Their cat is always out and sleeps in my bushes. The problem is that this cat also goes into my flower beds and flattens them. I tried talking to the people, but to no avail and I really don't want to call the HOA and complain.
I was not home one day and the cat was in my silk tree in the backyard. He could have come down on his own, but the ten year old decided to go up there and get it. Of course, in the process he broke a branch, but no one told me. I found out when I was in my backyard and the tree didn't look right. The branch was left hanging. When I started to pull it out I realized how big the branch was.
There have been newsletters from the HOA instructing the owners of cats that they are not to be left out wandering. In the past there was a problem with cats not only in the gardens, but also jumping on top of peoples cars and scratching them. I just replanted my front yard garden and every morning when I go to work, I find the cat sleeping on my flowers. Is there anything I can spray around the area, so as not to harm the cat. Someone told me to spray ammonia because they don't like the smell. Any ideas. Thank you.
By Joanne from Las Vegas, NV
A friend had problems with feral cats in and around her flowers and sheds. Moth balls sprinkled around flowers and under the sheds kept them away. Good luck! (12/03/2010)
There are both sprays and granules on the market for such a problem. You could also go to a sporting goods store and buy fox urine that would work because a fox is a predator of a cat. You might try a hav-a hart trap and catch the cat and bring him/her to the pound each time you catch it and see how these neighbors like paying to get their cat back each time they find them at the pound! (12/03/2010)
I also recommend using a spray to keep the cats away. I think the name of one is "Kitty Be Gone". I do strongly disagree with the trapping of the cats and repeated trips to the pound firstly because doing anything to get a reaction out of someone is only going to cause further stress and problems down the road and secondly it is neither the fault of the cats or the children for their lack of supervision.
I suggest you then take the time to develop a relationship with your neighbors, by getting to know them and opening lines of communication. You will then know how to approach any issues that may come up in the future and they will know how to take you as well. Neighbors with hard feelings between them is never a winning situation and those hard feelings have a tendency blow up and into horrible feuds. I wish you the best of luck. (12/04/2010)
I have kept cats out of my garden by using lemon, grapefruit, and orange peels. Cats do not like the smell of citrus and will stay away from it. (12/05/2010)
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