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Dealing with Pet Problems

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 21 Apr 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Dealing With Pet Problems Pet Nuisances

Britain is renowned for being a nation of animal lovers and this is obviously reflected in the vast variety of pets we keep. Dogs, cats, goldfish, budgies, parrots, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and even some species of snakes and lizards are just a small proportion of the many different animal species that are kept as pets.

However, as a pet owner, it is our responsibility to ensure that we not only look after and care for our pets in the correct and proper manner, but we also have a duty of care to our neighbours too with regards to our pets and to ensure that they do not interfere in any way with our neighbours’ ability to enjoy life in and around their own homes, too.

Common Pet Problems

Pet problems among neighbours can range from the most common, such as Persistent Dog Barking, dogs fouling the payment, and Aggressive Dogs when out and about but dogs are by no means the only culprits.

Other complaints include cats straying into your garden and digging it up or fouling it and people who keep birds such as pigeons whose droppings can become both a nuisance and a health hazard. Then, there are also associated issues such as pet neglect.

The Legal Position and Who To Turn To

Nuisance pets and pet owners who are irresponsible can have legal action taken against them, which would usually come under anti-social behaviour and both noise and smell nuisance laws. There is legislation in place to cover all of these issues which usually falls under the responsibility of your local authority’s Environmental Health Department under the Environmental Protection Act. It would be this department you would contact first if you were experiencing these kinds of problems, and where you’ve not been able to resolve the matter directly with your neighbours.

Advice on keeping certain pets and training advice, if appropriate, can be offered to pet owners but where persistent or serious offences are being committed, fines of up to £5,000 and pet removal, in certain circumstances can result.

What if you Think the Problem Is Pet Neglect?

In circumstances where you have proof or a strong reason to suspect that pets are being neglected, then you should contact the RSPCA. They will take up the issue and go out and inspect the house involved, speak to the owner, and examine the pet in question. They may also consider whether or not there is a case to pursue an animal cruelty charge, and might also need to determine whether a particular residence is suitable for the pet which is being kept.

In certain instances where a crime may been committed, such as being bitten by a dog or the destruction of property due to a pet not being kept under control by its owner, you may need to get the police involved. But your local authority’s Environmental Health Department or RSPCA will be your first port of call if you’re encountering pet problems that you’re not able to directly resolve with your neighbours.

Usually, speaking to a neighbour amicably, and even mediation where necessary, is sufficient to resolve most pet problems. Installing ultrasonic noise emitters and taking other preventative action like putting out certain smells such as citronella can prevent other neighbours’ pets from coming into your garden. Therefore, wherever possible, you should try to sort out the matter using alternative means to avoid putting extra pressures upon external organisations.

However, you should not refrain from contacting one of these relevant organisations directly without any previous consultation with neighbours if the situation is serious enough to warrant that. Not only do you have the right not to have other people’s pets ruining your own enjoyment of life, you could, in some instances, be helping to save the life of a neglected or mistreated animal.

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Hi there I have a problem or issue need advice and help with seein as the housing association won't help me and seem to not be interested in my complaint. I recently have a new neighbour moved in below me I have allergies to dogs and cats which my neighbour has which doesn't bother me to much but the thing that does is her cats and dog are peeing over my path side of house and even my garden and if there not peeing in the garden etc there pooin in my garden. I've spoke to my mates that are gardners for advice what to do etc but nothing works. I've contacted the housing association for them to tell me they will issue letters out to my neighbours the street and me on pets faulining on the grounds of our street and been fined. And nothing been sent out so contacted them again with the same issue and how I have basically caught my neighbours dog peeing on the side of my building while they have had the dog on a leash but her cats runnin bout doingwhat they do at side of my house and in my garden and have notice the cats goin in and out through the window that the neighbour keeps open for them on to my garden and the neighbours please help don't know wot to do x
Vicky - 21-Apr-17 @ 10:55 PM
Hi my neighbour cat keep using an area on stones to poo in it look really bad like a massive cat litter tray. We have children who play outside and sometime there toys go in this area we have move all stone a d poo put down some slate but gone put this morning to find the cat has poo in it again. What can we do? As it shouldn't be are responsibility to have to keep buying different things to try to keep the cat away.
Tracey - 31-Jan-17 @ 11:34 AM
Bing - Your Question:
We moved into a room 16 months ago and started work on the garden, only to discover our neighbours rabbits can get in and eat whatever they want. We tried blocking entry point but they made more holes in the fence which we also blocked off. Discovered neighbors let them roam free and even if I block it it comes round the front and gets in that way. Have spoken to neighbour who promised to deal with it, nothing happened we waited till 3 weeks ago and tried calling in and got no answer and left a note asking what was happening and offered if they couldn't catch them we would get someone out to do it which got us a very angry neighbour at the door with a sob story about these rabbits and how they don't get on with other rabbits she owns so they are allowed to roam but she said she would get sorted. Today my wife asked what was happening cause we still see them and was greeted with a lot of hostility and told they won't be catching or caging them and that we should move, accused us of harassment and was aggressive to my wife. My kids can't play in garden because they dig and poop. I had fenced an area off for a toddler to play in which rabbits managed to get into and there is massive holes in it, I don't know what to do please help, advise needed

Our Response:
We're not sure that there's a great deal you can do to resolve this easily. You could try your local council's environmental health department, as this is certainly causing you a nuisance.
ProblemNeighbours - 10-Jan-17 @ 11:05 AM
We moved into a room 16 months ago and started work on the garden, only to discover our neighbours rabbits can get in and eat whatever they want. We tried blocking entry point but they made more holes in the fence which we also blocked off. Discovered neighbors let them roam free and even if I block it it comes round the front and gets in that way. Have spoken to neighbour who promised to deal with it, nothing happened we waited till 3 weeks ago and tried calling in and got no answer and left a note asking what was happening and offered if they couldn't catch them we would get someone out to do it which got us a very angry neighbour at the door with a sob story about these rabbits and how they don't get on with other rabbits she owns so they are allowed to roam but she said she would get sorted. Today my wife asked what was happening cause we still see them and was greeted with a lot of hostility and told they won't be catching or caging them and that we should move, accused us of harassment and was aggressive to my wife. My kids can't play in garden because they dig and poop. I had fenced an area off for a toddler to play in which rabbits managed to get into and there is massive holes in it, I don't know what to do please help, advise needed
Bing - 9-Jan-17 @ 10:22 AM
sicktothebackteeth - Your Question:
My neighbour never has the dog on a leash. It is a smallish dog and runs onto my front lawn and pathway. It pees on my lawn which is ruined and has pooped on my path twice, the dog runs at me and visitors barking at us. It runs at people in the street barking. The neighbour just states it wont hurt you. I am sick of it. HELP!

Our Response:
You can report this to your local council. Please see our guide to Problem Dogs here for more information
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Dec-16 @ 12:02 PM
My neighbour never has the dog on a leash. It is a smallish dog and runs onto my front lawn and pathway. It pees on my lawn which is ruined and has pooped on my path twice, the dog runs at me and visitors barking at us. It runs at people in the street barking. The neighbour just states it wont hurt you. I am sick of it. HELP!
sicktothebackteeth - 15-Dec-16 @ 4:43 PM
I have a problem with neighbours who who's cats not only come into my back garden to toilet but get onto my car, parked at the front of my house. I have fitted an electronic device above the garage pointing onto the car but this does not always deter them. I tried speaking to the women neighbour bit all I got was a lot of screeching abuse any suggestions please?
Spsnner - 10-Dec-16 @ 9:58 AM
Totally agree with Problem Neighbours...if anything you should be able to tell them to keep their cats out of your garden but the ridiculous laws in this country allow cats to roam wherever they please. Try squirting water at the cats whenever you see them...it usually works as a deterrent eventually.
Pesky Cats - 7-Nov-16 @ 2:24 PM
Arghh - Your Question:
We have a problem with neighbours cats, both have now come into our garden & our dogs have fought with them, the 2nd time the cat jumped our dogs from a tree & came back for more.Yet the neighbours don't believe he did this, the lady just freaks & doesn't care to listen to us. We've cat proofed our garden but they want us to have our dogs on a lead when they are in our garden if the cats are out or take them down the road to toilet them. They want our dogs in basically at set times while their cats go out. They say we are being unhelpful and have been very rude to us. The husband came banging on our door, smelling of beer. Dont know what to do, I don't feel comfortable talking to them & I dont want to stop being able to use our garden how we want to

Our Response:
You can do as you like in your own garden. As long as your dogs cannot escape onto your neighbour's property, there should be no issue - your neighbours are being unreasonable. Just explain that but you'd like the freedom to do as you like on your own property and can't comply with their request.
ProblemNeighbours - 7-Nov-16 @ 2:23 PM
We have a problem with neighbours cats, both have now come into our garden & our dogs have fought with them, the 2nd time the cat jumped our dogs from a tree & came back for more. Yet the neighbours don't believe he did this, the lady just freaks & doesn't care to listen to us. We've cat proofed our garden but they want us to have our dogs on a lead when they are in our garden if the cats are out or take them down the road to toilet them. They want our dogs in basically at set times while their cats go out. They say we are being unhelpful and have been very rude to us. The husband came banging on our door, smelling of beer. Dont know what to do, I don't feel comfortable talking to them & I dont want to stop being able to use our garden how we want to
Arghh - 5-Nov-16 @ 10:19 PM
Punter - Your Question:
We have this neighbour who refuses to stop inviting our cat into her home. Even though after three attempts she still persists. Shr even wrote a letter apologising for the trouble. We didnt respond and assumed thr problem was solved. Imagine my frustration when just last week when taking my refuse out I saw our cat running through her front door and the door closing. We live in a housing co operative shall I report this flagrant disregard of our wishes to the estate managenent becsuse I was ready to bang on her door that very instant and have it out. To us this has become a major problem as our cat ONLY comes home to eat approx 10 mins inside then hes gone for days. Now that im certain this neighbour has been meddling/interfering is there grounds to have her reported for her clear duplicity?

Our Response:
Unfortunately there is no law that really covers this. Cats do often "visit" lots of different households. Unless she actually "steals" the cat i.e doesn't allow it to return home at all, then she's not really committing a crime.
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Oct-16 @ 11:33 AM
We have this neighbour who refuses to stop inviting our cat into her home. Even though after three attempts she still persists. Shr even wrote a letter apologising for the trouble. We didnt respond and assumed thr problem was solved. Imagine my frustration when just last week when taking my refuse out i saw our cat running through her front door and the door closing. We live in a housingco operative shall i report this flagrant disregard of our wishes to the estate managenent becsuse i was ready to bang on her door that very instant and have it out. To us this has become a major problem as our cat ONLY comes home to eat approx 10 mins inside then hes gone for days. Now that im certain this neighbour has been meddling/interfering is there grounds to have her reported for her clear duplicity?
Punter - 17-Oct-16 @ 3:27 AM
My neighbour lives in the flat below me.We both haveside by side gardens, and her garden is underneath my bedroom and kitchen windows.My problem is that her dog, who is rarely walked, uses the garden as a toilet.This is cleaned now and again, but the smell of dog urine and poo means that I can't open my windows, and it is not pleasant to look down on a garden full of dog mess.Not only that.Sometimes when they do pick up the dog poo they leave it in a carrier bag by the fence . Some advice please.They have already been sent a letter by the local Housing Association and for a short time the garden was kept tidy, but now as bad as ever.
jamie - 15-Oct-16 @ 1:34 PM
Tone - Your Question:
Cat fouling is a big problem. The same as cats going feral and attacking other peoples pets on the Bentilee estate. Reported however no one seems to do anything about it. The other problem that no one seems to do anything about is dangerous dogs that are dumped in peoples gardens. Because you can't get hold of a warden or the RSPCA you are forst to take action.

Our Response:
This problem has indeed made the press in your area. There are two organisations supported by local volunteers, trying to help prevent this problem from becoming worse. The RSPCA and Cats Protection, Staffordshire will be able to update you with the latest developments... you can email Dianne Bee at "neutering@cats.org.uk" or call 07834 802625. Do contact your local environmental health officer and your local councillor to find out how the council is assisting with the problem.
ProblemNeighbours - 26-Sep-16 @ 10:48 AM
Cat fouling is a big problem. The same as cats going feral and attacking other peoples pets on the Bentilee estate.Reported however no one seems to do anything about it.The other problem that no one seems to do anything about is dangerous dogs that are dumped in peoples gardens.Because you can't get hold of a warden or the RSPCA you are forst to take action.
Tone - 24-Sep-16 @ 4:03 PM
Weary - Your Question:
We have a neighbours cat that for over a year now poos on top of our cars most nights, we have spoken to the owner and they brought the cat in earlier for a while but now it has started again. We have spoken to them again and all they say is "I am not sure what we can do" This is so annoying going out in the morning find the deposit on top of my car then having to clean it off before going to work. The cat seems to go on about 5 different cars in our road. Does anyone know of some sort of deterent that we can put on our cars, the cat also is making scratch marks in the paint. Or how we stand in the eye of the law.

Our Response:
Some PIR devices work well, but can be triggered by birds etc. If you can catch them at it and squirt them with water a few times eventually they may stop returnning.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Sep-16 @ 12:22 PM
We have a neighbours cat that for over a year now poos on top of our cars most nights, we have spoken to the owner and they brought the cat in earlier for a while but now it has started again. We have spoken to them again and all they say is "I am not sure what we can do" This is so annoying going out in the morning find the deposit on top of my car then having to clean it off before going to work. The cat seems to go on about 5 different cars in our road. Does anyone know of some sort of deterent that we can put on our cars, the cat also is making scratch marks in the paint. Or how we stand in the eye of the law.
Weary - 17-Sep-16 @ 12:42 PM
Stressed neighbor- Your Question:
-reply Enviromental heath are involved. Nothing happens. Im loosing my mind

Our Response:
What have they done so far?
ProblemNeighbours - 17-Jun-16 @ 10:56 AM
-reply Enviromental heath are involved. Nothing happens. Im loosing my mind
Stressed neighbor - 15-Jun-16 @ 6:13 PM
Stressed neighbor- Your Question:
I have two problems in my flat but am being ignored and stuggling as I am 25 and the both problem neighbors are 40+1st neighbor next door aged around 60 a couple, they have around 20 cats in there flat next door, generally dont care if they love cats but my house smells of cat and cat piss, not only do they not wash them selves or cats, they have a ill dog with blood and bluging from the anal that poops outside my windows daily. The entire block and my hall way smells of cat wee, I have invited the council around to smell and complained over and over again. I am often sick coming in or out my flat and have to keep all doors closed. Council agreed there is a problem and told the lady to cut down on cats. The smell is still in my house and I am currently ill from it and have been sick from the smell, me neice and nephews all comment on the smell often saying they do not want to come to my house, because "that smell. "Problem 2 lady upstaits who works from 5am leaves her 2 dogs barking all day, I do not mean 1 or 2 barks here and there, I mean constantly barking and barking till they literally cant breathe for hours at a time, I had sound equipment in my house recorded all of this barking, called the rspca and they said there is no staff to come our for a barking dog, im woken at around 5am and its constant till I go work at 11am then im bk around 5 and they are still at it its very very annoying im sat hearing them bark now at the gap on the tv. Dose anyone know if I have any rights? I live in a council maisonette basically told if I look for a move im lowest priority im literally pulling my hair out I can't breathe or sleep in my own home!!!!!!!!

Our Response:
Have you actually tried your environmental health department regarding the dogs barking so early in the morning?
ProblemNeighbours - 15-Jun-16 @ 11:13 AM
I have two problems in my flat but am being ignored and stuggling as i am 25 and the both problem neighbors are 40+ 1st neighbor next door aged around 60 a couple, they have around 20 cats in there flat next door, generally dont care if they love cats but my house smells of cat and cat piss, not only do they not wash them selves or cats, they have a ill dog with blood and bluging from the anal that poops outside my windows daily. The entire block and my hall way smells of cat wee, i have invited the council around to smell and complained over and over again. I am often sick coming in or out my flat and have to keep all doors closed. Council agreed there is a problem and told the lady to cut down on cats. The smell is still in my house and i am currently ill from it and have been sick from the smell, me neice and nephews all comment on the smell often saying they do not want to come to my house, because "that smell. " Problem 2 lady upstaits who works from 5am leaves her 2 dogs barking all day, i do not mean 1 or 2 barks here and there, i mean constantly barking and barking till they literally cant breathe for hours at a time, i had sound equipment in my house recorded all of this barking, called the rspca and they said there is no staff to come our for a barking dog, im woken at around 5am and its constant till i go work at 11am then im bk around 5 and they are still at it its very very annoying im sat hearing them bark now at the gap on the tv. Dose anyone know if i have any rights? I live in a council maisonette basically told if i look for a move im lowest priority im literally pulling my hair out i can't breathe or sleep in my own home!!!!!!!!
Stressed neighbor - 14-Jun-16 @ 12:07 AM
We have constant problem with 2 cats that live 2 doors away they constantly mess in our front garden and are ao noisy its unreal i my self have a cat that i keep indoors purely because of this situation i think its wrong to let him out and let him mess all over somones garden when they may have children ect the noise is every night they never take them indoors and you can hear them growling at each other hissing and full on fighting some nights and its extremely loud there quite nasty cats as one day i didnt realise my cat had snook out the window were my tumble dryer hose was out and next thing i heard this horrible screaching noise from a cat i shot to the back garden to find my poor 10 month old kitten cornered by the two cats a ginger tom and a tabby they attacked him i shot outside and shewed them off and grabbed my cat and brought him back in we checked him over and luckily he was fine but these two cats are horrible my garden is a giant litter tray there always out cryinn till early hours and there nasty as hell.
Fordy - 11-Jun-16 @ 12:23 AM
me - Your Question:
I rang the council I think last year and complaint about my because of his bees(in the summer was constantly swarms in my garden). Since then he said he moved them but I think he is just being so difficult because I complaint. His garden is a dump; he has cats, dead frogs, chickens and his new thing pigeons. The smell from the chickens in the back of the garden is disgusting. 2 panels from the fence went down from the storm and for the last year and a half I keep asking him to repair them, but he refuse to do it. One is next to the chickens and it absolutely smells. I have a child and I told him not to play there anymore. That happen with his bees last year, I could not use my own garden and have to fear for my child safety. the panel is still there on the floor. I already fix one of them but another broke. I don't want to waste my money to keep fixing his fence. The other panel is right next to some cement block where probably over the year the rain from water transform it in some kind of pond full with frogs (some dead). They beyond dirty and this is affecting my child health and me. I cannot use my own garden and now I have to smell his too. Council said they can't deal with fencing dispute!? Can you please help with this?

Our Response:
If his animals/poultry are escaping (i.e trespassing) in your garden then you have the option to take a civil action against him in the courts. This would be costly and it will be cheaper and probably more satisfactory to construct your own fence on your side of the boundary. If you think the animals are causing sanitation problems, your environmental health officer should be willing to investigate and if necessary take action.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jun-16 @ 11:30 AM
i rang the council i think last year and complaint about my because of his bees(in the summer was constantly swarms in my garden). Since then he said he moved them but i think he is just being so difficult because i complaint. His garden is a dump; he has cats, dead frogs, chickens and his new thing pigeons. The smell from the chickens in the back of the garden is disgusting. 2 panels from the fence went down from the storm and for the last year and a half I keep asking him to repair them, but he refuse to do it. One is next to the chickens and it absolutely smells. i have a child and i told him not to play there anymore. That happen with his bees last year, i could not use my own garden and have to fear for my child safety. the panel is still there on the floor. I already fix one of them but another broke. i don't want to waste my money to keep fixing his fence. The other panel is right next to some cement block where probably over the year the rain from water transform it in some kind of pond full with frogs (some dead). They beyond dirty and this is affecting my child health and me. I cannot use my own garden and now i have to smell his too. Council said they can't deal with fencing dispute!? Can you please help with this?
me - 6-Jun-16 @ 9:03 PM
i rang the council i think last year and complaint about my because of his bees(in the summer was constantly swarms in my garden). Since then he said he moved them but i think he is just being so difficult because i complaint. His garden is a dump; he has cats, dead frogs, chickens and his new thing pigeons. The smell from the chickens in the back of the garden is disgusting. 2 panels from the fence went down from the storm and for the last year and a half I keep asking him to repair them, but he refuse to do it. One is next to the chickens and it absolutely smells. i have a child and i told him not to play there anymore. That happen with his bees last year, i could not use my own garden and have to fear for my child safety. the panel is still there on the floor. I already fix one of them but another broke. i don't want to waste my money to keep fixing his fence. The other panel is right next to some cement block where probably over the year the rain from water transform it in some kind of pond full with frogs (some dead). They beyond dirty and this is affecting my child health and me. I cannot use my own garden and now i have to smell his too. Council said they can't deal with fencing dispute!? Can you please help with this?
me - 30-May-16 @ 10:31 PM
My nan age of 91is getting very stressed about new neighbors dogs entering here garden and messing on her path and garden. She is use to dogs and enjoys the company of dogs ad I have 2 my and like most dog owners I clen up after my dogs. i have mention it to the owern that their dog has messed on my Nans garden etc but I never got a sorry or they never offered to clean it up. I am very worried that my nan is getting very stressed about the situation. What can I do.
Mjday - 29-May-16 @ 8:21 AM
i rang the council i think last year and complaint about my because of his bees(in the summer was constantly swarms in my garden). Since then he said he moved them but i think he is just being so difficult because i complaint. His garden is a dump; he has cats, dead frogs, chickens and his new thing pigeons. The smell from the chickens in the back of the garden is disgusting. 2 panels from the fence went down from the storm and for the last year and a half I keep asking him to repair them, but he refuse to do it. One is next to the chickens and it absolutely smells. i have a child and i told him not to play there anymore. That happen with his bees last year, i could not use my own garden and have to fear for my child safety. the panel is still there on the floor. I already fix one of them but another broke. i don't want to waste my money to keep fixing his fence. The other panel is right next to some cement block where probably over the year the rain from water transform it in some kind of pond full with frogs (some dead). They beyond dirty and this is affecting my child health and me. I cannot use my own garden and now i have to smell his too. Council said they can't deal with fencing dispute!? Can you please help with this?
me - 28-May-16 @ 5:33 PM
i rang the council i think last year and complaint about my because of his bees(in the summer was constantly swarms in my garden). Since then he said he moved them but i think he is just being so difficult because i complaint. His garden is a dump; he has cats, dead frogs, chickens and his new thing pigeons. The smell from the chickens in the back of the garden is disgusting. 2 panels from the fence went down from the storm and for the last year and a half I keep asking him to repair them, but he refuse to do it. One is next to the chickens and it absolutely smells. i have a child and i told him not to play there anymore. That happen with his bees last year, i could not use my own garden and have to fear for my child safety. the panel is still there on the floor. I already fix one of them but another broke. i don't want to waste my money to keep fixing his fence. The other panel is right next to some cement block where probably over the year the rain from water transform it in some kind of pond full with frogs (some dead). They beyond dirty and this is affecting my child health and me. I cannot use my own garden and now i have to smell his too. Council said they can't deal with fencing dispute!? Can you please help with this?
me - 28-May-16 @ 2:12 PM
wanttokeepmygardencl - Your Question:
My neighbour's cat came into our garden two days in a row (to be fair to them I didn't know they had a cat before now) and I shooed it out loudly both times - the first time it only went as far as the top of the fence and eventually the neighbours lifted it down without saying anything to me. The second (this morning), I shooed it and it went under my fence into the carpark but the tail was still poking through into my garden so I kept shouting at it. The owner came out and gave off at me for shouting at it as 'it's only a cat - what's it going to do?' 'It's a cat - what do you expect me to do?' If I can't shoo the cat am I supposed to just be okay with it coming into my garden? Apparently it's an indoor cat and won't go to the loo outside, but what happens if it starts doing this? Am I supposed to shut up and say nothing? Given their attitude if I find cat poo, theirs or not, I will be asking them to come clean it up. And given that I am not allowed to shoo the cat anymore I will be using a supersoaker from now on. is it right for them to have a go at me for trying to remove their cat from my property using only my voice?

Our Response:
As long as you are not harming the cat, simply clapping your hands, or shooing it away are perfectly acceptable options. There are no laws against cats using other people's gardens as toilets unfortunately. There are some things you can do that may deter the cat in the future. You need to work at this for a few weeks, so the cat eventually stops trying to venture into the "nasty" garden. Ask at your garden centre about plants that cats really don't like, a couple of examples are geraniums and lavender. Sprinkle your garden with onions, lemon peel or coffee grounds, many work places bag the used grounds from filter coffee machines and give them to employees for their gardens...they also make good compost. Cats seem to think soil is a great place to use the toilet! Anything that will cover bare soil, such as soggy mulches, plants that spread or have prickly thorns will help. Many garden centres stock all kinds of other cat deterrents (tiger dung etc!). A quick spray from a water pistol or hose pipe every time it enters the garden, might eventually stop it bothering to come in at all.
ProblemNeighbours - 26-May-16 @ 11:28 AM
My neighbour's cat came into our garden two days in a row (to be fair to them I didn't know they had a cat before now) and i shooed it out loudly both times - the first time it only went as far as the top of the fence and eventually the neighbours lifted it down without saying anything to me.The second (this morning), I shooed it and it went under my fence into the carpark but the tail was still poking through into my garden so I kept shouting at it.The owner came out and gave off at me for shouting at it as 'it's only a cat - what's it going to do?' 'It's a cat - what do you expect meto do?'If I can't shoo the cat am I supposed to just be okay with it coming into my garden?Apparently it's an indoor cat and won't go to the loo outside, but what happens if it starts doing this?Am I supposed to shut up and say nothing? Given their attitude if I find cat poo, theirs or not, I will be asking them to come clean it up.And given that I am not allowed to shoo the cat anymore I will be using a supersoaker from now on... is it right for them to have a go at me for trying to remove their cat from my property using only my voice?
wanttokeepmygardencl - 23-May-16 @ 2:51 PM
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