Hi, I’m aware this is the local cat appreciation thread and so I’m sure this post is going to go down like a lead balloon, but it seems the most appropriate place to ask the question:
Do cat owners feel any responsibility for where your cat goes to the toilet?
Two local cats have decided to turn my small back garden into their local toilet. On a daily basis I have two fresh piles of faeces appear. The smell is horrific and it is impacting on my enjoyment of my garden (I have deliberately not had friends around for a BBQ this summer because the lingering smell is so unpleasant).
I have spent a lot of time online trying to find ways to stop this - the upshots seem to be (1) this is a widespread problem for any of us who don’t have a cat (as your cats apparently won’t defile their own territory but much prefer to do it to someone who doesn’t have a cat) and (2) there appear to be very few proven effective solutions to prevent it (ironically the best being to get a cat).
The thing is, if a local dog owner allows his dog to foul in public and didn’t clear up after it there would be uproar and they would (rightly) be vilified. Similarly, I’m sure if someone’s dog routinely came onto your property to relieve itself you would be upset and would raise it with the owner. I struggle to see the distinction? Why should I have to spend time and money to (so far unsuccessfully) try and prevent other people’s cats fouling all over my property? What is the solution?
I’m genuinely interested to understand whether cat owners think they have any responsibility for their animal’s behaviour.
For the record, I don’t hate cats, I’m more of a dog person but I like cats (my brother has two, lots of friends have them) but I really am getting to my wits end with this nuisance.