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Old 12-30-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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Default Why should you be allowed to let your cat(s) roam free?

So I woke this morning and found the neighbor’s cats crapped in the front planter and sprayed urine all over the porch. I always find three cats parked on the patio furniture late at night and I think it’s time to start trapping them for a trip to the pound.


So why should your cat(s) be allowed to roam free?
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Actually this is an interesting phenom. In the US every other animal is regulated into oblivion, but cats. Unfortunately, letting cats roam freely in many environments is bad for the cats as well as everyone else.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Why should human beings be allowed to roam free? I came home to find my front door bashed in, my possessions gone, and my house wrecked. They even poured soy sauce on my family photo albums.

I'll take some cat Moderator cut: language removed in my planter any day.

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Old 12-30-2011, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The neighbor's cats roam the fields around here. I'm fine with it because they keep the field mouse and rat populations down. The hawks would just do circles in the sky and rarely stoop.

The outdoors is not your living room. I see your cat and raise you half a dozen deer, a fox, a couple armadillos, a groundhog, and some owls. All come wandering over our property.
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Old 12-31-2011, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Buxton, England
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Cats are naturally outdoor creatures and I believe it is cruel to not give them the option to roam outside and keep them housebound. Cat owners can take responsibility to train them to poo/wee in a cat litter tray inside. Just because some don't, doesn't reflect badly on the cats. They're animals for hell's sake!

Personally I'm far more bothered about stupid dog owners who let their dogs crap all over the streets and don't pick it up. Disgusting!
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I am far more irritated by cigarette smokers who flick their cigarette butts out of their car everywhere.
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Old 12-31-2011, 08:20 AM
 
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So I woke this morning and found the neighbor’s cats crapped in the front planter and sprayed urine all over the porch. I always find three cats parked on the patio furniture late at night and I think it’s time to start trapping them for a trip to the pound.


So why should your cat(s) be allowed to roam free?
I think cats should be allowed to roam free since it's basically in their nature unless they were raised completely indoors. However I think that people who let their cats roam free have to accept the fact that there can be consequences to letting cats roam free.

There are people that hate cats and there are those that like to hurt cats. In fact there are people who like to hurt animals period, but for some reason some people actually hate cats exclusively to the point that they would hurt or kill them.

My mom has three cats, one of which was tamed as a wild kitten (his mother was a feral living in her yard). To this day he's afraid of people and traffic and though the other two cats would logically be different, I think he might've rubbed off on them because they're afraid of strangers and traffic also while outside, which is a good thing.

In some parts of the country there are also wildlife and pets that eat cats. Cats can also get trapped and/or impounded.

Then of course if people don't fix their cats, they'll be running around the 'hood reproducing. Some people want kittens, but too many kittens is causing a major overpopulation of cats, especially feral cats. Nobody really understands the affects of this problem until they visit an animal shelter that is overrun with cats.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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I have nothing against cats, whatsoever. BUT, on my private property, they are not welcome, as I have a half dozen large birdfeeders, lots of wild birds (and a lot of wildlife, as I am on over 40 acres). I have gotten tired of seeing piles of feathers in the lawn, and neighbors cats stalking the birds (these feeders are 30 feet off the ground). I know that is in a cat's nature to hunt, and that is fine, just not on my property.
There are a few feral cats running around, but trapping them and giving them to the humane society is easy. I am a member and donor to the SPCA, and the local facility is literally overrun with cats.
Fortunately we have Rindge fisher cats here, which helps keep down the domestic cat population.

My belief is:
1). Notify the owner of the situation.
2). If not remedied, give a second notice.
3). If still not remedied, off to the SPCA, sans tags. (for chips that doesn't work, but after the first few times, the hint will be understood).

(And to the OP that thought is was ok to have cat poop in your flower baskets, and have your house invaded by burglars, what did you do to prevent the situation?). As most people would do, if you see a (potential) problem, you resolve it.

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Old 12-31-2011, 11:07 AM
 
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The neighbor's cats roam the fields around here. I'm fine with it because they keep the field mouse and rat populations down. The hawks would just do circles in the sky and rarely stoop.

The outdoors is not your living room. I see your cat and raise you half a dozen deer, a fox, a couple armadillos, a groundhog, and some owls. All come wandering over our property.
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Quote:"The outdoors is not your living room."

No, it is not, but it is my property, and I have the right to determine who or what is allowed on that property.

Quote:"I see your cat and raise you half a dozen deer, a fox, a couple armadillos, a groundhog, and some owls"

I see your half a dozen deer, a fox, a couple armadillos, a groundhog, and some owls, and raise you bears, bobcats, porcupines, Rindge fisher cats, moose, lots of deer, hawks, herons, owls, foxes, groundhogs, hundreds of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, opposums, water snakes, bats, and a few others I don't know what they are, but wouldn't mess with.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I take it this thread was moved from some other sub forum?

Many of us who post in the cats forum these days believe cats are safer, healthier and happier inside.

You can put some attractive gravel in the planter to keep the cats out of it. If cats are spraying your porch they are most likely not neutered. Perhaps you should have a talk with your neighbor about the responsibility of pet ownership.
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