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Old 12-19-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Cat on the hood of my Taco!!

Alright, I walked out this morning and all over my hood were muddy cat paws. My beautiful black truck violated by kitty paws. So I'm thinking of buying one of these devices and leaving it on the dash at night. Since I don't own a pet I want some feedback on how bad this may be or is there a better route?
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Get a dog.....

I'd do some research on that 'product' before buying it and see what other folks have experienced.

Not that this is any relation - but my husbands employers had problems with crows. They bought a similar product that emitted high frequency noises & pulses and things that crows are supposed to be afraid of.... Well, it didn't work at all. They sent it back and got something bigger and louder. I'd hate to see you waste your money on something that doesn't work. I'm sure it depends on the cat.....?

Get some cat nip and throw it in the neighbors yard.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:19 AM   #3
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If you think about it ,,,,, If this this stattles something that lands on your hood or roof . ....What Do you thinks going to happen .. It Will freak the
S++T out of the animal. I will Scratch Tear the crap out of your paint Job...
Park it in a Garage if you can .....My 2 cents
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:03 AM   #4
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The cat walking on your hood will not be much of a problem, but the act of them jumping on the hood is where they might claw up your hood.
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Old 12-20-2007, 03:18 AM   #5
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The cats next door to me ALWAYS do the same thing. I just clean it off in the am. Not a big deal really. I do have two dogs and they run after cats as soon as I bring them out the door.

You can also speak with the owner (if you know them).
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:09 AM   #6
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I too have this problem with my passenger car.

I come home late in the evening, or technically very early (0300). The cats are cold and jump on the hood.

In the a.m. I see dirt, some fur stuck on with cat spit, and cat tracks.

I've given up the battle. But now I have hope with the above product. My only fear is that, like a car alarm we hate. My neighbors will hate that sound too.

What about an automatic sprayer that works on the same motion sensing but shoot vinegar and water?

Either way, it would be nice to have a solution.
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Old 12-20-2007, 05:55 AM   #7
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Look far a product called a ScatMat. I use one to keep my cats off of the counters and tables. Zaps their little feet. Works best on areas where they can't see before jumping. Mine have learned the look of it, so they know when it is and isn't there. However they don't risk jumping up on areas they can't see now.

I would also put a large heavy cover under it to avoid any claws that will come out as the cat is startled.
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Old 12-20-2007, 06:25 AM   #8
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That device probably will not work from your dash. I bet it just produces a high pitched noise and I think that your windshield would block that.

You could get a lift so much that the cat can't jump up on there.
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I like the lift idea...backed with some bigger tires.......or you could just buy a bb gun and devote one night to drinking beer and waiting for that thing to swing by your truck....just one pump though you dont need animal rights all up in your business.
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No no no. BB gun is non Taco friendly. May be a paint ball gun .
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Just get a car cover for it and Boom, problem solved. The cat cannot scratch the paint from jumping on and it also eliminates the mud problem. I saw some on ebay a couple days ago for pretty cheap.
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:36 AM   #13
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Awesome replies, Thanks. I live in a condo complex so the full garage option is out although the parking is covered by a roof. As for mats and covers the time hassle isn't what I'm looking for, i.e my username. According to the product description its not audible to humans but I am concerned about the comment that it may not penetrate the glass. I'll have to look into that. The other problem mentioned is my biggest fear, that the cat will claw the hell out of my hood when it gets startled by the sound. Not sure how to address that and once I'm wrong it will be too late and off to the body shop. As for the cat owner she is a sweet 80 year old lady that has apolgizied numerous times about the marks but no change. The crazy thing is that I think the hood scoop is what the cat likes most. It's nice and flat and apparently comfy. I guess I need to suck it up, there are worse things than muddy paws I guess but man does it drive me crazy.

BTW, I'm not sure how a paint gun is anymore Taco friendly than a BB gun, especially with an errant shot. And my 1.25" lift is as high as my truck is getting......for the foreseeable future.
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I'm not sure how a paint gun is anymore Taco friendly than a BB gun, especially with an errant shot.
Well the paint ball gun will not damage the paint on your vehicle as would a lead BB. Also if shot from about 30 foot shouldnt have any problem with denting either. You could just try spraying it down with water or put a sticky substance on it a few times to make the cat not want to go up there anymore then clean it off.
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Last winter we had a problem witha neighborhood cat spraying our basement windows and front entrance.We have an indoor cat and the cat that is allowed to roam the street would see our guy in the window and come by and mark itself.....Very annoying and downright raunchy when it gets warmer.I went to a local pet store and bought a cat-repellant spray and used it all around the house....Presto.problem solved.Whatever is in this stuff is apparently awful to cats,but to people it hardly has a smell at all.What smell there is is antiseptic-ish if anything.Mabey try a couple of squirts around the truck when you park it or spray some on a rag and dab it on the plastic part of the scoop.....Hope it helps.
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that is a major problem i had stray cats in the neighborhood that did that on my old truck. there claws will scratch your paint as they slide down the hood and fenders. but i had a little repellent of my own that worked
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Alright, I walked out this morning and all over my hood were muddy cat paws. My beautiful black truck violated by kitty paws. So I'm thinking of buying one of these devices and leaving it on the dash at night. Since I don't own a pet I want some feedback on how bad this may be or is there a better route?
I once had that problem. I gained the cats trust, put him in the back of my shell and found him a new home far away.
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this will work...
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That would be the best hood ornament ever! Too bad I like cats and would feel a little guilty using it.
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That would be the best hood ornament ever! Too bad I like cats and would feel a little guilty using it.
yeah, i like cats too, but it would work....
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