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I have a cat who loves to be outdoors.

All cats love to be outdoors. But no cat NEEDS to be outdoors.

Junkies love their heroin. But did they need it before they got hooked? No. I know several cat owners whose cats don't even have the DESIRE to venture outside. Thee cats are very happy to be indoors, with their loving owner.
I have a neighbor who says my cat gets on his truck and ruins the finish. Never mind the fact that there are other cats in the neighborhood and that the neighbor has a garage, but chooses not to park his truck in it.

Yeah, this is ***. Your neighbor is a grouch, at least. At worst, he hates cats.
If I keep the cat in, she gets very antsy and frustrated. This one neighbor is the only plaintiff.

My cats try to run outside every chance they get. They do get out. And they get promptly returned to their domicile. An open door is "freedom" to a critter. But the outdoors is just too dangerous for a cat.
I've thought of some solutions: 1. Tether the cat outside. But she likes to chase critters, and there is a porch with steps, so she could hang herself.

A porch, or a stoop? If it's a real porch, covered an such, then you could chicken wire it in. Put a screen door at the foot of the steps. Now your porch is a cat run!
2. Keep her inside anyway. Is this cruel and unusual?

No, it's not. Keeping a cat indoors is a major constraint, but it is for the best. It is in the best interest of both the cat and the owner.

An outdoor cat may be a "happy" cat, but a crack addict is a "happy" user.

"Everything is permitted, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is lawful, but I will be mastered by nothing" (I Cor. 6:10)
She is very unhappy about being made to stay inside.

A young child is very unhappy when corrected (Daddy spanked me when I reached for that hot stove. Mean daddy!).
3. Find a new owner. Any suggestions of how to do that? I live in the Raleigh, NC area. I would want the new owner to allow her outside, or I haven't solved the problem.

No, you DON'T want a new owner to let him/her outside, unless it's on an isolated farm, and even then, that's debatable.
Thanks for any help offered.

Your feline friend already has a good home.
Why jeopardize this?
IHTH.

-john
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I have a cat who loves to be outdoors.

All cats love to be outdoors. But no cat NEEDS to be outdoors.

Junkies love their heroin. But did they need it before they got hooked? No. I know several cat owners whose cats don't even have the DESIRE to venture outside. Thee cats are very happy to be indoors, with their loving owner.
I have a neighbor who says my cat gets on his truck and ruins the finish. Never mind the fact that there are other cats in the neighborhood and that the neighbor has a garage, but chooses not to park his truck in it.

Yeah, this is ***. Your neighbor is a grouch, at least. At worst, he hates cats.
If I keep the cat in, she gets very antsy and frustrated. This one neighbor is the only plaintiff.

My cats try to run outside every chance they get. They do get out. And they get promptly returned to their domicile. An open door is "freedom" to a critter. But the outdoors is just too dangerous for a cat.
I've thought of some solutions: 1. Tether the cat outside. But she likes to chase critters, and there is a porch with steps, so she could hang herself.

A porch, or a stoop? If it's a real porch, covered an such, then you could chicken wire it in. Put a screen door at the foot of the steps. Now your porch is a cat run!
2. Keep her inside anyway. Is this cruel and unusual?

No, it's not. Keeping a cat indoors is a major constraint, but it is for the best. It is in the best interest of both the cat and the owner.

An outdoor cat may be a "happy" cat, but a crack addict is a "happy" user.

"Everything is permitted, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is lawful, but I will be mastered by nothing" (I Cor. 6:10)
She is very unhappy about being made to stay inside.

A young child is very unhappy when corrected (Daddy spanked me when I reached for that hot stove. Mean daddy!).
3. Find a new owner. Any suggestions of how to do that? I live in the Raleigh, NC area. I would want the new owner to allow her outside, or I haven't solved the problem.

No, you DON'T want a new owner to let him/her outside, unless it's on an isolated farm, and even then, that's debatable.
Thanks for any help offered.

Your feline friend already has a good home.
Why jeopardize this?
IHTH.

-john
wide-open at throttle dot info
How about training your cat to use a leash and harness? The other option of keeping your cat indoors is a good one. By keeping them indoors you ensure the cat is safe because if they are allowed to roam they could get hit by a car, get in fights with other cats, or worse fall victim to animal cruelty. I would get your cat a tower and other interesting things to keep her stimulated. Cats can live a long and healthy life indoors and she'll get used to it. Of course another idea is to enclose your patio with a cat fence. But the first two ideas are usually better. You never mentioned whether or not your cat is spayed. If she isn't, you better have that done.

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That is true. You should never tether a cat.

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AND YOU WILL NEVER DO THIS AGAIN!

Had cats all my life and they never, never did scratch the furniture, give them logs etc.
I have a tree log in my basement from floor to ceiling and this cost nothing. My cats do go out during the day only.
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You could also offer to buy cat repellent for the neighbour and offer to apply it liberally to his property, then both of you monitor the situation to see if it helps.

That would certainly be a good place to start. If it didn't work, you could move on to something else. If it got the neighbor to cooperating on the problem, he might mellow out later.
Depending on how often he uses the truck, what about offering him a tarp or other cover for it? Maybe his garage is used for something else.

If cooperation didn't work, you might try keeping her in for a few days (or boarding her somewhere) and see if his truck stays clean, or if some other cat comes in to fill her place. Emotion: smile If that happens, maybe he would give up and live with cat tracks, if he realized he couldn't find all the owners and complain.
Marianne