"Aye Carumba," cried Don Moopy
September 7, 2007 5:24 PM Subscribe
Cat collars. Ones that snap into action when in range of each other. Suggestions or better ideas most welcome. And of course I've included the whole exasperating tale for your consideration and/or amusement.
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Littermates Scruffy Girls and Loopy Schmickles. Out after 9am in by 4-4.30pm. (5.30-6pm at the latest for Scruff, on the odd occasion, if she's being a Haggis. Loopy is in before the bikkies land on the first shake - without fail.)
The Mean Cat seems to be entirely free range. Comes around at night to gobble up the cat grass. Jump at windows, circling the house in a reign of terror over it's inhabitants. Which to be honest is really a bit of excitment, isn't it? But it digs these big stupid holes in my garden. Which, when SO pointed out, were all in veiw of windows just made me laugh. Until I found one NOT near a window. I was like WTF! The hairy bastard made that one for me... That tears it. I'd like to catch that cat and say "Now look here Kitty, I don't know what goes on at your place, but from where we come from holes are for crappin' in! Not just diggin' about the place wherever you please! You got that!"
But really the problem is that Loopy is being increasingly savaged. (Unlike Scruff, he is The Chicken (-stealin') Boy) He's been rolled for his new collar. Attacked in his shade cloth hammock. The thing just gets him and puts all these nasty holes in my poor Loopy Schmickles. So I've been keeping him in, but it's not fair and bad for family harmony. Which is a perculiar type of music at the best of times.
I go outside but he goes off in search of mischief. I send Scruff with him but even if she's with him at the time, Mean Cat has given her a 'friendly' maul at least once (it's just much bigger) She does go to attempt his rescue though :)
SO alarmed me with the idea of 'taking care of it' until I pointed out that the owners (somebody at the bottom of the cul de sac? They will know at any rate) are quite likely unaware of the relentless torment Kitty is inflicting upon us. So I have bought it some time. It's lucky I'm partial to cats and not just ones that are mine...
A Cat Run. Yes, but for various reasons I'm putting that on hold for now (and this yard is a total snore.) I was going to kit him out in body armor with a samurai style helmet and a tail guard (Ahh, lateral thinking) Then my common sense kicked in. Of course collars!!
That when within X amount of feet or meters let off an alarm! Alerting me and sending both of them headed for home in a fright. I was thinking also an irritating buzz at a closer range might keep it occupied while Loopy makes a dash for safety, and escapes harm. SO wants to put some kind of shock. But I'm hesitant on that one. But have already decided if it comes to that the collars 'need maintainance' and it'll be going in.
It will need to be durable, waterproof, reliable, no maintainance on their part (it would ruin my presentation shpeil) And completely safe!!
We thought maybe like an electric door buzzer stuck down or radio frequency? Like walkie-talkies ect. But I remember as a kid we'd pick up trucks on them... GPS?
What do you guys think? Whacky ideas welcome. Completely different and/or better ideas are also acceptable. :)