Originally Posted by North_Of_60
I have a big huge friendly male tom cat in my garage. I dare, dare the owner of that cat to cause a stink with me. Upon investigating this morning in the daylight, I have learned he sprayed my daughter's wagon, and dug up a good portion of my garden about 3 feet where my daughter plays on the concrete with her side walk chalk. There are strange-cat feces out there, and the dirt he used to covered it up is kicked all over the drive way. So now, I have to put on rubber gloves and go outside and pick up someone ELSE'S cat poop, sweep the dirt back into the garden, disinfect the spot since we've already received ringworm from the cats around here, who knows what this one has, and then clean my daughters wagon.
I think the neighborly thing to do would be to keep YOUR cat on YOUR property. Why would you feel you have the right to allow your cat to sleep on my car or come onto my property? Because I haven't said otherwise? My neighbors haven't said I can't swim in their pool either, should I walk down there after breakfast and go for a swim?
LOL! (not laughing to make fun...that was honestly funny)
it's not that i feel (and i'm speaking for myself here) that I have a right to let my cat go on people's cars or onto other's property. Actually I assume that most people don't want him on their property. It really just comes down to training your cat. He doesn't have a right to be on your "property." But cats don't get property in the way humans do. So you have to train them to not want to go on other people's property. If there is no cat, dog or human that is menacing enough to keep them away they will go back.
The one way I DON'T treat him like my child is I actually will threaten physical violence with the cat. I've never actually hit him...but I pretend that I am going to...mostly because you can't sit there and rationalize with a cat.
"Barbara doesn't want you on her porch, Ozzy." Isn't going to work.
So I look at him, mean-like, raise my hand and snap. He knows what that means. That's something I would never do with a child.
And like I said, there have only been two incidences (that I know of) and both times a few applications of that threat worked to keep him off.
I agree its not your responsibility to train the cat...but wouldn't chasing the tom in your garage, out with a broom, or pots and pans banged together- to keep him out for GOOD- be quicker than
"put(ting) on rubber gloves and go outside and pick up someone ELSE'S cat poop, sweep the dirt back into the garden, disinfect the spot since we've already received ringworm from the cats around here, who knows what this one has, and then clean my daughters wagon."
not to mention, since it bothers you so much...it might create some sort of release for the pent up frustration you're experiencing because of past bad experiences with diseased cats.