Monday, August 17, 2009
Hey Dear Reader, does this actually work?!
Usually these posts are focused on me rambling on about whatever is going through my mind, but this time I thought I should actually recruit you, yes; you Dear Reader in helping me solve a mystery that has been in my mind ever since I first came to Japan.
If you would please take a look at the picture here in the post, what you see is the corner of an otherwise normal looking house, nothing too exciting about that or the air condition machinery. But please notice the water filled pet bottles strategically placed around the corner. For those of you living in Japan, this is not an unusual sight at all, quite the contrary, and they are usually placed especially around potted plants or small gardens towards the street. The purpose of these bottles, as far as I have come to understand it, is to prevent cats (and dogs?) to pee and stink it up and possibly ruining any greenery (obviously not the case in this picture, but still).
What I have not figured out and would need advice and assistance with are the following two questions?
1. Does this actually work? Are animals more reluctant to pee in pet bottle heavy areas?
2. If it actually does work, what is the rationale and how come Japan is the only country that utilizes this innovative method?
Just looking at myself and my peeing habits, I could say that I would probably prefer to not pee among the pet bottles due to the increased risk of back-splash on my feet and legs, but I am not sure if other animals agree.
Ok, any experts on the subject around?