’t care less. But White Cat apparently poops in the middle of the lawn.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   Kristin

    I’ve had Maine coons, they’re giant. That’s some big poop.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Madrias

    As long as the cat doesn’t dump on my sidewalk, or where I step, I don’t care. It’s the dog that plasters my welcome mat with crap that I hate.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   pony girl

      I hear ya, Madrias.
      My neighbor across the street lets his beautiful old lab out in the morning, and he always makes a beeline for my front door. He pees about 5 inches from my door (on cement, mind you) and then poops right on my mailbox post. If I”m really lucky, I get another poop pile in the middle of my front yard at night.
      The neighborhood cats (feral and owned) used to use my garden and my side yard as their litter box. It was so stinky, that it would smell as if they were inside the house.
      I had to put in raised gardens(3 feet up) and cover them with pig wire and make the one side yard all gravel.
      I keep my 2 cats inside, and my 2 dogs in my own yard. I pick up after him when we go hiking or walking every day.
      I don’t see why the concept of being a responsible pet-owner is so dang difficult for some people.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   anonymouse

    that white kitty was fucking delicious

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   Woman on the Verge bang

      I hate you.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   Party in my pants

      Only if prepared properly.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 8:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   MAMARILLA2 bang

      Roast cat with string beans…

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   The Gecko Hunter

      And a really nice Chianti!

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:00 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   Mo®

      …some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   katrina

      Actually, it was fava beans and a big Amarone. The movie dumbed it down.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.7   pony girl

      Better watch out for those outdoor cats; manapua man might get ‘em.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

  • #12   ChiquitasMom

    I suppose if white kitty had gotten a rat from MY place and ate it and then pooped it out on MY lawn… I could consider that a fair trade.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   pony girl

      Fair Trade Cat Poop. The newest organic fertilizer, now available at Whole Foods.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   SB

    I hate for cats to crap in my yard because my dog loves to eat it.

    Then again, he’s also a cat killer, so he’s not doing himself any favors. (I have a fenced yard, but I make no secret of the fact that he’s very predatory. If folks want to let their cats run loose, they should know the risks they’re taking.)

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   jadefirefly

    Except that animal feces FEEDS rats.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Donna Martin Graduates!

      no kidding?! if true, that is an excellent point.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   jadefirefly

      ’tis true. Hell, rats will eat -anything-, but you can’t walk past an alley in Chicago without seeing signs that tell you that animal feces feeds and encourages rats.

      The bigger offender here is dogs, and people who can’t be arsed to pick up after them, but the idea remains the same. Rats eat shit. Literally.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   pedant

      Actually, not true. Rats are surprisingly picky eaters. They will sometimes eat their own shit (if they’re undernourished, panicky, or just bored) but they won’t eat anyone or anything else’s.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 10:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   Splint Chesthair

      Yeah, rats, the picky eaters of the world, which is why they’re so slow to populate and poor at adaptation.

      Pull the other one! Rats eat poop. Maybe they don’t have a preference for it, but in lack of finding anything else, they will be attracted to animal poop.

      Sep 7, 2010 at 7:18 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Woman on the Verge bang

    Next week each neighbor will receive an invoice from White Kitty Extermination Services: Keeping You From Being Infested By Man-Eating Rats Since 2009

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Sean Jungian

      So, why is this 2-blocks-away neighborhood so infested with rats if Hero White Kitty is patrolling and killing so many? I’d contact the BBB about it. One to 3 rats a week is nothing.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   Kristen

    I am on the note writer’s side, and I’ve never even had a cat. ‘Edie’ sounds like a bitch complaining to all the neighbors about some cat poop. Just mow over it and turn it in to fertilizer, and be glad that there aren’t rat droppings in your house.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Donna Martin Graduates!

      excuse me but cat poop is a mega pain-in-the-arse.

      I do not have any pets, but since I moved into the Barrio, there are dozens of feral cats roaming about and I have to collect & dispose of EXTRA STINKY cat crap off my yard, both front and back, almost every single day.

      The fact that I have neighbours who feed the buggers doesn’t help.

      Team Anti-Poopy cat!

      Sep 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.2   Snarkity Snark Snark

      I live in near Bellevue, and I’d be happy to introduce white kitty to my black and white sighthound dog. He wears a collar; he has current tags, shots, and a microchip. He stays in his own damn yard or is always on leash, and his poop is always scooped, dammit. He also thinks white kitty is some kind of prey so it would probably be better to keep white kitty indoors. Or in its own damn yard. I am just saying if white kitty ends up in our yard then black and white dog IS KEEPING THE CAT POPULATION IN *MY* YARD UNDER CONTROL.

      I do not understand why cat owners think their precious snowflakes will be safe meadering about neighboring yards without supervision in this day and age .. and that it is okay for them to poop on other people’s property! How is that supposed to be okay?

      Team Anti-Poopy cat! (aka Team Don’t Let Your Poopy Cat Near My Big Ol’ Very Fast Dog)

      Sep 3, 2010 at 2:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.3   VerityBrown bang

      It’s been my experience that, even outdoors, cats usually don’t leave their poop out in the open unless they are trying to send a “message” to someone they don’t like. I have to confine my own cats indoors because there’s a gun-toting, cat-hating neighbor across the street, but I get a lot of cats from across the alley wandering into my yard, and I’ve *never* found cat poop just lying around. But I’m never surprised when the “victims” of cat poop turn to be cat-haters–cats KNOW you hate them, and they hate you right back.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 2:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.4   GhostWriter bang

      I’m pretty damn sure that you cat worshippers have got the equation backwards.

      correct version:
      Cat-Shitting-In-My-Yard -[CAUSES]- Me-Hating-Cat

      Hell, if cats could sense when people hate them, they wouldn’t fall for my “sardine in a burlap bag” trick so easily.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 7:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.5   Samantha

      Sorry Verity, but I am a cat-lover and a cat-owner (humorously, of a Maine Coon mix) and I hate owners who let their cats outdoors and the results thereof. Like Snarkity, I have sighthounds and while mine are used to my cat enough to not automatically view any cat as prey, they still see a difference between outdoor fluffy things and indoor fluffy things and would likely injure the cat trying to play with it, if not kill it. I don’t want to have to witness my dogs killing or injuring another animal and while I do supervise them, they are still faster than I am and their early training (four years of “catch that lure”) still takes over some of the time and they can’t/won’t listen to me telling them to leave it.

      On top of that, they (like all dogs) find cat poop to be a delicacy. One ex-next-door neighbour had a cat that he would let out and that cat insisted on pooping in the dog run. Every time I wanted to let my dogs out, I had to go over the entire run to make sure there was no cat poop in sight. Rodent poop is one thing (dogs are carnivores and herbivore poop is only one step removed from a piece of celery), but cat poop (obligate carnivore: their poop was 90% protein and fat) is a delicacy to dogs and even dogs like mine who are getting the right diet and don’t eat other feces will likely eat kitty poop. There’s a lot transferable from cats to dogs, including most intestinal worms. So my dogs were at risk of being injured (by cats that didn’t like dogs) and/or getting sick just by going into their own fenced-off piece of my own fenced-off yard.

      I never blamed the cats, but it isn’t hard to hate the idiot owners who don’t realize not only the nuisance their cats are but also don’t think about the danger they are in. When my cat goes out, he’s either on leash or in his enclosure (which gives him a decent amount of outside playing space without him being able to leave that set space or other large animals being able to get in). It’s not difficult to keep him restrained to my property and still let him have some outdoor time. I don’t have to worry about him getting hit by a car or killed by a stray, another outdoor cat or a dog. I don’t have to worry about someone picking him up as a stray or, as the owner of “white kitty” has found out, the entire neighbourhood hating me for not just controlling my cat.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:59 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.6   April

      No way. Did you know cat poop can contain toxoplasmosis? It is a disease that can harm pregnant women and their unborn child. Babies die from it. So a pregnant woman can lose her baby over just digging in her garden or doing yardwork if she comes into contact with cat poop. Cat poop like all poop is smelly, gross to look at and is not pleasant.
      I don’t have pets because I don’t want to deal with poop in my yard. So I expect you to keep your animals and their poop off of my yard. Many counties have laws against free roaming animals. It can be considered tresspassing.

      Responsible pet owners keep their animals on their own property at all times.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:22 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #16.7   Stinky bang

      In these tough economic times, we have only been feeding our cats, then letting the dog eat the cat feces. It’s a win-win-win!

      Sep 4, 2010 at 11:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   P87

    Stray cats need to take a crap too. what if they were contributing to the problem?

    Sep 2, 2010 at 8:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   Luna (the other one)

      Actually, that’s very likely. From my experience, male cats WILL leave poop out to mark territory. If there’s a turf war, that could lead to a very stinky problem.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.2   Mo®

      Ooooooo! Like a Jets vs. Sharks rumble? Kittehs in chinos and little leather jackets.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #17.3   anglophile bang

      ♬ When you’re a Kit, you’re a Kit all the way
      From your first tuna breath
      To your last ninth life day ♪

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   Nack

    I’m a little wishy-washy here. It’s gross to find poo in your yard. Whether that’s from your own pet or someone elses’. In fact, it usually is worse when it’s someone elses’ for the fact you have to clean it up! Feels like infringing. However, in addition to this the pet is roaming all over, doing whatever, when they’re -domesticated- animals (not wild, and it’s bad for them to be roaming wild). Note writer is a nasty pet owner to put their pet (shotted and microchipped or not) in this kind of peril.

    However, it’s also completely lame to complain about poo in your yard, in the middle of your yard. What do you do, sunbathe on the grass? Picnic? What? On the front lawn, what makes it so hard to dodge cat poo, which is significantly less large than dog, horse, cow, etc. manure?

    So I suggest this slides to the scale of crack both heads together and keep the cat indoors.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   Edie

      My toddlers play on the lawn and, as I’m sure you can understand, I don’t want them playing with poo.

      Why is that it’s okay for people to get angry about dog poop but not cat poop? If a pet is leaving feces around the neighbours can object. It’s nasty.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.2   marpolejoel bang

      I dunno, I used to want to kick our cat’s ass every time it pooed on the front lawn, while staring at me, looking like ‘wtf mate?’ whenever I was out smoking…if I didn’t conscript my son to pick it up on Saturday mornings, I’d just let it fly out my mower…wasn’t so much the poo, just the smugness of the cat that made me want to stab chopsticks in a bus driver

      Sep 2, 2010 at 11:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.3   marpolejoel bang

      & no, the bus driver is not fucking delicious

      Sep 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.4   Nack

      Why is your toddler playing in the yard without you watching? Personally, my kid was in the backyard (away from the street), and, never got a fistful of “presents” because I caught him before he ever could… just saying.

      Birds shit in your yard too. So do squirrels and bugs and rats, and lots of other little creatures. Cat, dog, manure isn’t the funnest thing in the world to find, but it’s probably the most noticeable kind you could avoid. As long as the kids wash their hands, I’m pretty sure they’ll survive it.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 11:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.5   Guy

      It’s the principle of having to clean up after somebody else’s cat that would bother me, Nack. And just because some other dangers already exist, why is it excusable for some stranger’s cat to add to the danger? Kids are fast. Poop isn’t always visible until you’re right on it. Cat poop, in particular, carries many toxins that can even be deadly in a child or immune-suppressed individual. It is much more dangerous than dog poop.
      That cat’s owner doesn’t have the right to ruin everyone else’s lawn in the neighborhood. If they can’t control their animal, they shouldn’t have one.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.6   Eckle

      Nack: kids are damn fast when they want to be (especially with food). Every kid I’ve watched can drag their feet or take fifteen minutes to wake up, but if they want to eat something, you can be right in front of them and those little hands will move faster than yours can.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.7   Kristen

      Edie: I’m sorry you kids play with poop, I was not aware that was your issue. I have absolutely no knowledge of kids, my own childhood is a blur, but I can give you advice as someones who’s dog has an interest in cat poop.

      If they eat it, remove their water bowls (kid glasses?) and food dish (crackers?), that way they will remember that it tastes bad and makes their mouths dry and they won’t do it again. If that doesn’t work, try spraying them in the face with a water bottle along with a loud and firm bad dog (child). In the most severe cases, you may want to try a shock collar. This was not necessary for me because my dog is a pretty quick learner. Start on the lowest setting and work your way up. This may seem cruel, but it is for their own good. You don’t want them to get sick.

      If these methods do not work you may want to get your kid tested.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.8   Concerned

      Edie-I was concerned about your children playing with the turds, so I did a little research with the help of my friend Google. I learned that your children will not be able to contract feline AIDS this way, so good news there.
      The bad news is your child is at risk for Toxoplasmosis if the cat has been eating any raw meat. However, as long as your child is not immune compromised they should heal themselves. Over 1/3 of the world is estimated to carry a Toxoplasma infection. Many people never know that they have it. You need to tell your pediatrician that your kids play with turds if they get sick because Toxoplasmosis can present itself as the flu.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 2:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.9   tinkerbell2

      I can’t believe how many people are saying she ought to ‘control’ her cat. Cats roam outside – it’s cruel to keep them in. The owner ought to be able to encourage it to always shit in the same place in her own garden, though – easier if done when the cat first goes outside as you can put its litter tray in the relevant corner then remove it.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.10   Bunnee

      Oh my, I get the feeling that this is going to be a long thread, as this has been debated ad infinitum. If you want to have a healthy cat for many years, they belong inside. Period.

      Now, let the games begin!

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.11   Noelegy

      Speaking as someone who has a happy, healthy cat that will be 16 years old this November, I would argue that it’s far from cruel to keep them indoors.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.12   Luna (the other one)

      I used to work for a vet and I can tell you that indoor cats live twice as long as outdoor cats. If you think it’s cruel to keep your cat inside, try thinking about how cruel it is to have to put it down because you let it roam around, get in a fight and get an abscess that opened and pretty much tore it’s face off. My cat became a totally indoor kitty after seeing that.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 11:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.13   Luna (the other one)

      And in regard to the toxoplasmosis. It’s true that it’s not dangerous to most people, however, it can cause severe birth defects. It’s unlikely that one would contract it from the lawn, but I suppose if a little kid ate it and mom had to change a diaper or something… just saying.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.14   Woman on the Verge bang

      I totally just scrolled past all of this because I expect it is all the same inside vs. outside kitty shit. Yeah, see what I did there?

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.15   Mrs Slocum Devon

      As a cat owner, and a member of the local ornithology society, I am educated enough to know that it is far better to keep my puss indoors than to let it traipse about out of doors.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.16   Mrs Slocum Devon

      I should note that the RSPCA takes a dim view of owners who let their cats to roam. Many horrible fates can befell a puss on the loose. My neighbor has a particularly vicious cock that would no doubt peck my pussy fiercely!

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.17   Mo®

      I know that my cat, Bill Shatner or just Shat, is 18 years old. He has been an indoors only cat and he has been happy and loved and healthy.
      Indoors cats FTW!

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.18   Reepicheep-chan

      I am both ways as well. My cats are indoor- outdoor and poop all over the damn place. Several of my neighbors in the past and present have outdoor cats who also took a dump wherever they want. For me, cat shit is NBD. They typicaly bury it under a bush anyway.

      That being said, if someone wanted me to pick up my cat’s poop from their yard I would do it. I would be thinking unpleasent thoughts about this person, but I would not be plastering notices all over the place about it. And if my cat were taking dumps, like, in the middle of other people’s lawns I would probably put the cat on a leash (for the record, converting an outdoor cat to an indoor one is hugely difficult, especially in a multi-person/ multi-cat home and especially with a Main Coon).

      My 2 cents on the indoor/ v outdoor cat thing: If you cannot provide your cat with proper enrichment indoors, and very few people can, it really becomes a quality of life question. If you live in a relitively safe place for kitties and have pretty savvy cats who are not likely to do anything dumb, it may benefit them to be allowed out. You just have to understand there are risks involved and accept those risks.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.19   April

      Some people actually venture outside and enjoy their lawns. If the person has kids they probably spend a great deal of time outside in the yard and would prefer for their kids and themselves to not have to deal with cat crap.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.20   modernmoron

      I don’t understand on what basis people think cats *need* to roam unrestricted outdoors. If I said the same thing about my dog, you know how much shit I’d get for it? How can people justify this with a straight face?

      Stop being a fucking tool, and get your cat a harness if it needs to go outside. Last time my dog whined incessantly to go outside, I didn’t think “damn, this dog just CAN’T LIVE INDOORS” and just open the door and let him go.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.21   Stinky bang

      It’s cruel to let your cats run loose outside. Because I will kick the shit out of it.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 11:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.22   passerby

      “I should note that the RSPCA takes a dim view of owners who let their cats to roam.”

      Not the one in my country. Indeed, in the UK the RSPCA seem to be far more concerned with overweight cats, and it’s far more likely that indoor cats, deprived of natural stimuli, will become overweight. Mind, cats don’t have too many natural predators in this country (and bored sociopaths are probably the most significant), and the UK remains rabies-free.

      Incidentally, English law also guarantees the feline right to roam (and crap on your garden), which fits with the balance of UK opinion being that keeping a cat indoors is the crueller option; however, cats are considered property when it comes to harming them, and an abuser of someone else’s cat can be indicted for both animal cruelty and criminal damage. So if you really don’t want cats crapping on your garden, you need to invest in some “Get Off My Garden” – or get your own cat.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.23   tinkerbell2

      thanks, passerby – I think that’s more what I wanted to say, didn’t mean to light the touchpaper by sounding judgmental. I’m sure there are many happy (and very old) indoor cats, but whenever I see one sitting in a window, declawed and bored shitless, it makes me sad. We lost our last cat – we don’t know if she was run over, or went outside her roaming area and got lost – and although it was very sad, I still think she had a more exciting life for being allowed outside in the sunshine.
      I’m in the UK where, as you say, there are few natural predators for cats, and where prevailing opinion is that cats are outdoor/indoor animals which should be allowed the freedom to choose, but dogs are indoor animals you need to take for walks. I think it’s a dependency thing really – cats can come and go easily via a flap but dogs usually don’t. Plus, a dog on the loose is more likely to be dangerous than a cat, poop or no poop.
      For evidence of how much the British *love* their cats, see last week’s media furore over this lady.. – It was front page news for days!

      Sep 6, 2010 at 7:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.24   The Elf

      Ours are ind0ors only for a reason. I don’t want them pooping in others’ yards – that’s just rude – and I especially don’t want them to run afoul of a cat hater or a loose dog or the fox that lives in the nearby woods. When they go outside, they go on a leash.

      With toys and windows, their indoor life is plenty exciting.

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    • #18.25   Catsareanimalstoo

      I keep my cats inside, but that’s only because I live in an apartment near a busy street, and it’s just not safe. However, I used to live in a house with my mom in a more rural area, and most every one of our neighbors that had them let their cats roam free. I think it’s cruel to keep your cats indoors constantly, and I feel a little bad for my cats when they’re staring out the windows sometimes.

      A cat is an adult animal, not a child. However, if you have a child, you should probably be watching him/her more so than pet owners should be watching their cats. As someone already mentioned, other wild animals poop in your yard, you can’t control nature.

      Sep 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.26   Stinky bang

      Really? If it’s so cruel to keep them inside, you should let your city kitties play in the street. That would definitely take care of the roaming kitty problem.

      The nice thing about living in the country, however, is that laws about discharging firearms are MUCH more relaxed than they are in the city…

      Sep 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   mystic_eye

    Cats won’t normally poop in grass, they like to poop in loose soil and bury it?

    Sep 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   Donna Martin Graduates!

      Please inform the dozens of feral cats in my ‘hood of this “fact”.

      Sep 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   VerityBrown bang

      Cats typically only poop out in the open when they are a) ill or b) trying to send a “message” to someone. Feral cats may be ill, but it’s also possible that they can sense that you hate cats and are demonstrating their disdain for your opinion.

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  • #20   Don

    One of the categories is most obnoxious, so it may have won for that.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 9:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   Nahhh bang

    I wish someone would teach my cats to kill rats. Or even the tiny mice that get in and steal the insulation from my oven. My cats are useless…but at least they use a litter box.

    I’d let white kitty poo in my lawn if he’d come inside just long enough to kill those thieving little mice.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   Nikki

    Yeah, killing one whole rat per week really keeps the rat infestation away.

    Letter writer is just crazy.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   sleeps

    Rather than complaining to the owner, I would simply scoop up White Kitteh’s crap and fling it back on the owner’s lawn. Or porch. She probably collects it and frames it anyway. “This is White Kitty’s crap from September ’05; note the rat bones inside. White Kitty is an excellent rat catcher!!”

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Kel

    Seriously…somebody really needs some pussy control!

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   Ell

    Couldn’t agree with you more. My cat kills three or four mice/moles/voles/shrews (that we know of) per DAY. He single handedly (pawedly?) solved our neighbour’s mouse problem in three days. One rat per week is not impressive, sorry.

    Now, if only he would catch the mice living inside the house instead of just the ones living outside…

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   JetJackson

    Targeted advertising is doing it’s job on pan with an ad for this appearing on this post

    Meanwhile I think has the perfect solution for cat problems…

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   TippingCows

    I saw “white kitty” an automatically thought of … yeah, you know what I was thinking. Perverts.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 10:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   ashmeadow

    Of course people complain about white kitty. White kitty’s not scary enough. None of the neighbors want to cross black kitty’s path, though.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   shwonline bang

    White kitty’s real name? Vanilla Mice.

    Sep 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   Kate

      Mice, mice, baby. Da dum.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #29.2   Mo®

      Stop, Listen, Collaborate.

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  • #30   Grant

    Hey! Just to let you know I saw some hood rat sneakin’ around your back windows, so I chased him off, but I got kind of caught short, so I crapped on your lawn.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   abasheldush

    I’m in favor of following Jim Carrey’s advice; poop on the lunatic’s lawn :-)

    Sep 3, 2010 at 3:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   Oink

    These people who mind cats pooing in their gardens – and to Edie who asked her neighbour to clean it up! – what do you think of the birds? Who do you complain to then?

    My goodness, I only wish my cats would go and poo in someone else’s garden… :)

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:17 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   modernmoron

      Lol, when bird poo in my yard matches the size and smell of a small toddler’s, I’ll let you know.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 9:27 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   modernmoron

      Additionally, when the birds pooing in my lawn are someone else’s property, I’ll also let you know.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 9:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   Joe

    We had a neighbour like that too, so we got one of those big high-pressure water guns (Well, it was more like a water rifle really) and whenever we saw the cat in our garden, we’d shoot it with that. After about three times it got the message and never set foot in our garden again.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 5:08 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   GhostWriter bang

      We’ve had good results using your technique as well- but instead of a high-pressure water gun, we use a high-pressure air rifle.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 7:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #33.2   The voice of... James Mason

      F*&% that, a bazooka works wonders! Your weapons are for pussies. Oh, wait… :-D

      Sep 3, 2010 at 10:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   Winston Smith

    That cat is probably not making a dent in the outdoor rat population.

    In fact the rats would be eating the cat food that selfish pet owner is leaving out for its cat.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 7:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   GhostWriter bang

    “He has also won first place at the Average Joe Cat Show, the last three years running.
    - Average Joe”

    Sep 3, 2010 at 7:41 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Sean Jungian

    What struck me about this letter was the mention that Maine coons were bred specifically to kill rats (and presumably other vermin). Isn’t that what ALL cats were domesticated for?

    I used to live in Bellevue (shudder) but now I live in a small rural town, where most people let their cats out at night. I never have had a problem with cat sh*t, but the frequency of dead birds in my yard in the mornings is a little astonishing.

    As for kids playing outside and coming across poop, well, in my experience its always been the sandboxes that attract cat defecation. I’ve never seen cat poop out on the grass, they seem to generally go on the edges and bury it.

    I dunno, we’re living in a society here. There’s a certain amount of other people’s (and their cats’) annoying sh*t up with which you have to put.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 7:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   Luna (the other one)

      Sean, the kind of person that would get that indignant about a request to clean up her cat’s poo is the kind of person that will continue handing out crap in greater amounts until someone calls her on it. The whole feel of the letter is one of entitlement. I’ll take some unintentional crap – it happens – but that lady truly believes that her cat’s desires outweigh her neighbor’s. Not cool.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.2   Sean Jungian

      Yeah, I see your point, but I’d be a lot more supportive of the submitter if it weren’t obvious to me that there are two clear douche-bitches involved in this PA catfight.

      I can understand white kitty’s owner writing her desperate rationalization letter because when a person gets called on something that embarrasses them they get defensive. That’s a given. The submitter seems a lot more PA to me than the clueless cat lady, she chased that info down going around the neighborhood and interviewing everyone to see if indeed the catlady’s assertion that no one minds was correct. Are you kidding me? Who does that? What is she doing, gathering witnesses for her trip to Judge Judy for the heinous Case of the Careless Cat Owner? It would be pretty obvious to a normal non-anal-retentive non-bitch that the catlady was just blathering out of defensiveness. Who needs to ferret out “the TRUTH” of her statement?

      These two deserve each other.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.3   Luna (the other one)

      I’ll give you that one, Sean. That does seem a little excessive. Although, I would definitely watch that episode of Judge Judy. Is that as sad as I think it is?

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.4   Kristen

      I agree with you Sean. I think both parties were being annoying. If the person posting as ‘Edie’ is the same ‘Edie’ that submitted then this is really a pets v. children issue.

      Edie thinks that the cat should not be allowed to enjoy the outside because that keeps her kids from enjoying the outside. And she can’t be bothered to make sure that the kids don’t play with crap.

      I think Judge Judy would agree that we should let nature take its course here. If the cat eats a diseased rat, it may die and the poop will go away. If Edie kid plays with poop and gets Toxoplasmosis, then that’s natures way of weeding out the week and stupid.

      I would also like to refer you to (not mine, just a fan): to read more posts by some entitled and bitchy parents.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 5:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.5   Luna (the other one)

      I disagree, Kristen, for one simple reason. It’s Edie’s yard. Regardless of why Edie doesn’t want cat crap in her yard, she has the right not to deal with it. If she wanted to deal with cat crap, I’m sure she would go out and get her own cat. As far as my yard is concerned, I reserve the right to shoot anything that wanders in, be it squirrels, birds, cats, dogs, children or nosy neighbors.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.6   April

      Luna is absolutely right. It is about respecting other’s property. I don’t let my kids take a crap on your lawn so keep your damn cat off mine.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.7   Sean Jungian

      @Kristen – yes, stfuparents is hilarious, I have that one in my favorites. See also:

      Sep 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.8   TippingCows

      There can be no frequency of dead birds, unless they are emitting radio signals or something. Just saying.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 8:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.9   Sean Jungian

      Oh, TippingCows, I’m so sorry you dropped out of public school before 7th grade English, or you’d know:

      noun ˈfrē-kwən(t)-sē
      plural fre·quen·cies
      Definition of FREQUENCY
      : the fact or condition of occurring frequently

      i.e., dead birds appear in my yard with surprisingly high frequency, not emitting radio waves.

      This is what happens when you go to technical school. So sorry, your job opportunities must be very limited. But thanks for playing along at home and sharing your ignorance with us! Feel free to try again anytime.

      Sep 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #36.10   Bellabeastie

      S.J.– I like “ferret out the truth” – because I had a ferret, and and they will, whether you like it or not. They are sweet but especially stinky. So- she never killed a rat or my cat. But she found things I thought were lost forever. I’ll take my long-lost jade ring over a dead mouse anytime. BTW-no stinky poop.

      Sep 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   GhostWriter bang

    White Kitty?
    Do I know your sister Black Betty?

    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    White Kitty caught a rat (awesome cat)
    So don’t mind his crap (awesome cat)
    Coon Cat from Maine (awesome cat)
    Rat killing’s his fame (awesome cat)
    Said whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)

    -Guitar Break-

    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    He don’t wear no collar (awesome cat)
    He got the mole in my side yard (awesome cat)
    He won first place (awesome cat)
    Shot’s are up-to-date (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)

    -Guitar Break-
    Get It?
    -Guitar Break-

    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    He’s always bringin’ home a rat (awesome cat)
    He’s a Maine Coon Cat (awesome cat)
    Quit your complainin’ (awesome cat)
    Rat infestation (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)
    Whoa, White Kitty (awesome cat)

    Sep 3, 2010 at 8:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Savannah

      I sing a version of this song to my cat all the time. I only sing the chorus, though, and his name is “black kitty.” Well, his name is actually Luke Skywalker, but I forget that most of the time.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.2   Savannah

      Oh, and he’s just an average cat that doesn’t poop in other people’s yards.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #37.3   Bunnee

      We also sing a version of this to my cat, only we say “fat kitty”….

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  • #38   Savannah

    There was horse poop in my yard yesterday when I got home from work. I don’t own a horse. It really baffles me. I’m beginning to think it’s a message from someone, but don’t they normally leave angry notes with that type of message?

    Sep 3, 2010 at 8:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   Kimmpie

      If they were trying to leave a message, wouldn’t it have been a horse’s head? Though those are generally deemed more effective when left in a bed not a yard. or so I’ve been told…

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.2   Nahhh bang

      Horse poop is great fertilizer: it’s a gift! Spread it around…

      Cats and dogs, on the other hand, are carnivores whose poop can kill plants.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 8:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #39   ariane

    The poor cat with no name is trying to teach its owner to hunt. By bringing home that one rat a week, it’s trying to encourage the crazy cat lady to get out there and kill a few rats herself.

    Crazy cat lady probably thinks she is “respecting her cat’s dignity” by not giving it a name other than colour designation. Uh-huh. Takes all kinds. I guess White Kitty is marginally better than I guy I knew who numbered his cats (he was up to 5 when I knew him)–but only marginally.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 9:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   Sean Jungian

      We always just called our cats “Cat” or “the cat”.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 9:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #40   1948goa

    Poor white kitties die young because of cancer that hits their vulnerable unprotected fair skin.
    Let WHITE KITTY live in peace and chase rats for that short while that is his life.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 9:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #41   North

    Not to mention that white kitty will probably hemorrhage out from eating poisoned rats..
    Team Anti-toxoplasmosis.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:07 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #42   Edwina the Defrocked Nun

    White kitty’s owner can laud white kitty to the skies, the fact remains white kitty poops on lawns and people want the poop removed.

    Owner is missing the point here, and someone in the neighborhood (like, everyone who got a note on their door) ought to re-direct owner to the gist of the issue, backed up by a copy of the Bellevue nuisance ordinance.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 11:15 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #42.1   1948goa

      Why are we always complaining about kitties and doggies poop ? There is nothing more “ecological” than that!
      Long live poop ! Down with wobbling two legged beings who forgot that their grandparents spent their winters in warm cow sheds surrounded by muck to keep warm and cosy.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #42.2   Luna (the other one)

      Cows poop grass. It’s good fertilizer and fuel. Dogs and cats poop stinky meat crap. It kills plants and breeds disease. I’ll take bullsh*t over cat crap any day.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #42.3   1948goa

      My flowerbeds are manured with my cat’s and dog’s poop and the flowers are gorgeous and beautifuly scented.
      It’s nature, dear friend that does all tricks, whilst our brain messes up all that is quite simple like dog’s and cat’s poop.
      P.S.: have you have smelled a cow poop? Rotten grass, aaaaaaaaagh !

      Sep 6, 2010 at 2:05 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #43   mamason bang

    Am I the only one who thinks it’s funny that the Maine Coon’s name is White Kitty?

    Sep 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   Luna (the other one)

      No, I think it’s pretty hilarious, however, based on some of the stupid things I’ve named my animals, I really didn’t feel I had any room to talk. :)

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.2   anglophile bang

      Honky would have also been funny.

      *files away name idea for next kitty*

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.3   Mo®

      *stolen idea*
      *Names feral cat hanging around under the workshop*

      Sep 3, 2010 at 3:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #44   Other Julie bang

    When I was a youth we had cats named Bitty and Kitty who were similarly talented. The neighbor across the street complained to us on a number of occassions. My parents, being dirty hippies, thought the cat should be free to do as he pleased. It was shortly after this that Kitty, along with a number of other neighborhood cats, Mysteriously Dissapeared. I am not sure how Bitty managed to evade capture but the defining feature that set him apart from the vanished cats was his consierable size, leading me to believe that he was possibly too fat for the cat trap.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 1:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Other Julie bang

      I should clarify here that when I say they were “similarly talented” I mean they were well known for crapping under the neighbors’ window boxes. Their skill at rodent catching was not so widely celebrated.

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #44.2   Mo®

      Ah! Fat Freddy’s Cat!

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #44.3   Luna (the other one)

      But Julie, were they exceptional at being “average”? I hear that’s quite a big deal…

      Sep 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #45   Cady

    Whoop-dee-shit. I still don’t want it pooping on my lawn.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #46   Madrias

    Your cat poops on my lawn, I poop in your lawn. Ultimate act of passive aggression.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #47   BrookeDiz bang

    White Kitty + colostomy = problem solved.


    Sep 3, 2010 at 7:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #48   basherbasher

    Dear Neighbor,

    Today, I was visiting a neighbor who lives approximately 2 blocks away.

    That neighbor told that their area has a huge stray cat infestation. Yes, just two blocks away, there is a huge stray cat infestation!!!

    I know you like to complain about Black Dog barking sometimes, but you need to know he catches and brings me what’s left of at least one stupid stray cat a week, sometimes 2-3. He even bit a crazy cat lady who was letting her cat shit in my yard last week (he got two Milk Bones for that one).

    I wish you would stop being so negative about Black Dog and appreciate the fact – yes FACT – THAT BLACK DOG IS KEEPING THE STUPID CAT POPULATION IN YOUR YARD UNDER CONTROL.

    Black dog is a fuckin’ mutt, and wasn’t bred to do a damned thing but aggresively guard my shit (especially my yard), and kill stupid cats. He’s really good at it… Mean-assed, Olympic-level feline slaughtering skills… He’s the friggin’ Bode Miller of cat termination…

    Black Dog does wear a collar with his name and my contact information, but he stays in his own fucking yard so it really doesn’t matter. If he ever does escape, don’t worry, he loves people (unless, of course, you smell like cats and let your cat shit in “his” territory, in which case you’d better be fast or tough). He just hates cats. Especially those insipid “Maine Coons”.


    Sep 3, 2010 at 8:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #49   NoAdditives

    As a loving cat owner, I keep my two cats indoors. They have a much longer lifespan when kept indoors and it is not at all cruel. They don’t mind a bit and even when doors are open they never try to go out. They often walk to the doorstep to take a peek outside, but they never actually go out. And they did actually have the “freedom” to go outside when I lived at my grandma’s farm. But living in a suburban area they are smart enough to know it’s safer indoors. They’ll never get hit by a car, and won’t be exposed to fatal diseases. I don’t see how that’s cruel.

    And yes, toxoplasmosis is incredibly dangerous for pregnant women and young children. Any cat who eats wild animals can have it. That means that any cat who goes outdoors and is smart enough to hunt can transmit it. That should not be someone else’s problem. If I were gardening, came across a cat’s poop, contracted toxoplasmosis and my baby turned out to be blind, deaf, or worse, I had a miscarriage, I’d end up hating my neighbor’s cats.

    Finally, Maine Coons were not bred by humans. They were just regular cats brought over from England that ended up wild in Maine. They evolved on their own to be huge, have long fluffy tails and a chirpy, trilling voice. Sadly, most Maine Coons being bred today are not nearly as large as they used to be, but any responsible breeder will at least strongly recommend the cats be kept indoors or in an enclosed space outdoors for their own safety.

    Sep 3, 2010 at 10:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #49.1   Stinky bang

      Okay – I don’t get this whole hysteria about toxoplasmosis. I have two indoor cats, and I clean up their shit. But I don’t EAT their shit. What the hell are these pregnant ladies doing? Is cat shit some kind of weird preggo craving?

      Sep 4, 2010 at 11:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #49.2   Stinky bang

      Also – pregnant ladies should not fly on airplanes. If the plane crashed, the baby might get hurt.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 11:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #49.3   Sean Jungian

      @Stinky – no one has to eat it, the taxoplasmosis organism can become airborne.

      Still, it is a pretty low-incidence disease, so I’m with you on the overdone outrage.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #49.4   Stinky bang

      sean, thanks for the props. My understanding is that toxo is a parasite – unless you dry the cat poop and grind in into a fine powder, it’s not going to become airborne.

      Sep 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #49.5   1948goa

      Dear NoAdditives,
      have you ever counted how many deseases you may catch when gardening ? A whole Bible of them.
      If you are so scared of disease, pleas stop gardening.

      Sep 7, 2010 at 2:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #50   dragontoy

    white kitty is all lower case. Sort of like k.d. lang. Maybe it’s really white k.d.?

    Sep 4, 2010 at 12:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #51   Canthz_B bang

    I like the note writer.

    Like any true friend, she’s defending her ace boon coon.

    Sep 4, 2010 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #52   I don't know any crazy people like this

    I don’t think “Edie” is telling us all of the story; there’s something just slightly “off” about it… Anyway, letting your cat outside without a collar? Not cool.

    Also, if you’d let your dog kill and eat a cat? I hope you die in a car fire. I hope you roast and die, screaming in pain, smelling your own flesh crinkle and peel away. Have a nice time in hell.

    Sep 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #52.1   Canthz_B bang

      You’re so much nicer than someone whose dog kills a cat. Nothing crazy about you! ;-)

      Sep 5, 2010 at 3:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #52.2   TippingCows

      If my dog were that vicious, I would not get in the way of him/her killing a cat that stepped into my yard. Of course my dogs are both indoor dogs that are incredibly lazy and crave constant human attention. But still … ever try to get in the way of two dogs that don’t like each other? I’d rather not lose my hand, thank you very much.

      Sep 5, 2010 at 12:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #52.3   Spooky

      “I would not get in the way of him/her killing a cat that stepped into my yard. ”

      I hope you and/or your dogs get savaged by a large animal.

      Actually, not your dogs, just you. It’s not their fault their owner is a scumbag.

      Sep 14, 2010 at 9:25 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #53   Cati

    Well, this is a delicate subject. I now have a cat and even though I have a small backyard I also know she can run away when she wants to because of the building an fencing (it’s impossible to close the area so she won’t be out).
    BUT here’s the thing: my cat has a litter tray in the backyard and that is the one and only place she uses to poop.
    The neighbourhood cats have been coming to MY backyard to poop for YEARS now, since the house used to be closed 4 years ago. I haven’t found a way to make them stop, and I was very pissed at having to clean bags full of smelly cat poop out of my roof, patio, backyard & plants without having a cat on my own. Now that I have one I wonder if said cats have litter trays at home since my little girl won’t poop outside the box.
    I think those cats poop in my patio because they consider that to be part of their territory. Now they’re facing a war because my cat considers that her territory.
    What I’m trying to say is: I’m ok with cleaning my cat’s poop because hey, I got myself into this. But having to clean someone else’s mascot feces off my yard is just disgusting.

    Sep 6, 2010 at 10:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #54   Parvaneh

    I am really amazed by how much cat negativity is going on here. I am also from washington state and it’s really pretty normal in seattle and bellevue for there to be several indoor/outdoor cats on any block and almost none of them wear collars. There are also some feral cats, but in 24 years living in Seattle with cats consistently living in my yard (including my own cat), I have seen cat poop maybe three times.

    Currently I am living in Turkey so the entire idea of having indoor cats seems very silly. There are stray cats everywhere and they are all well fed, mostly friendly, and astonishingly, there is no poop. There are also lots of stray dogs, who are also mostly friendly, well fed, and don’t poop all over the place. People clean the streets daily (or several times daily) anyway, so poop gets cleaned up quickly. Even cats with owners simply wander the streets. Cat food is just left out, and people feed the cats at restaurants. More people like cats than dogs, actually, since according to certain muslim sects, dogs are considered dirty, while the prophet loved cats. But regardless, the quality of life for both dogs and cats here is pretty good, and many cats and dogs are well into their teen years.

    I strongly feel that the way a culture, as a whole, treats its animals says a lot about the place. These very angry threats people are making of either killing cats or having their dogs kill cats is really disturbing to me in that context.

    Sep 8, 2010 at 6:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #54.1   Ashes

      Please STFU you poofer.

      Sep 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #55   fizzle

    So. I actually volunteered with Purrfect Pals, the rescue group that puts together the Average Joe Cat Show. There IS NO FIRST PLACE. Someone’s a-lyin’. EVERY cat wins something at the AJCS, be it “Blackest Kitty,” “Kitty with the Shortest Tail,” or “Most Ordinary Cat.” They basically make up a title for every cat, and every owner gets a ribbon. This lady is just friggin’ crazy.

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:27 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #56   JoshD

    Can we get white kitty to take care of that damn white rabbit while he is at it?

    Sep 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #57   Green

    Hurting the cat’s not the solution, it’s not really the cat’s fault. I might get the rest of the neighborhood together and have this lady sit down with a lawyer if the shit keeps appearing in our yards though.

    She wasn’t even told to keep her cat inside or anything. She was told to clean up its mess. A responsible pet owner is responsible for their pets.

    Sep 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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  • #59   Alex

    First of all, rat traps do not leave poop. Sounds like an excellent alternative. Second of all, hosing down loose animals who clean themselves with their tongues with a large tank squirt gun filled with very watered down ammonia (so it won’t clog up the gun) is an excellent method to ensure they learn not to set foot anywhere near your yard.

    Oct 7, 2010 at 7:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #60   Steve

    For the record, the Average Joe Cat Show the crazy cat lady wrote about is a meaningless show where every participant wins. The AJCS is actually nothing more than a fundraiser for a local cat shelter, Purrfect Pals, an organization that advocates keeping cats safely INDOORS.

    Oct 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #61   Alyssa

    I have another solution to rats… Pest control.

    Solution for the cat poo? Gather it all up and throw it at her door step.

    Also, if an animal (pet or not) is on your property, you can kill it legally in most states.

    You could look into that.

    You can also trap it, and call animal control.

    I have an owner upstairs (apt complex) who is pretty similar. However, her cat poops/pisses outside my windows, rips my screens off to try to attack my cat (I have an infant human baby), and it meows at my front door and annoying hours. She doesn’t seem to care that her cat is endangering my cat, and baby and destroying my property. Why? Because “cats are supposed to be outside”. Even though in this state, domestic pets are to be kept inside, and if a pound gets them, you have to pay $150 to get it back. So, I am waiting to hear back from animal control, since it is a holiday weekend.

    People really need to get off of their high horses and realize that where ever their cat goes, they are responsible for it.

    Because if it gets into my apt again, I am getting it put down.

    Nov 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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