1. A friend
    September 18, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    My friend,

    I applaud these words of wisdom. It’s 5 o’clock at night and I can’t sleep because some dumbass’ stray cat is meowing out on the street. I’m personally fed up with this. They’re everywhere, my sister won’t come over anymore because there are cats always popping up in my garden and she’s allergic and quite honestly I couldn’t be more eager to be in a cat-free zone. I’m afraid I’m not as brave as you, though. Can you tell me of some tricks to repell cats (or even neutralize them permanently)? I’m a chemist so I can even get access to some compounds that may be useful.

  2. Alan
    September 18, 2010 @ 9:57 am

    Perhaps you could try a rifle! 🙂 (my preferred method)

    Or an even better 24/7 solution is to get a dog… We have two and never get cats in our garden. This option is, I suspect, considerably more legal than shooting them… 🙂

    Being a chemist I’m sure you could put together some kind of chemical solution, permanent or deterrent. There’s seem to be lots of chemical deterrents for sale (rat poison would work to!:)), with your expertise I’m sure you could nail down what the main ingredients are.

    …or for a more natural solution, here’s a couple of things I’ve read about that may or may not work…

    Ammonia – though you probably wouldn’t want the smell in the garden!

    Lion crap – yes, really!

    Citrus fruit peel

    This plant – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectranthus_caninus

    …and there are quite a few ultrasonic devices that claim to deter cats….

    Let me know how you get on!

    (If anyone reading this page has any others do please put them in a comment. :))


  3. Fred
    October 29, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    Dear friend,

    Next time you sneeze I am gonna put you out, you germ spreading biatch! And I am gonna use a cat launching assault weapon, so your balls are gonna be the first thing going in the kitty crunch, and I will leave you there, moaning hoping your last breath comes soon.
    I really do not care for you to publish this, I am happy you read it.
    So, f**k you!!

  4. Alan
    October 29, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

    (only editing on my part is the profanity) 🙂

    Hmmmn – I’m not sure who’s side this deluded individual is on? Guessing he doesn’t like that I don’t like cats…. Yet his notion of ‘punishment’ involves launching them at me.

    Got to wonder sometimes what goes on in the heads of some people! 🙂

  5. I hate cats
    November 1, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

    It’s very difficult to cull the cat population when there are a lot of strays, and I doubt one man can handle it. In Canada, they don’t have that problem because everyone spays/neuters them as soon as they get them, and it isn’t as socially acceptable to feed animals as in other parts of the world. I think the solution would be to educate kids early on about spaying/neutering their pets, so that they grow up into adults who don’t contribute to the problem (and then culling strays will be more effective long term).

  6. Alan
    November 3, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    James – you’re absolutely right, it is an education problem – and the problem is caused by humans.

    Get me the right weaponry though and I’d sure give a ‘one man cull’ a good go… 🙂

  7. Allan and Dawn
    November 5, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

    Hi Alan,
    Cats possess many perceived feminine qualities and have noticed this rankles quite a few men.
    What an interesting word “Hate’ is and what it has contributed to this world.
    Allan and Dawn

  8. Alan
    November 5, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    Hate like many other words in the English language has many layers of meaning – from humour through to downright evil. I think in this context it sits somewhere between humour and mid-range.

    As for the feminine qualities being an explanation for my distaste for domestic cats, I don’t think that’s the case. My wife has many feminine qualities, she doesn’t have the same effect on me (I actually quite like her sometimes)! 😀

  9. Anna
    April 28, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

    I respect your opinion on cats since I don’t care much for them either but not all cat owners are nutcases. I’ve met plenty of owners who are responsible enough to keep their cats inside and many perfectly normal people who just happened to own a few cats.