How to keep my cat in???

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  1. danimal

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    Hey guys

    I live in a complex where the official rule is no pets... however we asked nicely when we moved in and they said we could keep our cat as long as it stays in our yard and doesn't bother anyone.

    Well trying to keep a cat in a garden is easier said than done... Everything I've tried he manages to find a way around or over. He normally goes roaming at night and bother the neighbours - there is another cat in the area (not from our complex) and they yowl at each other at all manner of ungodly hours.

    We are now desperate as one neighbour in particular is threatening to take a legal route (we did agree to keep him contained :( )

    It should also be noted that the cat is stone deaf... not just hard of hearing, but 100% deaf. We once started the car without knowing that he was asleep under it, when we drove off he was still fast asleep. So there is also a safety aspect (he has been run over once before).

    Somebody suggested using a shock collar like some people do with dogs to create an invisible fence... I have looked into it but am not convinced that cats can be trained in the same way as dogs. I suspect that all it would do is make him grumpy and wild, and he would still get out. Not to mention the cruelty aspect :(

    Anyone got any ideas? How the heck to you keep a cat contained? Turning him into an indoor cat is not really an option, we live in Durban and do not have aircon... closed windows etc would not work (during the day when we are at work is fine, but not in the evenings).
     
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  3. Slummies

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    something you should of planned for before moving in.. bummer :(
     
  4. HenkHugo

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    have you removed his balls yet?
     
  5. danimal

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    haha, ya he's been half a man-cat for a long time!
     
  6. SIMS

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    I would just move. I bought a place in a complex 7 years ago. It lasted 9 months before I had enough and I was out of there within 12 months. Too many rules, too many people.

    I have 2 cats and other than building 10 foot walls with no opening there is nothing you can do. . . . other than moving.
     
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    ...or you can give the cat away :whistling:
     
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    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    If he onlys goes roaming at night , Why not just keep him indoors and make sure he cant go out.
     
  9. Jeann1

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    Dont laugh, but butter his paws..

    For some reason this makes them stay

    Old thing mom and dad use to do back in the day - and it works!
     
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    Electric fence....

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    My neighbour put up a fence, similar to electric fence, but normal wire that hangs back 45degree into the garden. 4 wires about 8 to 10 cm apart. Just below wall top level, so you do not see it from outside. Wires hangs loose, and got a lot of play. Cat jumps up, grab a wire and it is not pulled strong enough to support the cat. And the cat falls backwards.
     
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    I Buttered my cats paws for a few weeks. and got it used to a litter box. also fed him late at night so he made sure he was at home :)
     
  12. danimal

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    thanks for all the responses :)

    looking into the funky fence thing... thanks riaan. and the buttered paws! heard about that a while ago, didn't know if it was true! will try tonight. any idea why it works? and how much do you put on?
     
  13. Slummies

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    yeah i hear they can pick up the electric fence
     
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    Been there done that!, Complex living is complex living!

    I've also heard this works!

    Late night feeding sound like it will help.

    Hope you come right Dan!
     
  15. Neil H

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    there are two options i have used

    1 is to have a dog electric fence installed, this is specifically designed for dogs and cats, comes in DIY kits, i bought mine from Mica, about R800, then all the extra bits and bobs

    2 it to build a cat run ... much like a big bird cage for the cats to run around in, i am busy building one of these for myself now
     
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    Shame, wifey not letting you out at night? :whistling:
     
  17. Neil H

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    lol, no one of my cats was killed last week by the dogs next door so doing it for the remaining cat and one day another cat
     
  18. danimal

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    eish, not cool neil! sorry to hear
     
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    Thanks man, we dont have kids so our animals are our kids and are spoilt as much.... this last week has been a very very tough one for us, part of the reaction is to build the cat run .....
     
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    so how much butter would one need on each paw?
     
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    double post
     
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