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    Love the pictures, everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Apple;2241295;
    I just moved into a new house a few weeks ago, and the people in back of me have horses in their back yard. Anytime one of them gets too close to the backyard fence, she goes nuts barking at them. I guess she thinks the horses are just really big dogs. Of course, the horses just kind of look at her like "Who are you?" and go back to chewing grass.
    This reminds me of when we lived by a family who had turned their side yard into a corral for about 5 horses. One day I let Boris out to "go" and he took off like a shot. By the time I slipped my shoes on and got out the door, he was in that corral barking and trying to "herd" the horses. Of course they ignored him and whenever he got too close, one would lift up a hoof as if to kick him. So there we were - him barking his head off and me yelling at him to "come" (no way was I going in there and getting kicked myself). Since the "come" command wasn't working, I tried "sit". By the way, it had rained recently and there was about a 4 inch layer of combined mud, churned up grass and horse poo throughout. So, the "sit" command finally worked, and there he was, sitting in four inches of horse manure. By the time I got him out of there, he was a lovely sight and smell to behold.
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    Uncle David!! How great to see you back!! Geez...I thought the aliens had abducted you!! The last time I communicated with you, you told me about Scoop Away clumping litter, and I have been spreading the word ever since!! It really is superior. Your little ladies are precious!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScoutMom;2242030;
    echo - Try moth balls. Animals don't like the smell, and it's not harmful to the plants/soil. At least, it worked for us! Good luck.
    Quote Originally Posted by myrosiedog;2242053;
    It does work. I got the same advice here and the neighborhood cats have found another bathroom in someone elses yard.
    Thanks ! The moth balls wont hurt the cats or other critters ? I know about moth balls but was afraid the cats might try to eat them or that the scent might chase the birds away too.
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    No, the smell chases the cats away. I don't know about birds. I still see birds in my front yard, and we have moth balls in our garden because of random cats using it as a bathroom. Maybe the birds don't get close enough to smell them??

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    I've never had a problem with cats using my yard for a litter box, but I did have box elder bushes next to my front door that, naturally, smell like very strong cat urine. People would comment about it regularly. Had the bushes removed, and the smell went with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley;2241975;
    M_shelll That's wonderful! My kitty is going to be 21 this June.
    WOW, thats got to be close to a record or something. I like to think that Robo has that many years left in him but at the rate he keeps trying to off himself I doubt it. He reminds me of the little dog (pug I think) from Spin City that was always trying to comit doggy suicide. Robo still sleeps in the middle of the street (that's how he lost his leg in the first place), he ate half of our poinsettia last year and he has somekind of stress disorder that makes him lick all the fur off of one side of his body. He's a funny looking fella, but I still think he is the cutest little tri-pod around.

    Uncle David - Its good to see you around again. Those kitties of yours are so pretty and their fur is SO shiny. Gretta looks like she belongs in a calander.

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    I have met one cat that was 21 years old, and she was super alert looking and gorgeous! You must have done something right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by echo226;2242514;
    Thanks ! The moth balls wont hurt the cats or other critters ? I know about moth balls but was afraid the cats might try to eat them or that the scent might chase the birds away too.

    If you don't want to use moth balls you can try cayenne powder which works also but you have to use alot of it and redo after it rains. It is not the smell that keeps them away but the cat's memory! When they do use your litter area the powder sticks to their fur and when they clean themselves the cats get a taste of the cayenne, not enough to hurt them but enough so they do not come back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marley;2241975;
    M_shelll That's wonderful! My kitty is going to be 21 this June.

    That's fantastic Marley. My Aunt & Uncle had a cat that lived to 25.
    Uncle David - Nice to see Greta & Ella again.

    And to all of you I just want you to know that Joey & I are doing fine. He's beginning to become a talker at 10 years. How about that? Just a little side note I kept telling myself I wasn't going to break down, but went & picked up Monas' ashes and when they handed me that little white box and I saw her name on it. All I could say was thank you and she always was a little girl. I was OK until I actually walked out of the hospital and looked at her name on the box again.. But I am OK now. On Sunday the folks are coming over, (as is my uncle who lives in the same building) for dinner and they are bringing the urn. I can bet you that my Mom & I will both be choking a bit when we transfer that little bitty bag from the box to the urn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabriel;2242841;
    I kept telling myself I wasn't going to break down, but went & picked up Monas' ashes and when they handed me that little white box and I saw her name on it. All I could say was thank you and she always was a little girl.
    I don't know the story Gab, but I was tearing up when I read this. I've been in similar situations many times and my heart goes out to you.
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