A Snowball’s chance

November 20th, 2013 · 205 comments

Our unapologetic submitter, Patrick from Orlando, Florida, says he’s always been more of a dog person. One day, he says, “I got fed up with the perpetual harassment of this neighborhood cat: getting into my trash, jumping onto my car, and might have even given me ringworm once.” His response?

I have shitty owners who don't feed me and let me run wild so I harass the neighbors. Signed, Snowball

Adds Patrick: “Crazy cat ladies must have some sort of sixth sense because I had an angry visitor at my front door within 15 minutes. To this day, Snowball still roams free.”

Snowball

related: The story of STUPID CAT

extra credit: Call for Cat Curfew [thecourier.com.au]

FILED UNDER: cats · neighbors · Orlando


205 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Happy Pants

    I’ll take a passive aggressive note over harm coming to the cat anyday. There are a lot of sickos out there who would hurt him, so props to Patrick.

    - A Crazy Cat Lady who keeps her cats Indoors

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm   rating: 153  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Kicky

      Amen, my fluffy overlord stays inside as well.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm   rating: 48  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   another crazy cat lady

      Mine stay inside too. Cats shouldn’t be allowed to roam outdoors in any area with more population density than a farming community.

      I second the props to Patrick. Snowball’s owners are shitty indeed.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm   rating: 32  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   dom

      I’ll huff and puff over my frustration with the neighbours cats ruining my garden/shitting in my yard but really the worse I would do is a watergun with food dye in it.

      Maybe if particularly concerned over the cat itself I will take it to RSPCA

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:33 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   teresasbell

      like Albert said I am surprised that a single mom able to profit $5317 in four weeks on the internet. this website ………… Cort.as/6lNW

      Dec 3, 2013 at 7:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   Limeliberator

    Lose the collar and take it to the pound.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Elle Oh Elle

      Actually, the cat being alive and free does not actual constitute cause for imprisoning (and often killing) these beings. I’d rather take you to the pound.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 1:57 pm   rating: 165  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   Happy Pants

      I love all animals. Cats, dogs, bunnies, lizards. This Brown Bear don’t care.

      I assume Limeliberator you’re a “dog” person.

      Going by your logic people should be able to shoot dogs for being dogs and barking.

      Disgusting.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm   rating: 50  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   H for Toy

      I never understood this: if I destroy your property, I get in trouble. If my dog destroys your property, both my dog and I face consequences. If a cat destroys your property, it lives to destroy your property again tomorrow. Cats are The Illuminati.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm   rating: 117  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   BDC

      Actually, Elle oh Elle, lots of pounds don’t put down “found” animals any more. They hold them for a while (usually five business days, in my experience) and then put out pictures online, and local no-kill rescue centers can ask for them OR a person who sees the picture (and sometimes they include a little bit about their temperament as well) can adopt them. Yeah, taking a neighbor’s pet to the pound and pretending you don’t know where it comes from is definitely a dick move, I agree, but it probably wouldn’t result in the cat’s death at least.

      The right thing to do is call animal control, tell them the cat’s a pest but not violent, and ask them to send someone to talk to the owners. If they feel like they need to, they’ll take the cat. It can take the better part of a week (again, where I live) but it happens. (My aunt’s neighbors did that once with her St. Bernard, because he kept stealing tomatoes and the neighbors were worried he wasn’t being fed. Turns out he was just using them as balls. He was weird. My aunt bought the neighbors a new plant and plant cages, everyone went home happy except the dog.)

      Nov 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   TKD

      What if my dog acts more like a cat than a dog? Which side of the law does that fall? I’m not sure if I should shoot her, send her out to harass the neighbors or lock her in the house and resign myself to a life of poo servitude. Sigh…

      Nov 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   warns

      Uhhh no, sentencing the cat to death is not a reasonable solution. It’s a really cruel solution infact.

      And BDC, that’s a cute sentiment if you live in an area that has well funded no kill shelters or foster networks that can take in endless pets. Most areas don’t. The ones who get saved are still the lucky ones, it’s sad, but it is the truth.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm   rating: 49  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   Jami

      For goodness sakes, you can find a no kill shelter if you just do some research.

      As for taking the cat to the pound – I’d only do that if the cat is violent like the one we used to have wandering around. Non-violent cat I’d try to return to the owners if it has a tag. If not, then yes, shelter. It’s their own fault for not making kitty wear a collar and tag.

      Outdoor cats should only be out in the country where you need them for pest control. Suburbs and cities, keep the kitty indoors!

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:34 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Ashli Graham

      Sure you can find a no-kill shelter… good luck finding one with SPACE to take in new animals…

      Nov 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   Catburglar

      BDC, *most* shelters do not have a no-kill policy. Many will only hold a cat for a couple of days, if that. Calling the pound is never a good idea unless you can live with the distinct possibility that the cat that’s bothering you will pay for “jumping on your car” with its life. Better to talk to the cats owner, or even leave a note on its collar, and also look up ways to discourage cats from being on your property. Lots of info about that on the internet.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 6:16 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   JoDa

      There is a fifth way. Call animal control. Tell them your neighbor’s cat (or dog, or rhino) is loose and causing havoc, but you’re having trouble wrangling it to get it home (white lie is okay, in this case). Give them the address of the owner and the location of the pet. Trust me, having animal control show up on their doorstep with their pet, asking if this is going to be a routine thing, does a lot more than any note or even personal conversation will. Especially if you’re in a jurisdiction that fines owners for letting their pets run loose (ours gives one warning, and then it’s a $50 fine for subsequent calls…trust me, the officer will let the owners know that they will be fined in the future).

      Or the 6th way. As I believe I’ve mentioned here before, my dog thinks cats look like tasty snacks. So, I just leave a note on the door of the offender telling them that my dog almost killed their cat in my yard (again, I might not be telling the truth here), and if they want fluffums to live a long and healthy life free of dog bites, they’ll keep it inside.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   Belle

      Oh, nice! Consign the cat to certain death because its owners are irresponsible. I’m glad I’m not one of your neighbors.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.12   dom

      The fuck is wrong with you Elle Oh Elle.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:35 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.13   sub

      For some reason, I found myself reading the above as if it were homologous to “The force is strong with this one.”

      Made about as much sense that way.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:00 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.14   limeliberator

      Oh come on people! I’m not an ogre. As soon as I got done dropping it off at the shelter, I’d let her know where her precious snowball went. She deserves the inconvenience of having to pay to retrieve her pet to snap her out of her sense of entitlement. If telling someone flat out and then leaving them a note doesn’t wake them up, they need to be handled more drastically. And it’s not that I’m a dog person, I just feel about people’s pets the same way that I do about their children. If they can’t rein them in when they’re out in public, they should keep them in their house. It’s a cruel world kids.

      Nov 26, 2013 at 9:51 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.15   BDC

      …I never said taking it to the pound was the right thing to do, in fact I said it was a dick move, and that the way to handle a pesky but non-violent animal wasn’t the pound but animal control, which is a different entity. But the pound isn’t an automatic death sentence, either. It’s not like they take them straight from the truck to the room where they euthanize them. I’m aware most pounds aren’t no-kill, but that doesn’t mean they don’t give it their best to find a home for them. And I don’t exactly live in a super well-to-do area, just in an area where the people who work (well, volunteer) at the humane society, animal control, and the pound do it because they love the animals, and therefore want to help them. It’s not a “cute sentiment,” it’s basic logic–no one is going to spend hours they aren’t being paid for somewhere around animals that are loud, sometimes untrained, and even if they’re well cared for have that “animals in groups” smell unless they truly love the little hairballs. I mean, I’m pretty sure the volunteers bend a few rules–taking an animal home with them if they pass the time limit on finding a rescue shelter or a new owner, “losing” the intake paperwork on an animal to buy an animal a few more days if something’s lined up but it won’t go through until the animal’s time is up, whatever, but for the most part, they just bust their ass to get the animal somewhere without a time limit.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   CatBooter

    I’m 99% sure Patrick and I live(d) in The same Orlando neighborhood. This cat is a holy terror. My neighbor and I called her Boo. She once tried to attack my Pomeranian when she was outside to do her business. I booted that beast across the street. Then a few weeks later I saw her get in a huge fight with another cat and was wounded. Someone called animal control but they didn’t take her away. This thing is left outside all day and night and the owners leave food out on the step.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:09 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Catburglar

      So, you know this cat is neglected, and gets wounded by other cats, but its a “thing” to you – you have no empathy at all. There are people who care about cats – maybe you should get in touch with them and see if they will rehome the “thing” so you don’t have pretend you don’t know it’s suffering.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Iwill FindU

      Well I don’t pretend to like cats what is point in owning the animal if you’re only going to leave it outside 24/7 and not take proper care of it? It seems like a big dick move to take on the responsibility of another life and then decide later f-this I changed my mind, my neighbors can deal with my “pet”.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   Anora

      catburglar probably lets their cat outside to terrorise the world and is so! confused! about people not approving or loving cats like they do!

      Take some responsibility for your pet, keep it indoors in cities/suburbs and stop trying to blame others for not caring after your pet

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:38 am   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   looopy

      @BDC, are you kidding me? Shelters put down cats and dogs every single day.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Belle

      Exactly. We do have a no-kill shelter (humane society) in our area, but it’s frequently filled to capacity, especially with kittens/cats. The only other alternative is the city shelter & it’s considerably smaller than the humane society one. In most cases dogs/cats are put down 5-7 days after being received unless they’re claimed or adopted.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:20 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   a*p

      How do you know that cat is “owned”? Maybe the people in the house are just feeding it out of pity. It sounds pretty wild.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 8:04 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   BDC

      looopy, …Yeah. I meant to say most pounds don’t AUTOMATICALLY put down “found” animals or strays. (They’re “found” if they have a collar with no tags, but strays if they aren’t. Whatever.) They way it works in my county is that strays are held for five business days to see if they’re claimed, and on the fourth and fifth days they start calling local no-kill centers. On that sixth business day, their time restarts and they have… ten or fifteen business days to get them to a no-kill shelter before they go on the “list,” which is animals that are put down if the pound gets more than so many over capacity. (It’s a low number, like five animals over or something.) For surrendered pets, they don’t go through that hold period, but there are five more business days to get them somewhere before they go on “the list.” So the animal has almost a month before they’re put down. I know it happens, but it doesn’t always happen automatically, was what I meant.

      Nov 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   H for Toy

    I’m assuming the cat is “harassing” the neighbors, but I don’t want to jump to any conclusions. It looks more like haass. Maybe it’s halfass, as in, “I totally half-assed it in handwriting class.”

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   it's naptime

      Maybe it’s an ambulatory avocado.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Djagir

      That would totally be the pits.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:50 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   elongated bowl

    If he hated the cat, rather than taking the time to catch it, write a note and attach it with a bagtie, why didn’t Patrick just arrange a little accident for sweet little Snowball?

    On a non related point, shouldn’t a cat named Snowball be white?

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   juju_skittles

      Maybe the owners are being “ironic” with the name, and with letting the cat be outdoors all the time.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 5:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.2   redheadwglasses

      The Simpsons’ all-black cat is named “snowball.”

      Nov 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.3   Simpson Fan

      Actually, the all-black cat is Snowball II. The original Snowball (or Snowball I) was a white cat.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #5.4   AuntyBron

      It’s pure as the driven slush.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 10:34 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #6   TKD

    Jami, quick, let’s migrate our debate over here before the cat people show up and the comments get locked out.

    “You can prevent your Outdoor Jesus from becoming feral by using the catch, neuter and release method. And if you constantly sin in your own home, he will be too busy saving your soul to bother the neighbor’s pigs. Besides, lepers walking about the countryside are a nuisance anyway. I should know, I get paid to deal with all the unwanted lepers that are carelessly released into the environment.”

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   Snowflame

      And if someone else’s Jesus comes through the deityflap to shit on your rug, is it a sin to squirt him in the face with a waterpistol?

      Nov 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   shwo! bang

      Hey, you leave your deityflap open, you’re going to get deities.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:36 pm   rating: 41  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.3   Jami

      “But then you’ll have strange women washing your Jesus’ feet and drying it with their own hair!”

      (Dear God, I actually have to try and remember my Bible for this. And not mix it up with Jesus Christ Superstar!)

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.4   Snowflame

      Uh, Shwo? Is it just me or does that sound incredibly….dirty.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.5   Pit Pat

      Bahahahaha!!! I was just listening to Jesus Christ Superstar a few days ago. It’s so good!!

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.6   Pit Pat

      Dear God, it’s me, Jami. When do I get to play “Spin the Bottle?”

      Nov 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.7   Jami

      Forget that nonsense. Dear God, it’s me, Jami. Can you please hurry time up so we can get to the 12th Doctor already? I’m anxious to have for the first time in years a Doctor I find sexually attractive at the helm of the TARDIS instead of all these little boys.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:20 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.8   H for Toy

      You didn’t like David Tennant?

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:35 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.9   Jami

      I wasn’t sexually attracted to David Tennant. There’s a difference. I like his acting, I don’t want to sleep with him.

      Heck, if you gave me a choice between snogging 10, Jack Harkness, or River Song, I’d pick River.

      Granted, even though I’m straight I’d have a hard time telling River no in any circumstance.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 7:45 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.10   Pit Pat

      I was reeeeaaaally hoping for Idris Elba, but alas.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 8:43 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.11   H for Toy

      I hate, hate, HATE River! I love David Tennant. I wouldn’t mind spending time with Chris Eccleston either. Matt Smith, not so much. Jack Harkness is way too pretty, in my opinion. Funny, though.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.12   Jami

      Jack’s too young for me.

      I hate Rose and Clara myself. Apathetic about Amy. Love Martha. Adore Donna. Miss Sarah Jane as she was my first companion.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:41 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.13   H for Toy

      Donna is my favorite. Love her! I’ve only seen what I can get on Netflix, so I’m behind and haven’t met Clara yet. Disliked Martha, liked Rose, and was also apathetic about Amy. We don’t seem to agree on much, except that we love the show :) I still love you. You’d make an excellent companion!

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:16 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.14   Crystal

      I LOVE River, love Donna, kind of love Amy, am apathetic of Martha, don’t like Rose and dislike Clara.

      And I’d sleep with any doctor, because he’s the flipping Doctor. Even William Hartnell. I’d just convince myself I was being kinky.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.15   Pit Pat

      OY!!!

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.16   Jami

      My first Doctor was 4, Tom Baker. My 2nd was 3, Jon Pertwee. PBS ran the episodes a bit out of order. *grumbles*

      Then they went and replaced Doctor Who with Barney that fucking purple menace. Wish the Daleks would come exterminate him.

      Both Rose and Clara remind me of “Mary Sues” – everyone loves them. (Heck, even a Dalek ended up with feelings for Rose!) The lead was absorbed with them. They were always perfect. Martha at least had the unrequited love going for her and then finally she said to herself, “Screw this, I’m out of here!” And Donna – got to love her sass. Plus I can totally relate to her low self esteem issues.

      Maybe I should change the Indoor/Outdoor Jesus debate into an Indoor/Outdoor companion debate. It’s been a long time since I’ve read the Bible after all.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.17   H for Toy

      Haha. I must like Rose because I can relate to everyone liking me, and men being completely absorbed with me ;) well now, that makes me completely unlike able, doesn’t it? Seriously, maybe it was because she was my first foray into Dr Who. I loved Donna’s attitude and she was down-to-earth and relatable. I’d certainly rather talk about The Doctor than cats, that’s for sure!

      Crystal, I can relate. I told my husband that if the Doctor ever showed up at my house and wanted me to join him, I’d wish husband all the best, and I’d see him in a few years. My husband pointed out that the Doctor never took married mothers of young children with him. I told him to shut it.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 1:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.18   Jami

      Judging with what he did in regards to Amy & Rory he’d probably take your entire family. Husband, kids, pets, etc.

      Your kids will have a hell of a history and science education.

      Right now I can’t think of any of the Doctors I’d sleep with. In all honesty, I very, very rarely experience sexual attraction to anyone I kind of wonder if I’m not asexual. I can still appreciate a good looking man *coughRufusSewellcough* but doesn’t mean I actually want to sleep with them.

      We’ll see when Peter takes over though. So far he fits my physical ideal for a man. Tall, not overly muscular, older than me, a bit of grey in the hair – but you know, I really have a thing for men with big noses and his just isn’t big enough.

      Yes, I am that girl who’d run off with Cyrano de Bergerac and tell Christian to kiss my butt goodbye.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.19   The Elf

      This conversation gives whole new meaning to “playing Doctor”.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.20   Geek Goddess

      David Tennant in a slightly different, and very funny role. You will appreciate it even more if you check out some of Catherine Tate’s other ‘Lauren Cooper’ sketches.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxB1gB6K-2A

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.21   Pit Pat

      H for Toy, um, are you my “human motion activated” friend IRL?? (who told her husband the very same thing about the Dr). THAT would be funny.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.22   H for Toy

      Put Pat, I’ve always thought it would be funny if I was commenting all this time with a real life friend, and never knew it, but I’ve never been “human motion activated,” so I don’t think that’s me. There are just plenty of married women who would leave their husbands for the Doctor!

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:46 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.23   Pit Pat

      Ha! She also has young kids, so I thought *maybe*. She only becomes human-motion activated after a few drinks. It’s something to behold…

      I would probably leave for him too. I would definitely leave for Angel, though that would be rather anti-climactic.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 9:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.24   Snowflame

      26 hours to the 50th Anniversary episode….can’t wait!

      Also, while I’m not sexually attracted to any of them, my wife and I do have an “Opportunity to travel in the TARDIS” clause in our relationship. It very nearly made it into our wedding vows. :)

      Nov 22, 2013 at 11:44 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.25   Jami

      I’m going to be at work during the first showing. I hope I can catch the repeat later on. I STILL haven’t seen that one where it shows Clara telling One to take a specific TARDIS.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.26   H for Toy

      My husband and I didn’t start getting into Doctor Who until we’d been married for almost 8 years, so it didn’t get into our wedding vows, but I’m actually hoping that Jami is right, and the Doctor will take the whole family, if the opportunity ever arises. My kids even like to watch the older series.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.27   Pit Pat

      My kids (6 and 9) are interested, and I could only come up with two episodes (from the newer series) that would be suitable for them. We have watched the one about WWII, Churchill, and the Daleks, and they loved it. The other one I thought would be fine is the one about the weight loss treatment and the fat aliens that run away. I think the other episodes would be too scary or boring for them (the ones that are a little too sophisticated or complicated). Oh well, it gives them something to look forward to.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.28   Jami

      Saw DOTD last night.

      *runs around hysterically* FOUR! FOURFOURFOURFOURFOURFOUR!

      Now I know where scientist “Yes” got her fabulous scarf!

      Nov 24, 2013 at 1:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   Avi

    I fail to see how “jumping” on a car constitutes cat “harassment”. It’s also exceedingly unlikely to get ringworm from a cat that doesn’t spend time in your house. (The trash, however, sounds like a problem.)

    I lived in a neighborhood with a very polite and friendly neighborhood kitty who would occasionally sun himself on top of my car. It would occasionally meow at me requesting attention. I just thought it was cute. I saw someone throw a rock at it once when it meowed. People are assholes.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm   rating: 72  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   LemonDrops

      I’m not sure it constitutes harassment, but the kitty prints all over the hood and roof of my car from the neighborhood feral cat is quite annoying.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:54 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Simpson Fan

      Ever had a cat dent your hood (or roof) from sunning itself? I have. This is why it is harassment.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 7:10 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   kermit

      Simpson, was your car made out of sardine cans?

      If your car could really be dented by something that weighs, 10lb (or less) chances are anything even remotely grazing it (you, your neighbor, random people in the parking lot) could have dented your car instead of a cat. Come on.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.4   Ash

      I have scratches on the hood and roof of my car from my neighbors cats.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.5   Simpson Fan

      My last cat weighed about 20 pounds was only about 5 pounds overweight because it was naturally a BIG cat. Yes, cats can be much smaller, but another BIG cat (that was just fat) dented the hood of my cheap small car.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:53 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.6   Domnito

      Neighbour’s cat harasses my chickens. They’re penned up and hopefully safe, but I can’t promise I’ll be sad if the blasted thing gets run over on the VERY busy road we all live next to.

      I yell and chase the thing, have spoken to the owners about it but the persist in letting it roam outside all day every day. If it tries to get my chicks when they hatch, it is going to the pound.

      My pets > their pet

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:42 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.7   kermit

      I’m having a hard time picturing how a 20 lb cat can even have the fortitude to jump on top of a car. If a cat is that obese, then their mobility is greatly reduced, but whatever.

      Consider yourself lucky that the fatso didn’t crap on your car and/or deposit a turd inside, if you may have left any windows open.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 4:15 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.8   uncreative

      20 pounds for a cat isn’t necessarily obese. I used to live with a cat who was 20 or 21 pounds. He was about 3 pounds heavier than the vet thought was ideal, but he didn’t look fat. He had a fair bit of muscle, despite being an indoor-only cat. He was just a large cat. Not a main coon, and he was probably a mix of things since he was rescued as a kitten from being a stray, but he was naturally a large cat. He was also a very good jumper for most of his life. Anyhow, cats vary in size.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 5:57 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.9   Geek Goddess

      My neighbours used to have a cat that liked to go for car rides. He came with us to the local home improvement store. We didn’t notice him sitting in the back seat admiring the scenery until we were halfway there. Other neighbours told of him hitching rides to their work places. Everybody always seemed to make the effort to bring him back.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.10   Cooper

      At Geek Goddess: Awww. :)

      I’ve debated over my neighbor’s cat for the longest time. The cat is an utter sweetheart–with an annoying meow–who loves people and loves to be pet. I think it wouldn’t be so obnoxious if its owners were actually around–they aren’t living in the same house as their cats.

      But, apparently they’re moving in next week, so we’ll see. I like that cat too much for it to be alone most of the time.

      Dec 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Tard

    The cat note is beautifully passive-aggressive.
    Seeing as the purpose of the note was to piss off the owner…. Success!

    Best response to the ‘angry owner’ visit?
    Snap their picture and say “So, you are claiming ownership and responsibility for this animals actions then?”

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:53 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Cole

    a.) Orlando Ordinance, Titel II, Section 6.o1 Orange County Ordinance Regulating Animals Adopted. All provisions of that certain ordinance relating to the control and regulation of animals in Orange County adopted by the county commission of Orange County, Florida on April 2, 1991, entitled “Orange County Animal Services Ordinance,” [...]

    b.) Orange County, Florida, Code of Ordinances PART II – ORANGE COUNTY CODE Chapter 5 – ANIMALS – ARTICLE II. ANIMAL SERVICES Sec. 5-31 (f) The division manager and animal services officers may capture, seize or pick up: (1) Any animal at large; (2) Any domestic animal constituting a nuisance; [...]

    Orange County Code – Definition of Nuisance: A public nuisance consists of performing an unlawful act, or omitting to perform a duty, or
    permitting an action or condition to occur or exist which: A. Unreasonably annoys, injures, or endangers the comfort, repose, health, or safety of others; [...]

    Animal Control, Orlando Florida: 407-254-9140

    And Thus Endeth The Discussion…

    You are welcome! :-)

    Nov 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   kermit

      Yeah, good luck with convincing an animal that it defecating in plain public view and meowing is unlawful.

      “You’re breaking the law, you illiterate furball!”

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   TKD

      Finally, someone who can pull information directly from the internet and make it sound perfectly rational. We should print up laminated cards, with a hole punched in the corner, and hand them out with zip ties. Then each owner can attach one to the collar of every cat / dog / gerbil / iguana / etc. This would remind each pet of their place in society.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:57 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.3   TKD

      Wait, we could do the same thing for people as well…

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:58 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.4   Cole bang

      Oh, the humanity!

      Here is a logical argument for ya’:

      a) We live in a society based on agreed upon common rules [e.g. laws, code, ordinance].

      b) We also have, as a society, agreed that the common rules outweigh individual rules [e.g. "any cat which comes on my property will get skinned alive" or "my cat can do all the things anywhere she pleases"]

      c) Two rules that apply here (as an example):

      c.1.) People who feel bothered by cats on their property [fulfilling the definition of 'nuisance'] will not kill, injure, or torture said cats.

      c.2.) People who OWN cats are responsible for them [due to the quite obvious fact that cats can't read or understand the commonly agreed upon rules] and will not let them run freely outside onto the property of others [i.e. fulfilling the definition of 'animal at large' and 'animal constituting a nuisance'].

      c.1.) was followed, c.2.) was not

      ERGO: rule c.2.) can be submitted for enforcement to the power society as a whole has agreed upon [i.e. government].

      Heavens…

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.5   Cole bang

      @ kermit
      as provided in 9.4, paragraph c.2.: it is not the responsibility of the animal to understand and follow the rules, but the animal’s owner [e.g. a dog owner can *NOT* bring forth the argument that his defecating dog was not able to understand that dog feces must be picked up, ergo: dog feces don't need to be picked up]

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.6   kermit

      *head desk*

      This is the whole problem with armchair lawyering done by humorless people.

      The way you quoted the law – in Florida no less! – reads that animal control may pick up any animal and/or any animal being nuisance (nuisance defined as committing an unlawful act or failing to act in a lawful way.)

      Nov 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.7   Cole bang

      Oh, come on, splitting (cat) hairs, are we?!?

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.8   kermit

      Says the man referencing “as provided 9.4 paragraph c2.”

      Well, as provided in Section 3.14 paragraph 42 of the PassiveAggressiveNotes Terms of Service Agreement, “pffftttt!”.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:08 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.9   TKD

      Interestingly, the splitting of cat hairs is covered under the PAN ToSA Section 6.626×10^-34, paragraph 299792458^2. In fact Section 6.626×10^-34 covers most everything you would want to know about cat PANs.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:43 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   Varanus bang

    I’ve never understood why cats get a free pass for everything they do. Anything my dog does is held against me. If anything were to happen, I’d be sued every which way. And if my Savannah were to bite someone, same thing.

    For some reason these tiny demon creatures are above all reproach.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm   rating: 22  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   arschloch

      In CA, cats get a free pass because they are considered wild animals, whereas dogs are property. At least that was the case when I was in traffic school some years ago, I suppose the law may have been changed since then.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.2   Rattus

      That’s because cats are awesome and the powers that be know it.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm   rating: 29  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.3   H for Toy

      Told you. Cats are The Illuminati.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm   rating: 18  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.4   arschloch

      I should clarify that this is only regarding the vehicle code. It just means that if you injure or kill a cat with your car, you don’t have to leave a note on the body as you do for a dog. I don’t know what the civil code is as far as cat bites or other cat-caused damage.

      And the crazy cat lady who was also in traffic school **really** didn’t like that section of the code.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.5   Snowflame

      If you injure or kill a dog with your car you have to leave a note on the body?! Uh….I don’t know if I’m thankful or disappointed we haven’t had any of *those* notes show up.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 4:01 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.6   kermit

      No roaming animal gets a “free pass”.

      If the cat really was harming people (actually assaulting people by biting or scratching them), then the animal control people would take action.

      However if you’re calling animal control because a cat’s jumping on your car on its way to somewhere else or going through your trash, the animal control people rightfully are going to hang up on you and then laugh their asses off at your ridiculous complaint.

      Besides, chances are that raccoons, squirrels and birds are also doing the exact same thing as this cat. If you have that many issues with animals, move to a high rise building downtown where only pigeons will crap on you and/or your car.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm   rating: 21  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.7   Rattus

      Re: Moving to where one’s only livestock problem is pigeons.

      I know for a fact that those who complain incessantly about sharing the planet with creatures other than humans and food sources will complain incessantly about pigeons on their balcony and devote their life to waging war against the hapless flying beasts. I know that they’re kind of disgusting, but jeez, get a grip. There’s more to life than hate.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 7:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.8   Who passed out the Haterade?

      I love animals as a general rule… but I have a hard time finding any sympathy for the flying vermin known as pigeons.

      (I used to call them “flying rats”, but had to stop out of respect for the rats.)

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:19 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.9   Varanus bang

      H for Toy,
      I didn’t see that until after I had commented, but yes. There’s no other possible explanation.

      Watching my grandmother’s demon cat that tormented me get chased by our cockatoo was probably my favorite revenge.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:13 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.10   Varanus bang

      And I don’t have any problems with animals. I’m always ending up with animals people don’t want or can’t take care of anymore, especially exotics. As a teenager I even had a pet pigeon that landed in our driveway as a fledgling.

      I just can’t stand cats. I’ve never met one that was nice or even less than mildly psychotic.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.11   kermit

      I’m not crazy about pigeons, either but you have to be an equal-opportunity complainer. If you’re okay with birds, squirrels and raccoons gallivanting about, you should also be okay with cats doing the exact same thing.

      Just because it’s domesticated doesn’t mean that a cat will have any consideration for your belongings. Cats can be especially inconsiderate towards those who don’t like them, like this note guy.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:33 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.12   Who passed out the Haterade?

      Some of us dislike dogs, some of us dislike cats, some of us dislike pigeons, etc…

      I guess you could say we all have our own pet peeves.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.13   Snicklefritz

      And some of us just dislike people, and think the pets are all ok.

      Except for those reptilian ones. They just freak me out man.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 8:39 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.14   Varanus bang

      Don’t come to my place then. I’ve had one of my ball pythons crawl in my bag and try to go to class with me. The beardie likes to watch TV, but the monitor prefers Skyrim.

      They’re a different kind of pet, but they’re incredibly rewarding if you can get over that they’re not going to sit at the door or play fetch with you.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.15   Jami

      I, for one, don’t have a problem with snakes as a pet. I do have a fear if idiot snake owners though. Twice we had an incident in my childhood where someone’s pet boa constrictor got into our back yard. One was a full grown one belonging to our neighbor’s idiot son. The other was an injured baby one. (It was missing one eye.)

      I used to have a box turtle as a kid. I’m thinking of eventually getting another one. But I can’t find out if it’s still legal to own one in California. The turtles I see for sale are not box ones.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.16   KHandcock

      Oh, my word, Varanus, my 2 1/2 year old daughter would LOVE your place. At our last visit to the reptile zoo, she cried tears of utter sadness that I would not let her pet the head of the 12+ foot python (the handler was quite happy to let her pet the snake’s body, but the snake apparently didn’t like touches near its head and eyes.) Then she spent a good fifteen minutes chattering happily to the bearded dragon and the iguana. I don’t have the heart to tell her that her dad has a real fear of snakes and we will never, ever have one…

      Nov 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.17   Snicklefritz

      Thank you for the warning Varanus. Any and all future interaction will be done outside your home.

      Jami, I would be the person running screaming from the yard yelling, getitaway, getitaway, getitawy while everyone stood around looking at me in dumbfounded amusement.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #10.18   Varanus bang

      Jami, bad herpers make the rest of us look bad. I live in South Florida and all of the idiots down here got giants like Burmese pythons without realizing they would get up to 20 ft, and then let them go in the Everglades. Or the ones who let accidents happen through neglect. My 6 year old niece can’t wait to come visit and play with my ball pythons, which are harmless. But there is no way I’m letting here anywhere near my Savannah monitor. He might be cuddling with me now but their bite is known to crush bones.

      And KHandcock, no herp likes to be touched near their face but with a large snake it’s likely to be dangerous if they get upset. I believe that the fear of snakes is learned, so I hope she keeps that interest! They’re really fantastic animals.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   Silence

    Will this cat be reined in?

    (puts on sunglasses)

    There’s not a Snowball’s chance in hell…

    YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

    Nov 20, 2013 at 4:10 pm   rating: 36  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Lita

    Wait, wait wait wait. How the heck did he pick up ringworm off the cat? Didn’t anyone teach him not to fondle strange pussies?

    Nov 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   juju_skittles

      Or at least to wash well afterwards…

      Nov 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Smokey

    Is it ok to leave your dog out all day to roam? All night to bark? How about your children? Keep your cats indoors!

    Cat owner

    Nov 20, 2013 at 5:32 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Geek Goddess

      Leave them out all day? Heck, my children have figured out how to get out of the house by themselves, and now there’s no holding them.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   K

      My children are outdoor children, but they found a way to get INTO the house. Send help.

      Nov 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm   rating: 48  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.3   dom

      Get rid of all computers. Tell them they’re outside somewhere

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  • #14   RODGD bang

    It’s pretty well accepted that 30% + of the worlds population has been infected with Toxoplasmosis. This brain parasite is vectored from cat feces. Research seems to be showing infection causes what’s been called “Cat Lady Syndrome”. Those so infected devote their lives to nurturing cats and filling up space on message boards with insanity about the rights of cats.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   redheadwglasses

    There are several stray/feral tomcats in my neighborhood, and also some free-roaming pet cats. There’s one I favor — a grey and white guy with one eye (where the other eye should be is a river of pus). I put food and water out for him. He lets me scratch the top of his head while he eats, but that’s the extent of our contact. I figure, having only one eye, he could use a break.

    I don’t leave food out there, lest the other toms come to expect to be fed. He sits within site of my kitchen window and waits for me to notice him (I admit that I check for him frequently each night), then I rush out with food and water for him.

    I feel bad that when I’m gone in a few months, he will continue to sit on my back porch, looking in my kitchen window, waiting for me to notice him and come out with bowls of food and water for him.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 8:15 pm   rating: 27  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   buni

      Is there no TNR group in your area that would provide this cat with medical care? I’m not condemning you, just curious if you tried to get help for an animal that is obviously injured and infected.
      The cat I took in had an eye injury too, though not as bad as you describe. Once I was sure he didn’t have an owner that was providing him with medical care, I took him to the vet myself.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 8:28 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Crystal

      I don’t like cats, but what you just said is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard.

      Please don’t let that cat wait on your porch. Please do something with that cat. I don’t know what. Just…please.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.3   H for Toy

      You know what’s even more sad? The few months part. I love that you’re still such a giving person, no matter what, Red! <3

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.4   redheadwglasses

      (Thank you so much, H for Toy — my reality is just pretty shitty, ain’t it!)

      Folks, I grew up in the country, where non-housecats live pretty rough, short lives. I don’t like it, but I accept it.

      I *might* be willing to make a couple of phone calls to see what can be done (at no cost to me) for the grey and white cat I feed, but we’ll see.

      Thanks to stage iv metastatic lung cancer, I have minimal energy these days, my life is being funded by my generous, retired mother (I’ve ceased all charitable donations to my favorite causes, which was something very important to me, and I’ll be doing no Christmas shopping), and I barely have the energy to scoop the cat litter and do dishes. Literally. Friends are coming over this weekend to clean my home for me. (I have WONDERFUL friends!)

      Not to be preachy about it, it just is my life. It sucks to be an outdoors cat with a war wound in the eye. It sucks to be an indoors human who has had 2.7 liters of fluid drained from her lung in the last nine days.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.5   buni

      I knew there had to be circumstances that prevented you from taking action yourself, that we were unaware of. Hopefully you can find someone able to help. Take care of yourself. (hugs)

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:52 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.6   redheadwglasses

      buni, I wish I could do something. I won’t rule it out. I will give it more thought, I promise. He’s a nice guy — he obviously was someone’s pet, because every other tom takes off running when I open my back door, and he comes up to me when I open the door, and lets me touch him.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:43 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.7   sherwood

      Gee, I’m sorry to hear about both of your health problems. Where are you located? It’s possible I could do something if I’m nearby.

      Nov 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.8   villedesfolies bang

      Hey redheadwglasses…like others here, I saw your note about the one-eyed kitty and my cold black heart melted. I’d like to try to help. I do cat rescue and would be more than happy to make some phone calls, send some emails, anything necessary to find this guy a safe landing spot (and hopefully to help with the other strays in your area). Feel free to email me at villedesfolies37 @ gmail dot com.

      THANK YOU for looking out for the kitties…and best wishes for your recovery, too.

      Dec 24, 2013 at 11:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   rhonda a

    My cat is indoor /outdoor. He goes out when he wants. Sorry , cats will not chase down people and other dogs and bite them thats why dogs shouldnt be let out by themselves. Cats roam and stalk things and thats pretty much it. They present no danger when let outside.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Anora

      You forgot kill things, I know many people hate to admit that.
      Native wildlife, birds, bats, local species extinction…
      When I was younger we had rabbits in a relatively sturdy cage. Someone’s stupid cat broke in and got one of my dwarves. I was delighted to see it had been hit by someone’s car a month later because go figure roads + cars + cat = splat.
      I’ve had a cat attack my leg once, not fun. Yet to be attacked by a dog.
      Sometimes I swerve for a cat on the road, sometimes I dont. Sometimes I don’t see them.

      Take some responsibility for your furbitten mongrel and keep it inside at night minimum. Otherwise you’re just incredibly lazy and a poor pet owner. You’re responsible for the deaths of other animals and you’re also responsible for any of your cats injuries it receives or gives.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:48 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Varanus bang

      Oh yeah, my dog is vicious. When he gets out he walks himself down his normal path on the sidewalk and then comes straight home.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:25 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   vstorevigilante

      My parents cats are indoor/outdoor and have been my whole life. Where I live (small city), all cats are. The only indoor cats I know are apartment cats (like my 4 – I love dogs, too, but am not home enough to be a good owner to one, so it’s all cats for now, and they are indoors because I live on the third floor and it’d be impossible to let them in or out). I’ve never come upon dead birds or sketchy skeletons that may have been other wildlife. Except mice. There’ve been lots of dead mice, and our 13-year-old cat is a champion mouser. And as much as I want to love all furry things, a dead mouse is a mouse not in my house and therefore a good mouse. I never knew outdoor cats were so hated until I started reading PAN.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 11:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   vstorevigilante

      Also should note that the best argument for keeping cats indoors where I live is that suddenly, for the first time in my 25 years, my town has foxes and raccoons? They seemed to come from nowhere. They destroy everything. They will probably try to snack on kitty. But they only come out at night, so there’s that. I have to think that a lot of damage being blamed on cats is often raccoons in many areas.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 11:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   Jen

      Cats are murdering members of the Illuminati. :P

      http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cats_actually_kill

      Nov 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   Rumtopf

      Yes, yes they can. Which is why our old dog nearly lost a leg to bone infection after a crazy cat jumped off a fence and latched onto him, the bite wounds were so damn deep and the dog was on antibiotics for quite a while. This cat had half a tail because it had attacked a dog before and yet the owners still let it out.
      The worst part was that our dog fatally injured the cat before we could run over and separate the two, despite getting the owners(who told me about the previous attack) and driving it over to the vets :c. Our dog also became aggressive towards cats, when before he was absolutely fine with them as he was raised around cats by the woman who owned his mother. Sad times.

      Nov 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   Rumtopf

      I should also mention that cat bites inflicted on other cats are awful and tend to abscess. I’ve worked in a vets as a nurse and gad, it is not great at all dealing with those injuries. The smell :c

      It’s just not worth it, imho. I couldn’t be comfortable not knowing where my pet was, if it was fighting or killing wildlife, getting run over etc. Any future cats of mine would be indoor and taught how to walk on a harness for outside time.

      Nov 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   Madrias

    Wad of wet paper towels in an air cannon. Or water and flour. Won’t kill the cat if you do it right, but just as aggressive without the passive.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   kermit

      Yes, that’s it! They need to purchase an air cannon. And then their neighbors will see the air cannon and one-up them by installing a catapult or buying an old timey real cannon.

      And then as they’re sitting in your yard enjoying the French canon, a cannon will land on their porch, thereby declaring war.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:39 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   Snicklefritz

      So I should stop building my trebuchet? I was really hoping I could fling some burning pitch at my neighbors.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:00 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.3   Stuff

      Don’t ever stop building your trebuchet.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 8:43 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   claudia g

    I have never heard of a cat clawing a person to death. Dogs on the other hand can maul people to death. I think this has something to do with the difference in approach. Usually, feral cats run away from people.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   H for Toy

      What about Roy, of Siegfried and Roy? Don’t let your cats roam around in crowded cities like Vegas, people!

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:43 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   redheadwglasses

      Oh come on, that obviously was a homophobic cat!

      Nov 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   Snowflame

      Me-ow!

      Nov 22, 2013 at 11:49 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   oi

    “…harassment of this neighborhood cat: getting into my trash…
    Questions:
    1. Who is harassing the cat?
    2. Who is getting into his trash?
    I know. I know.

    Nov 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #20   Rad

    Hasn’t anyone else used those really sticky mouse traps? Let the owner try to get that shit out of Snowball’s fur a couple of times, and see how much they let Snowball out to roam…

    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:31 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   FeatherBlade

      I object to glue traps on the grounds that breaking an animal’s neck is much kinder and more humane than sticking it to the floor and letting it starve or tear its skin off.

      Or however those traps are supposed to work.

      If you have to kill something, kill it quickly.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:48 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #20.2   redheadwglasses

      I agree, featherblade.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #21   bafger

    If the cat is outside, in places it is not welcomed, smelling of trash that isn’t yours… You obviously don’t give a crap about it. It’ll eventually get run over after annoying everyone around you. Find it a home, or help it meet its end in a manner less painful than getting it’s back and legs crushed when a neighbor backs out on their way to work.

    I’ve unintentionally killed a cat that was under my car when I was on my way to work. I take a good look around for kids, and for things that might pop my tires, but I didn’t see the neighborhood asshole cat under there. I felt like a dick burying this cat that put itself in a place not intended to house cats. Take care of your cat, or it will die.

    I once left my car unlocked so a neighbor could retrieve some excess beers I’d brought home from a party. When I left for work the next day, my neighbor’s cat was in my car, had scratched the interior all to hell, after apparently getting in as my neighbor closed the door from taking beer. Animal control showed up just as I was letting the cat out, and proceeded to give me a lecture about leaving my animal in a locked car, even threatening to have me arrested.

    In my opinion, cats are stupid, and cats are assholes. Owners of cats that let them roam all over the neighborhood are even bigger stupid assholes.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 1:20 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   Anora

      Lazy assholes as well. Why even get a pet if you’re not going to look after it and let it roam around.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 3:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   Geek Goddess

      In my neighbourhood, what people find in their vehicles are bears. Sometimes the bears even open the doors themselves to get inside.

      True story.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 10:20 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Poltergeist

    This isn’t about cats, but I just needed a place on the internet to vent my frustration.

    Recently, my mother found a stray dog wandering around in the back of her apartment complex. It looked like some type of lab mix and wasn’t that small. It seemed playful enough, but she didn’t want to take a chance and called the police. Let me paraphrase their response:

    “We won’t deal with this issue unless you are able to contain the animal. It’s not our job, and we will not contact animal control either unless you are able to contain the animal. Ignoring the fact that it’s a fairly large, loose dog that could potentially attack you, we need you to find a way to contain it yourself or get some other poor passerby to do it. Maybe put it in your car.”

    Luckily the dog turned out to be friendly and she eventually convinced it to hop into her car. There was a tag with a number on it, but the number was disconnected when she tried calling it, so she reluctantly contacted the police again. Let me paraphrase their response yet again:

    “Oh, that’s good. We actually just got a call from somebody whose dog got loose that matched this dog’s description. Here’s his address. Since the dog is already in your car, would you mind driving him over there?”

    She said no and finally convinced the police to call the guy and tell him to come right over to pick up the dog himself. He did, and his excuse for the disconnected number on the collar was that the dog ripped off his first collar, so they just stuck an old collar with outdated information from their dog who died 5 years ago on him.

    Oh. My. God.

    tl;dr
    1. The police are useless assholes.
    2. There are a lot of really stupid pet owners.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 5:09 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   H for Toy

      I could see the police personally not wanting to deal with it, if it’s a larger city where things like drugs and murder to be taken care of. In a small town, really, what else is there to do? What I don’t understand at all is why they wouldn’t call animal control. Taking care of that kind of thing is their job, after all.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 7:49 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   Kimberly

      My father got shot while working to get a dangerous person off of the street but, yeah, totally a useless asshole.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:56 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.3   kermit

      Poltergeist –

      The mistake here was telling the truth. She should have just called the fire department and said the dog was stuck up a tree. No fire department can resist the urge to rescue a cat or dog stuck in a tree.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 11:42 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.4   Raichu

      How do dogs get up trees…??

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.5   looopy

      Why blame the police? The dog owner is the asshole here. Do you live in Mayberry where a lost dog is cause for an APB?
      Being a cop is a thankless job. She should have called animal control herself.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.6   kermit

      How do you get a dog up a tree? Easy. Just throw a steak or their favorite chew toy up there. And provide a ladder if necessary. Dogs are docile and (stupidly) trusting in this respect.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.7   Jami

      Animal control and the police are in the same building and often use the same number here. Only time I had a problem with the police is when a pit bull and a german shepard got into my house and went after my dog. I managed to push them out and they ran off, but the police did not come out. Despite my informing them that Audrey was fixed, they believed she was in heat and these dogs wanted to mate with her rather than kill her.

      Did I mention the dogs GOT INTO THE HOUSE?! Just two random dogs who ran in the door while dad was bringing stuff in.

      Other than that, they come out for any animal call. One time they even came to pick up an injured crow from me because animal control was closed for the night.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.8   rushgirl2112

      “We won’t deal with this issue unless you are able to contain the animal. It’s not our job, and we will not contact animal control either unless you are able to contain the animal.”

      Confused – why didn’t she just call animal control directly then?

      Nov 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.9   redheadwglasses

      I loved having a three-season porch. Grab a dog whose owners let loose to poop throughout the neighborhood, put him on my porch, still get back to the corner in time to catch my bus, then call animal control half an hour later from work.

      I have ZERO sympathy for people who think their pets get to have the run of the neighborhood. Pets are a responsibility. Don’t want the work? Don’t have a pet. Sad thing is, those idiots also tend to have children.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.10   Poltergeist

      @loopy – The cops were assholes because they actually suggested that she contain the dog herself. What if the dog hadn’t been friendly and bit her? That was completely irresponsible of them, and I would hold them accountable if she was injured. And then they had the nerve to ask her to deliver the dog to the owner?

      She didn’t know the number for animal control, so she called the police thinking they would know the correct procedure. They informed her that animal control wouldn’t help either and she took their word for it. So sue her for believing the police, which is what we’re taught to do from a young age.

      Many people consider their job thankless. That is not an excuse for miserably failing at your job.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.11   Poltergeist

      Kimberly, I’m sorry about your father, but you know full well that I wasn’t talking about him. Here, let me change what I said -

      “(Many) police officers are useless assholes (in numerous situations.)”

      There, now you can stop being offended and focus your anger on those officers like the ones in my story who are an insult your father’s line of work.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.12   redheadwglasses

      Yes, asking her to DELIVER the dog to the owner was rather ridiculous, IMO.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 9:22 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.13   Kimberly

      I know full well that there are lazy/power hungry/dickhead/worthless/etc. cops and trust me, I do have quite a bit of anger for them but when people act like all cops are those things I get a bit testy. I may be too sensitive because of my experience and because I CONSTANTLY hear police bashing. And now I’m the asshole, but in this instance I am okay with that.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.14   redheadwglasses

      Bad cops suck because they have a lot of power. They just make things harder for the good cops, which is the vast majority of cops.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   a-Arialist

    Oh, FFS. People are such entitled arseholes. Other animals have the right to live on this planet, too. Killing them (by criminally removing identification and taking them to a shelter because – waaaaaaah! it jumps on my car!) because you find them inconvenient is not an option.

    I bet there are many people who find *you* inconvenient – do they get to take you to the pound?

    Nov 21, 2013 at 6:04 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   The Elf

    I think the real question is if Patrick or Snowball’s owner is a millenial.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 7:22 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   TKD

      Elf,
      We never had this kind of issue in the ’80s. If we had, we would have developed a global communication system so that all concerned parties could have a rational discourse and implement a prudent, effective solution. And if it did happen to exist, we just got over it. There were more important issues to debate, such as Madonna and Sean, the best Hair Bands and should Synth Pop be allowed to exist.

      Nov 21, 2013 at 8:16 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Joe

    1)buy a live animal trap.
    2)trap said cat
    3)transport said cat across a large river and set it free.

    Problem solved and the cat gets to be outside ALL the time now.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 9:48 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Fireseeker

    The owner has a twisted sense of humor to name a black cat snowball.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 11:14 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #27   Crystal

    See, I know you all think the cat’s name is Snowball, but I thought that was a joke. Like if I wrote a note on astrange dog that said “I like to eat the neighbor’s trash. Signed, Spot”.

    Snowball is a common cat name. I also would have accepted Mittens.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   redheadwglasses

      I thought the same thing, crystal.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   Jami

      Didn’t Lisa Simpson have several black cats named Snowball?

      Nov 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   looopy

    Snowball?

    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   looopy

    I’m just happy I live in a land where cats roam free… some places have MONKEYS.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 12:50 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Karen

    Well at least the cat owners did not sneak over and let 300 mice into the guy’s house or something. I don’t like my neighbor’s dog coming over doo dooing in my yard,eating my pet’s food etc but I don’t whine about it. I mentioned it once nicely and they tie him up once a week. Ha. Oh well, I’ll live.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #31   uncreative

    If you are going to make up a name for a random cat or dog, I am personally fond of Allergen. I might be a touch biased by my own responses to them though.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   svetlanamoonsoon

    Ringworm doesn’t come from cats, you dumbass. It’s a fungus, not a worm. Jesus. There’s no reason not to know that, since you obviously have access to a search engine.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Arthur

      There’s a dumbass here, but it’s not the OP. Ringworm can be transmitted from pets to humans, and cats are key vectors.

      Nov 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   kermit

      The only way you can get ringworm from a cat if you’re excessively petting or grooming aforementioned cat.

      For a guy who claims he hates this cat’s guts (and therefore doesn’t pet it or touch it much) it’s highly unlikely that he got ringworm from the cat when he attached the note to its collar.

      Nov 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   Me

      All I know is that my friend got ringworm from her dog and then I got ringworm after spending the night at her house, without having any direct contact with either her or the dog. I got it from contact with the furniture that either my friend or her dog had touched. I’ve heard that ringworm can survive on surfaces for quite some time, depending on the environment. That’s why my grandmother taught me to never rest my head directly on the back of my seat in the theater, but to always cover it first.

      Nov 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.4   FeatherBlade

      On the contrary, you can get ringworm if your cat has the fungus, scratches the lesion, and then sticks its claws into your leg.

      Or has walked across a patch of ground containing the fungus, and then sticks its claws into your leg.

      Kind of a cute, furry hypodermic needle.

      Nov 25, 2013 at 11:09 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.5   Jami

      There’s also mites that mimic ringworm. I know cause I picked them up a couple of times from just briefly touching a cat. Had a scaly bald patch on my head for awhile that mom had to constantly put medicine on when I was a kid.

      Nov 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.6   Dolly

      Oh I am positive you can get ringworm from cats even without direct contact with the cat or minimal contact. Back when I was in college I used to hang out at our friend’s apartment a lot. My husband then boyfriend did too.

      My friend found two abandoned kittens on the side of the road in a box. She took them home and decided to keep them as pets. They were very cute kittens so everyone did play with and pet them including me and my boyfriend and the other people that hung out over there.

      And every single one of us got ringworm that summer. In multiple spots. Turned out the kittens had ringworm when she brought them home and it transferred to all of us. I had a couple spots including a place on my back of my shoulder from where it would sit up against the couch while I was wearing tank tops and backless tops.

      I think I had a spot on my arm too. My boyfriend had some spots too. It was confirmed ringworm by doctors and by vets. So yes, those two kitties gave it to all of us. Yuck. So that was the summer of ringworm for our group of friends as we jokingly call it. We all had to stock up on fungal cream and apply daily to get rid of it after the vets treated the cats for it.

      Dec 28, 2013 at 9:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Tard

    “If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by.” — Sun Tzu

    I’m thinking this applies to cats too.

    Nov 21, 2013 at 10:37 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   Ano

    I’m glad we have a curfew here. Cat not locked up at night? Taken to the pond and owners issued a fine after the third time.
    No ID? Cat goes to a new home or put down depending on the pound. Thats all on the irresponsible owner’s shoulders

    I don’t fancy dead wildlife in my yard, or someone’s cat’s shit. I dont want to risk getting toxoplasmosis, a compromised immune system is enough without extra infections. That obviously includes rabies and cat scratch. No-one wants to get sick because of a lazy pet owner.

    Life would be much more delightful if people would take responsibility and care for their animals. Stop letting them roam free in close living area like cities and suburbs, lazy shits.

    Nov 22, 2013 at 3:55 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Fritz-the-Cat

    As always, I’m stunned at the anger a free-roaming cat produces in the US (as I assume most of the responders are).

    Our cat was always roaming free, and she had to survive the dangers outdoors. If she didn’t? Well… bad luck.
    The cats of my neighbours only sometimes stroll around, and yes, a cat-heap underneath the flower-soil is yucky but it’s never gotten really out of hand.
    these days, we have no cat (she died of old age ;-) )and three dogs who sometimes are in the yard. Surprisingly, we don’t have cats visiting anymore. Or if they do, they only come over once :-D

    A free-roaming cat can be annoying, but so can be the martens that eat our car-electricity or “big rats” which come when the compost isn’t secured or the wrong kind of food on it.
    I’d rather have a cat visiting than those.

    But well… different countries, different reasons to get upset.

    Nov 22, 2013 at 4:59 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   H for Toy

      Maybe it’s because I haven’t had my coffee yet, but you’re gonna have to explain the part about the martens eating your car electricity. That has me baffled.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 6:56 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.2   misspiggy

      Yes indeed – in the UK you defend your property by putting cat-repellent in your garden and loosing a water pistol at the little buggers if they come round too often.

      Or, if you’re happy with a cat using your home as its territory, you put food out, enjoy the snuggles, and wash your hands afterwards. That way each cat provides pet benefits to a number of people in the area, and they usually stay away from the places they’re not welcome.

      If you want an animal to change its behaviour, it’s probably best training the animal instead of its owner.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.3   TKD

      In my neighbourhood, we have a different name for a pussy that provides petting benefits to a number of people in the area.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:47 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.4   Snicklefritz

      Well?!? Stop keeping us in suspense. What is it?

      Nov 22, 2013 at 8:48 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.5   RODGD bang

      Wait a minute. They still allow water pistols in the UK?

      Nov 22, 2013 at 10:02 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.6   vstorevigilante

      I feel the same. (Canada here, and a lot of the commenters are probably Canadian too, so… maybe just where I live it’s normal?) I noted up-thread I never heard of people flipping out about cats until I started reading this site. Cultural differences and all that.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 11:18 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.7   H for Toy

      Ok, so I figured out the marten thing. My first mistake was getting martins (the birds) confused with martens (the weasel-like creatures). Apparently, martens will spray their scent on cars, and other martens will smell it and get up into the cars to find them. They can’t get past the wires, or get bored waiting, or whatever the case may be, and they chew through the electrical wiring, causing thousands in damage. I can imagine that being more frustrating than cat prints on the hood (bonnet).

      Nov 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.8   redheadwglasses

      My car’s electrical housing was eaten through by MICE. Cost me $500 thanks to my fantastic mechanic. he said if they’d gotten much further, it would have cost $4K.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   squib

    One of our cats is a bit of an escape artist and occasionally gets out. I’d kind of hope that no one would shoot him when that happens, but I’d have no problem at all with anyone calling or taking him to the local pound. If it’s my cat, it should be on my property, and I don’t get to decide that it’s no big deal for my neighbors to have him on theirs.

    Nov 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #36.1   Adriana

      On a particularly hot night, my boyfriend and I left our bedroom sliding glass door open with the screen door closed. The screen door didn’t lock, but since we had a fenced-in backyard that backed up to a hill, we weren’t worried about anyone breaking in.

      What we didn’t consider is someone might break OUT. Our cat stuck his claws into the screen and pulled open the door. We woke up around 7 AM, saw the door ajar, couldn’t find the furry little monster, and spent the next two hours calling him. He’d approach and then run away when he knew we were trying to capture him.

      He didn’t have a collar on because he was an indoor cat (still is) and hates collars. I’d hate to think someone would just hurt him or dump him somewhere or even take him to the pound just because he’s crapping in their yard. If it’s a regular problem, that’s one thing, and you should try to talk to the owner. If no owner can be found and the cat is a nuisance or suffering, then maybe you consider putting an ad up or taking kitty to the pound.

      Nov 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #36.2   shepd

      Microchip your cat and at least then when the pound gets it, they can call you and you can pick it up. You’ll need to pay whatever the pound fees are, but they can serve to remind you to not repeat whatever mistake led to that result.

      As a cat owner, I know that if there’s a window opening larger than the cat’s head, he can leave. :) He also hates wearing a collar. But, being microchipped, if he did escape, we’d just go to the pound pay them their fees (I’m thinking it’s about $100 now) and be done with it. Better there than viande a pneus, because I don’t expect my neighbours to watch when they back out. And I sure as heck would be pissed off to find cat shits on my property (and get equally pissed at dog shits, too).

      I wouldn’t expect anyone to put in the effort to put up signs. Put my cat in the pound if I’ve lost it. It’s safer there if it’s not in my house. Money well spent finding him.

      No, I haven’t had to pick him up from there yet. I wouldn’t complain if I did, though! Might even thank whoever did it for me and apologize for the inconvenience.

      Nov 24, 2013 at 3:30 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #37   magicdomino

    So, who do I call about the foxes and deer crapping in my yard?

    Just joking, but I’d swear all the foxes in the neighborhood crap in my yard. One bed in the vegetable garden reminds me of my cats’ litter boxes. Some of it could be raccoon crap, though; I’m not exactly an expert on wild animal crap.

    Nov 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   kermit

      Raccoon crap looks vastly different than deer and fox crap.

      And incidentally, raccoon crap is extremely dangerous to people. I would’t recommend eating any of the vegetables in or around that area.

      Seriously, watch the PBS Nature documentary on urban raccoons. It’s free on their site (if you’re in the US) and will teach you about the dangers of raccoon poop and proper way of dealing with it.

      Nov 23, 2013 at 2:41 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.2   Jami

      I found the best way to keep unwanted animals out of my garden – especially outdoor cats – is spicy things. I go down to Dollar Tree and buy their huge bags of crushed hot peppers, chili powder, curry – anything spicy. Sometimes I’ll even get those giant bottles of hot sauce. Mix it up, spread it all over the garden. It’ll actually work for longer than you might think even with watering. The animals get out of the habit of coming there so even when it wears off you’ll have fewer furry visitors. Course you eventually have to do it again but at least you get a break. Plus it’s usually cheaper than buying the fake predator urine that stores sell as animal repellant.

      Nov 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
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  • #39   Hastor

    Don’t wanna deal with cats? Live in a high rise. Otherwise, put your car in a garage (or a cover over it) and get trashcans that latch shut. Gonna write a note about the squirrels dropping nuts in your driveway next?

    Nov 25, 2013 at 5:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #40   AssiveProgressive

    I know someone who bagged up a bunch of cat shit that she believed came from her neighbor’s cat and she handed it to the neighbor girl and told her to give it to her mother. Another cat that was made to live outside — because its owners were allergic to it — mysteriously disappeared from the neighborhood. The Crazy Lady told me she dumped it at a farm, but I rather suspect she killed it. Anybody who cares about cats will NOT let them wander around outside. Very bad things can happen to them.

    Nov 26, 2013 at 2:26 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Blake

    Why would the poster get in trouble when it’s clear that the note was written by the cat?

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Fattabbycats

    I’m a crazy cat lady but props! Our cats do go outside but we have a fenced in back yard and our cats were leash trained at one time. They are old now and the most they do is go out on our deck and sit in the sun. We still keep an eye on them when they are outside. The only garden they poop in is ours and we have since put a fence around the garden.

    Dec 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
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  • #44   The other ghost girl

    Alright, so I can see how that would be annoying, but wouldn’t it be a good idea invest in heavier (or raccoon proof) garbage cans ? This would take away one of the main reasons for the cat to be over there, and prevent other scavengers (raccoons, skunks, opossums, etc.) from joining in. A bungee cord (which are about 5 dollars) to secure the lid to prevent it from coming off would also work (just not if raccoons are involved) not that the poster is reading this. :/ or that anyone will read this.

    Hopefully it might help in a similar situation tho. ( kudos to the poster for not calling the pound. I know that some places will put down pets brought in the next day, if not sooner)

    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up