The number doesnt bother me IF you are responsible about it. I own 6 and foster a couple BUT they are all clean and all indoors. You wouldn't know they were here.
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10-10-2014 08:59 #11
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10-10-2014 09:02 #12
I had a similar issue at my last place, but with responsible owners. The neighbour over the back had chickens and on two occasions, a chicken got in our yard. Unfortunately we weren't home the first time and our dog killed it. They were pretty good about it though, apologised (as did we), put an extra barrier on the fence and clipped all the remaining chickens wings. Fully accepted it was their fault. Second time I was 38 weeks pregnant with DS1 and I saw the movement and heard the noise of the chicken. I bolted outside and just managed to grab my dog (a large lab x) as he bit the tail feathers. I dragged him inside and went searching. Found the chook still alive and unhurt, hiding down the side of my shed so I popped it back over the fence. Once again they jumped into action to try and prevent it happening. Pets are the responsibility of the owners!
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10-10-2014 09:09 #15
Cats can wander at night here its advised they be locked up but not a requirement.
Its illegal here to just trap and hand into pound. Not that really stops anyone. Id also have huge issues considering my rescue group would be dragged through the mud for that. But as a bluff it may work.
I doubt they are even chipped let alone registered.
10-10-2014 09:12 #16
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10-10-2014 09:13 #17
I haven't read all responses, but that sounds really stressful!
We used to have cats in our backyard, but thankfully none were silly enough to hang around when we got our dog. She kills mice, rats, sick/baby birds... she'd happily have a cat if she got the chance.
My thoughts would be express my concerns to the neighbour...maybe offer to help if she'd like to increase fences/install an outdoor enclosure or anything.
If that doesn't result in anything, and you're willing to potentially deal with the conflict, you could go to the council and/or animal welfare services like RSPCA. I'm not sure whether they could do much, but she's neglecting the welfare of her animals. They might be able to have a word with her.
10-10-2014 09:20 #18
If they aren't registered then council will do something about that.
I agree with above poster who said to contact RSPCA.
The cats will just keep breeding and it won't stop
Could you also ask some other neighbors if they are having the same issue and would help in making a complaint or call to the RSPCA.
It is irresponsible pet ownership.
ETA: just seen what you said about RSPCA.
I would still call council.
You can get cat deterrent sprays, I think some plants also are deterrents.
But this is all costly to you.
Make sure you keep a diary and receipts of anything you spend.
If she dose start the "dangerous dog killed my innocent kitty" revolution at least you have some prof of trying to stop it.
She would be a silly to do that though if the cats aren't registered, how would council even know your dogs attacked HER cats and they weren't just stray, if they aren't registered or chipped the council have no way of knowing who actually owns the cat and that she did own one to start with.
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10-10-2014 09:23 #19
I would be devastated if it happened. It happened once before and i bawled. I felt like it was my fault and the owner just went oh ok no worries and walked away. I was left to deal with their dead cat! So he got a burial with all our lost rescues. Yeh yeh i know; weird.
Being home everyday now and will have a newborn the last thing i want to find is my dogs attacking a cat or even a dead cat they already "played" with. And i guess im super worried about neighbours reaction given ill be home alone also.
I spose its all a bridge i have to cross when and if it happens.
10-10-2014 09:25 #20
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