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I walk out in my garage yesterday afternoon and one of my neighbor's worthless cats is sacked out on the package shelf in my car!!! Apparently he jumped in the open window and decided to take a nap. Unfortunately, in the midst of my screaming at it at the top of my lungs, he made his escape before I could fix him up with a permanent dirt nap. So now I have to close up the car even when it's sitting inside my garage. The good news is, he didn't leave me any surprises or any apparent damage to the car, which is fortunate considering the haste with which he vacated his napping spot.

 

Now, I'm a cat owner and I like cats, but my 18-year old cat has never been outdoors. I'll never understand why some cat owners feel like it's appropriate to inflict their choice of pets on everyone in the neighborhood. But this particular cat is on my list and has one foot in the grave.

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I walk out in my garage yesterday afternoon and one of my neighbor's worthless cats is sacked out on the package shelf in my car!!! Apparently he jumped in the open window and decided to take a nap. Unfortunately, in the midst of my screaming at it at the top of my lungs, he made his escape before I could fix him up with a permanent dirt nap. So now I have to close up the car even when it's sitting inside my garage. The good news is, he didn't leave me any surprises or any apparent damage to the car, which is fortunate considering the haste with which he vacated his napping spot.

 

Now, I'm a cat owner and I like cats, but my 18-year old cat has never been outdoors. I'll never understand why some cat owners feel like it's appropriate to inflict their choice of pets on everyone in the neighborhood. But this particular cat is on my list and has one foot in the grave.

 

 

 

Sorry to hear that and lucky no cat piss or poop!!!! My ex cat which was name felony she came from the hood of the NYC she always would sneak out she loved chasing the deer or beating up the neighbors dogs. Sometimes if they are so persisent you give up let them out. It could be worse you could be my neighbor and my dog that thinks she's a cat can sneak past you. Into your home and hide. Then surprise she makes her way to your kitchen and eats whatever is on the counter. The other nite she came into the living room with red spots on her head. We have never caught in the act but some how she got to the sauce that was on the counter. How she does it is a mystery.

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Mark, drop that cat in with one of your snakes....

 

That happened to me years ago (late 80's) a stray cat decided to sharpen its claws on my leather Recaro's that I had in my BMW...

 

 

I hadn't thought of that, but now that you mention it.......this bad boy might not be able to eat the offending varmint, but it sure would guarantee that it didn't happen again.

 

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Mark, drop that cat in with one of your snakes....

 

That happened to me years ago (late 80's) a stray cat decided to sharpen its claws on my leather Recaro's that I had in my BMW...

 

 

Exactly what I was going to add. Cats have been known to use leather car seats as a scratching post. Hope you've checked all your seats.

 

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My wife and I have several animals, but even I understand the OWNERS REPONSIBILITY of monitoring your pets.

 

I've actually considered driving around with my snake in my car. It's warm, and I could build a small living quarters when I'm actually driving. I mean, how cool would it be to have a Shelby with a snake in it? For all you animal lovers, I've never done it. But my wife and I have traveled with our snake before.

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My wife and I have several animals, but even I understand the OWNERS REPONSIBILITY of monitoring your pets.

 

I've actually considered driving around with my snake in my car. It's warm, and I could build a small living quarters when I'm actually driving. I mean, how cool would it be to have a Shelby with a snake in it? For all you animal lovers, I've never done it. But my wife and I have traveled with our snake before.

 

 

What kinds of snake(s) do you have? The biggest problem with carrying one in a vehicle is temperature - they can manage a very limited temp range and anything much above or below that can be harmful or fatal. And it's pretty hard to regulate temperature inside a vehicle - even on a 30F day it can get 80F or more if you're parked in the sun for an extended period. And since snakes can instinctively tell when the absolute worst time to defecate is, I'm sure your snake would grace you with a stinking mess at the first opportunity! You know, like how they save up that special load for right after you clean the cage? How do they do that? :hysterical:

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He's a Hogg Island Boa. I would never leave him in my car unattended- it was just a thought. It's usually really warm out here, so I wouldn't worry about the temperaure, but who knows what trouble he could get into.

 

 

Those are very cool snakes. An old acquaintance of mine breeds Hogg Islands and several of the other dwarf boa species - in fact, yours may well have come from his stock - he's down in the Valley in south Texas. Gus Rentfro at Rio Bravo Reptiles - http://www.riobravoreptiles.com/ . My interests have always been venomous (I've only had two big constrictors - both Redtail Boas - in over 40 years of keeping snakes) but I've thought about trying one of the dwarf species, just because they don't get so big. I'm mostly into the smaller montane rattlesnake species and also Ornate Cantils, though I've got some Corn snakes and a few other natives.

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Neighbor's cat liked to sleep on top of my Sebring convertible--cloth top, long haired cat....you get the idea. I phoned the neighbor about it and he was quick to answer, "Kill it". The cat was supposed to have gone to college with one of his daughters, but she brought it back home for mom & dad to keep. He told her he was going to kill it if he found it inside his old Super Bee again, and passed the opportunity on to me. I thought about a lot of options, a saucer of antifreeze on the roof, a spring loaded snare, finely focused laser beam, crossbow, modified bug zapper..........then I called animal control and they brought me a racoon trap, already baited. He wound up in it the first night. I took him 7.8 miles into the country and released him near an abandoned farmhouse that looked ripe with field mice and no convertibles in sight. Nothing makes me angrier than to get up and find cat tracks on my car!

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Those are very cool snakes. An old acquaintance of mine breeds Hogg Islands and several of the other dwarf boa species - in fact, yours may well have come from his stock - he's down in the Valley in south Texas. Gus Rentfro at Rio Bravo Reptiles - http://www.riobravoreptiles.com/ . My interests have always been venomous (I've only had two big constrictors - both Redtail Boas - in over 40 years of keeping snakes) but I've thought about trying one of the dwarf species, just because they don't get so big. I'm mostly into the smaller montane rattlesnake species and also Ornate Cantils, though I've got some Corn snakes and a few other natives.

 

 

Our snake could have definitely come from him. My wife would remember better, since it was her original idea. LOL. Dwarf snakes. That's funny. Ours is 5 feet long, and it's funny to think of him as a dwarf. I was talking with a guy at our local pet store, where we buy feeder mice, and this guy actually had an entire bedroom just for his 15 feet long Python. Can you imagine? Being the Shelby guy that I am, I actually looked into getting a Cobra, but my wife shot that down. It's tought to handle the venomous ones.

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Our snake could have definitely come from him. My wife would remember better, since it was her original idea. LOL. Dwarf snakes. That's funny. Ours is 5 feet long, and it's funny to think of him as a dwarf. I was talking with a guy at our local pet store, where we buy feeder mice, and this guy actually had an entire bedroom just for his 15 feet long Python. Can you imagine? Being the Shelby guy that I am, I actually looked into getting a Cobra, but my wife shot that down. It's tought to handle the venomous ones.

 

 

Yeah, five feet is about juvenile size for a typical Redtail or Colombian Boa. One of the ones I had was seven feet of pure hatred and he didn't stay around for long. The other one, just a few years ago, I got as a neonate and he was five feet in about three years. IMO, they need to make Burmese pythons illegal - the vast majority of those animals are bought by people with absolutely no idea of how to care for them when they get big, which only takes a couple years. Hence, you wind up with problems like they're having in the Everglades, where people just turn them loose, since zoos won't take Burms anymore.

 

You're definitely right about Cobras. I've had exactly one in my life, and that pretty much cured me of wanting to try that again. With vipers, like my rattlesnakes and Cantils, you can easily handle them by just picking them up on a hook and moving them where you need to. With elapids, and especially Cobras, they're more likely to come up the handle after you. They are highly intelligent snakes and learn fast, and if you get an aggressive one, you really have a major handful - one episode of getting chased around the house by one is usually all it takes! They're not all like that, though - a good friend of mine has two 14-16 foot King Cobras and those snakes are remarkably placid. But if one of those Kings ever has a bad day, my friend would be lucky to have time to call 911 before heading off to the big snakeroom in the sky.

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Cobras, Vipers, King Cobras - you are talking about cars that Carroll Shelby built right? :hysterical::finger:

 

But speaking of coon traps, we lost our mother duck who was two days from hatching out about 15 babies three nights ago to a coon. Lost the malard two nights ago. Put in a coon trap last night. Bait at the very end of the cage gone including the plate, without springing the trap. Dang guy must be big enough to hold the trap open while getting his prize. I guess time for a bigger trap! :rant2:

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