I have posted before on the cats in our neighborhood. They are getting to be a huge problem. My neighbor keeps her cats outside all the time. They come over and poo in my flowers and have scratched up several plants. Not only that but I am very allergic to them. I can't even work in my flower beds without sneezing and my eyes swelling up. Not cool. I have talked with her about this many times. She really does not care or laughs it off. I have tried many things to keep them out. Cat rid spray and if I can catch them soaking them and where they are sleeping with a hose. 3 out of the 4 cats got the message and they no longer mess with our house. I finally had to talk with my neighbor again and pretty much beg her to keep the one cat inside. This lasted for a month. Now all the cats are back outside again. Plus there are about 6 strays. We have a very large backyard and I like to feed the wild birds and put up nest boxes. I can no longer do this. All spring I have seen the cats stalk and try to kill the baby birds. I chase them off but I cannot do this all the time. So finally I had to take down all of the nest boxes and the feeders. Last night a cat killed a robin in the back yard. I had been watching this little robin grow up all week. I am so mad.
I want to call animal control but I dont want to anger my neighbors. They know I dont like cats and I am at a loss for what to do. I cannot feed the birds in my own yard or work in my garden because of all of the cats. Is this fair??
What would you all do? Do I even have a right to do anything? I know that many here are cat lovers. I am not saying that people should not own cats I just want to be able to enjoy my house.
Is there a way to file a report about such things? I'm not really sure. I mean... not animal control, but some sort of police report? Does that relate? I mean, cause you talked to the neighbor and the cats are technically her property and responsibility. If the cats are harming your property and impeding your activities of daily living, that can surely become a legal issue.
I do like cats though and would act differently. But seeing as you can't even act differently because of your allergies, telling you what I would do wouldn't really help. :P
I didnt get to explain better my computer logged me off. I have complained to animal control before about a dog that was loose. It bit a mans dog while they were walking and tried to bite me one morning. The dog ended up being taken away. But my next door neighbor figured out that I called. (she has the cats) I know if I call again and her cats get taken away there will be a problem. She is a great neighbor besides the cat issue. I just dont want to be the hated person in the neighborhood. I hate seeing birds get killed in my yard all the time.
I can sympathize with being the hated neighbor thing. We called once when I was really little about our neighbors dogs. But they were scum bags, in all honesty.
I think it comes down to what's more important to you, really. No one is getting hurt, but YOU are having to change and alter your activities of daily living because your neighbor will stubbornly not listen to your very kind requests.
Plus, if you had to call on her before... don't you think maybe she doesn't know how to take care of animals? That's certainly a thought too!
It was another neighbor that I had to call on. Thanks for the tips. I will make the call tomorrow morning. It just hit a nerve last night when I had to take everything down after that poor little robin got eaten.
we have a ton of strays here because our old complex manager used to feed them all. i have trapped many of them and taken them into work an dgot the fixed and they are in happy homes now, but its a never ending issue, once they are there, its very hard to get rid of them.