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cat heads

A bottle of water. The head of a cat. Stones. It's a warning to all cats in the neighbourhood, and to those with Internet access that may be able to view these photographs, to steer clear of places with bottled water (convenience stores excluded).

Obviously someone somewhere has had enough of cats stealing bottles of water (left out for homeless people during the hot summer months), and as a result has taken extreme action in order to deter the furry felines from causing any more annoyance.

"A cat is more intelligent than people believe, and can be taught any crime."
Mark Twain

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On Sunday, 30 July, 2006, Anonymous BIGmog said:

I've heard that people put out those PET bottles full of water to keep away stray cats. Apparently the light reflecting from the water is enough to deter them. I could never verify how much of this is true but it seems more likely than leaving them out for homeless people. Japanese are typically reluctant to assist the homeless. I think it comes from the thinking that they are responsible for their situation and don't deserve charity.  

On Sunday, 30 July, 2006, Anonymous dr Dave said:

Now your charity-based explanation for these bottles is both interesting and heartwarming... Unfortunately I must agree with BIGmog: years ago, during my war of attrition against cats for the control and safety of my 2-by-3 feet veggie patch in the garden, my elderly neighbour kindly recommended that I use PET bottles filled with water to keep the cats away. Simultaneously explaining one of Tokyo's greatest mystery to me and solving absolutely none of my problem (cats did not give a rat's ass about the bottles and happily kept on using my arugula for their public restroom).  

On Monday, 31 July, 2006, Blogger Invader Stu said:

All I can say is that looks very odd  

On Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, Anonymous Keith said:

If I was a cat, and I'm not, seeing the decapitated heads of other cats might put me off. However, the condensation on the bottles look pretty tasty. If I was a thirsty cat, and I'm not, I'd likely have a taste.  

On Tuesday, 01 August, 2006, Anonymous Maruchan said:

My cat LOVES water in bottles and grabs them/pushes them around the room with all fours. No deterrent there....  

On Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, Blogger Niels said:

You've got it all backwards, it's the decapitated cats that ward off the homeless, a shy and supersticious folk. The bottles of water are for the spirits of the woods, who party in the underbrush and leave presents for the children.

Pfft, you guys no nothing about japan!  

On Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Ranter said:

Nah, it's just a grave of a resident's cat and an offering of water to parch its thirst in the heat wave.  

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