QuiltingFitzy asked me to explain a Japanese phenomenon of plastic water bottles in the bushes. This is such a common sight that I had forgotten that it once really used to irk me.
I'm sure there are people everywhere who don't like cats and are somewhat upset by having a feline prowler cross their yard or do their business in the garden. What would you do? Some ingenious person in Japan came up with the theory that cats are startled by light so if one filled a large plastic bottle with water and set it in the garden then neighboring cats would be frightened off by the reflected light. I have never seen a cat run away from a water bottle so I have my doubts about the theory. Nevertheless, this was a boom that took over Japan a few years ago and everyone was trying to keep cats away by "decorating" their yards with plastic bottles! Bottles by the cars, bottles in the bushes and whole borders of bottles around the flower beds. This does not seem smart to me because I would think that reflected light could cause a fire but what does a cat-loving American know. I also would much rather have a couple cats decorating my garden than a bunch of old plastic bottles. Frankly speaking it looks like someone has dumped their trash in the yard.
Another recent invention is a plastic black cat with glass marbles for eyes. This is hung in the garden (the wind makes it move) and supposedly the gleaming eyes will keep cats away. My picture off the Internet says "Garden Cat". I'd chose this over the plastic bottles any day but I'd still rather have the cats.
Of course, it seems that the obvious answer "get a dog!" is being overlooked. Choco's barking makes all cats think twice about crossing our yard.