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How Do You Stop Your Neighbour’s Cat Entering Your Yard? — 14 Comments

  1. ‘The general consensus is that a person has a right to peaceably enjoy his or her property, which is correct’
    So what about dogs? We can’t enjoy our property, we are pestered here all day long and sometimes in the night by barking dogs, one side of us a Rottweiler, he shakes the very foundations with his bark, it comes from the depth of his stomach and a also terrier, he yaps. The other side we have 2 terriers that bark all the time the people are out, one has a high pitched Wooowooowoooo which drives me insane.
    I’m driven to using very unladylike language at times about them! lol
    But we have talked to both sides, we accept dogs bark, so now the big one is taken in by 10pm at night and we at least get some sleep. The other side they agreed to leave the windows closed so their barks are muffled. Not ideal, but we live and let live and we don’t want to fall out with our neighbours because they do keep their dogs under control, they never run loose.
    When we had the NFH at our old home, we moved, our cats didn’t go in their garden but they hated any cats around, in fact they hated us too and made our lives a misery. They were the sort of people you can’t reason with so with people like that the only solution is to move.
    There are deterants garden worshippers can buy to keep cats away, plants cats hate the smell of, water sprinklers, garden ornaments with glowing eyes which somehow deter cats.
    I think everyone should live and let live, most of us have to put up with other peoples screaming kids and barking dogs, so why do some people make such a big thing of cats disturbing their precious peace?
    I HATE it that some cats can’t have their freedom because of those self centred people.

    • I agree that everyone should live and let live. It does take a considerate approach to others to make this work. If a person keeps dogs that bark all the time which disturbs others they are creating a nuisance and not allowing others to live peaceably. My opinion about a neighbour who creates a nuisance like this is that it is a major problem because there is no easy solution. You can either move home which of course is a last resort or you can report the matter to the local authority who probably can act under local laws and issue a noise abatement order of some sort. Although of course that would cause friction but it should be noted that the person who is initially causing the friction is the person with the dogs. Although impossible to contemplate, you can sue under the tort of nuisance at least potentially. Clearly that is not an option but they are remedies but they are almost unworkable.

      I agree a person has to be tolerant and except some barking and some neighbourly nuisance. It’s a matter of degree and how bad it is. I’m pretty sure that you are tolerant of neighbours but even you will have a limit. I have quite a low threshold to noise and would hate having to put up with barking dogs all the time.

      • yea the worse thing for me is where we live there is another neighbour close by and they always having parties till late in the morning on the weekends and am forever hearing dogs barking. But do u see me complaining about it NO. Cause dont want to cause an uproar i just tolerate it and smile

          • Yea Mostly get along with most neigbours and we do keep to ourselves as i believe thats the way to go. As if you keep to yourselves dont get into too much trouble. Its a very Quiet neighbourhood just have the old occassion when its slightly noisey. I guess shouldnt be complaining as dont live in a city. Which im sure is a whole lot worse. 🙂

      • Being Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators we looked in to reporting the barking dogs to our council, on behalf of other neighbours too, although they aren’t as badly effected as we are between two lots of them.
        We’d all have to keep a noise diary for at least 3 months, then the council would investigate and if it proved to be a nuiscance it would go to court and the offendors be warned. But to be realistic how can they stop them barking? It would all only cause bad feeling and unpleasantness in our friendly cul de sac.
        At least now they try to co-operate, the chances are they might move away, the noise does drive us mad at times, but for the sake of peace on our bit of earth lol there’s not much we can do.
        Babz said if she bought a trumpet and sat out on the patio blowing it hour after hour, what would happen? They’d probably say they couldn’t put up with it and Babz would say but we have to put up with YOUR choice of noise, dogs barking! She’d likely get arrested for disturbing the peace then lol

  2. I’ve been through this and the neighbours went as far as spending a ton on motiob activated sprinklers to keep our 2 cats off their plot.

    Here’s the thing tho everybody. It’s bloody simple.

    In cities and towns you have people. Where you have people you have things related to people. People have dogs, cats, cars, children, bikes, air conditioners, things that make noise – you name it. There’s alot of stuff…. If you live where there are many people then you should bloody well suck it up and deal with it and shut the f**k up or piss off and move.

    If you don’t like society then go. You won’t be missed. But you can’t pick and choose. You can’t say I want this but not that. So stop trying and buggar off the countryside already. Out there you can hunt and shoot animals to your hearts content too if that’s your thing.

    If you want to pick and choose then it is you who must protect your space without bothering anyone else. Build a fence. Do whatever you want. Ask nicely and I’ll discourage my cats from spoiling the odd flower in your garden. But you have no standing trying to rid society of cats – and living in society and repelling all cats inhumanely in whichever way you choose is completely antisocial ad basically means you are stark raving mad and belong in the countryside away from people anyway.

    Just my two. Cats were here before your stupid garden.

    • exactly marc thats the same thing here. all cats and dogs and humans deserve to live with one other and need to get along.

  3. its always a hard deceison to know what to do. i have a neighbour as ive said before in previous posts. We try as much as possible to get along. He hunts. always try as much as possible to keep our cats safe. Thankfully they can go outside but they dont go away for long. There prob come the time as there is already talk with that idiot Garath morgan he reackons and has put cameras in wellington where he reackons 39 cats visit s his area. He hopes to put more cameras up and for the law to change so cats cant wander on people gardens. I think he wants the same thing for dogs where they are licensed i guess. Was very upsetting for me to watch it as just hate that man so much. I guess can only wait and see wht happens.

  4. My cats have always lived indoors so I am not sure about how I would react.
    I can tell you how my late father would react….he would shoot them with a BB gun. Yep.
    Believe it or not, I come from a long line of avid hunters, on my Fathers side. It was torture growing up.
    Don’t get me wrong, he was a great dad to me and loved me very much but we had different beliefs and I think he unknowingly played a huge part in it. Sometimes I wonder if I would be as much of the advocate as I am if it were not for him. We use to have these huge family get togethers for Deer season, so I had to go when I was little. I ended up being banned from going when I got older because of my little picket signs and home made flyers I would hand out to everyone on the hunting trip. LOL
    As for the cats, he hated cats, he would say “The only good cat… is a dead cat”
    Maybe you can understand why I keep my cats indoors. LOL
    Scary that there are people out there like that.

  5. An issue all the time here.
    Moving really isn’t an option, because most neighborhoods are alike. Some don’t mind; some do. It’s always a struggle. But, in the end, I’ve found that most neighbors just accept it.
    They don’t have to like it. They just have to live with it.

    • Good, the reason why I raised the subject again is because it constantly resurfaces. On the Internet the discussion of cats entering someone’s garden is constantly mulled over and the answers are not always humane. In fact the views of people are quite polarised between taking harsh, inhumane steps to taking very humane steps or accepting it as you state. I am pleased that most people accept it.

  6. I wouldn’t live in a neighborhood where cats couldn’t run free. I’ll stay rural so I never have to face it. I can offer no solutions to the above problem.

    • I can fully understand that. And I agree with you. But what if a neighbour of yours became difficult how would you deal with it? if my neighbours became difficult about my cat then I would move basically. But I would not argue with them because there are no winners in an argument between neighbours.

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