I know most of you are tired from watching the Royal Wedding which I hear was beautiful. I was beat and had it skip but will probably watch it tonight when I have the house to myself.
OK. Let’s talk about something that’s the complete opposite of the Royal Wedding, Cat Poop. Yes, I know we’ve talked about it before but it’s time to bring it up again. Yesterday I was walking up the massive front stairs and got a wiff of something AWFUL – cat poop. I won’t show you the pictures. I looked around and could see “presents” the cats left behind everywhere. I could also see that the cats dug up through the beauty bark and jut mat. They didn’t do it in one spot but all over and on my sister’s side too. We spent over $800 on the slope. The city required all sorts of special layers and care and now all that hard work is partially ruined and smells of poop.
We have no idea what to do. We tried to have the city haul off their cats but it’s not really a priority. We tried every safe way to keep cats off our property but that hasn’t work. Did you know they poop in our grass when it gets a little lawn and Izzy stepped in their poop and tracked some of it into the house? YUCK!
All we can think to do is write them an email. We never see the parents. NEVER. I do see the sons but it seems inappropriate to talk to them about it. Here’s what we’re thinking of sending:
Dear Neighbors (names with be inserted),
We hope this email finds you and your family well. We’re excited to see more of the sun and have noticed your family getting ready to start planting. We are doing the same and hoping for a little help. We’ve noticed that some of your cats have dug up and defecated around our property. Last year they got into out vegetable garden despite us trying to fence it off. We tried a number of things to keep the cats out suggested to us by vets and gardeners (citrus peel, beauty bark, chili power, spread gravel) but none have worked.
We’ve recently noticed the cats have been digging up and defecating on our slope. We spent over $800 last year in labor, materials and permits on the slope per city regulations and will spend more to repair the new damage.
We’re hoping that together we can come up with some sort of solution. Right now we’re not sure what that is as we know it’s hard to restrict where cats go. We can’t afford to repair the slope every summer, so we’re hoping for a long term fix.
Please let us know if you have any thoughts on this matter and we look forward to working with you on this.
Micah and Catherine
To pushy? Not pushy enough? The email needs tweaking and frankly we’re not sure it will get us anywhere but we don’t know what else to do.
If you need to catch up on the cat drama, here you go (in order):