We live in a rented house and have been here for about 2.5 years. Since we moved in we have occasionally seen a cat in our front garden. It's very timid and looks mangy like a stray. The last few months we have seen it more regularly.
Our front garden has some large bushes and the cat seems to like hanging out in there a lot. One of the neighbours who is an animal lover approached me when I was out the front about 3 weeks ago to ask if I minded if she put some food in the bushes for the cat. I said I didn't mind.
Fast forward to now and our front yard reeks of cat faeces. You can smell it strongly when you walk up the front stairs, so any visitor that comes to the front door will smell it. Seems like the cat is living in there almost full time.
We have no pets ourselves and our rental property forbids them. I am currently waiting on the real estate to get back to me regarding trimming the bushes (we are supposed to have garden maintenance included in the rent), which might make things less cat-friendly.
Bottom line is - I don't want this to continue. If it wasn't for the stench I wouldn't mind, but it's hardly something I should be faced with when I choose not to own animals myself.
What would you do? Note that I'm not 100% sure which house the animal loving neighbour lives in, so I would have to knock on a few doors to find her.