: Gray asphalt wrote:
: > I know this sounds cruel but we have tried for over a
: > year to keep them in and a new neighbor has a rotweiller
: > that is dangerous. We've lost one cat already to another
: > dog further down the road.
: You may be trying to solve the wrong problem.
: In most contests with dogs, cats will win. Consider:
: 1. For short distances, the average house cat can hit 30 miles-per-hour.
: 2. Cats can not only climb, but jump MUCH higher than a dog.
: 3. Cats have a much higher pain-threshold than dogs.
: 4. Cats are not stupid - they will not knowingly put themsleves in harm's
: way or torment a dog.
: 5. A dog cannot "sneak up" on a cat; a cat can come to dog-harm only by
: being trapped and it's defenses overwhelmed.
: (I recently read a story about a dog being walked in a county park. The
: gave chase to a roaming cat. The cat went zip up a tree while the dog, its
: eyes being focused on the cat, ran past the tree at full speed and off an
: 80' cliff into the river below. It took the fire department rescue team
: four hours to retrieve the dog (unhurt) from the water below. The cat,
: in the tree, nearly laughed itself to death.)
: So, you need only to deal with the rare case of #6. Two possible solutions
: come to mind:
: 1. Provide adequate escape mechanisms for the cat (ramps, small, one-way,
: holes in the fence, etc.). Your neighbor will probably cooperate.
: 2. Kill the dogs.
: We have a (mostly) outside cat. I have personally seen her bring an Irish
: Setter to grief, chase two 30-pound raccoons into the next county, and
: a significant - and painful - lesson to a oppossum. No one knows what
: wildlife she's brought to Jesus.
: Nevertheless, one high-tech idea is a combination motion detector and
: water-sprinkler. I'll leave it to you to work out the details.
: Best of luck.
One of our cats got killed by a neighbor dog. After reading one of
the posts I'm wondering it there isn't a chance that the neighbor might
have trapped my cat.
I meant that the neighbor might be willing to keep the dog inside while
we broke in the fence, not long term.
We've got a bunch of cats so the collars might be too expensive and
we have to worry about poisoning, too, so even if the dogs aren't a
problem then we still have to keep them in.
Thanks so much for you suggestions,
It makes me feel good : -)