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Annoying cat

Discussion in 'Cat Discussion' started by GotPepsi, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. GotPepsi

    GotPepsi Little Dog

    My neighbor's cat is constantly jumping into my yard, which becomes a problem if my dog is outside. The cat jumped in my yard twice already, the first time the cat was scared up a tree. I found my dog climbing on the lowest branch barking at the cat. The second time the cat escaped over the rock wall. I'm scared that the cat is going to teach my dog how to jump the fence. Are there any tricks to keep a cat out of your yard? I feel like going to my neighbors house and asking them to keep the cat indoors, but that is not possible.
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Why is that not possible to discuss this with your neighbor? Are there laws in your area regarding at large animals?

    Just so you know, your dog may learn how to climb the fence or otherwise escape the yard whether the cat lures him or not. It's asking for trouble to leave a dog unsupervised in a yard without being otherwise confined with a kennel or chainspot.

    BBPITS Good Dog

    If you feel you can't approach your neighbor,other than a glock there's no way to keep the cat out.Even if you chain him, that will only stop him from getting out of the yard,even then if the cat gets close enough it will eventually run out of lives.Your going to have to be out with him at all times to avoid any confrontation.
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  4. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Cats are evil.
  5. Atheist

    Atheist Good Dog

    The best trick I know to keep cats out of the back yard is to get a real dog. Pit bulls usually work perfectly.

    Seriously what are you worried about? The cat will learn to keep out of the yard or the cat will eventually die and you can just bury it and nobody will ever know. Any cat owner that lets their cat roam freely has to accept the fact that one day their little kitty cat may not come home. It's a dangerous world out there. Cars, dogs, pesticides, snakes, mean people, animal control .....
  6. Atheist

    Atheist Good Dog

    Annoying cat?

    Aren't they all?
  7. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Good Dog

    I would personally talk to the neighbor and give them a chance to do something about it. If they couldn't contain their animal and at least keep it off my property, I would take matters into my own hands if the dogs don't get it first. In reality, the cat wouldn't last very long in my yard even when running up a tree (the dogs will follow). Try trapping it maybe and dropping it off at animal control if you have one. I don't take kindly to other peoples cats on my land. If it was a nuisance and for some odd reason evaded the dogs, a bullet would solve it fast.
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  8. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    Although I agree with the second half of this, the first half is very shitty and heartless. If my dog killed a cat I'd at least try to find the owner to let them know. Not sure why OP can't just talk to their neighbor though.
  9. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Yes, they are.....

    Why can't you talk to the owners of the cat?
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  10. Atheist

    Atheist Good Dog

    Well I guess it wouldn't be shitty and heartless to go to the neighbor and say. "Sorry but due to your irresponsibility as a pet owner, your poor little kitty kept coming into my backyard until today when my pit bull finally caught it and ripped to to pieces. I have kindly bought you the pieces so you may have a proper burial and service."

    On second thought my initial idea of not rubbing salt into the inevitable wound by quietly burying the dead cat and keeping the details of it's gruesome demise a secret seems better. The owners can accept that it is a dangerous world and their not so precious kitty whom they neglected and let roam free must have encountered one of the numerous hazards out there and is gone due to their lack of caring and supervision. At least another pit bull doesn't get blamed for well, being a pit bull, and the dogs owners who just like the dog have done nothing wrong by allowing their dog in their own back yard. It's a win win.

    I think it is shitty and heartless for a cat owner to allow their cat to roam freely and then blame others when something bad happens. innoko - when your dog kills a feral or roaming cat, you go find the owners and let them know what happened and let me know how that works out for you, your dog and your relationship with your newly cat-less neighbors.
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  11. innoko

    innoko Big Dog

    Atheist, you must be in advertising, cuz you sure can put a spin on things. I hope this thread does not devolve into another endless "pit bulls will kill cats" debate.

    If my dog ever kills a roaming cat, I will try to inform the owners, because I've been on the other side of that and spent months looking for my dead cat only to find him in pieces in a field, with the dog's owner fully aware of what had happened and having chosen not to tell me. I, personally, would have rather he just told me and be done with it. I'd rather someone KNOW what happened to their free-range cat than assume that it "ran away" or was taken in by a kindly stranger, if only to prevent them from allowing their future cats to roam and possibly suffer the same fate.

    OP, there's not really any way to keep a cat out of your yard beyond totally altering your fence. Talk to your neighbor and/or call Animal Control. If you think that your dog can scale the fence, you really need to put him on a chain spot or alter your fence, anyway.
  12. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    In a lot- if not most- areas, a dog killing a domestic animal can get a "dangerous dog" title slapped right on it. Not to mention you then have possibly vengeful neighbors who hate your dog and may try to poison it. If my dogs killed a roaming cat, I would quietly bury it and that would be that. It's no different than if the cat eats antifreeze or something and dies where nobody ever finds it. People who have free range cats just need to accept these risks.

    I adore cats. I have four of them. They're not allowed outside and for good reason. I would never let my cats out to roam.
  13. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop


    Yep. Garp found a cat in my garage a while ago. Don't know if it was alive when he found it, but it sure wasn't when I noticed.

    I just took care of things quietly and anonymously. It didn't have tags, I wasn't going to invite that risk to my dog, no way in hell.

    If someone lets their cat roam free, then their peace of mind is not worth the trouble it could bring to my dog.
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  14. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Good Dog

    It depends on the situation. For me, i live in a rural area and I can't see my neighbors homes. I wouldn't know who's cat it was to begin with. In my situation, it wouldn't be worth the trouble of locating the owner who didn't care enough to contain their animal. Especially, just to tell them their cat is dead.
  15. RoxiePup

    RoxiePup Big Dog

    Obviously if it doesnt have tags I wouldnt be going door to door saying is this left paw your cats? However I would want someone to notify me if something was to happen, so I to would find a way to let the cat owner know if I could.
  16. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    Same here. My dog did kill a cat one time, found the poor kitty, and buried it. My dog wasn't a pit bull though, he was a lab/dalmatian mix.
  17. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    In theory but...

    Any peace of mind that might bring the owner isn't worth any trouble it might bring to my dog (and me). You own a free roaming cat, you invite the trouble. If it comes into my yard with my dog out there and it doesn't jump back over the fence, it's probably not gonna fare well. And as much as it sucks, that could spell problems for my dog. Who I care a lot more about than an owner who lets their pet roam free.
  18. ignitethis

    ignitethis Good Dog

    Honestly, I would either talk to your neighbors or try to trap the cat before your dog ends it. We used to get cats around all the time, and they learned to stay away when I had Roxie out in the yard... She only had the chance to chase a cat twice, and then I ended up catching one of them (the other got away and never came back, this one came back once more) and taking it around, asking who's it was.

    Ended up in a lengthy conversation about responsible ownership, and it worked, thankfully. I think the rest of the cats stopped coming by because kids in the park would start gathering up cats and taking them to a local shop where they would adopt out the cats if they had been strays.
  19. Cosmic Charlie

    Cosmic Charlie Good Dog

    ^ this. The few cat's, bobcats and mountain lions around my property know better than coming around here. It took some time but aafter some chases and bites cat's know not to mess with the dogs..... or cosmic charlie.
  20. Atheist

    Atheist Good Dog

    I guess the bottom line for me is burying the cat quietly isn't shitty and heartless but IMO it is compassionate. The cat is dead and while some may want to mitigate their own sense of quilt by personally delivering the bad news to the neighbors, I don't see how letting the neighbor know their cat is dead due to their own negligence, or my dog killed it, is going to help the relationship between neighbors, going to work out well for my dog if they get mad, or help the overall general public perception of pit bulls. I would never feel guilty nor would I expect to think someone that allows their cat to roam freely could ever be that worried about it in the first place.

    I do have neighbors whom I get along great with. They know my dog, they have a dog of their own and a cat they allow to roam. When my dog killed a well known to the area feral cat, I let that neighbor know in case they wanted to contain their cat Willy, since my dog proved he will kill a cat he catches. They just said if Willy is dumb enough to go into my back yard they can accept the outcome and of course would never blame us. Willy has been roaming for years and it just so happens he is smart enough to stay out of our back yard. I'm guessing it must be the 70 lb bull dog that lives there.

    Part of it may also be that in the rural area where I live we have all kinds of raccoons, skunks, snakes, bobcats, mountain lions, deer, bears you name it, so anybody who has pets is typically prepared to protect them or trust in the natural selection process. Maybe it's different in the burbs. The cats in my area will kill your Yorkie if you allow it to go outside unsupervised, even on your own fenced in property. It is just a way of life here.

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