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Neighbor’s cat in my garden

What can I do to keep them away? So sick of irresponsible idiots owning pets yet letting it wander into other people’s homes to take a shit and mess up flower beds. I’m so not a cat person either, fucking hate them which makes me angrier. What can I do to deter them please?

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I have heard of putting wire with a PVC pipe along the top of the fence to keep cats out. It spins when they jump on it and fall off.

It infuriates me that people just let their cats wander the streets, apart from being annoying too neighbours when it does stuff like this, they also are dangerous too native animals, but most of all, they have such a high chance of getting hit by a car, or attacked by another cat! I have a gorgeous cat, and INSIDE cat, because I care about her safety!

 Unfortunately there aren’t many cat owners like you. So many are completely belligerent and just say ‘that’s what cats do’
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 Yeah i hate when a dog mauls someone to death - "that's what dogs do"
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 I'm glad my outside cat kills vermin like mice, rats and pigeons. Would never kill a person like a dog would.
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 My boy is meant to be an inside cat but he zooms out between my feet. Usually when I'm in a hurry and don't have a chance to chase him. He always comes back at dinner time, but I hate him being out even for those few hours
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Water pistol in its face, hose, every time you see them in your yard, get the kids to make load noise and clap and chase it - none of this hurts it but actively discourages it.
Ask the owner to discourage it (where possible, cats are their own masters) from coming in to your yard.
Borrow a dog for a week or two to scare it if it comes in.
Sticks upright in your veggie garden to keep them away (I use the cheap bamboo skewers to protect my seedlings)
I think there could be sprays available to deter cats, but not sure what's in them.
And always teach your kids to wash their hands thoroughly after playing in the garden and or sandpit.

 Water + vinegar, cats hate the taste licking it off. They also hate mothballs smell
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I understand you're angry, but man you sound aggressive.

 I’m literally looking lawyers for a consultation to see what I can legally do. I have young children and cats carry all sorts of stuff that I don’t want you children playing with, getting in my veggie garden and on my washing which are hung our nearby. Over 900k home that we paid for but I can’t even have washing out without a swarm of flies because silly fuckers can’t keep their shit head cats inside at night. So yeah I’m angry.
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 What does a swarm of flies have to do with cats roaming at night?

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 She has every right to be angry.

My neighbour probably think I'm a irresponsible cat owner, but I try my hardest to keep him inside our house. My 2 year is the one who lets our cat out so here I am chasing the cat down the street basically every night because my little shit of a child thinks it funny to let him out. We are in a rental and our landlord has refused every request to try to keep the cat inside. There is no way that we can block off the back door, even if it is locked you just pull the handle down and it opens so our son learnt to open that early on.

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 Woah lawyer?
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 Cats bury their shit they don't cause flies to breed. Dogs do that.
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 Yeah, flies have nothing to do with the cat. We have about 4 cats that come into our yard and we have no issues with flies or poop or anything. If we didn't see the cats we wouldn't even know they visited.
In fact, now I think about it, we've had a few houses now that have had cat visitors and none of them have ever had fly issues.
I think you've gotten your nickies in a twist over something and now you're getting carried away.

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 Our neighbours cat doesn't bury it's shit...I thought that all cats did, but this one just shits anywhere!
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 OMG the cats aren't smoking too are they?
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 You need to tell the neighbour you have been having trouble with cats shiting in your garden, just letting them know you now have put ratsack out so they need to keep their cat out your yard so it stays safe. You don't actually need to put any out, hopefully just the threat is enough. You could also say snail bait which will kill cats, and you are just letting them know to keep their cat safe.
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 This person really hates cats, if they knew anything about the animal kingdom or felines for that matter they would understand that cats roams as a form of claiming territory, it’s really in the nature and unfortunately some people really don’t respect that. I would suggest if u have a issue with cat behaviour get a repellant, or a water gun. Stop being a hater just cause you care for about plants then animal behaviour.
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 I find cat shit all the time when digging in the garden, I just fling it back into their garden. Easy.
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 i agree buddy im sick of it so now i set baits

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Apparently cats hate citronella and pepper so try sprinkling that in the garden.

 I have a citronella plant which my cats sleep in.... just saying
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Whatever you do, make sure its humane. Don't poison it. If you trap it make sure it has water and call the ranger straight away. Probably best to make sure local rangers pick up cats to begin with, some dont. You dont want to go through all the effort of buying a trap and setting it up if theres nobody to take caught cats. If you have time maybe you could squirt it with the hose every time you see it in your yard, or keep a super soaker handy. You could also ask your neighbours to keep it inside, they might happily do that if they know it's annoying you.

 You could take the cat to the nearest animal shelter and say its lost if the council won't take it.
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 Or how about don't take someone's pet from them. The heartbreak in a lost animal is awful. As well as the fear of whackos stealing it to leave at a shelter
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 That can't care too much about the cat if it is allowed to wander the streets
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 I let my kids walk to the pool/park/shop/friends.. I guess you could say I don't care about them using your logic 😐
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 Bet the kids aren't shitting in other people's yards
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 What's your address I'll send them over
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 Why not? They can get the pet back, they just have to pay a fine. I have taken a neighbours cat the the pound twice. It stopped the cat destroyed my property.
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I have got so fed up with the neighbours cats coming into my house at night spraying making my house reek, ripping to shreds a newly weedmatted garden. I cannot leave anything outside including my gumboots which are now covered in cat piss. I bought a humane cat trap and caught 4 over four consecutive nights. I completly drenched them to the point tbey lookec like drown rats. Hate them

 Cruelty to animals is a big indicator of mental health problems. Sounds like you might need some help.
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 Take them to the pound. Most people won't pay to get them back out so you won't have to worry about them anymore
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 Its not cruel if its quick
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 I take them to the pound, it costs over $100 to get the cat back, I had to do it twice and I didn't see the cat again. They either keep it inside or left it there
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Trap it and take it to the pound, they will have to pay to get it back... do that a few times and they will get sick of the fees. I done this to my neighbor and she just got a new cat instead so I done it to that cat as well and the next one after that. She soon stopped getting cats.

My dog kills cats so that works out well. I go to a lot of trouble to keep mine inside so he doesn't annoy the neighbors and they just don't give a f**k, so screw it I just let him go. And as for the front yard, I have a trap so I trap them and take them to the pound. Amazing how much the cat population avoids my yard now lol

 You know your dogs are blooded now right? They have a taste for it. If they get out of your yard they'll kill again. If a dog did that on a farm the farmer would take the dog out to the bush & shoot it because it wouldn't be too long before it progressed to eating the lambs etc
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 Do some actual resesch before you dismiss it, You might actual learn something. Might be a new experience for you.
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 Maybe the dog will turn on the owner now it’s got the taste
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 Hopefully
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Put globs on Vick’s around your house, on the fence, down pipes etc. You have to redo it every few months and after heavy rain, but it seems to deter them.

Also, feral cats don’t bury their poo (in some cases), so it might not be the neighbour’s cat.

Perhaps throw the cat poo back over the fence. But seriously the cat trap and taking it to the council should stop the problem. You could let your neighbor know you have had a problem with feral cats in your yard and you have put bait out, just letting them know in case they are worried about their cat getting it. You don't actually need to put bait out, but they may start keeping their cat inside.

 My neighbor had a problem with my cats and was throwing the cat poo back over the fence. However I no longer have cats that go into her yard, and She still throws Shit over the fence, which is obviously not my cat Shit. Feel like taking a dump on the bonnet of their Car!
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 Then you should have kept your cats out their garden to start with.
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 Her point was it obviously wasn't her cat if it's still happening. The neighbours just stupid.
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Get a bucket of water and put old fish, prawns or squid in it. Leave it for 3 days in the hot sun. Fill up super soaker with water only. Spray cat. Neighbours stop letting their cats roam when they come home smelling putrid all the time. I’ve done it to several cats in my area.

 Or they won't let the cats in the house cos they stink
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I loath cats too and don't understand the appeal of them. This is compounded by the fact that I have a 6 week old daughter and during the last few weeks of pregnancy and after birth the cat has turned into a needy neurotic beast. Our cat does go outside but because there are dogs in the houses around us it stays in our yard. Could you perhaps play in your yard some loud dog barks - download them off the internet. If the neighbours ask just say you're looking after a hunting dog for a farmer friend. All the best PS you aren't weird in not liking cats but don't go into cruelty territory.

If you poison it is that allowed?

 No f**k stick!
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 Just joking. I honestly can’t even kill flies/spiders, or throw away flowers until they’ve fallen off the stem and have shrivel up and gone completely brown.
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 Im sorry for the brutal response then 😂
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 😂 no worries, it was a lame joke. I’m so socially awkward, even on the internet. Always say the wrong thing 🙈I just don’t think about what I say, I’m like a toddler that has no filter Haha.
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 Thats where emojis come in handy, whenever I think something could be taken the wrong way I just add an emoji to cement the tone.
My brother is getting married to Sam😠
My brother is getting married to Sam😀

Makes a world of difference I don't know how I survived before 😂

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