Originally Posted by plar
Nothing in life is risk free. Let the cat outside and let them live a little.
Compared to indoor cats here in North America, they do literally "live a little". Having said that, folks overseas have been allowing their cats to be indoor/outdoor for a long time and their circumstances are obviously different than ours so live and let live as they say.
Originally Posted by cococat
Excuse me for being concerned for the welfare of the cat
I wasn't rude and understand it is a choice. When asked for advice I gave my opinion out of concern for the kitty and it makes sense. It is a fact it is safer indoors, and when you let the cat outdoors you are putting your cat at risk for all sorts of things that aren't a factor when keeping cats indoors, that is a choice people make for their cats and everyone has to make for themselves weighing the pros and cons for their cats, location, neighbors, etc.
The car problem can be quite serious.
I think when we see a poster is from the UK we should all know by now that telling them to keep their cats indoors is not advice they are looking for even if we believe it to be good advice.
As to the car issue, to get back on track, I think the one poster summed it up - just keep taking her down whenever you see her on someone's car. You shouldn't be putting vinegar solution on anyone's car nor should you be putting any type of mat that may leave a mark.
ETA: Our neighbour has a cat that is missing it's tail from being up in the car engine when someone started the car. It was touch and go saving it's life but I love him with his stub. I don't know about modern cars, but it has happened fairly frequently so is a very real concern.