Alfa Romeo Forum banner

1 - 20 of 29 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I'm not a cat lover to begin with, but that situation isn't helped by what's currently going on.

I live in an small apartment block with communal underground parking and there are stray cats in the area which like to sleep on the bonnets of the cars, leaving lovely paw prints over the bonnet and wind shield.
Now that would drive the detailing enthusiast mad enough, but not being that way inclined I've been pretty relaxed about it.
Currently one cat in particular seems to have gone incontinent and ****es itself on the bonnets of the cars, and that's where I draw the line.
Fed up with driving a car stained with cat ****. :paperbag:
It never stays clean overnight and washing your car every morning is not something anybody would do.
Therefore I ask in despair to the detailing people who undoubtedly would have looked for measures even when the problem was limited to paw prints.
How on earth do you keep cats OFF your car?

Edit: apparently I need to use urine/urinate instead of ****, anyway, I'm ****ed off.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Internet searches suggest mothballs are an option, but have some notable drawbacks like being poisonous...
An idea that is brewing in my head is using small enclosures to put mothballs in and leave them in the area between the windscreen and the bonnet.
The sort of plastic toothbrush caps that have openings in to leave the moisture out can be had cheaply and a mothball would fit in there, I could leave those at my parking spot and put then on the car after I park up in the evening.
Seems worth an experiment...
Has anyone tried mothballs for this type of application?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,458 Posts
How about a decent breathable indoor cover - thin enough to keep in the boot
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,067 Posts
Internet searches suggest mothballs are an option, but have some notable drawbacks like being poisonous...
An idea that is brewing in my head is using small enclosures to put mothballs in and leave them in the area between the windscreen and the bonnet.
The sort of plastic toothbrush caps that have openings in to leave the moisture out can be had cheaply and a mothball would fit in there, I could leave those at my parking spot and put then on the car after I park up in the evening.
Seems worth an experiment...
Has anyone tried mothballs for this type of application?
Doesn't the cabin air get drawn in near that area?

If you don't mind the whole car stinking of Napthalene then go for it ;)

Best solution to the neighbours cats soiling your garden is to get a cat... Your cat claims it's territory (your garden), doesn't s**t in it's own territory, and prevents others s**ting in it's territory...

How about getting a car-cat?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Not overly keen on peeling a cat pee stained car cover off my car and throw it in the boot when embarking on the school run / morning commute with the typical "omg is it that time already, come on son, how long does it take to get into a car and put your seat belt on?" thing going on...

If that's the most convenient way then I might from a cost perspective just as well opt for a battery powered motion sensor triggered ultrasound device. There are a few around for the price of a car cover that have settings for cats/dogs.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,458 Posts
They might not pee on it as its the car that attracts them not the cover
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
They might not pee on it as its the car that attracts them not the cover
I thought it was the nice warm engine underneath they found attractive (not a coincidence the engine side is favoured over the gearbox side is my line of thinking)
A cover doesn't get rid of that...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,458 Posts
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
42,287 Posts
Better cats on stag(guard) than having a nest of rats gnawing away at your electrics?:yes:

And yes that's exactly what happened to my Mk1 2.4 Jag many moons ago.:smash:


Don't ask me where the verminous buggers went when I was driving it, as I haven't a clue.:confused::irked:
 
D

·
Guest
Joined
·
0 Posts
Better cats on stag(guard) than having a nest of rats gnawing away at your electrics?:yes:

And yes that's exactly what happened to my Mk1 2.4 Jag many moons ago.:smash:


Don't ask me where the verminous buggers went when I was driving it, as I haven't a clue.:confused::irked:
Probably behind the dash area mate :think:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
42,287 Posts
Evidence of chewed underfelt, poos' and so on in the footwells so they thought they were on to a good thing especially during the winter months? :rant:

Anyway one of our old Tom Cats of that period didn't mind a spell keeping watch in the comfort of his igloo on the back seat which did the trick, no more rats! :yes:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #17
Thanks for the ultra-sound option suggestions, but I've gone with the mothball option for the sake of cheap experiment first.
A bag of 24 moth-repellent tablets individually wrapped in perforated foil wrappers set me back €1.40, so if I use 2 tablets and change them weekly that's 11c/week.

Day 1: no cat pee or other cat activity on the bonnet, and when I went to check just now there were 4 cats present in the underground car park, none near my car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Day 2: no cat pee.

Also no smells in the interior of the car. I keep a little sealed jar next to my parking spot I put the tablets in when I drive off in the morning and after parking I put then back on the car. My unused tablets I keep in a ziplocked bag in the boot.
I'm hopeful...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
324 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
Day3: cat pee is back... :depressed:

But keeping in mind comments about mothball smells getting into the car I've been avoiding putting the tablets on the left side of the car where there seems to be air intake for the interior and the pee stain is on the left outer edge of the bonnet where before the other side seemed to suffer more.
So I'm going to spread out further over the width of the car.

(tbh I see one of those ultrasound thingamabobs in my future but I'm not giving up on the home remedy just yet)
 
1 - 20 of 29 Posts
Top