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25 Nov 2012 05:59 PM   |   8014 clicks   |   The Indy Channel
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BSABSVR    [TotalFark]  
A wandering cat led to a new round of hassles for a victim of the southeast Indianapolis explosion, but city officials insist she is not being fined or issued a citation

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25 Nov 2012 04:00 PM
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cretinbob    [TotalFark]  
Still, someone is just being a dick. You usually can't get animal control to do squat about about cats.

25 Nov 2012 04:53 PM
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Lsherm    [TotalFark]  
I want to be outraged, but there don't seem to be any facts here to be outraged about.

25 Nov 2012 04:58 PM
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BSABSVR    [TotalFark]  

cretinbob: Still, someone is just being a dick. You usually can't get animal control to do squat about about cats.


They had a live trap, and the cat got trapped. It's not like the cat could communicate that the house had exploded.

25 Nov 2012 05:44 PM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
WTF is animal control doing in that neighborhood to begin with? These people just had their lives blown apart. Certainly not the nicest part of town, but Jesus Christ, that's uncalled for.

25 Nov 2012 05:54 PM
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bulldg4life     
Cats can't go outside now?

25 Nov 2012 06:02 PM
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Cerwin3302     
Looks like subby needs the RTFA...

25 Nov 2012 06:02 PM
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jst3p     
What a pussy.

25 Nov 2012 06:03 PM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  

bulldg4life: Cats can't go outside now?


Please, don't get that crowd started.

25 Nov 2012 06:04 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  
She's not being cited; her cat is safe and back with her. I don't see what the fuss is about. I know some cats don't like crates; but, it's not like the cat got euthanized.

25 Nov 2012 06:08 PM
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Null Pointer     
I'm ok with Animal Control being in the area if they were there to help capture any house pets that were wandering around as long as their response is:

"Hey we have your animals in a safe environment, please get them when you can care for them"

Not

"Here is your citation citizen".

25 Nov 2012 06:11 PM
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skwerl     
How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.

25 Nov 2012 06:14 PM
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UltimaCS     

Marcus Aurelius: WTF is animal control doing in that neighborhood to begin with? These people just had their lives blown apart. Certainly not the nicest part of town, but Jesus Christ, that's uncalled for.


I'd kinda want to have Animal Control if the neighborhood was filled with loose or abandoned animals.

25 Nov 2012 06:16 PM
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Torqueknot     

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


Allow me to be the first to say I hope you die screaming and crying for mercy. Soon.

25 Nov 2012 06:24 PM
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Kyosuke     

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


I applaud you. To hell with those who would do otherwise.

25 Nov 2012 06:27 PM
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jedikinkoid     
FTFA: A woman whose house was heavily damaged came to retrieve her cat, and he said the same cat was found wandering in the neighborhood the very next day.

City animal control crews trapped the cat a second time, and Garrett said that the process of issuing a citation and a fine was initiated but never completed.


I'm no fan of the "cats must be kept indoors or they're fair game" crowd, but it's hard to sympathize with someone who picked up their cat only to immediately let it loose again.

25 Nov 2012 06:30 PM
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Gyrfalcon     

jedikinkoid: FTFA: A woman whose house was heavily damaged came to retrieve her cat, and he said the same cat was found wandering in the neighborhood the very next day.

City animal control crews trapped the cat a second time, and Garrett said that the process of issuing a citation and a fine was initiated but never completed.

I'm no fan of the "cats must be kept indoors or they're fair game" crowd, but it's hard to sympathize with someone who picked up their cat only to immediately let it loose again.


Without at least a collar. Or the neighbors knowing whose cat it is? We have a couple wandering cats in the area (of which mine is one) but they stay in the immediate vicinity of their own homes and everyone knows whose they are. If you know your cat goes farther, it ought to have a collar or microchip.

25 Nov 2012 06:34 PM
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advex101     

Kyosuke: skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.

I applaud you. To hell with those who would do otherwise.


Sounds like you have a cat in your house that hasn't been neutered/spayed. That's where you usually see neighborhood cats marking like that. Also, close your garage, around here we would have raccoons and opossums living in there if we left ours open.

25 Nov 2012 06:36 PM
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iheartscotch    [TotalFark]  

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


Wow, saying that around here is like saying "Obama is near" in the politics tab. I do not envy the evisceration you are about to receive. If you are serious; I'd advise not to advertise what you do around here too much.

If not 10/10
*slow clap*

25 Nov 2012 06:36 PM
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dervish16108     

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


The most humane way to deal with stray and feral cats is trap, spay/neuter, release. They shouldn't mark territory after that.

25 Nov 2012 06:41 PM
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StashMonster     

Gyrfalcon: jedikinkoid: FTFA: A woman whose house was heavily damaged came to retrieve her cat, and he said the same cat was found wandering in the neighborhood the very next day.

City animal control crews trapped the cat a second time, and Garrett said that the process of issuing a citation and a fine was initiated but never completed.

I'm no fan of the "cats must be kept indoors or they're fair game" crowd, but it's hard to sympathize with someone who picked up their cat only to immediately let it loose again.

Without at least a collar. Or the neighbors knowing whose cat it is? We have a couple wandering cats in the area (of which mine is one) but they stay in the immediate vicinity of their own homes and everyone knows whose they are. If you know your cat goes farther, it ought to have a collar or microchip.


er, no. Cats actually wander very far on a typical night, that is their natural behaviour. And collars are a danger for cats. What exactly is your problem with having cats in the neighbourhood? They spray on your door? Well then you have a problem with un-neutered toms, not cats per se. There isn't really any need to microchip a cat.

Cats are not dogs. They don't stay home and just go out for walks. They are pretty much independent creatures.

25 Nov 2012 06:43 PM
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Scruffinator     

advex101: Kyosuke: skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.

I applaud you. To hell with those who would do otherwise.

Sounds like you have a cat in your house that hasn't been neutered/spayed. That's where you usually see neighborhood cats marking like that. Also, close your garage, around here we would have raccoons and opossums living in there if we left ours open.


FWIW, fixing them doesn't always stop them. I have a 14 year old male that was fixed when he was a baby, and to this day he still goes out and marks his areas.

I don't mind so much as long as he doesn't do it IN the house.

25 Nov 2012 06:43 PM
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Vegan Meat Popsicle     
Sooo... a woman wasn't charged after the cat was returned to her following the explosion and then not charged again because she threw a hissy fit after it was found loose a second time the next goddamn day?

OUTRAGE!

25 Nov 2012 06:43 PM
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Kurmudgeon     
Still glad I don't have to put up with the big city life anymore.
You folks have fun making each other miserable, now.

25 Nov 2012 06:44 PM
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KeithLM     

Marcus Aurelius: WTF is animal control doing in that neighborhood to begin with? These people just had their lives blown apart. Certainly not the nicest part of town, but Jesus Christ, that's uncalled for.


If you read the article you will see that animal control set traps in the neighborhood to catch pets that had run away, hidden, etc. after the explosion and were returning them to their owners free of charge. They did this as a kindness to the homeowners in the hope of reuniting lost pets with their families and they should be praised for this action. However this cat was trapped, given back to the owner, and trapped a second time, indicating the owner purposefully set the cat free.

I think if they trap it a third time they should charge triple the fine. Clearly this pet owner has no concern for their pet or their neighbors.

25 Nov 2012 06:45 PM
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YouSirAreAMaroon     

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


I just toss em in my kennel. Blue Buffalo ain't cheap.

25 Nov 2012 06:45 PM
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Cyrus the Mediocre    [TotalFark]  

skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


Why not turn them over to a Chinese restaurant? You're missing out on a lucrative enterprise.

25 Nov 2012 06:47 PM
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Vegan Meat Popsicle     

Kurmudgeon: Still glad I don't have to put up with the big city life anymore.
You folks have fun making each other miserable, now.


Yea. Those dumbasses. What with their incredible convenience, huge savings on transportation and easy access to multiple cultural venues. Why don't they live knee-deep in cow-shiat like some awesome dude such as yourself?

/ you're just mad because you have to drive a Chrysler

25 Nov 2012 06:48 PM
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MycroftHolmes     

Null Pointer: I'm ok with Animal Control being in the area if they were there to help capture any house pets that were wandering around as long as their response is:

"Hey we have your animals in a safe environment, please get them when you can care for them"

Not

"Here is your citation citizen".


read the article. The citation was initiated the second time the same cat was picked up. The person was offered free boarding for the cat, but declined. Sorry, I know you wanted to be edgy and speak out against the big government, but they were entirely reasonable here.

25 Nov 2012 06:52 PM
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SR117Nighthawk     
You know...as someone who has lived in Indianapolis, I can tell you that Animal Control will NOT do anything with a stray animal UNLESS...& I use that term loosely, unless the animal is a danger to humans or other pets, or if the animal is in distress.

My story is a long one on how I know this, but Animal Control told me directly when there was a loose dog causing a huge nuisance in my neighborhood, after I complained.

My theory on the story is...someone at Animal Control decided to go see if there were any animals loose in the neighborhood to hold for randsom...um...I mean...for their safe return. YEAH, that's what I meant, safe return!


/moral of the story...when there's a tragedy, there's always someone looking to make money from it.

25 Nov 2012 06:57 PM
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FF Mac     
That's outrageous!!!!

/ that shiat like this even gets greenlighted.

25 Nov 2012 06:58 PM
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Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  

iheartscotch: She's not being cited; her cat is safe and back with her. I don't see what the fuss is about. I know some cats don't like crates; but, it's not like the cat got euthanized.


It's a good thing she found out that her cat was captured. Many people are not so fortunate, and their darling cat gets euthanized on account of no one seems to live it. Sure, you shoudl chip your cats, but we're talking strip club neighborhood here.

25 Nov 2012 07:07 PM
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bubo_sibiricus     

skwerl: I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.


Wow, this is the fastest I ever put anyone in the bozo bin.

25 Nov 2012 07:09 PM
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Mrtraveler01    [TotalFark]  

Marcus Aurelius: iheartscotch: She's not being cited; her cat is safe and back with her. I don't see what the fuss is about. I know some cats don't like crates; but, it's not like the cat got euthanized.

It's a good thing she found out that her cat was captured. Many people are not so fortunate, and their darling cat gets euthanized on account of no one seems to live it. Sure, you shoudl chip your cats, but we're talking strip club neighborhood here.


Wrong explosion.

This is the one that blew up in a subdivision and destroyed 10+ other houses by (what I think) was someone who tried to blow up the house for the insurance money.

25 Nov 2012 07:10 PM
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skwerl     

advex101: Kyosuke: skwerl: How many times will the cat be trapped before the owner gets fined? I've trapped three cats in my yard (two of them were in my garage) in the last two weeks. None of them had collars and all three went to Animal Control to be euthanized. I'm sick of having stray cats spritz on my doors, garbage cans and bushes. I'll keep my trap baited and get rid of every single cat I catch.

I applaud you. To hell with those who would do otherwise.

Sounds like you have a cat in your house that hasn't been neutered/spayed. That's where you usually see neighborhood cats marking like that. Also, close your garage, around here we would have raccoons and opossums living in there if we left ours open.

My garage (a converted carport) is normally closed. 2 weeks ago my car broke down and I towed it home on a trailer. It was Friday night and my mechanic wasn't open until Tuesday so I left it on the trailer in the spot I normally park my truck and parked the truck in the garage. The truck is too long and the door won't shut with the truck in there so I left it open. That night a cat came in and spritzed IN MY GARAGE! In the next 3 nights I caught two of them in my garage.

And no, I haven't had a cat in about 10 years. Both of mine passed away and I never got another one. I don't miss the cat hair or smell.

25 Nov 2012 07:14 PM
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Felgraf     

StashMonster: er, no. Cats actually wander very far on a typical night, that is their natural behaviour. And collars are a danger for cats. What exactly is your problem with having cats in the neighbourhood? They spray on your door? Well then you have a problem with un-neutered toms, not cats per se. There isn't really any need to microchip a cat.

Cats are not dogs. They don't stay home and just go out for walks. They are pretty much independent creatures.


In my case? Because there are a shiat-ton of feral cats (some of which I have seen *clearly* have disease-at least one looks like it has mange, and another has appeared to have snot pouring down its face, and god knows what parasites they have), they aren't vaccinated (or you don't know that they are, if they're pets: HOORAY, RABIES VECTORS), and people keep @#%#@ leaving food out for them (attracting skunks and other animals).

I love cats. I do not love out-door, wandering, feral cats. And if there's no collar? It makes sense for people to assume its a feral.

25 Nov 2012 07:18 PM
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skwerl     
Felgraf, it appears that our type is not welcome in these parts. Farkers love their cats and all cats are divine gifts from God. It is a sin to so much as think otherwise.
i35.photobucket.com

25 Nov 2012 07:21 PM
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no icon tact     

KeithLM: Marcus Aurelius: WTF is animal control doing in that neighborhood to begin with? These people just had their lives blown apart. Certainly not the nicest part of town, but Jesus Christ, that's uncalled for.
...

However this cat was trapped, given back to the owner, and trapped a second time, indicating the owner purposefully set the cat free.

 

Ha, in other words opened a door. An outdoor walkabout (for a cat that is half indoor and somewhat outdoor) is standard MO! But yeah, the owner let the cat out again the next night for spite. 

/our cat currently outside, usually comes back round midnight
//not a matter of purposefully letting him out, somebody opens a door he bolts, std cat behavior

25 Nov 2012 07:31 PM
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Lunaville     
I came to mock the nut-job in the article comments who equates a cat roaming about with the the neighborhood sinking into lawlessness and running amok. Who knew his soul mate/s would be here on FARK?

25 Nov 2012 07:32 PM
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Begoggle     
OUTRAGE!!! SHE IS BEING CITED!!!
Animal control: "She isn't being cited"
STILL, OUTRAGE!!!

25 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
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Begoggle     

Cerwin3302: Looks like subby needs the RTFA...


You must be new to Fark.

25 Nov 2012 07:50 PM
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Keizer_Ghidorah     

Lunaville: I came to mock the nut-job in the article comments who equates a cat roaming about with the the neighborhood sinking into lawlessness and running amok. Who knew his soul mate/s would be here on FARK?


FARK seems to be filled with people who hate cats for one reason or another, most of them retarded.

25 Nov 2012 07:53 PM
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Vegan Meat Popsicle     

skwerl: Felgraf, it appears that our type is not welcome in these parts


What? People who make intentionally inflammatory statements for no purposes but to draw attention to themselves by feigning massive ignornace?

Nah. You're in the right place.

25 Nov 2012 07:58 PM
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thecivicninja     
I dont care for cats in the least, but I have been thinking about getting one to patrol outside now that I live in the boonies. You know to keep the critters down

25 Nov 2012 08:01 PM
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AssAsInAssassin     
Article fails to mention if any unlicensed 'alibuts were found in the area, or any half-a-bees.

25 Nov 2012 08:04 PM
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MycroftHolmes     

no icon tact: KeithLM: Marcus Aurelius: WTF is animal control doing in that neighborhood to begin with? These people just had their lives blown apart. Certainly not the nicest part of town, but Jesus Christ, that's uncalled for.
...

However this cat was trapped, given back to the owner, and trapped a second time, indicating the owner purposefully set the cat free.

 

Ha, in other words opened a door. An outdoor walkabout (for a cat that is half indoor and somewhat outdoor) is standard MO! But yeah, the owner let the cat out again the next night for spite. 

/our cat currently outside, usually comes back round midnight
//not a matter of purposefully letting him out, somebody opens a door he bolts, std cat behavior


So, you are the jackhole who's cat is crapping in my vegetable beds and scratching up my car paint. If your idea of responsible ownership is 'meh, let the cat go on a walkabout because hey, it's too hard to control my animal', then you are way too irresponsible to be a pet owner.

I like cats, but i choose not to have one. If yours is not in control (i.e. wandering free, crapping in other people's gardens and damaging their property), do not get indignant for one second if someone calls animal control.

The cat is being a cat. you are the problem.

25 Nov 2012 08:13 PM
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SlothB77    [TotalFark]  
it is ok for cats can roam neighborhoods as long as it isn't near any busy roads where they will get run over. cats don't go around biting people or attacking people and they always come back home.

25 Nov 2012 08:21 PM
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MycroftHolmes     

SlothB77: it is ok for cats can roam neighborhoods as long as it isn't near any busy roads where they will get run over. cats don't go around biting people or attacking people and they always come back home.


Cats can be a nuisance to other people. They can, in fact, attack (though it is less common), will frequently crap in vegetable or flower beds, will attack birds at bird feeders and bird baths, and can scratch car paint by walking over the car. It is not OK for you to make the choice for the whole neighborhood that they are all going to have a cat.

25 Nov 2012 08:26 PM
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DownDaRiver    [TotalFark]  

Ha! Told ya, stupid cats are stupid!

This young lady has
the right idea!
i877.photobucket.com

25 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
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skwerl     

SlothB77: it is ok for cats can roam neighborhoods as long as it isn't near any busy roads where they will get run over. cats don't go around biting people or attacking people and they always come back home.


I think you have it backwards. MycroftHolmes has the right idea. I no longer have a cat, mine died about 10 years ago. I dislike seeing claw scratches in my car paint and I dislike kneeling in cat shiat when tending my garden. And I especially dislike walking up to my front door and getting overwhelmed with the stench of cat spritz. You can allow your cat to roam wherever it wants as long as it isn't within my front porch or fenced back yard. I won't tolerate having my property destroyed by your cat.

25 Nov 2012 09:21 PM
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