Repelling Neighborhood Cats

June 15, 2010

Orange tabby kitten in grass and flowersHow do I keep cats from using our property as a kitty litter box? Thanks.

By sue wilson from Sanford, FL



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Try sprinkling cayenne pepper along your fencing as well as the perimeter of your yard. Animals use their sense of smell to determine a spot to expel. The pepper will not hurt them but most surely won't be pleasant on their noses. This method also works for possums, and other pesky animals. Some white vinegar sprayed around your yard helps as well. You can try soaking some rags in vinegar and placing them around your yard as well as around some plants that may have critters nibbling at them. Just remember to soak the rags ever seven to ten days in order for it to work continuously. Hope these tips help. :)

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One thing not to do is to scatter mothballs about That smell is far worse than the cat smell. And they are toxic, besides.
There are products you can buy with names like "Pet off" or whatnot that work.


Go to your local hardware or WalMart. These are usually in the garden supply section.

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January 13, 2015

I have a male neutered house cat. In the evening a female feral cat comes to the patio door and they converse. How can I keep her away, she is starting to stay longer and longer. Our cat does go outside under supervision so I need something that doesn't repel him.

By S B from CA


January 13, 20150 found this helpful

Anything that repels the female will also repel your male.

Talk to your local Humane Society or SPCA about trapping the cat so they can spay it and release it. This will keep her from having feral kittens that may be left on your doorstep.


Once released it is unlikely she will want to have anything to do with your property anymore. She will remember that is where she was trapped.

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April 27, 2017

Even cat lovers are not happy when the neighborhood cats pee or spray on their entry doors. This is a page about how to prevent neighborhood cats from peeing and spraying on doors.

A cat walking on a brick wall in a backyard.

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I have a lot of stray cats roaming my neighborhood. The cats jump my fence and poop in my yard.

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March 22, 2010

We have cats in my neighborhood and one (or more) of them have come up on my porch and peed on my door. I think they do it at night.

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