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There are 238 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 16, 2011, titled Neighbors in cat spat | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The Millers walk their dog in their Upper Arlington neighborhood as their cat, Rufus, tags along.

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becky

Dublin, OH

#1 Jul 16, 2011
Are you allowed to put up signs around the neighborhood in Upper Arlington? I did not know that. They must love the cat to spend $3K patching him up again. A fool and his money are soon parted.
AmberDru

Dublin, OH

#2 Jul 16, 2011
A better title would be

The Millers think your yard is their toilet.

Our cat has the right to crap in your yard and child's sand box.

We have have no respect for other people's property.

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hamburger pimp

United States

#3 Jul 16, 2011
The "feline's problem" is that he was born a cat. Cats are predators, just like dogs used to be before it was bred out of them. It's nature, get over it. This is why I hate working in Upper Arlington. These rich pampered sissies have nothing better to get worked up about than a cat killing a robin. Try poisoning somebody's cat in the Hilltop, see what happens.

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Stuck in the Stone Age

Atlanta, GA

#4 Jul 16, 2011
hamburger pimp wrote:
The "feline's problem" is that he was born a cat. Cats are predators, just like dogs used to be before it was bred out of them. It's nature, get over it. This is why I hate working in Upper Arlington. These rich pampered sissies have nothing better to get worked up about than a cat killing a robin. Try poisoning somebody's cat in the Hilltop, see what happens.
House cats are not a part of the natural fauna of Ohio, believe it or not. Birds are.

Problem would be easily solved by the cat being kept inside. That is apparently too difficult for his owners to handle. Maybe they need to hire an out of work lion tamer to manage to keep the cat in line?
msv

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Jul 16, 2011
I'm an animal lover. I have two cats who are not permitted outdoors. One of my neighbor's cats comes over and sprays my house with his urine, and kills the birds. When I complained to his owner she replied "That's nature." No it isn't. That's instinct. Nature belongs to the birds and any other animal who make their home outdoors. I'm tired of cat owners who feel their cats have more rights than a dog does. Dogs aren't permitted to roam all over the neighborhood, why should cats be? While I would never hurt an animal, or my neighbors cat, pet owners who allow their pets to run free are irresponsible.

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Property Rights

Dublin, OH

#6 Jul 16, 2011
A home owner has the right to set out some anti-freeze in on their own property. If the Millers don't like it maybe they should keep their cat at home.

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MEHA

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 16, 2011
There should be cat laws same as dog laws.My neighbor lets her beautiful orange cat which has been declawed run free.
I love cats and think they should not run free. People that let their pets run free are irresponsible. The owners should be fined.

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Sarah

Naperville, IL

#8 Jul 16, 2011
It is a sweet little siamese cat.... not a wild animal. Our cat gets out too. Give the cat a break.

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Animal lover

Wellston, OH

#9 Jul 16, 2011
Anyone who would intentionally harm a house cat has issues.
That said, if the cat likes to follow on the walks with the dog-why is it not on a leash too?

Since: Jun 09

Hilliard, OH

#10 Jul 16, 2011
If the Miller's haven't already, they could put a small bell around the cat's neck to warm the other creatures that Rufus is about to pounce.
Liberty

Grove City, OH

#11 Jul 16, 2011
Here is my take on both sides.
1) If a cat running the neighborhood gets your gander up, then I suggest some tea and a pedicure. Just chill Baby.
2) If you choose to spend $3,000 on a cat, how about dropping $500 into account 567667026, with routing 4812354678. Thanks.
Responsible cat owner

Delaware, OH

#12 Jul 16, 2011
It is simply irresponsible pet ownership to allow a house cat to roam outdoors. Outside they are exposed to cars, coyotes, human abuse, and a variety of diseases and parasites. They also damage or destroy property and are a significant impact on native bird populations, as the article mentions. If the Miller's want to let Rufus go outside, then put a leash on him or a tie-out that keeps him in the yard.

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DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#13 Jul 16, 2011
Put a bell on the cat-problem solved.
TCS

Columbus, OH

#14 Jul 16, 2011
Cats can be trained. I've had several cats over the years, and haven't let one outside since the early 70s. Too many cars, and crazy people. I take care of my animals. Rufus should be kept inside. I can't believe someone would pay $3000 on surgery, only to let the cat roam outside. Crazy.
Ralph

Troy, MI

#15 Jul 16, 2011
Life expectancy of small animals in the wild is short enough without having a domesticated cat hunting them down.
Responsible cat owner

Delaware, OH

#16 Jul 16, 2011
DrC Ohio wrote:
Put a bell on the cat-problem solved.
Cats stalk slowly enough that a bell wouldn't make any noise. Even if it did, a bird wouldn't recognize the connection between bell and a predator. And a bell isn't going to scare away an Upper Arlington soccer mom zipping down the street in her Escalade.
I am Bored

Grove City, OH

#17 Jul 16, 2011
Outstanding read......so many headlines in 1 simply written article:
a) Man Cures His Road Rage by Targeting Cats
b) Man Spends $3000 to Passify Wife and Kids
c) Shady Confessions of a Pet Doc
d) Family Fun Idea #102 - Make a Sign for the Yard.
Cat lover

Columbus, OH

#18 Jul 16, 2011
Arlington has leash laws. Do the Millers feel the laws don't apply to them? An indoor cat has, on average, twice the life span of a cat that is allowed to roam outside. They are inconsiderate neighbors and irresponsible pet owners.
DrC Ohio

Columbus, OH

#19 Jul 16, 2011
Responsible cat owner wrote:
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Cats stalk slowly enough that a bell wouldn't make any noise. Even if it did, a bird wouldn't recognize the connection between bell and a predator. And a bell isn't going to scare away an Upper Arlington soccer mom zipping down the street in her Escalade.
In my experience a bell does work; its not 100% successful, but it is better than no bell. Some cats are not inside cats.
Reality Chuck

Mason, OH

#20 Jul 16, 2011
If the cat does bunnies as well as chipmunks, send him on over. We could use the help here.

For this old farm boy, if I took a cat to the vet and they said it would be $3,000 to fix it, I'd be telling my wife the punch line to the old joke, "The doctor says he's going to die!"

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