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      01-06-2013, 06:32 PM   #23
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Perhaps these are actually someone's cats?

I have a similar gripe about neighbors dogs who bark all day & night.
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Fortunately the only time ive had a problem with cats is when they are in front of my car. At 55 mph
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Poisoned tuna cans?
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Poisoned tuna cans?
There's at least 6-8 of Em.... sigh
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Pet stores carry a spray that gives off a nasty smell cats don't like, it's used for training household cats. When I had a problem with neighborhood cats, I used this. I sprayed it on my tires, front and rear bumper, and mirrors. Didn't have any more problems with cats. Only downside is you need to re-spray every couple days, but for a $5 can of it, I say it's well worth it.
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living in the city will suck ass for your car. I find new scratches on my car every day. It's always something new even if it's not a stray cat
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car covers attract cats. they huddle under it to keep warm especially in nyc. i have to deal with 3 cats under my cover every morning
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Just get BB gun and go to work! Shoot Em up!
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which specific hood cover did you get?
I just got a piece of blue plastic tarp from a local hardware store, sized to cover the entire hood while tucked under the windshield wipers.

I heard that tarp works rather well in this application, since cats don't like "noisy" materials, i.e. materials that make rustling or cracking sounds. Also, tarp is not a very inviting material to crawl under. Nevertheless, I have seen some cats to sit on the tarp on my car's hood.

I would gladly buy a dedicated hood cover made of softer material, but I don't see anyone selling anything like that. All my attempts to search for such a product on the net let either to those black frontal anti-chip bras or to transparent permanent protective films.

BTW, does anyone have any experience with transparent protective films and cats? I once read a horror story on the net claiming that non-groomed cats easily ruin such protective films with their claws as they attempt to climb onto the hood.
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As with every other problem posed by living in the city, there is only one answer: Move to the burbs!
You forgot to also say, "and buy a car cover, and then park it the garage"

Ewwwww..... EEEEEE..... Word up with that, Word up with that!
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which specific hood cover did you get?
I just got a piece of blue plastic tarp from a local hardware store, sized to cover the entire hood while tucked under the windshield wipers.

I heard that tarp works rather well in this application, since cats don't like "noisy" materials, i.e. materials that make rustling or cracking sounds. Also, tarp is not a very inviting material to crawl under. Nevertheless, I have seen some cats to sit on the tarp on my car's hood.

I would gladly buy a dedicated hood cover made of softer material, but I don't see anyone selling anything like that. All my attempts to search for such a product on the net let either to those black frontal anti-chip bras or to transparent permanent protective films.

BTW, does anyone have any experience with transparent protective films and cats? I once read a horror story on the net claiming that non-groomed cats easily ruin such protective films with their claws as they attempt to climb onto the hood.
I'm sure with a clear bra, the result you'd get from a cat clawing on it would look like someone's bumper screws ripping the clear bra. I guess it'll protect wherever you clear bra but then you'd have to replace the clear bra cause that rip would be an eye sore.
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Pet stores carry a spray that gives off a nasty smell cats don't like, it's used for training household cats. When I had a problem with neighborhood cats, I used this. I sprayed it on my tires, front and rear bumper, and mirrors. Didn't have any more problems with cats. Only downside is you need to re-spray every couple days, but for a $5 can of it, I say it's well worth it.
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Any metal BB air pistol, not matter how softly pumped, is going to do angry things to your car when you inevitably miss a few times. That said, a small gun is probably the cheapest and quickest solution, though also the biggest pain: What I'd recommend is getting the cheapest, crappiest spring airsoft pistol you can find. Like, $5. Something you can shoot yourself with point-blank. Test it maybe on the inside of the open door just to be sure, but it shouldn't do anything to the paint. If you hit the cats in the face though, they'll get really uninterested in being on that car really fast, without getting hurt.

The spray is certainly interesting, though. That's probably a better bet, if you can stand the smell.

Another solution which may work, may not, is to piss on your own tires. We have tons of stray cats, a few of which use our back patio as a bathroom. The cat piss smell is super annoying. I'm trying the marking-my-territory thing, I'll let you know if it's effective at all.

I haven't noticed paw prints on my car or any in our parking lot (which is surprising) but if I do I'll probably try making an electric blanket to zap their paws just enough to train them away.
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Another solution which may work, may not, is to piss on your own tires. I'll let you know if it's effective at all.
What do your neighbors say when they see you peeing on your car?
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Poisoned tuna cans?
Please don't put any kind of poison out. Had a friend's dog die because they accidentally ingested this shit that was put out for strays.
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Please don't put any kind of poison out. Had a friend's dog die because they accidentally ingested this shit that was put out for strays.
I know It was a joke, relax, I'd never harm a fly lol BTW Same story happened with me, my 7 months old german shepherd girl got poisoned..
Covering the car is the best solution yet IMO.
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more paw prints this morning..... this is ridiculous, I have to do something about it soon. The slight marks they leave, I hope they buff out, not deep or anything but noticeable
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Wow i don't even care if you guys go crazy on me. I lived in a relatively rural area and had a similar issue with raccoons. You don't want to shoot them while they are on your car because you will either miss or scare the crap out of them and they will really tear up your paint as they bolt off the car from getting shot. Their is a relatively simple solution for me it was a bowl of pet food with anti freeze that was set on top of my car. As someone pointed out the neighbors dog wouldn't be able to get to it as it was put on the roof/hood of the car.
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Rent a small Uhaul truck. Leave the back door open and lure them in with food. Once all of them are in, lock them in and drop them off in a neighborhood or pound far far away.
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You people who are talking about poisoning the cats do realize in most states this is classified as a felony. Causing an animal to suffer is just not right! Get an airsoft gun as this won't harm the animal but will teach them a lesson. Also shooting a cat where the intent is to kill/maim is classified as animal abuse in most states as a misdemeanor or felony. I use to work for the Humane Society.
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You people who are talking about poisoning the cats do realize in most states this is classified as a felony. Causing an animal to suffer is just not right! Get an airsoft gun as this won't harm the animal but will teach them a lesson. Also shooting a cat where the intent is to kill/maim is classified as animal abuse in most states as a misdemeanor or felony. I use to work for the Humane Society.
If its on my property in Texas I can kill it.
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Rent a small Uhaul truck. Leave the back door open and lure them in with food. Once all of them are in, lock them in and drop them off in a neighborhood or pound far far away.
lol.. he may find a homeless guy in the uhaul also
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