The neighbor allegedly also threatened to harm the animal. "He's being... I think the legal term is... nuts! Just ignore him," advised a Reddit user.
Things people can take legal action over are getting bizarre with every passing day. Individuals can now approach the courts over trivial problems. People are also filing cases against animals. A man has reportedly threatened his neighbor with legal action after finding cat paw prints on his car. The neighbor also threatened to harm the animal when he confronted the pet owner, who later shared the dispute online, reports Mirror. We bet all the feline fans are seething in rage.
The pet owner took to Reddit to ask for legal advice while mentioning that she is a resident of England. The woman stated that she lives in a neighborhood that has several cats. "I was approached by a neighbor who wants to hold me liable for what he thinks is my cat leaving paw prints on his car because it might be damaging his paintwork. Can he do this? I know cats have the right to roam and the damages caused by them are different from those caused by dogs. There are also several cats in the neighborhood but he thinks it's specifically mine. I've asked him to put up a camera and gather evidence of this," the woman wrote in the r/LegalAdviceUK forum.
"He says my cat jumps off my fence onto his car (I've never personally witnessed this, just the cat jumping straight into the floor) and wants to put spikes on my fence which I refused. I'm happy to put scent deterrents on the part of the fence near his car and make the access to that part of the fence inside my garden more difficult for him so he learns to avoid jumping up and down that part," added the cat owner. "I'm keeping my cat in for a few days anyway because he made a threat to harm him if I did nothing about it."
u/The_Ginger-Beard advised the woman to ignore the neighbor. "He's being... I think the legal term is... nuts! Just ignore him. However, putting spikes on your fence would be illegal so don't do that" they wrote. "If your neighbor threatened to harm your cat you should absolutely call the police," reads a reply by u/sphericalhorses. u/2020isbae agreed: "I'd have called the police the moment they said it. Pets are family."
In an update, the cat parent shared: "I went out this morning to check the area and his car isn't even directly parked where the cat jumps down from the fence, there's a gap between his car and the other neighbors. The angry neighbor's car is mostly parked behind my neighbor's fence. Regardless, I'm going to plant a bush in the corner he jumps up from and place some scent deterrent on that section of the fence to keep the peace." The woman has also ordered her own security camera to see what's going on with her own eyes. "I'm going to arrange to speak with my union's legal department (free advice) and see what they say just in case he goes ahead," she added. So much for paw prints!