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Nils

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Greetings all, have not posted here in a few weeks, due to my wife giving
birth.
Now I have a question for you, I know it's off topic, but since there are
quite a few among you with cats, I thought
I'd try to slip it past the moderators anyway.

One of our neighbours came to our house yesterday, claiming that cats had
made many and serious scratches in the paint of her car during the night.
She said that if we did not get rid of our two cats within one week, she
would get the police involved. I know that my cats did not do this, they
sleep indoors every night. There are a lot of cats in the neighbourhood,
and she has been at their houses as well. Have you ever noticed this kind
of damage caused by cats? I will not get rid of my cats, come what may,
but if she tries to take it to court it would be interesting to know if cats
actually do that.
Well, I'd be grateful for any response

Sincerely Nils

Mike

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Nils wrote:

The police would not get involved. First, she can't prove it was a cat that
scratched her car, let alone your cat, and this isn't a criminal matter. If she
really believes your cat scratched her car, let her take you to civil court to
sue for damages; which is difficult to prove because she doesn't have any
evidence, cirucumstantial or direct, to show a direct causal relationship
between your cat and the scratches on your car.

Mike

Mindy Dale

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Ive never posted here before, I just recently got internet access. I do
have and hae had many cats. Im sure they are capaable of making scratches
on cars but it would be very unlikely. They would damage their claws on the
car. Besides cats attack moving objects and things that they can sink their
claws into. Now I dont know about you but I dont think a cat is going to
scratch a moving car. What youve got is a case of someone who an affliction
with cats and is determined that yours will be the one to go. Just ignore
it. Unless he can prove it, you dont have to worry. By the way,
congratulations to you and your wife.


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Romana

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Hi,

I do believe that cats can scratch cars, I would not worry about it
though. First off as other people have already told you she cannot
prove it was cats and specifically your cats. Second off even if she
could prove it was your cats she still could not do anything about it
because under the law cats are considered wild animals and not
accountable for any damage they inflict. As far as I know this is
something that rings true in all states.

This neighbor sounds like a real cat hater but you don't have to give
in to her at all. You say she has been to the other neighbors with
cats as well? Do you know if she has delivered the same threat to the
other neighbors? She sounds like a real nutcase.

Give your kitties a round of catnip on me.

Romana

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Greenbanks

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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In article <63lI3.2478$VY.1...@juliett.dax.net>, "Nils" <nso...@xoommail.com>
writes:

> Have you ever noticed this kind
>of damage caused by cats? I will not get rid of my cats, come what may,
>but if she tries to take it to court it would be interesting to know if cats
>actually do that.

Oh, sure... cats like to sleep on the hood of a warm car, and in the process of
jumping up and down, and curling up into a fuzz-ball, they will often leave
scratches on the finish. Not deep, key-type scratches, but lots of little ones
which can annoy the car-owner if he/she isn't also a cat-parent... Luckily,
the neighbor cannot prove which cats are doing this, without at least taking
photos, and most cats won't sit still long enough to model for her...
For this, and many other reasons, it is best to keep your cats indoors!
Best wishes for you and your new baby,
M'Lou
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Ginger-lyn Summer

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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I would doubt cats could make serious scratches on cars. Since your neighbor is
upset, though, I would keep your cats indoors at all times, especially right
now. You never know what some people may do.

Congrats on the new life!

Blessings,

Ginger-lyn


Nils wrote:

> Greetings all, have not posted here in a few weeks, due to my wife giving
> birth.
> Now I have a question for you, I know it's off topic, but since there are
> quite a few among you with cats, I thought
> I'd try to slip it past the moderators anyway.
>
> One of our neighbours came to our house yesterday, claiming that cats had
> made many and serious scratches in the paint of her car during the night.
> She said that if we did not get rid of our two cats within one week, she
> would get the police involved. I know that my cats did not do this, they
> sleep indoors every night. There are a lot of cats in the neighbourhood,

> and she has been at their houses as well. Have you ever noticed this kind


> of damage caused by cats? I will not get rid of my cats, come what may,
> but if she tries to take it to court it would be interesting to know if cats
> actually do that.

> Well, I'd be grateful for any response
>
> Sincerely Nils

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RedLock

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Nils,

Mmmm troubles with a neighbor. That always irks me, IMHO. As far as
the cat scratches. Yes, not only my own car, but my boyfriend's car has
been scratched up by one of my many feline friends, rather humorously
one time. One of my cats loves to sit on the warm hood of the car, well
I waxed the car one day and when he tried to jump on the car, he slid
right off. Of course, he tried to dig his claws in, scratching the
paint.

Do you have other cats in your neighborhood? Has your neighbor asked
other neighbors about their cats? If you are the only one your neighbor
has queried on this, I would suspect that she's got other issues on her
mind as well.

But, as others have already said, I don't think she could prove
anything. I hope things work out for the best for you.


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Cynthia Conn

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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My personal belief is that ALL animals should be kept indoors and/or
confined in someway at all times. This is for the protection of the animals
themselves as well as creating pleasant neighbor relations. Before the
flaming starts, I like cats, used to own cats, and if not for severe
allergies would still have a cat. However, I must admit that I am tired of
finding my newly prepared flower beds used as a litterbox, mating rituals
underneath the window at 3am on a weekday, dead birds in the backyard, etc
from the neighborhood cats. I know that is the cats nature so I don't blame
the cats, but I would like to strangle the owners. Not to discriminate, I
feel the same way about dog messes in the front yard etc. All of my pets
were always kept indoors (or for my dog, a fenced in yard). This protects
both the animal and the homeowner. Maybe your neighbor has had enough of
the neighborhood wildlife and this was just the final straw.

Just my 2 cents worth,
Cynthia


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Cheshirehawk

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Sep 29, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/29/99
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Cynthia, if I didn't know better I'd think you lived in my neighbourhood. I
have 3 cats, and they are indoors, or in the backyard with supervision. I
absolutely detest having to poop scoop my front flower beds, knowing damn
well it isn't my cats that have pooped there. At least one male is marking
my japanese maple, much to the detriment of the foliage.

I've put in periwinkle and english ivy.. to remove any bare earth areas.. I
just shove the ground cover out of the way when the bedding plants go in.
Many of my neighbours went the gravel route to discourage cats.. and it's
barren and ugly, imo.

I don't blame the cats, however, and yes, I would love to throttle the
owners.

My husband was really p.o'd about the little cat scratches on his car.. he
bought it new, not a mark on it, but he realizes, it's the cats' nature to
find a warm spot to sleep, or a high spot, for that matter.

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.Nisaba Merrieweather

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Sep 30, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/30/99
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G'dday.

Nils wrote in message <63lI3.2478$VY.1...@juliett.dax.net>...

>One of our neighbours came to our house yesterday, claiming that cats had
>made many and serious scratches in the paint of her car during the night.
>She said that if we did not get rid of our two cats within one week, she
>would get the police involved. I know that my cats did not do this, they
>sleep indoors every night.

Do a whip-round amongst your friends and other neighbours to line up
witnesses who will, if necessary, swear to this in a court of law. Hopefully
it won't come to that, but knowing that you have witnesses may well be a
part of what prevents it from going to hte courts.

> Have you ever noticed this kind
>of damage caused by cats?

No. Those kinds of scratches are usually made by teenagers armed with keys
or penknives. Cats' calws, while sharp-pointed, are usually quite soft and
flakey - as a cat-person, tyou would have found myriads of claw-fragments
embedded in furniture, scratching-posts, even carpet. Claws that flake like
that cannot penetrate metal duco. Also, claw-marks consist, generally, of
four parallel lines (the fifth claw is mounted too high on the paw to make
contact most of the time), and a cat's arm, being a certain length, cannot
swing through more than a certain distance. Politely point that out to her,
and ask her if she wants to go halves on the cost of a Forensic Vetenarian
to examine the marks and decide whether it was physically possible for them
to be made by cats. Point out that if she refuses, she is admitting that the
charges are fabricated.

> I will not get rid of my cats, come what may,
>but if she tries to take it to court it would be interesting to know if
cats
>actually do that.

Any forensic venenarian or even a conventional one) ought to be able to
testify that they don't. And be called as an expert witness. Tell her that
you are prepared to call as a witness a vet that specialises in cats, and
see how fast she backs down <wolfish grin>.

Also - keep them curfewed! Any noctournal escapes now will count against
them.


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gil...@rand.org

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Sep 30, 1999, 3:00:00 AM9/30/99
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In article <93869556...@diddley.primus.com.au>,

".Nisaba Merrieweather" <nis...@primus.com.au> wrote:
> G'dday.
>
> Nils wrote in message <63lI3.2478$VY.1...@juliett.dax.net>...
>
> >One of our neighbours came to our house yesterday, claiming that cats had
> >made many and serious scratches in the paint of her car during the night.

I, too, doubt that "many and serious" scratches could be made by cats in
one night. I'm not saying they *couldn't* scratch a cheap paint job,
though.

It might be worth finding out when--and where--the woman last had her
car washed. Automatic car washes that use brushes (note that these may
seem soft) can and do scratch car paint all the time. The cranberry of
mine in the parking lot has many fine scratches for just this reason.
But it's amazing how much a fresh coat of wax covers up <grin>.

But "serious" scratches strike me as malicious human activity. This
person actually sounds like (1) a cat hater looking for more reasons to
hate and/or (2) a gullible twit who's being "had" by one or more
teenagers.

Reminds me of the guy I used to know, a licensed radio amateur who *had
no ham radio equipment whatsoever*, for financial reasons. A neighbor
came over to his house every time the neighbor had trouble with his TV
reception, threatening police, lawsuits, etc. The neighbor never could
understand that it's impossible to interfere with television reception
when you don't even own a transmitter (all other technical issues
aside). Merely having a license just doesn't do it. My friend finally
figured out what the problem was and even figured out a permanent cure
and offered to pay for it--remember, this guy was shy of cash--and the
neighbor refused even to believe this and accept the help.

Moonwing

MACK ELIZABETH

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Oct 1, 1999, 3:00:00 AM10/1/99
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Regardless of wheather the cats did it or not, she's gonna have a hard time
Proving which cats it was, unless she has a video camera on her car all night
long. I used to have many cats, we would find their footprints all over our
cars, but never any scratches on the paint. Witchwoman

Nils wrote:

> Greetings all, have not posted here in a few weeks, due to my wife giving
> birth.
> Now I have a question for you, I know it's off topic, but since there are
> quite a few among you with cats, I thought
> I'd try to slip it past the moderators anyway.
>

> One of our neighbours came to our house yesterday, claiming that cats had
> made many and serious scratches in the paint of her car during the night.

> She said that if we did not get rid of our two cats within one week, she
> would get the police involved. I know that my cats did not do this, they

> sleep indoors every night. There are a lot of cats in the neighbourhood,

> and she has been at their houses as well. Have you ever noticed this kind
> of damage caused by cats? I will not get rid of my cats, come what may,


> but if she tries to take it to court it would be interesting to know if cats
> actually do that.

etstone...@gmail.com

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Aug 21, 2015, 12:10:03 AM8/21/15
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Yes they can leave scratches on your car and yes u can prove it was a cat that scratched it by the way the scratches in the car is lined up and most cat well use anything as a scratching post when or dig there claws down when they strich out so but she got to prove it your cat doing it

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