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    Default What to do...Not Cat Friendly Dogs

    We've just moved house. We own 2 American Staffies which are not cat friendly.
    At our new place our neighbour owns 7 cats ALL of which toilet in our yard, run all over our cars, fight in our backyard at night etc etc. I see them in my yard more then in her yard. She has no regard for others whatsoever, will literally sit there and watch them. She even sat and watched one pee inside my FIL car amd tried laughing it off with a "sorry when you need to go you need to go"

    Anyway back to the point, this is going to end badly i just know it. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this woman to understand that once the dogs are here if a cat goes in the backyard it will not be coming back? Or even ideas on how to show these cats it wouldnt be a good idea to frequent their favourite fighting ring or giant litter tray any longer?
    I have a strong feeling their owner wont do anything to stop their cats from being hurt ie keeping them indoors but would do something if it were to happen ie hurt my dogs.

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    And please keep negative cat comments to yourself. I own cats also i rescue them and deal daily with the "kill them all" attitude. Id appreciate it not being in this thread as well

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    My dog hates cats also and goes mental when they sit on the fence. I dread the thought if one was dumb enough to actually come into the yard.

    We from time to time put pepper along the top of the fence. Read somewhere that they don't like the taste of it. Seems to work for awhile, then they either come back or is a different cat.

    As for the neighbour, can you just have a chat, or leave her a note, explaining what is likely to happen if they come into the yard when the dogs are there. I'd add in the part about you rescuing cats so she knows it's not just that you hate cats.

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    My partner is going to warn her and ask that maybe she shows the cats that the dogs are there; to scare them i guess. It worked with my lot so hopefully will work with hers. But after that if something were to happen then i guess at least we tried all we could to prevent it. We even changed the fences to try and stop the cats being able to jump over and to keep the dogs in of course as new fences are higher and colorbond.

    I have no issues with cats but geez these ones really get on my nerves. But its not really them, its her. We've been here 2 weeks and introduced ourselves to our surrounding neighbours, all 5 had something to say about her animals and her complete disregard. I HATE owners like her

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    Well, that is an irresponsible owner right there. At the end of the day, it's her responsibility to keep her pets in her yard, and depending on the local council, she may also be legally required to keep them in her house, not even her yard. So provided your dogs stay in your yard, you're doing the right thing.

    However, of course you want to prevent a disaster, and about all you can do is what you are doing. For what it's worth, we have two dogs, and a feral cat *****y in our street. The cats wander into our yard often, and my dogs are NOT cat friendly either. However, the cats are a helluva lot quicker than my dogs, so there has been no issues as yet (thank heavens).

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    I would also make copies of any correspondence you have with her regarding the cats and the dogs plus receipts for your fences to show that you are doing your best to sort out the issue from your side. That way if the worst does happen you have proof that you did speak to her and try to sort it out before the dogs were there. You have every right to own dogs and have them in your yard. If her cats wander then that's not your responsibility. I have a cat and a dog and I know my cat wanders. If something was to happen with someone else's dog due to her wandering then of course I would be angry and upset but at the end of the day if their dog is in their yard then it's not their fault (or the dogs fault!)

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    You might need to have a word to your local council. She does have a responsibility to take care of her animals.

    You know what will happen if your puppies hurt them? There'll be a 'those staffies hurt my cats' uproar. Don't get me wrong, I love love love staffies. They are beautiful but horrible people give them a bad name. People use that to their advantage, I've seen it happen. If she laughs off her cats misbehaving, she's the type of person to play the staffy card.

    7 cats is an awful lot of cats. Is she a breeder or something?

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    You could try using citronella and spraying in your yard. Or a product that discourages them from toileting.

    Most councils here have restrictions on how many cats you can have without a permit (usually 2-3). Maybe you should check if your council has some similar? Its impossible to control where outdoor cats go.

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    Our staffy hates cats as well, we have 2 of them but they are strictly inside cats. However in our estate we have a lot who roam, including our neighbours cat who comes into our yard and sits right at our fence stirring our dog up. One of my biggest worries is that it will come into our yard and the dog will get it not just because im worried about the repercussions for our dog but ive watched my beautiful cat be mauled and killed by a neighbours dog and know how heartbreaking it is. I spoke to the council about this, and as long as our dog and yard is properly secure (we have 6 ft fences all the way around etc), if a cat wanders into our yard and the worst does happen, theres nothing the cat owners can really do as they weren't ensuring their cat was locked up. If our dog got out or wasnt secured properly then it would be a different story obviously. I stilk worry about it, purely for the fact its something that easily be prevented by the other owners. This goes for wandering dogs as well.

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    I would have a chat to your local council.
    Is there a limit with cats? Can someone legally have 7?
    I'm just taking a guess, but I wonder if she also has all 7 cats registered.
    I would be giving council a call for sure.

    I've had staffies, they hate cats, I can understand the worry.

    I'm in QLD but I do know you can't have cats out at night, so if they are roaming at night that's another thing to mention to council.

    You could also just say to your neighbor that you have had some issues with stray tom cats coming into your yard destroying the garden.
    So you are putting some humane cat traps in and any cats caught will be taken to the pound.
    (You can get cat traps from council too)
    That might make her keep a closer eye on them.

    Also if she is renting, contact the real estate she goes through.

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