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Metelyk
#1 Posted : 11 March 2019 17:23:50(UTC)
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Seems next doors cat must use my roof as a sun lounger when I’m out at work.

Any ideas how to:

1) Stop it going on there?

2) Clean the hairs off the roof, they don‘t seem to brush off!!

Annoyed cos when I got the car only 3 weeks ago it was immaculate.

Might have to buy a half cover, any recommendations?T 

Thanks

 

 

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#2 Posted : 11 March 2019 17:33:43(UTC)
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you are right you need a cover but get a good one..had same problem with neighbours cat fitted a 20 pound hood cover it lasted a week cat clawed it and distroyed it asked for cost from neighbours no joy......try sellotape or any low stick tape that will get rid off most 

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#3 Posted : 11 March 2019 17:41:40(UTC)
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Get a dog

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#4 Posted : 11 March 2019 17:45:06(UTC)
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Had a similar problem myself when my 5 was stored under our car port. I used a lint roller which picked up the cat hair well. Still use it occasionally to pick up fluff etc off a clean roof

I also sprinkled pepper on my roof, left it for a couple of days then vacuumed it off. Seemed to work for a few weeks then had to repeat the proces. I guess kitty got a nose full and the avoided it for a while.

Not sure I’d risk the pepper unless the cars under cover though. Thankfully it then spurred me on to clear the garage,so bought a shed and now she’s safely tucked away.

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#5 Posted : 11 March 2019 19:21:34(UTC)
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On the plus side, be thankful that it's not getting inside making that hairy and smelly.

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#6 Posted : 11 March 2019 20:02:15(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Metelyk Go to Quoted Post

Seems next doors cat must use my roof as a sun lounger when I’m out at work.

 

 

Same here, my neighbours' cat.

I just damp cloth the paw prints and hairs every few weeks.

+1 for vinyl tops.

 

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#7 Posted : 11 March 2019 20:51:39(UTC)
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Hi

I have the very same problem. When the weather is nice someone else's cat uses my soft as a sun lounger. In itself, apart from the hair issue, it's not such a big deal. However, when I see it trying to pucker up the roof with its claws my blood drains from me.

Spoke to the owners, and yes you've guessed it, don't want too know!

For now, when the weather is fine and I do not have the cover on I have bought these and just plonk them on the roof.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01AWLPUY2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

6 of them cover the roof adequately. They don't mark the roof, they are very light in weight. No good if it gets breezy but this cat likes hot sunny still days.

I also bought an ultrasonic so called small animal scarer.  Pile of crap. Don't waste your money. 

I am not happy about this at all. It was a completely unexpected problem that the neigbourhood seem to find funny.. Ha, ha, ha oh look at little kitty.

Any way for now the plastic anti cat matts seem to be doing the job. 

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Metelyk on 11/03/2019(UTC)
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#8 Posted : 11 March 2019 21:12:50(UTC)
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I’m leaning towards a good quality cover !!
Any recommendations?
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#9 Posted : 11 March 2019 21:43:53(UTC)
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Hmm, I tried one of these PIR Sprinkler things last year to keep the foxes out of the back garden or the herons out of my pond. 

It is neat in that the way it all connects together is very flexible and the sensor can be anywhere, not just on the stake under the sprinkler.  I had the sensor facing North so the sun could not set it off, and a length of hose to the sprinkler.

The weakness is in leaving the hose unattended overnight connected with mains pressure in it.  Foxes know hoses have water in them and chew into them when it is dry.

 

Snag with having it near the car is the car will be washed too often... and with the wrong kind of water.

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#10 Posted : 12 March 2019 08:24:43(UTC)
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It was this very problem with a previous soft top that got me into MX5 ownership. I bought a NC PRHT.
My neighbours cat ruined the mohair roof on my car & even with the top down it slept on it or in the car. It also scratched the paintwork when it jumped up & walked all over the bonnet.
I tried a car cover (full size) but it crawled underneath & still got on the roof. I reckon a tight fitting half cover should work.
i tried scattering cat repellant crystals around the car but to no avail. Unleashing my dogs would work but once out the dogs kept running & the cat still came back.
Someone on another forum suggested (in jest I hope) a .22 air rifle.
As for removing the hairs, a pair of rubber gloves used to do the trick especially when the hood was damp or wet. A pair of heavy duty ones with pimples on works best.
I hope you can resolve the issue. I never did, resulting in me selling the car & falling out with the neighbours.
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#11 Posted : 12 March 2019 08:35:30(UTC)
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Unlike dogs, where the owners are responsible for keeping them under control, in law cats have a "right to roam" and the owners cannot be held responsible for their actions.

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#12 Posted : 12 March 2019 14:06:44(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Countryboy Go to Quoted Post

Unlike dogs, where the owners are responsible for keeping them under control, in law cats have a "right to roam" and the owners cannot be held responsible for their actions.

Also I don't see too many stories about cats biting the faces off children or this. They also don't respond very well to being told to sit. 

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#13 Posted : 12 March 2019 14:50:27(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NickD Go to Quoted Post

Originally Posted by: Countryboy Go to Quoted Post

Unlike dogs, where the owners are responsible for keeping them under control, in law cats have a "right to roam" and the owners cannot be held responsible for their actions.

Also I don't see too many stories about cats biting the faces off children or this. They also don't respond very well to being told to sit. 

Hmm, under law the cattle farmer had the prior rights, and the dog walker should have seen the presence of the cattle and acted accordingly while 'trespassing' or venturing onto the farmer's land, even if there is a right of way.  If the dog worried the cattle then the dog owner is liable.  The dog is domitae naturae (and trainable) and therefore the responsibility of its owner, whereas cats climbing on cars are ferea naturae and regarded as wild and untrainable.  Also with the ferea naturae, if they wander onto your land you are entitled to trap, possess, or otherwise dispose of them (eg foxes, squirrels, snails etc).

However, modern society being what it is, then the law is often ignored or treated as an ass regardless of the rights or wrongs.

And no, I'm not a legal person, I just shared digs with a law student for far too long, and too many funny oddities from then have stuck in my mind.

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#14 Posted : 12 March 2019 15:39:37(UTC)
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So can I legally do away with any cats that roam onto my property?    or  .

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#15 Posted : 12 March 2019 16:04:48(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mad Malc Go to Quoted Post

So can I legally do away with any cats that roam onto my property?    or  .

 

I don't know.  But fill your boots.  As long as you're happy to justify your actions in person to the six-year old girl who's just lost the first love of her life.  Or the 'thirties couple who can't have children, so keep the cats as recompense.  Or the widower in his '80s whose only joy and companion is his cat.

'Do away' away. 

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Originally Posted by: Mad Malc Go to Quoted Post

So can I legally do away with any cats that roam onto my property?    or  .

  

Not really that simple because if it belongs to somebody you are supposed to return it (unharmed) to the owner, the same as any other property, ans as for "doing away with" as in killing you'd find yourself in breach of several laws if you weren't licensed to do so.  If it is a stray you should contact either your council or one of the animal protection groups for help and advice.

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#17 Posted : 12 March 2019 16:39:29(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Metelyk Go to Quoted Post

 

Might have to buy a half cover, any recommendations?T 

Thanks

 

Presumably the cat likes the heat which accumulates because of the black surface, so one of the silvered fabric covers might not be so attractive.  I've had a winter's use out of a Mazda one so far - it doesn't look very durable but it is the only one I've had that has stayed on properly in the highest winds (it attaches with velcro round the mirrors and door handles, and trapped 'sausages' in the boot lid and under the wiper arms).

The Classic Additions silver ones that attach with chin straps didn't last for me - similar looking fabric, but the elastic straps quickly lost their virtue.  A heavy and very durable-looking Custom Covers one was shedding its vinyl lining in lumps after a winter and couple of months of sunny weather.

I expect MX5parts will be doing the Mazda ones at 10% off at Elvington if they are attending.  I have already got a spare one for when the current one dies.

That said I don't have much trouble with cats on the roof - if a cat wanted to shred it, I don't think it would have too much difficulty.  Maybe try some aversion therapy with a super soaker? 

I detest cats, there's a massive one (probably too fat to bound on to the roof) that comes in from a couple of doors away and uses our raised beds as litter trays.  It has a very supercilious look and is totally disdainful when shouted at. I couldn't risk doing it a mischief even if I wanted to - its predecessor was found dead in our garden and although that was nothing to do with me, I'm sure I'd get the blame if it happened again.

 

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Looks like NO then. 

 

 

 

Wasn't being serious as most will have gleaned.

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#19 Posted : 12 March 2019 18:23:44(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mad Malc Go to Quoted Post

Looks like NO then. 

 

 

 

Wasn't being serious as most will have gleaned.

  

I'd guessed that Malc, but I thought it best to give a straight answer just in case someone thought you were.

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#20 Posted : 12 March 2019 19:31:21(UTC)
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In my last house I had a koi pond & the local cats, my own included helped themselves to a very expensive breakfast!!!   I used a couple of ultrasonic cat deterrents & they stayed away once they were there.

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