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Your cat scratches your neighbour’s car. What next? — 13 Comments

  1. I witnessed my neighbors cat on our new Jeep Cherokee Overland. My dog was barking,in the back yard so I opened my back door to see what was going on and I see my neighbors solid black cat on the cars hood. I then opened the storm door, the cat bolted off the car. I pursued going out the back storm to look at the car. I was livid to see two sets of four white deep scratches on our dark royal blue SUV. So you are WRONG to say a cat can’t scratch a car. This cat is not declawed, and the owner could care less, which is fine because the owner of the cat is responsible for the cat and the owner will be getting the estimated bill and then more than likely she’ll also have a claim against her for being negligent. I have a cat and he stays inside. I would never take action against the animal fore it’s the owners responsibility to take responsibility for the action of it’s pets. Also we have leash laws! KEEP YOUR ANIMALS ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY!!!!!!! That simple

    • Matt thanks for commenting. I have to say that I am sympathetic towards you. It must be damn annoying. I am sorry that your car was scratched. It may have been avoidable however. It would seem that the scratch occurred when the cat bolted off the car. If you could have got the cat to move off the car more gently that would have avoided the scratch. Although it may not have been possible to achieve that.

  2. I think I’m missing something here? its always been accepted here in the UK that cats are free spirits; they roam pretty much where they want (and I would hate that to change)I always thought it was the same in most other countries unitil I learnt about how brutal some people are in America to wandering cats! Why is it like this? its seems accepted that someone sees a cat roaming free and they whick it off to the local shelter as if it shouldn’t be out in the first place! Why is this as it always been the case? I just don’t get it if someone did that to one of my cats I really wouldn’t be respinsible for my actions……

  3. I think there’s something you can get at car shops that polishes minor scratches out, not sure if one type fits all colours or there are various colours but I’m almost sure I’ve been offered it in a shop at one time. A cat scratch if it happened isn’t going to be very deep as surely the claws would skid off the paintwork, so buy the neighbour a bottle of this = problem solved.

  4. I don’t know what the law says about it but if the neighbour picks up your cat which he knows to be yours, and takes it to the shelter, then I think that is theft of your property. Furthermore taking a cat to a shelter implies a high probability of it being put down, which makes it worse than theft. Another thing, he would have to give false information about the cat. He’s not going to say it belongs to a neighbour. He has to lie and say it’s a stray. If the owner caught up with his cat and got the story of how it got there, the neighbour would be in trouble. For a cat to scratch the paintwork on a car the paint must be rather bad quality. I had a Nissan made in Mexico and the paint was scratched by my cats a couple of times.

  5. We have a neighbourhood cat who is left out long hours and sits on car bonnets still warm from the engine running, she has done this for years and not a single scratch has been detected on any of our cars.
    I honestly don’t think a cat’s claws would be sharp enough to make a noticeable scratch.
    One neighbour complained once worrying about his precious car but understood it wasn’t the cat’s fault, it was the fact she was outside and cold. As we feed her it was simple enough to say we’d look out for her and lift her from his car to ours, our cars are always ancient anyway and material possessions count for nothing to us against the welfare of living beings, even if in the unlikely event she ever did make a scratch.
    Yes it’s all about live and let live, peaceful compromise instead of open warfare.
    Kids can do far more damage to parked cars with their footballs so anyone complaining about a cat on their car might think about if their child could be causing damage, mostly just as innocently as a cat.

    • Yes, I have severe doubts as to whether a cat can scratch a car. I hope this post finds an answer to that question through a comment. If a cat’s claws can scratch a car’s paintwork the problem and the solution is about people. And the solution should always be about treating the cat decently and with respect.

      • I witnessed my neighbors cat on our new Jeep Cherokee Overland. My dog was barking,in the back yard so I opened my back door to see what was going on and I see my neighbors solid black cat on the cars hood. I then opened the storm door, the cat bolted off the car. I pursued going out the back storm to look at the car. I was livid to see two sets of four white deep scratches on our dark royal blue SUV. So you are WRONG to say a cat can’t scratch a car. This cat is not declawed, and the owner could care less, which is fine because the owner of the cat is responsible for the cat and the owner will be getting the estimated bill and then more than likely she’ll also have a claim against her for being negligent. I have a cat and he stays inside. I would never take action against the animal fore it’s the owners responsibility to take responsibility for the action of it’s pets. Also we have leash laws! KEEP YOUR ANIMALS ON YOUR OWN PROPERTY!!!!!!! That simple

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