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Old 11-13-2011, 10:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've (almost) given up on keeping neighborhood cats out of my yard. But tonight one showed up at my front screen door and was just sitting there looking in. He walked away as I approached my door.

I need/want to keep him away, as I know it is possible for even my fixed cat to start spraying in my house if another cat keeps coming to my door.

Tonight I am trying 2 things.

1. Vinegar/water solution around my front door and yard.
2. cut up hose - as I have read that they resemble snakes which repel cats.

I need some other suggestions if these don't. I don't know who they belong to, and even if I could find the owners it's not likely someone is going to start keeping their outdoor cat locked up in the house if I ask.

I really can't have this cat coming up to my door. I am not like many of you who feel any cat is a good cat.

HERE'S WHERE SOME OF YOU MAY SCOLD ME, BUT I'M PREPARED FOR IT....

My last resort, if nothing works, would be a humane trap, then take him to the shelter, then put up signs telling the owner where to find him. Sorry, that's just the way it is, and if you want to rip on me I can handle it.
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Old 11-13-2011, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've given up. My neighbor adopted the feral cats on our cul-de-crap. He feeds them, but they like my yard better, so that's their toilet and where they hang out most of the time. When I open the window by my computer, I smell cat pee. I just live with it. I'd rather have them being taken care of and being watched out for and put up with the bad issues, than have them out there on their own.

It does bother me when they come up on my porch when my front door is open because I don't want them passing fleas (or anything else) to my girls through the screen door. And they've scratched up the window sills on the outside of the house trying to jump up when they see my girls in the windows. I'm sure when I move out, that'll get blamed on me, but whatever. I wrote off my deposit when I moved in.

If my girls get worked up when they're hanging out on the porch or at the front door, I do chase them off with the spray bottle.
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There are devices that you can attach to a hose and have motion detectors that will spray an animal that trips the detector. They're not super expensive either...I seem to remember about $50 or so. I found these when I was having redirected aggression issues with Maggie & Kobi because of my neighbor's cat coming in my yard...they're weren't an option for me since I live in the frozen tundra...but could be something that might work for you since you live in a warmer climate.

I finally convinced my neighbor to keep the cat inside after it's presence caused $500 worth of vet bills (caused a fight between M & K and both ended up with abscesses). If the cat had continued to roam, it would have gone the same route you're talking about...except I wasn't going to tell them where it was.
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I will probably get this for my back yard, but unfortunately this won't work for my front where I'd have to run the hose across my driveway to have it where I need it, or have it going off with random people walking by.
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I can deal with the poop and the general nuisance, but I won't tolerate them upsetting Toby. That's is not an option!
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I also read about using a water/hot sauce solution. I have gravel landscaping so I don't have to worry about anything harming my lawn.
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Same company makes this.
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I'm guessing toby will hear it inside also. it may still be worth trying.
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I imagine the sound is short range and directional , set it up on the path the cat uses to approach your front door and it will spook him and hopefully condition him to avoid your house.
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