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Old April 23rd 06, 09:54 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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We have a very sweet little NEUTERED female cat. She has a cat flat to
go in and out of the house. Over the past few months we have noticed
that she was getting thin even though we kept giving her larger bowls
of food. Now we know why : a strange cat comes in and beats her up,
urinates inside the house, eats her food and is a bl***y nuisance. We
have tried putting one of those (harmless) spring loaded traps down,
hoping that if we caught it we could sprinkle it with water to try and
deter it from coming here. It ripped the door off the cage and escaped.
THREE times. Then we tried putting a booby trap on the cat flap: as
soon as it came through the flap, a trap door would drop and stop it
getting out. Then we could sprinkle it with water etc. This time, it
ripped the trap door off its screws and escaped. It has now discovered
how to lift up the flap and escape.In the morning, we find all the food
has gone, the trap door has fallen down but there is NO CAT to be
found. Houdini had nothing on this animal. Any ideas please? It is
driving my husband crazy being outwitted by a cat. We cant put any
repellents etc; down as we have a cat ourselves. It is also costing a
fortune in food and cleansing materials to try and get the stink of cat
pee out of the house.

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Old April 23rd 06, 11:06 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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They make a type of cat flap that will only open to your cat. It has some
kind of censor on it, that picks up a signal from a little box on your cat's
collar.
Check the online petstores.

-- Maryjane

PS. Here in Texas, in some rural suburbs - people find raccoons coming
through their cat flaps! They not only eat all the food, they act like
mini-vandals -- pick up and play with little knickknacks, steal small shiny
things, etc!! Imagine waking up to find 2-3 full size raccoons in your
house ; ) !!!!!!!!!!! Its not just funny - but a bit scary chasing them
back outside.

"Susan" wrote in message
ups.com...
We have a very sweet little NEUTERED female cat. She has a cat flat to
go in and out of the house. Over the past few months we have noticed
that she was getting thin even though we kept giving her larger bowls
of food. Now we know why : a strange cat comes in and beats her up,
urinates inside the house, eats her food and is a bl***y nuisance. We
have tried putting one of those (harmless) spring loaded traps down,
hoping that if we caught it we could sprinkle it with water to try and
deter it from coming here. It ripped the door off the cage and escaped.
THREE times. Then we tried putting a booby trap on the cat flap: as
soon as it came through the flap, a trap door would drop and stop it
getting out. Then we could sprinkle it with water etc. This time, it
ripped the trap door off its screws and escaped. It has now discovered
how to lift up the flap and escape.In the morning, we find all the food
has gone, the trap door has fallen down but there is NO CAT to be
found. Houdini had nothing on this animal. Any ideas please? It is
driving my husband crazy being outwitted by a cat. We cant put any
repellents etc; down as we have a cat ourselves. It is also costing a
fortune in food and cleansing materials to try and get the stink of cat
pee out of the house.



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Old April 23rd 06, 11:43 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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I will look around and see whether you can get collars with sensors in
them over here. Good idea! Yes - I know about those darned racoons.
Our kids are working in Florida and they have a hard time with the
little creatures coming into the enclosed patio, eating the cat and dog
food, turning things upside down, climbing up to reach things on
shelves. They seem to be a problem not only in The United States but
also here in Europe. They get into the attics and destroy insulation,
and all sorts of other antisocial activities. Keep the cat advice
rolling in :-) Thanks

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Old April 23rd 06, 04:23 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Susan wrote:
We have a very sweet little NEUTERED female cat. She has a cat flat to
go in and out of the house. Over the past few months we have noticed
that she was getting thin even though we kept giving her larger bowls
of food. Now we know why : a strange cat comes in and beats her up,
urinates inside the house, eats her food and is a bl***y nuisance. We
have tried putting one of those (harmless) spring loaded traps down,
hoping that if we caught it we could sprinkle it with water to try and
deter it from coming here. It ripped the door off the cage and escaped.
THREE times. Then we tried putting a booby trap on the cat flap: as
soon as it came through the flap, a trap door would drop and stop it
getting out. Then we could sprinkle it with water etc. This time, it
ripped the trap door off its screws and escaped. It has now discovered
how to lift up the flap and escape.In the morning, we find all the food
has gone, the trap door has fallen down but there is NO CAT to be
found. Houdini had nothing on this animal. Any ideas please? It is
driving my husband crazy being outwitted by a cat. We cant put any
repellents etc; down as we have a cat ourselves. It is also costing a
fortune in food and cleansing materials to try and get the stink of cat
pee out of the house.


Ever thought of disabling the cat flap?

Ever thought of getting an electronic cat flap that is only activated by
*your* cat through a device in a collar she wears?

It is actually better health wise for your own cat and she not be
allowed outside.

The solution seems so simple.

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Old April 23rd 06, 04:59 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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"Susan" wrote in message
oups.com...
I will look around and see whether you can get collars with sensors in
them over here. Good idea! Yes - I know about those darned racoons.
Our kids are working in Florida and they have a hard time with the
little creatures coming into the enclosed patio, eating the cat and dog
food, turning things upside down, climbing up to reach things on
shelves. They seem to be a problem not only in The United States but
also here in Europe. They get into the attics and destroy insulation,
and all sorts of other antisocial activities. Keep the cat advice
rolling in :-) Thanks


The raccoons are actually kind of cute, as long as they're not eating your
pet's food or getting into stuff. Bad on garbage cans too - root through
them as much as loose dogs. Eat your chickens, if you live somewhere where
you can keep a few. (Chickens are the worlds best garbage disposals.
They'll eat any kind of scraps!! And you get eggs in return)

The real problem is a lot of them carry rabies - so you definitely don't
want them around.

-- maryjane


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Old April 23rd 06, 05:00 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Our cat was a wild cat that decided when only a couple of months old,
that she wanted a family to spoil her. After sitting on our patio,
studying us contemptuously for a couple of weeks, she eventually
condescended to eat a piece of steak we put out for her. She has her
own bed with cushions and settee - her own room which is a huge glassed
in area overlooking the back garden. This is where her cat flap goes
into/out of. If she cannot get out, she gets really frantic. She has
never been an "indoor cat". We live in the South West of France and
have a huge garden with trees and shrubs, no neighbours and a river
running through it. It would be terribly cruel to confine her. Apart
from this monster cat that is causing us hassles, there is nothing to
cause her any harm or distress; She even goes for daily walks with me,
through the Kiwi-fruit fields and along the river banks. Unfortunately
keeping her in wont work! AND - probably wont keep Houdini out either.

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Old April 23rd 06, 05:07 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Here's a link for a sensored cat door:

http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2033663&Ne=2

It will only open for your cat - who wear's a small magnet attached to her
collar.

-- maryjane

"Susan" wrote in message
ups.com...
We have a very sweet little NEUTERED female cat. She has a cat flat to
go in and out of the house. Over the past few months we have noticed
that she was getting thin even though we kept giving her larger bowls
of food. Now we know why : a strange cat comes in and beats her up,
urinates inside the house, eats her food and is a bl***y nuisance. We
have tried putting one of those (harmless) spring loaded traps down,
hoping that if we caught it we could sprinkle it with water to try and
deter it from coming here. It ripped the door off the cage and escaped.
THREE times. Then we tried putting a booby trap on the cat flap: as
soon as it came through the flap, a trap door would drop and stop it
getting out. Then we could sprinkle it with water etc. This time, it
ripped the trap door off its screws and escaped. It has now discovered
how to lift up the flap and escape.In the morning, we find all the food
has gone, the trap door has fallen down but there is NO CAT to be
found. Houdini had nothing on this animal. Any ideas please? It is
driving my husband crazy being outwitted by a cat. We cant put any
repellents etc; down as we have a cat ourselves. It is also costing a
fortune in food and cleansing materials to try and get the stink of cat
pee out of the house.



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Old April 23rd 06, 05:10 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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And here's a cat door that uses and infra-red collar key

http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2033663&Ne=2

-- maryjane

"Susan" wrote in message
ups.com...
We have a very sweet little NEUTERED female cat. She has a cat flat to
go in and out of the house. Over the past few months we have noticed
that she was getting thin even though we kept giving her larger bowls
of food. Now we know why : a strange cat comes in and beats her up,
urinates inside the house, eats her food and is a bl***y nuisance. We
have tried putting one of those (harmless) spring loaded traps down,
hoping that if we caught it we could sprinkle it with water to try and
deter it from coming here. It ripped the door off the cage and escaped.
THREE times. Then we tried putting a booby trap on the cat flap: as
soon as it came through the flap, a trap door would drop and stop it
getting out. Then we could sprinkle it with water etc. This time, it
ripped the trap door off its screws and escaped. It has now discovered
how to lift up the flap and escape.In the morning, we find all the food
has gone, the trap door has fallen down but there is NO CAT to be
found. Houdini had nothing on this animal. Any ideas please? It is
driving my husband crazy being outwitted by a cat. We cant put any
repellents etc; down as we have a cat ourselves. It is also costing a
fortune in food and cleansing materials to try and get the stink of cat
pee out of the house.



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Old April 23rd 06, 05:58 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Thanks Maryjane. My daughter who works in Florida, and her family are
coming for a visit early next month and I will ask her to go into Pets
Mart and buy one for us. Hopefully this will solve the problem. I am
SURE my husband lies awake at night plotting how to outsmart Houdini.
Its definitely an Einstein of the feline kind :-) In gerneral French
cats are very petite compared with those I have been used to. Houdini
though is in a class of his own. He must travel miles to get here,
crossing bridges and through fields. It must be the expensive brand of
cat food we give our cat. Perhaps Pur***a should sponsor us? "We only
got Invaded once we started buying Pur**a Pet Products"

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Old April 23rd 06, 09:05 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.health+behav
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Susan wrote:
: Thanks Maryjane. My daughter who works in Florida, and her family are
: coming for a visit early next month and I will ask her to go into Pets
: Mart and buy one for us. Hopefully this will solve the problem. I am
: SURE my husband lies awake at night plotting how to outsmart Houdini.
: Its definitely an Einstein of the feline kind :-) In gerneral French
: cats are very petite compared with those I have been used to. Houdini
: though is in a class of his own. He must travel miles to get here,
: crossing bridges and through fields. It must be the expensive brand of
: cat food we give our cat. Perhaps Pur***a should sponsor us? "We only
: got Invaded once we started buying Pur**a Pet Products"

Are you sure that it's a cat and not a raccoon?
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