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  • Ceme3000Ceme3000 Forumite
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    As you've tried in person, you could perhaps try a note through her door, asking her to get in touch if she has any concerns about the cat. It's tempting to say you want 'an adult conversation' but resist if you can.  :#
    If you hear nothing, then at least you have tried.  It's certainly not acceptable to squirt water into your property. 

    Presumably the sensor has line of sight to the window though? Is that an upstairs window then? Otherwise doesn't your fence stand between the window and the sensor. If it's an upstairs window can you get a cat flap fitted downstairs somewhere where there is no line of sight?
  • kg182kg182 Forumite
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    kg182 said:
    I went round and knocked on the door. When she answered I asked if it was okay to discuss my cat. She slammed the door in my face  :(

    Now I really feel at a loss. I don’t want it to become wars!
    Cant you hire a carpenter to make a cat run purposely designed for your garden? I know cats like to rome freely, our cat was being fed by quite a few neighbours around here. But it seems that isnt working out with your neighbour. You need to do sonething or not let your cat out at all. 
    I’m not hiring someone to build something expensive in my rented property and I’m not going to deny my cat an outdoor life because my neighbour is immature. Not really how that works.

    I have reported it as a noise complaint and they’ve sent me stuff to record it down, someone will be out this week to hear it. From this morning it’s been a constant noise (like the setting has been changed) 
  • kg182kg182 Forumite
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    Ceme3000 said:
    As you've tried in person, you could perhaps try a note through her door, asking her to get in touch if she has any concerns about the cat. It's tempting to say you want 'an adult conversation' but resist if you can.  :#
    If you hear nothing, then at least you have tried.  It's certainly not acceptable to squirt water into your property. 

    Presumably the sensor has line of sight to the window though? Is that an upstairs window then? Otherwise doesn't your fence stand between the window and the sensor. If it's an upstairs window can you get a cat flap fitted downstairs somewhere where there is no line of sight?
    It’s a downstairs window, my bathroom.
    the fence isn’t a high fence, it’s 4ft tall. 
    I don’t own the property. The layout is awkward, it’s terraced so access to my garden from outside the property is through other neighbours. Probably why it’s short fencing for moving etc (I guess)
    Yeah, she’s tied the sensor up so it’s aimed directly at my window. 
  • edited 30 June at 9:48AM
    Ceme3000Ceme3000 Forumite
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    edited 30 June at 9:48AM
    kg182 said 

    I have reported it as a noise complaint and they’ve sent me stuff to record it down, someone will be out this week to hear it. From this morning it’s been a constant noise (like the setting has been changed) 
    I think that's the most sensible approach for now.   Hopefully they will help with a bit of meditation on your behalf. What she is doing is anti social behaviour and is unacceptable but she probably doesn't see it.  It should be obvious to a normal person that she should put the cat deterrent at ground level aimed within her own property. If someone in an official capacity was willing to point this out to her then it would carry more weight.

    You've probably considered this too, but would a large planter with a tall plant in like a large bamboo block the sensor? At least you could take the planter with you if you move.

    Good luck. 
  • edited 1 July at 2:45PM
    Will_hjWill_hj Forumite
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    Hi OP,
    I can relate, I live next to a lady who has one that is plugged in and pointed at my house. It's so loud that school children moan as they go past! Its like a dog whistle, I have no peace indoors nor outdoors.
    I did knock and explained it was audible (It should be inaudible) and she simply replied she cannot hear it and acted as if I was mad. As she did so, a women walking a dog walked past and I asked if she could hear it and she said "It's bloody dreadful". But still, I was met with her being rude and saying she is not removing it - I offered to buy her a new one, without being patronizing!

    But still, she refused to remove it on the ground of neighbor hood cats pooing on the front and that she cannot hear it. I've been twice more, but with no result. I could go to the environmental health (Which will be as useful and a chocolate teapot as she would turn it off and then back on again. I think she is enjoying it tbh)

    But with the way she spoke to me and was very rude, I feel like buying 10 cheap ones (The ones you hear and directing at her house.......you know, to stop the neighborhood cats !!!!!!...even if she can hear it all night and she cannot sit in her gardne in peace anymore....:) childish yes....
  • edited 1 July at 2:44PM
    Will_hjWill_hj Forumite
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    Can I add, I have no pets and the neighbor the other side said her child can hear it and finds it distressing.

    They have approached her as well , before me in-fact. They received the same hostile response.
  • Will_hjWill_hj Forumite
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    I’m not hiring someone to build something expensive in my rented property and I’m not going to deny my cat an outdoor life because my neighbour is immature. Not really how that works.

    I have reported it as a noise complaint and they’ve sent me stuff to record it down, someone will be out this week to hear it. From this morning it’s been a constant noise (like the setting has been changed) 
    I fear your neighbor is enjoying it. Goodluck with the report. If this doesn't work. You just fight fire with fire :)

  • Lover_of_LycraLover_of_Lycra Forumite
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    What do you mean when you say your cat is using your neighbour's garden?  Is your cat just passing through or doing the toilet in her garden? 
  • kg182kg182 Forumite
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    What do you mean when you say your cat is using your neighbour's garden?  Is your cat just passing through or doing the toilet in her garden? 
    He passes through. He doesn’t enjoy her garden that much, there’s constant pigeons and he’s not a fan of them (they’re huge here) so he sticks to my garden and the other one next door. He’s litter trained and he comes in to still use it before going out again, and I can definitely see evidence that it hasn’t changed! 

    On an update, she’s moved it to be right against my fence directly at the window now. 
    Thankfully my report is being taken seriously, they’ll be sending someone out next week.
  • kg182kg182 Forumite
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    Will_hj said:
    I’m not hiring someone to build something expensive in my rented property and I’m not going to deny my cat an outdoor life because my neighbour is immature. Not really how that works.

    I have reported it as a noise complaint and they’ve sent me stuff to record it down, someone will be out this week to hear it. From this morning it’s been a constant noise (like the setting has been changed) 
    I fear your neighbor is enjoying it. Goodluck with the report. If this doesn't work. You just fight fire with fire :)

    My friend suggested painting the top of the solar panel on it black so it doesn’t work! I’m not keen on touching anything though - don’t fancy vandalism! 
    As it’s been cloudy, it hasn’t been going off which has provided so much peace and quiet. Work will be opening full time soonish so at least I won’t be working from home every day!
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