2010-06-17 / Letters

Cats A Problem On Lions Park Drive

To The Editor:

I am a resident of Lions Park Drive. I read the letter from Samantha Frey last week, and I’d like the people of Fulton County to hear the other side of the story.

The majority of people on Lions Park Drive are good people. We respect our neighbors’ property. The two people who live here and harbor 20 to 30 cats each do not respect their neighbors’ property. I’ll tell you some of the incidents that have taken place on our property. I don’t agree with shooting cats, and I have never seen anyone shoot at a cat or even heard a gunshot, but I can understand their frustration if it is happening.

I’ll tell you what we do to deter the cats. We have a battery operated device that puts off a high-pitched sound that the cats don’t like. It hurts human ears also. We also put mothballs around our porch areas as the cats urinate on the porch and lie on the furniture, leaving hair and flea dung. We don’t really like to have to smell mothballs, but we prefer them to cat urine.

As for the yard, these cats don’t dig holes and bury their feces, they just go wherever. My husband has to hose his tractor wheels off before he can put it in the garage after he mows as it smells so bad. I have stepped in cat feces many times, and it’s not very pleasant to clean off your shoes. Last summer our 3- year-old granddaughter was doing cartwheels in the our yard and she got her hands in some of it.

We also love to feed the birds and squirrels. Having so many cats in the neighborhood makes this quite difficult.

One of the most upsetting experiences happened a couple of years ago. My son and his family got me a nice birdbath for Mother’s Day. We were having a dryspell, and the stream that runs through here had dried up. One morning I observed a couple of cats drinking out of my birdbath. The next morning I got up and there was my birdbath broken into pieces, both top and bottom. In spite of all the cat problems, I still thought our neighbor was a nice man and would pay for my birdbath. When I told him his cats had broken my birdbath, he said they weren’t his cats, he only had two cats and that he kept them in the house.

He has this shed only three feet from our property line. That’s where the majority of these cats live and breed. I have pictures of the dishes he puts out full of cat food. I started thinking that if these aren’t his cats, whose are they? I went to see my lawyer, and he told me that the cats belonged to my neighbor. They lived under his shed and he fed them. I asked my lawyer to write my neighbor a letter and inform him that the cats belonged to him. He evidently received the letter because he has not even glanced my way since.

This is just what has been going on in our yard. Of course, I heard of some of the problems the neighbors are having. One lady told me she had walked to her clothesline to hang up some clothes in her bare feet. Guess what she stepped in?

Now Samantha Frey and the people of Fulton County have heard a portion of the other side of the story. I’m sure my neighbors could add a lot more. What is the solution? Maybe someone out there could give us some advice. We don’t ask for $1,000, just some advice. How do you go about getting laws passed? After all, dogs have to be licensed and kept on your own property. What about cats? We’re sick and tired of stepping in cat feces, our grandchildren not being able to play in our yard, having to hose the tractor down after we mow and not being able to enjoy our porch due to the smell of cat urine and mothballs. What can we do?

The people on Lions Park Drive are good people. We take pride in our homes and lawns. We paid good money for our properties, and we all pay taxes. Don’t we have any rights?

Lions Park

Drive resident Mary Jane Black McConnellsburg

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