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  1. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    09 Jul '11 20:59
    My friend has a pleasant home on a hill in the city that has plenty of open woodland and stuff around, including his small yard.

    His cats are not permitted inside unsupervised because they poop on stuff, so they get fed outside.

    Unfortunately for these wonderful cats, there is a interspecies couple that has decided to live in the yard, and like to chase the two cats away and eat their food, side by side, all romantic and cute but annoying. They are a skunk and a racoon.

    Now, when there are humans present, the animals can be chased off. Hose used with first person shooter skills beats skunk, even when it decides to challenge the human.

    But what about when there aren't?

    What kind of dogs would you use to do battle with the skunk? A pack of terriers? A giant mastiff? What canine or pack of small canines (it's a small yard) can challenge the might of the skunk's chemical arsenal?
  2. Standard member mikelom
    Ajarn
    10 Jul '11 05:01
    As far as I know there isn't one. Skunk-related shock and anemia can kill all breeds of dog.

    Just trap it and drown the geezer!



    -m.
  3. 10 Jul '11 06:58
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    But what about when there aren't?
    Get creative. Design a small cage with a door that only the cats can fit through and put the food in it. No available food around, no more unwanted guests.
  4. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    10 Jul '11 12:46
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    Get creative. Design a small cage with a door that only the cats can fit through and put the food in it. No available food around, no more unwanted guests.
    Nah, they would just TP the house
  5. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    10 Jul '11 19:25
    Read 'dag vs skank' -- damn astigmatism ...
  6. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    10 Jul '11 21:20 / 1 edit
    Well the easy solution of course is just to put a .22 in it. But we're trying not to kill off what little wildlife we have.

    Or, catch it in some kind of cage or something with plastic over it so it can't spray and remove it...etc.

    But I am fascinated by dog breeds these days. Sure, if you have problems with rats, you can get a cat...but they also have bred terriers for that job, and the terriers have the advantages of being more trainable and better diggers.

    What about a wrinkly-faced dog or a sheepdog or something?
  7. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    10 Jul '11 21:21
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    Read 'dag vs skank' -- damn astigmatism ...
    No skunks in South Africa. Racoons either. Those are ours

    You people have scary stuff like lions and hyenas and elephants and hippos.
  8. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    10 Jul '11 21:22
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    Get creative. Design a small cage with a door that only the cats can fit through and put the food in it. No available food around, no more unwanted guests.
    Skunks are cat sized.
  9. 11 Jul '11 19:43
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    Get creative. Design a small cage with a door that only the cats can fit through and put the food in it. No available food around, no more unwanted guests.
    You know nothing about how ingenious and or resourceful a raccoon is.
  10. 11 Jul '11 19:46
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    My friend has a pleasant home on a hill in the city that has plenty of open woodland and stuff around, including his small yard.

    His cats are not permitted inside unsupervised because they poop on stuff, so they get fed outside.

    Unfortunately for these wonderful cats, there is a interspecies couple that has decided to live in the yard, and like ...[text shortened]... of small canines (it's a small yard) can challenge the might of the skunk's chemical arsenal?
    Be careful what you do Eugene. Skunks and raccoons are protected by law.
  11. 11 Jul '11 20:19
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Skunks are cat sized.
    I thought they were slightly larger, but never having seen one, I wouldn't know.

    If they are unwanted pests then trap them and relocate them. If they are wanted but bothering the cats then feed them in separate places.
  12. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Do ya think?
    12 Jul '11 19:19 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    I thought they were slightly larger, but never having seen one, I wouldn't know.

    If they are unwanted pests then trap them and relocate them. If they are wanted but bothering the cats then feed them in separate places.
    Clips of cats, skunks, dogs and racoons.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBni3KQQG8
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmQKryGxwF4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJZMunpgOtI
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFz7Na_G9Pw
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C3S-S-yLSg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FvGwXQuz4c
  13. 12 Jul '11 20:32
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Clips of cats, skunks, dogs and racoons.
    The racoons look biggest. I see the skunks are about the size of a smallish cat.

    Maybe he needs to just get some house trained cats so they can eat indoors, but then he might end up with skunks and raccoons indoors that way.