Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Neighbor's Cat has finally driven me CRAZY.......

I really have to share this funny story that happened between me and the neighbor's cat this weekend. I will say up front that NO the cat was not harmed at all by my crazyness!!!!

Just to give you a little background on this cat and our relationship. We're still not quite sure if the cat belongs to our neighbor or not. Anyway, my husband hates this cat. I mean really hates this cat!! We are cat people. We have one indoor cat and really want more. But this outdoor cat for some unknown reason really drives my hubby crazy. The cat used to come up to our backdoor and look through the glass at our cat. Needless to say our cat did not like this too much. She must have felt her privacy was impeded on!! So what does hubby do, he goes out and buys this thing call the Skat Mat. I didn't even know they made these things, let alone sell them to the public! This mat is electrified which you can set at different settings. I'll give you three guess what the settings are. So hubby is so excited he puts this thing outside in front of the back door and sure enough a few nights later this cat gets zapped. No more cat at the back door.

Well you would think this cat would learn to stay out of our yard! Nope, he insists on taunted my hubbie to no end. I just laugh and say "it's a cat, what do you expect! Just leave it alone it will go away." But no way, my hubbie has to get his point across to this cat. This has been an ongoing battle for sometime now.

So that brings you up to to speed of the events leading up to this Saturday.

My sister and I went out shopping. It was they day I got to pick up my Nashville Market haul and my sister got to go to Archivers for her scrapbooking fix!

As I drove into my driveway I noticed the neighbor's lovely cat in the bed of bushes in front of my house. It was scratching at the ground looking around. I guess he was hoping no one was watching. Didn't even notice the big metal motorized object that's moving closer to the house.

I said "there's the neighbor's cat" and she was said "ohh how pretty"...

I tapped my horn to get it's attention and maybe scare it away from the house. I don't have a problem with the cat but I thought "oh'o hubby better not see that cat". I was looking out for the poor thing. Did I mention this cat has this "I'm the king of the jungle" quality about it.....like most cats.

Anyway, the cat looks at me and proceeds to squat where it just scratched.

I said to my sister "did that cat just squat? I know that cat didn't just squat!!!"
She's say's "I think it did.."

Well I kick it into action, I don't want this cat using my garden bed as a litter box! I learned my lesson a long time ago about these types of things!

My sister say's "hey throw this at it"

I promptly grab the half empty water bottle she hands me and proceed to jump out of the car. I was lucky I put it in park. I'm maybe 20 feet from this cat and it looks at me as I jump out. I start running and windup for the throw.

At that same instance, I hear myself say "Why don't you go take a crap in someone else's yard".....as I throw this bottle, which goes in the opposite direction that I intend it to - misses the cat all together. Lands on the ground about 10 feet from the thing.

I must have scared is because it took off like a bat out of he$$ and didn't even leave any presents in the hole it had dug.

As I gather up the water bottle and head back to the car, my sister thinks this is the funny thing she's ever seen. I'm glad I could accommodate her with my humor....It was funny!

I wonder if I really scared this cat off for good! I guess we'll have to see! I'm really glad I didn't hit the thing - I would have felt really bad which DH would have just rolled his eyes at!!


Jennifer said...

I am an animal lover to no end, but I can see how people get annoyed with outdoor cats belonging to someone else. I don't agree with cats being left outside, but that's an argument for another day.

The Skat Mats are a mild shock - similar to the static electricty shocks you get in the winter. It startles the cat, but doesn't hurt them. The mats were originally intended to keep cats off counters and furniture.

You can also try orange and lemon peels (cats dislike citrus smells), cayenne pepper, coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, lavender oil, lemon grass oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and mustard oil.

karen said...

that is too funny! we have quite a few outdoor cats in the neighborhood (we are not cat people, don't hate them but don't want them in the yard doing their business either). I yell at them, throw a rock in the vicinity of them (not right at them, not that i would ever make my target even though i play softball). if they don't leave then i open the front door with the screen closed and let the dogs do the barking, that gets them away for awhile. Now the neighbors dog on the other hand (along with their bratty kids) whatever it takes to get rid of that da** dog. their kids ride their bikes through our grass, DH is gonna blow a gasket here real soon,its been everyday but the parents are not "parents" so not much but yelling on our parts.
good luck with keeping the kitty out of your yard. hugs,karen

Mickalina said...

I'll tell you...it was the most hilarious thing I have ever seen! I'm still laughing about it.

I was sitting in the passenger seat and she was determined to get that cat out of there. I'm not really a cat person, but this cat looked right at her and then squatted with a look of determination in his eyes. I bet the whole neighborhood heard you tell that cat off... 8-)

Zarifa said...

Keep up the good work.