Sunday, February 03, 2008

Cat poo


Cats! Aren'tchasickofem?! A Killen Road resident is, or at least of the "little messages" they leave behind. He has reasonably asked me why councils put so much effort into targetting dog mess, when cats cause just as much frustration, leaving multiple deposits in our back gardens.


Of course, as he accepted, the phrase "herding cats" was coined specifically because it's in their nature to roam and not respect boundaries. Still, I have a lot of sympathy with his suggestion that the Council could perhaps use the Town Crier to remind cat owners of the distress their animals cause to those of us who aren't moggy-lovers.


Whether cats can be drilled to balance precariously over a toilet seat (above) I'm not sure. As an alternative, why not visit this company's site, with its Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent (lets out a scream when a cat goes past) or the Scarecrow Water Jet Pack (shoots a jet of water at the little blighters). They sound like effective deterrents and family garden entertainment all rolled into one!

11 comments:

Aeres said...

Not wanting to be vulgar, but I've often wondered if there is any law regarding horses. Do horse riders have to ride around with carrier bags full of horse manure or can they just leave it on the road?

No real strong opinion here - just wondered that's all...

Darlington Councillor said...

This has been raised with me by residents on more than one occasion in the past.

As far as I'm aware, there is no requirement on horse riders to clear up their animal's dung, any more than farmers have to clear away cow or sheep poo in country lanes. I guess this is because as herbivores, their dung isn't intrinsically that unpleasant, whereas the faeces of carnivorous cats and dogs is a rather different matter.

(As an aside, if you try and bring your dog up as a vegetarian - as my wife did a few years ago - it doesn't have a demonstrable impact on the poo afterwards).

Anyway, I generally advise canny residents to take advantage and deposit any horse manure they find on the streets on their roses!

miketually said...

There's a distinction made between cats and dogs in law, I believe. Dog owners are legally responsible for and damage caused by their pet, while cat owners are not.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

Domesticated cats are one of the cleanest of animals. If they want to poo they go outside, dig a hole and then cover it over.

Perhaps the ones referred to are strays. Will the Council's doggie man, as they call him in Hartlepool, also catch stray cats?

Darlington Councillor said...

Hmmm - I rather suspected that sympathies on this issue would boil down to whether you are a 'cat' or 'dog person'.

Me - I'm a dog man. Certainly, none of the cats which persecuted my last garden lawn with their 'offerings' ever showed any inclination to dig a hole and cover it over.

There's something rather Thatcherite about cats, I've always thought - wasn't it Kipling who said "The cat, he walks by himself"? Their disinterest in the feelings of others seems to encapsulate perfectly the Iron Lady's well-known critique of society.

And how do you tell whether a moggy is a stray or not? Answers on a postcard (the harder to cats - in theory, of course - they are, the better I'll like 'em!)

miketually said...

Another dog person here.

The cats that use our front lawn as a toilet don't bury it.

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

A stray cat is one which is thin, dirty and generally looks neglected. I think cats as well as dogs can be microchipped to find out who the owner is.

All the cats my parents had buried their poo. Must be a new anti social breed going about who have learnt from dogs, horses etc. Tongue stuck firmly in the cheek.

miketually said...

"Tongue stuck firmly in the cheek"

Cats and dogs do that.

Aeres said...

"There's something rather Thatcherite about cats"

Only February of course, but an early runner for magnificently bonkers quote of the year I reckon :-)

Lynneth said...

I am a cat and a dog person, and both live happily in my household ( 3 cats and a 3 legged Saluki) I entirely understand the frustrations of people whos gardens are used by cats,as other cats constantly challenge mine by pooing and marking.(no - its not my cats - Ive seen it.) (they DO bury it BTW but only if the area they use has an easily "pawable" loose texture - so freshly dug soil yes - lawn -no. ) the problem being that unfortunately cats cant be domesticated in the same way as dogs. I have mastered "cat herding" but there are just some things they dont do the same as dogs - cats only think rules apply when you are THERE for instance, (its only a crime if you get caught). I have 2 covered litter trays in the yard which are cleaned out daily,and they do use them (dont I know it!) but I couldnt GUARANTEE they dont also go elsewhere. Still, given the use the litter trays get this might be something for cat owners to think about to prevent their pets being someone elses nuisance?

Pet Shops Melbourne said...

It is cool to see cat doing his thing in the bathroom.