speaking of rodents getting the better of cats I have this refugee
hampster that was given to my kids by another kid and unfortunatly I
was not home to intercept this action but my husband let the kids keep
it. the cat had a habit of sticking his paw in between the bars and
taunting the hampster. I did try to stop the cat in my own defense
but once the cat was sitting and watching the ampster and they were
having a stare down and the cat swished his tail into the bars Well
needless to say the hamster struck and attached him self the cat and
the cat jumped down and actually pulled the hamster right through the
bars and ran all around the living room yowling and pitching a fit.
we finally caught him and when we did the hamster was still attached
to the end of the cats tail. amazingly not much damage was done but
the cat never went near the hamster again. and the hamster lived
another year and a half in smug satisfaction
Talk about taking the tiger by the tail.
On Sat, 22 May 2004 20:06:38 -0600, Janice
Absolutely the best solution - IF they'll come for cats.
The suggestion to rent or purchase a live trap would be good either way.
Animal wardens may take a cat, but i doubt they would be willing to chase
Trap 'em or kill 'em. Either way, your problem is quickly solved.
More cats will take their place eventually, but perhaps the thoughtless
will catch on and stop treating the whole neighborhood to their pet
Have you approached your neighbors about the problem?
You could be totally juvenile and start phoning them throughout the night
asking if they know where their stinking cats are.
I've seen just about every solution proposed that doesn't involve talking
to the stupid cat person first. Not saying it will work, just saying that
should be the first thing. The cats shouldn't be outside.
Firstly, a MASSIVE thanks to all of you that replied to my post, trying to
help us ( me & my, now, FRANTIC garden-loving & cat-hating wife !).
Unfortunately, the woman next door is an Indian immigrant , with a hell of a
lot of cats ! Whenever I've raised issues before ( her noisy, fatherless
kids etc...) she screams that she'll contact "The Race Relations Council".
She wouldn't listen to any reasoned complaint that I've had before, so it
seems pointless that I approach her about her cats ...... here in the UK, if
you are British .... then you are a second-class citizen .... behind anyone
that can get here, hiding in the back of a truck, to claim welfare. Thank
you Mr. Phoney Blair. Anyway, that's beside my point.
I've, today, bought several rolls of *chicken-wire* & lengths of wooden pole
( now screwed to our, already high, wall). After finishing work I spent,
today, almost 5 hours in the garden, making sure that any cat that wants to
shit in our garden must now ...
a) not be afraid of heights ( & able to climb 6 foot of chicken-wire), as
well as a 7-foot wall.
b) be able to pole-vault OUT of our garden, after jumping in
c) be prepared to be stranded in our garden, until I see it the next
morning, be decapitated & then thrown into our dustbin ( *trashcan* in
Thanks for your advice,
PS. Cocoa Shells & Pepper are BRILLIANT ideas .... I checked on google.
Unfortunately, they're expensive & only temporary solutions. You have to
keep renewing the cocoa & pepper.
I reckon that my idea is better & much more economical. The cat-owning
neighbours have to keep renewing their deceased cats.
Ok, just wanted to make sure that avenue had been exhausted before getting
into solutions that involve potentially harming the cats. I am a cat
person, so don't take this the wrong way, but I really feel worst for the
cats. It sucks that they have such a stupid owner.
i know that there is a kind of coleus called commonly a "scaredy ca
coleus". my cats dont seem to like it to much, but they got over i
quick. you might want to try it
posted via www.GardenBanter.co.uk
Do an internet search for "Scarecrow Sprinkler" - this seems to be a
good solution although you don't define what 'expensive' is.
Here is one link - I'm sure that there are others....
Kathi in Huntsville
I put evergreen/fir branches down in the garden - the cats won't go near
them since they get a nose/paw/butt full of prickly needles. I get them
free from our Christmas tree recycling park, but if you have evergreen trees
you can just trim some branches off. This is the only thing that has worked
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