feline follies

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xgussie asked you:

Since the weather is nice, we have the screen door open, but a neighboring cat is attacking mine through the screen, and each time I take it back to the neighbors house, they don’t do anything about it. Is there anything I can actually do about this?

Step 1: Put clear, sticky tape on the outside of the screen.

Step 2: Wait for neighbor-cat to attack.

Step 3: ?????

Step 4: Profit.

But in all seriousness, there isn’t a clear answer to this one. You can try deterring it by spraying it with water or sprinkling strong-smelling oils around the outside of your door – lemongrass and eucalyptus are especially disliked by cats (though that might kill the fun of looking out the screen for your own cat, too). Beyond that, there might be certain city statutes that you could bring up with the owners to prevent animals under their care from invading your property, but that could lead to retributive acts from the owners or the cat being taken away or put down. I can sympathize: our neighbor has a cat that likes to pee on our door once it realized there were other cats inside, and even though we told him repeatedly to keep his cats out of the hallway, it still “mysteriously” happens every so often.

Does anyone else have other suggestions?


Feline Follies

1 in x of the Felix the Cat Films
animated short film history
Release: Nov. 9th, 1919
Country: USA
Director: Otto Messmer

“Master Tom is lured away from his job of protecting the house from mice by the charms of Miss Kitty. While he’s gone, the mice trash the house. Complications ensue.

Felix the Cat makes his first appearance in this film. He has not acquired his familiar name yet. In this cartoon, he is referred to as ‘Master Tom’.

Felix was the first character from animation to attain a level of popularity sufficient to draw movie audiences. His origins remain disputed. Australian cartoonist/film entrepreneur Pat Sullivan, owner of the Felix character, claimed during his lifetime to be its creator. American animator Otto Messmer, Sullivan’s lead animator, has been credited as such. What is certain is that Felix emerged from Sullivan’s studio, and cartoons featuring the character enjoyed success and popularity in the 1920s popular culture. Aside from the animated shorts, Felix starred in a comic strip (drawn by Sullivan, Messmer and later Joe Oriolo) beginning in 1923, and his image soon adorned merchandise such as ceramics, toys and postcards.”