I have 2 outdoor cats, they don't like it inside and I had a problem with a neighborhood cat coming over and picking on my cats and eating their food. He chases my cats away to eat. I have a large concrete patio and he goes straight to the bowl and my cats leave. He always knows when my cats gets fed.
Possible solution: Went out and bought a cheap remote controlled car. I keep it perched on the patio ready. When I see him I chase him with it. He hates it. My cats were afraid at first but I never chase them so now they ignore it.
Another trick some one told me to try is to buy a cheap set of walkie talkies, place one near the food bowl and when he comes over to eat, my cat are afraid of him so they leave and watch and wait. When the bully cat starts to eat I scream, bark or meow in the walk. Always something different. I think it is starting to work. The cat is now hesitant and waits for my cats to leave and they slowly approaches the bowl. When he get with in a foot or so I make a sound and he runs off.
I don't want to hurt him just keep him out.
I have a problem with my neighbors cats. The county doesn't take cats in the shelter so now my neighbor takes all the cats for the city and county. they have them fixed but some still spray. My whole yard is a litter box, they get in garage and spray and under the house. they have torn out my phone lines and we can't leave any doors open or in they come. They have over a dozen at a time.
I called the city and they said I could trap them and take them to the pound, they then return them to the neighbors. plus the neighbors are always walking around the house looking for the trap and letting them out.
We've tried talking but they can't control cats, they are free range. I have even used the paint ball gun. nothing works.
Do not use black pepper. It is toxic and can be fatal. Use small amount of cayenne. Or better yet, try talking to the neighbor.
I seriously have a problem with my neighbors cats. I am constantly chasing them out of my backyard, they poop and it's disgusting. I feel like a prisoner in my own house afraid to go out and find out what is in the yard, meaning their poop. Why are cats treated differently than dogs? Why aren't the owners forced to keep them on a leash or watched them more closely. I just don't find a difference.
I have a major problem with my neighbors cats, pooping everywhere and digging up my newly laid weed sheet which they think is lots of fun. I've tried the repellent sprays, which they seem to have gotten used to. Ive tried orange peels and coffee beans. The only thing I haven't tried is an air rifle, which is something I'd never actually do but it feels thats all that is left. Does anyone have any good tips or advise they can give me without having to change the yard around or leave stuff lying all over the place? Many Thanks, Gary
I left this feedback for another question but it will work for cats or other animals pooping in your planted areas anyway. Since we did this we haven't had ANY animals using our garden for a latrine.
We used to have problems with rabbits, coons, and armadillos getting to our garden produce and container tomatoes. We were told about laying bird or deer netting down all around our garden. The critters don't like to walk on the netting and it doesn't harm them other than to scare them away. We just leave the netting down and cut holes thru to plant our garden. Lowes has a 7'x100' roll for about 13 bucks.
Something else I heard about but never tried is to buy an ultrasonic pest control. You plug it in and lots of critters can't stand the noises it emits while it won't bother you. I looked at them but didn't want to risk $20 on it but you might be desperate enough.
Every time you catch him in your yard spray him with the water hose he will get the drift very soon.
OK, this is what I have done. In our old house we had a pool that the neighbor's cat loved to sun near. He would lay all over our towels, rub his fur off on the fence, etc. I talked with the neighbors and they just thought it was funny. . . even when I told them that my husband and oldest daughter were terribly allergic and this triggers and asthma attack.
So, I did two things. One, I got an empty aluminum can, filled it with a few pennies, put duct tape over the hole, and would throw it near the cat. The noise would scare it off. When that stopped scaring it. I purchased one of those boat blow horns. Yup, scared the crap out of the cat and I then had a scared cat and that was that. He no longer came over to my home. No animal was injured, no one had asthma attacks anymore and all was well. The family moved shortly thereafter!
My advice is to check your city guide lines. Where we are from you are only allowed to own so many animals within city limits. You can also check with your SPCA and have them look into the problem. If the cats are not being taken care of (I don't know if they are or not), they will be removed and cared for until they can find them a good home. I have also heard the idea of putting full water jugs around your yard, but have never had it work. Have you talked with your neighbor about the problem? Maybe together you can work on a way to solve it.
Most are very good suggestions with the exception of the one saying to mix black pepper with chili. Black pepper is very poisonous to cats and can cause death.
For the pee issues I do suggest a commercial repellent spray and for the smell I used Out! Stain and Odor Remover from Wal-Mart. The neighbor's cats occasionally spray and/or pee on our porch by the front door or in the flower bed by the front door and the Out! Product did seem to help w/ the odor. I really sprayed the wood siding and even the cement. It didn't completely take the smell, but did help.
I haven't read through the old responses yet, but wanted to clarify that cats DO poop on cement and other places without covering their waste. It's not just dogs!!! I have the same problem w/ my neighbor's cats (she has over 10). They poop anywhere and everywhere. They've pooped right next to my front door on the cement porch, they poop on our cement driveway and sidewalks. I've seen them walk away! They mess ON my flowers, not in the dirt. It's awful! Besides the diseases from their waste, we have cat allergies so don't want them in our yard.
Citrus peels haven't helped me, but I put some out anyway. I did read about sprinkling un-used coffee grounds and that did seem to discourage them for a time.
I've seriously considered buying the $50+ scarecrow that sprays water, but really hate to spend that much money on my neighbors cats!
Good luck and I look forward to reading what others have tried, not just what they've read about=-)
Try sprinkling a mix of 4 parts flour, 1 part cayenne pepper on your flower beds. The smell will keep the cats from pawing the area.
Hi folks , I am having MAJOR problems with my neighbors cats ( live in a manufactured home community) and they let cats run wild. I own no cats, yet my entire driveway and yard is FILLED with cat poop. I can't walk to my car without being assaulted! I am tired of cleaning my driveway EVERYDAY and I want my 1yr old daughter to be able to play in her yard without all the poop land mines.
Cat repellent sprays and gels are available from many plant nurseries, pet stores, and some hardware stores (Shake-Away, Cat Stop and Scat are a few names). You can also try making up your own repellent using a number of scents that cats dislike. We suggest trying the following:
By Susan from Hamilton
By Steven S
To start with, you might talk to the management of the complex about requiring that their tenants spay/neuter their cats. That will cut down on the population. As for the cats who are already there, there may be a cat group in your area that will spay or neuter them for free. Check the internet for listings. Having said that, there are some things you can do to discourage cats from coming into your yard. Sprinkling citrus peels around (they hate the smell), putting a sprinkler out there or spraying them with the hose may also deter them. It's hard to imagine them pooping in the driveway - cats bury their poop so either there's just no place for them to go or possibly it's a small dog... but they will get into your yard and flower beds. The main thing is to remember that it's not the fault of the cats - it's the irresponsible owners. Good Luck. (05/03/2005)
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