Perhaps I have problems with cats, and a cat catcher that's non-responsive.
I went through that some years ago. I didn't get as far as using poison,
although it was next on my list. What worked ended up being great fun. I had
a picture of a friend's boat docked in Montauk, Long Island. In those days,
some fishermen thought it was cool to hang sharks' heads on the dock pilings
after they were done hacking up the animals for whatever purpose. I showed
that picture to two uncooperative cat owners and asked if they'd like to see
that happen to their beasts. The cops came to my door later that day. We
talked, and I assume they also chatted with the cat owners because I never
saw those cats leave their property again. Priceless.
Doug- what you need is a sighthound (*if* you can tolerate dogs).
You'd never ever even see another cat on your property.
Or bunny. Or possums, raccoons, and squirrels. Anything that moves is game.
You only need to have a dog dig up your lettuce seedlings once, in order
see that they have no place in a civilized society. Fortunately, we have
old law in this town which says that any animal can be "liquidated" if
destroying food crops. I've only had to print this law, ask to have a
meet me at the offending owner's house, and read them the law, in order
stop offenders. It's worked wonderfully (so far).
See, they did the wrong thing calling the police on you. The right, proper, and
just thing to do
after that would have been to firebomb your house, making sure that you and
whatever family you
might have never got out alive.
I've discovered that there are a lot of people just like me in the
world. You may meet one eventually, if you keep threatening people.
If you do meet me, and show me your little mind, I'll beat you into
the mud and poor cat piss down your throat.
Have a great time, asshole.
I'd call a vet's office and ask them what they recommend for an outdoor
spray or outdoor powder to put around the garden that cats do not like.
I'd be tempted to tie the dog up outside during "cat hours" with the
dog house. I'll bet that doggie "smell" would cure the cat too.....LOL
After all, animals are territorial.
And that's not all it may stop -- as if you didn't already know that!
First line of defense, get a dog. As a bonus, you might discover why there
are so many dog fans out there.
Then again, if acquiring a dog doesn't appeal to you, talk to the cat's
owner about keeping their pet from roaming the neighborhood.
If that proves unsuccessful or a reasonable discussion is not in the offing,
you might up the ante by trapping the cat and turning it in to your local
animal control facility.
Mostly thought, I would suggest it's futile to punish the animal for it's
owner's irresponsibility. It may feel good in the short run, but if the
neighboring cat owner is truly blind to the rights of others -- purposely or
not -- they'll miss the point entirely and just go out and replace kitty #1
Not keeping your pets off of other peoples' property is irresponsible
pet ownership. If you feel your cat needs to experience the outdoors
to be happy, then an outdoor enclosure is safest for your cat, best for
the local songbirds, and most respectful of your neighbors.
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