Keeping Cats Off My Fence

How do I keep the neighbor's cats off the top of my fence? It has a four foot lattice with a top rail and it's covered in wisteria but the cats next door manage to sit up there and tease my dog. Consequently the dog spends most of his day barking and whining and getting scolded for his behavior. Please help. The neighbor is not at all cooperative.

Annie

Ad
Flag
May 2, 20051 found this helpful

I'm no expert on cats but try spraying them with the hose every time. It should work. If I could catch my neighbor's cat when she sneaks over I would do the same. It infuriates me that people are allowed to let their cats roam. I feed the squirrels etc. & she comes over & sends them up the tree. I want to have a safe place for the critters so it really fries me.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

the methods I'd suggest are :

1: - get a water gun and keep it primed and ready to shoot-(even with some pet repellant diluted in it so that they don't like the smell. If that fails to deter them. then go to step 2.....

2: - put some barbed wire along the top or the railing for a while to deter them- just tack it down - you don't want it looking like a maximum security prison fence. As you and the neighbour share the fence, you'll need top be discreet about this one.

3: Also you probably need to investigate some behaviour modification training for your pooch- poor harassed boy.

Hope that helps

Kiwi dog lover (and yes I have cats too)

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

I would also suggest spraying them with a water bottle. Does your town have an ordinane about cats roamly freely? You might find out about that. I wouldn't reccomend putting barbed wire on top as that could seriously injure the cats(and you could also get in trouble). I am a cat lover but agree with you that the cats should be on a leash or kept indoors. Sorry that they are bothering your dog.

Good luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Poor pooch! I'd try spraying the fence with straight vinegar, but first find out if this will hurt the wisteria. If not, soak the fence, lavishing attention on the top rail. Most, if not all, cats hate vinegar. The smell will dissipate, so you will have to do this often for a while (if you find it keeps them away) - at least every other day and when it rains. Hope this helps, and good luck to you.

Terry from ChilliOH

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

I'd call an pet shop or a vets office and ask them what they'd use. They deal with animal's all the time so I'm sure they know, but be sure to explain what kind of fence you have

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

the water gun approach is good and I would suggest you try to put tin/aluminum foil crinkled up on the part where they jump, they do not like the sound or the feel.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Sticky doubled sided tape put on where they jump will help. Cats don't like their paws messed up.

http://www.teapotcottage.com

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 2, 20050 found this helpful

Cats will always check out their neighbourhood, but I can't see them jumping up there deliberately to 'tease' your dog. That's a wierd statement. Anyway, to deter them, bang in a couple of nails across the flat surfaces, making sure that there's not enough room for pussycat feet to go around. Cats won't like a spiky surface. They also hate aluminium foil under their paws, so you could maybe alternate the two?

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 13, 20160 found this helpful

Please try not to be judgmental in your statements, especially when your comment is merely your opinion, not fact. Cats do indeed tease dogs by hanging around places when they know that they cannot be reached by a dog, deliberately looking down on them from a height, or basking on the ground and constantly looking up at a dog in a window. Cats and dogs have intelligence, and are capable of manipulative behaviours just like humans.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 3, 20050 found this helpful

The water pistol works every time - only one direct hit needed usually - cats are smart and learn pretty quickly! This doesn't harm the cat just gives it a fright - behaviour modification training for the cat and then the dog won't need it!

Regards

Jo

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 4, 20050 found this helpful

amonia... I use this to keep cats from setting off my car alarm,, I just poured a little near my car and they dont get near it anymore

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
May 21, 20050 found this helpful

I just read some place to use a squirt bottle of cold water to keep cats from going where you don't want them. Or/and I would plant climbing roses and train them to go straight up and along the top. You can also buy wire baskets that hang, then you just set a plant in the basket. Roses or maybe cacti. I had a cat that used to use my plants for a litter box till I got a couple of cacti. Now, he goes outside he will not even use the litter box!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
June 13, 20050 found this helpful

I just soaked the top of my fence with straight vinegar. I also outlined the yard with it too. I will let you know how it goes.....

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
June 27, 20050 found this helpful

Our neighbors cat is too stupid. I'm not saying cats in particularly are, but I shoot it with the hose and it thinks its having a special rain treatment. We don't have a fence so she comes into our yard coming closer and closer right into my dog's face and scratches and hisses( my dog isn't very stranger or animal friendly which helps). the neighbors' watch us from there window too!! It scratches our cars when it goes into the garage. It uses our sandbox and garden as a litter box. We can't go outside freely with our dog or by ourselves. The neighbors have asked us if the cat is bothering us..... but what can they do? They can't keep her inside. Please answer this problem and what is a cheap afordable to keep her out.

Very frustrated,

Sal

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
March 9, 20160 found this helpful

Your neighbors can keep their bad cat inside! Have you spoken with them about their pet? It is their responsibility to manage their pet! I can't stand rude people like that. I am having the same problem with rude neighbors who leave their cat out to wreck other neighbors yards and gardens. I have bought all kind of humane deterants but nothing stops that hard headed messy cat. It's going to force me now to take drastic measures because the rude owners don't care what their pet does! I'm either going to call the humane society or put up some barb wire because I am fed up with that little terror tearing up my garden in MY yard!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 20, 20160 found this helpful

We're in the US. Between the two of us, we've been owned by 25-30 mostly indoor cats. When we moved to this state six years ago, our last cats had been gone for about a year. We love cats who have responsible owners.

What we've done:

1) Spray bottles of water don't work. They don't have the power or range. Bought a $30 water rifle and that was better. Mixed cayenne (45 to 90 scoville) and it didn't help.

2) Ran after the cats. Waste of breath. We're seniors :) .

3) Put branches in tree where one cat used to hang out to stalk birds. Looks like he** but the cat can't get in it.

4) Animal control said we can use mothballs. We're so tired of the cats, we don't care (it's toxic) and I have a copy of the note about using mothballs from An. Ctl.

5) Chicken wire was put down under our tree in mulch and the following day - cat feces.

6) Went through Animal Control after making many attempts with our neighbors verbally and in writing to tell them to get their cats under control. That caused escalation by both of us because the neighbors took their time and didn't do what they were told.

7) What seems to work best is using game cameras or as the neighbor called it, "surveillance." Whatever they need to think - if it scares them, that's great. I made it clear we'll never have this problem again. Sure enough, one of their cats went into our mulch, followed rapidly by the neighbor running in and removing the cat.

8) We spent about $80 spreading cayenne and it didn't work. I could boost the heat factor but the price increases tremendously.

Cats aren't the problem. Stupid, rude, irresponsible neighbors are. The neighbors have no intention of keeping their cats inside (they said it more than once). Good luck - consider the game cameras for proof of the problem and the fact that it bothers the neighbors is a bonus (not taking any photos involving their property (not legal here) except their damn cats).

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
January 31, 20060 found this helpful

i need a qwuick solution for cats

this girl drove int omy parked car and until her insurance settles I need to keept the stray cats from entering my open car....i am opreventing fleasa nd peeing and overall cat smells

please help....the car dorr wont close

iread that cats hate tin foil..thats cheep may =be i could rig up a foil gate in the hole

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
December 5, 20060 found this helpful

Cats are very useful to keep vermin such as mice, snakes out of our yards.

I use mothballs around the area where I park my car.

They don't like the smell so they stay away.

Peace

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
May 6, 20160 found this helpful

Hi. Moth balls are poisonous to animals. Might look online for a natural, safe alternative.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 20, 20160 found this helpful

Even when you're a cat lover but have cats killing off wildlife and defecating and urinating on our property, crapping up our garage, being territorial and more there comes a time to do something on the toxic side - especially when it's in writing from animal control so it's legal. Spouse wanted to put up barbed wire in a select area but we could be sued if the animal is damaged. I said we can't. I'll settle for mothballs.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Flag
July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Mouse traps.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 4, 20090 found this helpful

I had the most amazing reaction from my cat when it saw a snake on my patio. It really freaked out and wouldn't come back to that area for at last six months. I placed a rubber snake on my back steps and the cat wouldn't come on them at all. I had to go outside to place her food and even after a year since "the snake", she looks very carefully at the steps then come uphard against one edge constantly looking over her shoulder in case it's there.

Perhaps string a couple of pretend snakes on the fence & watch its reaction. Good luck

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 28, 20090 found this helpful

I have heard cats hate citrus smells and tried appling lemon lemon flash diluted near the bins and that worked for a while. I've even bought a pair of black tin cats that have realistic eyes and positioned them in the grass that worked for a while too,until one of the cats tried to mate with them! Growing plants they hate the smell of is my next plan as water squirting seems to make no difference. I wish someone would come up with a foolproof invention to keep the cats out.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 20, 20160 found this helpful

The foolproof way won't work if the neighbor cat owners are fools. It's called keeping the cats inside. When I was in my early 20s, I didn't want my cats going to other people's property and started keeping them inside.

Lots of ways to go after cats and there are two who were coming here and pretty much stopped - we stopped chasing them and their owners are responsible. There are two others (down from three - one never came back) who are hardheaded and what worked for the other two, just don't work on them. I guess each cat has its own tolerance level. Best of luck.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 3, 20090 found this helpful

valleyrimgirl; what caliber do you find the most effective? Actually, I have a friend who keeps a 12' Boa in his backyard. Very effective, I must say! Haven't seen any cats (or squirrels, for that matter) lately. lol! Just kidding! :) The rest of you, don't freak now and start sending me a bunch of hate mail! I am sincerely just kidding! I would never hurt any animal, human or any other living thing. Best of luck to you all. I have learned to just ignore the neighbors pesky cats. So lighten up.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Anonymous Flag
February 26, 20160 found this helpful

There is nothing wrong with Boas, I have had a 13 and 6 foot ones. I assume not hurting animals comes from keeping a boa in the yard? They need to be kept warm. Snakes do not make other peoples lives unpleasant, the only animals that do are vermin and need to be controlled.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 27, 20120 found this helpful

I was going to suggest bird goo - the silicone caulk that stays sticky when it dries - and then I saw that you have a plant growing up to the top of the fence. The goo might work on a naked fence though. Water gun or hose with a good strong stream of water may work, unless this is one of those mutant cats that like water. Good luck!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!

May 25, 2012 Flag
0 found this helpful

How to keep cats from walking on top of my block wall? My dog goes nuts.

By Joe B.

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 27, 20120 found this helpful

Your cats or somebody else's? I have just a few suggestions. A garden hose is the very best! Also, cats. must have their own perches and enticing food at their home. If you see the cats, you can use sharp "Hsssst!" and a gravel spray.

Cats are smart and will learn, but they just have to be aware first. There are two different repellent sprays at my hardware store, one that has a strong garlic/citronella scent, the other does not, so try these.

Also you can put something with an undesirable texture on your fence ledge, such as something tacky, or spiky, or a length of soaker hose. I have many cats myself. If they are your cats, you have more control.

If ferals or belong to someone else, then there could be territory issues so cats are fanning out to your wall; so territory issues should be resolved at the owners' such as separate litter boxes, feeding dishes, things to make them want to stay closer to home?

Also, cats like tall grass in the hot weather; let a patch of grass get tall to attract them away from your wall (again, if they are your cats).

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 27, 20121 found this helpful

As a cat lover, I feel I understand them. They don't seem to care if you don't want them to do something. They see your efforts to deter them as an obsticle to overcome. To keep them off your wall you must make it so they don't want to get up there. I am curious though as to why you don't want them there.

Feral cats, and also cats that are allowed outdoors seem to have regular paths that they take when they are out for their nightly (or daily) prowl. I once lived in a town where a favorite cat path was right across my yard.

You didn't show a picture of your wall but if the top is flat you can cut a piece of "chicken fence". If you don't live in the states this is a light weight wire fencing that bends easily. Cut it in a strip as wide as the top of your wall and lay it across the top buckling it often so it doesn't lay flat. Secure it with a brick here and there. The cats won't like walking across it and will soon change their walking path to another place.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 13, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you, this sounds like the best idea and the easiest to do.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 4, 20160 found this helpful

I also love cats, BUT....I have dogs........I put up a six foot privacy fence for my DOGS. The neighbors cat (cats) come in and poop and my dogs find it. I have always cleaned up my dogs poo.

I do not want it in their play area and IT STINKS! I purchased a

diaper genie to dispose of my dogs poop after I pick it up with a paper towel and put it in a ziplock bag. I am serious about a clean yard. The fenced in area is 90 x 25. These same neighbors dog has attacked a dog ( three times) that lives 3 doors down. They said I"m sorry. Do you think they care about their neighbors?

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
 
November 4, 20160 found this helpful
Related
Categories
Home and Garden Pest Control CatsApril 30, 2005
Guides
Privacy Fence
Building a Privacy Fence
Paw prints painted on a fence.
Decorating Your Fence
Dog Jumping
Keeping Dogs from Jumping Your Fence
Wireless Pet Fence
Using a Wireless Pet Fence
More
🎄
Christmas Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
You are viewing the desktop version of this page: View Mobile Site
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on November 30, 2016 at 5:52:00 PM on 10.0.0.163 in 11 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!