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Have you had one installed? How much did it cost?

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OP, honestly, don't bother. This forum is full of angry cat-haters. Pretending they care about native animals while in the same breath talking about wanting to kill someone's pet.

Allowing a pet cat outside during the day is not illegal, nor is it irresponsible. If they're given enough food, attention and toys to play with, many cats won't bother hunting at all. Some still do but in a suburban backyard they'll get a few rats, mice or pigeons, if they're lucky. Big whoop.

Un-neutered feral cats, abandoned by ACTUAL irresponsible pet owners, breed quickly in large numbers and hunt wildlife for food. If you're really concerned about the native fauna then that's where you should direct your rage, not at your next door neighbour's moggie.

 The stupidest rubbish I've ever heard. Get a brain.
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 I can assure you it's both. We catch more pet cats than feral ones.
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 When I was a kid our well looked after cats caught a big variety of wildlife including a potaroo, rabbit, little bats, lizards, native birds, along with mice. Who knows what else they caught that they didn't bring home. I'm not anti cat, I'd love to get one or two when my kids are older, but they would be indoor only or have a enclosure outside. I wouldn't let them wander.
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 Hahahaha you have no idea about cat behaviour. They hunt for fun. They don't know the difference between a native bird and an introduced pest. Cats should be kept inside.
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 Yep, they hunt for fun, that's why toys and attention limit the amount of hunting they do. They don't 'choose' what to hunt, they go for what's easily available, which is why they mostly get rats, mice & pigeons. I've never seen a potaroo in the wild, let alone my back yard! Do you live in a rural area? If your cat was hunting that much it must have been pretty bored and lonely.
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 Oh yes. Give it toys. Great idea. For about 5 minutes until its natural instinct kicks in.
Idiots like you are the reason my trap gets such a work out and why there are so many lost cat notices on Facebook. Moron.

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OP lol I stopped commenting cos the thread got a bit eye rolly and off track.

My cat often brings her “catches” back as presents , she stands so proud in front.

It’s always rats and mice.
If she caught a bi d she’d be chuffed as hell. She’s never brung back a bird. Only ever rats and mice. They seem too dumb to heat her bell.
Mind you we haven’t had a scarecrow since we had her so she does her job around the garden but can’t catch them lol just scares then

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 I personally love it 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
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Hopefully you are going to contain your cat in your yard and not let it roam off your property.
I think you can buy a kit which makes it a lot cheaper. I had one years ago, the kit was very cheap.

OP how would you contain a cat in the yard?
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 Cat net. Google it.
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  The way a responsible cat owner does. Do you want my dog roaming into your yard? Want my dog killing native fauna? No. It's contained.
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 If only all dogs were contained
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 Yep I have a catnet enclosure. So great! Neighbours hate me less
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 Call hire a hubby
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 OSCILLOT
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OP We put a bell on her.

And I have to put up with dogs everywhere. Not just stray ones in my yard. Even on a leash I still detest them. But yet everyone brings their dogs wherever.

And I googled cat nets seems they would only work on a patrol or small yard. Neither of which we have.

Her roaming into the neighbours is really a non issue for us. Though I can see how some who’ve made an assumption could have thought we were being irresponsible.

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 ^You are missing the point. It's not just about neighbours.
Do you really think a bell is going to save naive fauna? Do you think lizards and baby birds in nests too young to fly will be protected if you put a bell on your cat? Its irresponsible and naive.

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OP She was an outside cat on the farm she came from and she’s been an outside cat for 2 years with us.
Iv always had a bell on her.

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 Cats learn to move without ringing the bell
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Not sure how much they are, but you can get ones that attach to sliding doors so you don't have to actually have them installed. We looked into them when renting...

OP Just googled them thanks
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I hope you live near me, my kids love trapping cats.

OP Your kids would be pretty quick to trap them on your acres.
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 We live on a property of about 10 acres, my kids catch plenty of cats as they wander from home. Make sure your cats have a collar with your address on it, the kids return the collars with a note telling the owner to collect the cat from the council.
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 Bet your kids are popular
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 They don't write who it's from.
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  That's nice of them - i wouldn't be so charitable. I think a collar is all there'd be left of them if I trapped them.
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 They owner gets a fine so we rarely get the same cat twice.
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OP Your kids are assholes with a mother who encourages it.
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 My kids care about the native wildlife on our property. The cats are destructive and should be shot, but my kids humanly trap them, and take them to the council where they are cared for and returned to their owners. They do this as it makes the owners take responsibility for their cats. There are certainly arseholes but you will find they are closer to home. Enjoy the fines.
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 ^really? Good on her and her kids for caring about native wildlife. Hopefully someone nearby has a cat trap.
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OP We’ve never had a fine for our cat so far. Never seen her off our property come to think of it. So this is all a bit redundant ladies
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OP I find it inteesting you’ve had so many cats in your property? Iv lived rural semi rural and suburbs, all with surrounding pets with roaming cats.

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OP *and never had a problem with
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 You probably do live near us then. Most people have worked out it's too expensive to let the cats out. Most people shoot cats if are on their land.
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 At our last house, at one point we had 6 different cats that would come through our yard. We didn't own any pets but had to deal with all the cat crap. We ended up netting our veggie garden to keep them out, so they'd poo on the gravel around the garden instead. Very annoying. Also a couple of my childhood cats ended up getting put down due to getting ill from fighting/being in contact with other cats, so something else to think about.
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 My dad lives on a farm and there's always "stray" cats and they eat all the native bird life, and he's sick of it
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 Tell him lead poisoning works well.
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 You people are disgusting
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 Filthy excuses for himan beings
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 Powdered ratsak mixed in a dish of cat food
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 Wtf is wrong with you??
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 What gives you the right to take a life?
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 This is how serial killers start you know
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 Once you justify shit like that you can justify anything. Seek help.
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 Ground glass in canned tuna
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 I bet you're fat
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 Haven't had sex for years have you? You can lie it's ok. I know you're angry at the world because you hate yourself.
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Some cat doors have different settings, to allow in and out, or just to let the cat in but not out and vice versa

We have one due to previous owners. Make sure you get one that closes nicely, ours is this shitty plastic one and flies are constantly coming in through it.

OP Thanks
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Another option is a cat run. I've seen people put a cat flap in a window which goes directly into the cat run so they can go in and out whenever without blocking a door.

OP Her in the yard really isn’t an issue with us.
That’s for the suggestion though :)

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