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Old 04-22-2014, 10:50 PM
 
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I have two dogs and love animals, but can promise that they could catch a cat. I keep my dogs on leash or in my yard and would not want a cat in my yard. I would feel horrible if my dog injured a cat, but it is a natural instinct. You are worried about squirrels, but it is very probable that your cat is killing birds.

There are leash laws for cats, but most people ignore them. Would it be okay for my dog to roam the neighborhood, pooping in your yard? That is what your outdoor cars is doing. Sorry, but I age with the neighbor. Just because they just moved in has nothing to do with it.
Cats kill over a BILLION birds yearly.

My dogs won't leave my yard. So, if they hurt a cat, that's on the cat owner, not me. The neighbor said the cat was going into his yard, which the OP has chosen not to believe, yet admits the cat has roamed the neighborhood for a long time.

A cat being chased by a dog is just as likely to be hit by a car as a dog could be.

Another vote for the neighbor.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:53 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Tell your stupid neighbors to get a real fence that their dog can't escape from.
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Old 04-22-2014, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Manayunk
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I'm not a cat person but I live in a major city and there are tons of outdoor cats and strays. Nobody has an electric fence either. Everyone uses a leash and/or fence. Plus a lot of us feed the squirrels. My daughter and I save the bread/crackers we have leftover from the day and throw them outside for the birds and squirrels to eat. She loves watching them come grab the food and bury it.

Trapping them is barbaric. How would they feel if someone "trapped" one of their dogs and drove them miles away and left them.

I have a Saint Bernard and she tries to "protect" us from birds, squirrels, cats, etc. but if a cat came in our backyard and she tried going after it she wouldn't get far bc of a leash and fence. If she ran into the street after a cat, it would be my fault for not having my dog properly restrained. It's not my job and is impossible to control every animal she may see, but it is my job and NOT impossible to control MY animal.
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:15 AM
 
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Does your cat roam outside your property?

Our neighbor's cats would roam in our property. It drives me crazy because their cats would poop in our garden and backyard! It also stresses out my dogs. I keep my dogs within our property so they should also do the same with their cats.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:06 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Just because most current laws allow freedom to cats that dogs are deprived of does not mean it fair or reasonable.
Even people who object to having cats roaming around seldom say or do anything about it since the law is usually not on their side so jut because nobody has complained all these years doesn't mean they like it.
You let your cat run free, it's on you what happens to it
If you want to be a good neighbor, let your new neighbors in on the advantages of the squirrel proof feeders since they may be unfamiliar with them and relocating whatever squirrels they trap is a fruitless measure. But don't hold it against them just because you think your cat has special rights to be a pest.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I'll give my opinion, but you won't like it. I have dogs, and I have an invisible fence. If a cat strays into my yard, that's the cat's problem, not mine. But, I guarantee you, the cat won't like the outcome. The onus is on you to keep your cat out of other people's yards, not the other people to leash their dogs for your convenience.
+1. I don't really understand the attitude many cat owners have that cats should have the run of the neighborhood just because they are cats. I own two Great Danes. When they are outdoors and I am not walking them, they are kept in my securely fenced backyard. One of my Great Danes kills cats. I don't like that she does this, but that's the way she's always been. A few cats have strayed into our yard over the years. The ones who weren't faster than she is suffered an unfortunate fate.
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:31 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure it's illegal to trap and relocate wildlife.

If they trap your cat and bring it to the shelter, I'm about 99% positive that is illegal as well.


I had a scummy neighbor who used to try to trap peoples' cats. There was no fence between our yards. I simply walked onto his property when he wasn't home and broke and smashed his trap and picked it up and threw it near his trash cans. I'm sure he didn't want to have to keep buying traps because he never had one after that.

COWARDS do things like this to animals and you should tell your neighbor that!

Yet you waited until your neighbor was gone to go on his property and destroy a trap that you did not like or pay for?

Original Poster: There is not much you can do except contain your cat. We have an outdoor cat and she has been taught her boundries and she does not cross those boundries. Either contain your cat properly or teach your cat those boundries.

New neighbors always equal changes that you may or may not like. As far as the squirrels go, squirrel babies and all other babies die everyday from neglect, it happens, it is part of nature.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:06 AM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Why is it that ever time you find a nice neighborhood to live in there is always one a hole neighbor that thinks they can dictate the rules of the community ...sorry but I try to get along with all of my neighbors but the first time you make an issue of something trivial such as a cat causing your dog to run across the street you are not a good neighbor in my opinion and you should get a real fence you know the one that is called a chain link...I hate to tell you what I would have told them LOL .I agree you should keep to yourself and ignore those barbarians and they sound crotchety ...Next thing you know it will be your kids are making too much noise . Oh well too bad you moved into a neighborhood that has kids .
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:27 AM
 
Location: The Emerald City
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Cats kill over a BILLION birds yearly.

My dogs won't leave my yard. So, if they hurt a cat, that's on the cat owner, not me. The neighbor said the cat was going into his yard, which the OP has chosen not to believe, yet admits the cat has roamed the neighborhood for a long time.

A cat being chased by a dog is just as likely to be hit by a car as a dog could be.

Another vote for the neighbor.
Domesticated cats are not part of the food chain.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:36 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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okay please someone give me a brand name of a squirrel proof buffer or bird feeder. I have bought several that claim to be squirrel proof and the squirrels have always gotten them open. Never even heard of a "buffer". As far as roaming cats and dogs - if you let them roam, you have to accept that there are risks involved. I lived on a large farm years ago, my dog roamed freely until one day the farmer down the road told me that if he saw my dog on his property again he would shoot her. I moved within 3 months.
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