- Jul 22, 2016
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Tell me about it. I grew up in a small coastal town near Cape Town and people with leashless dogs on the beach are a nightmare. Many people don't even bother taking leashes with when they take their dogs for walks. People with dogs like pitbulls or german shepards don't bother with leashes because they know that if their dog gets in a fight it would probably come out on top anyway. Then you're walking on the beach with your golden retriever or some other timid dog and someone else's dog charges at your leashed pet. No way our doggo would survive if he got in a fight with another dog. He's just too stupid and goofy.Saying this to owners who let their cats roam, is like telling dog owners who allow their dogs off their leashes when not in their property that it is wrong. Exercise in futility no matter how logical/factual you try to be.
My parents tried everything, from scaring them to spraying them with water. My dad even bought a cat trap at one point and still couldn't stop it. They were too smart to fall for the trap. IMO, the real solution is just that people need to take responsibility for their cats and not allow them the opportunity to become a nuisance. I know for a fact that my cat would terrorize the neighbourhood if he got outside. He's an awful little brat that I somehow manage to love.Mmmm
1st off. It's not difficult to keep other cats out of your house. We have had several different cats come into the house at various occasions. Making a bit of a fuss(scare them) to chase them out generally keeps them out. Otherwise spray them with water if they come again. They never come back.
2ndly how dafuq did you get your cat to accept a leash?
As for the leash, you just have to keep at it. The first few times my cat did NOT like it at all, but he now tolerates it and loves getting to go outside.
The other problem with free roaming cats, especially in South Africa were many of us live near 'wild' areas is they become meals for predators. In Melkbosstrand we have a large area of fynbos fields behind the town and there are 'rooikatte' (not sure of the english name) living there. They kill off their fair share of domestic cats every year.