Strays at the back patio door.
My heart is still beating a mile a minute! I'm in the office at the computer, and I just heard THE most aweful sound coming from my living room! I knew it was Pesty right away just by the sound, and I ran in not sure what to expect. He sometimes makes a deep meowing sound when he brings up a hairball, but this was completely different, and very eery. I got scared because I couldn't see him, and I thought he was hurt, or laying dying somewhere needing help. All of a sudden he comes out from behing his cat tree (I couldn't see him there because he's very close to the same color of the cat tree carpet, and it's night time now, so the house is kind of dark to). He was making that sound again, and jumping up on the patio door window, all fluffed up, and trying to get at what was outside. I turned on the patio light, and a big black cat ran off the patio. I've seen this cat before..........or I'm sure it quite possibly could be another since we have so many strays around here!
The last time I saw him react like this, he sat in the middle of the living room floor, while the cat was at the patio door outside, and just growled. I chased the cat away, but that next day I found cat spray on the patio door outside. This is the most aggressive (and quite upset) that I've seen him as he's normally an extremely goofy laid back type of cat. He wouldn't let me touch him at all at first, though I just went and checked on him, and he's sitting in his cat tree just chilling now. That sound is actually still creeping me out! I'd have to say my big fear, and what I wonder is, if he is this upset about this other cat can I expect him to possibly start spraying in the house marking his territory? We have never had a problem with him doing this before, and even back at the other house we had strays coming up marking on our patio door window. Why now? Though he was much younger than he is now too. Yes, he is neutered.
I have tried to trap the strays, though I have yet to be successful so I must be doing something wrong. And setting a trap right now isn't an option anyway, we have skunk coming up around the house and barn at night, and I don't want to even think about catching a skunk in the trap! I think what I'm going to do right now to give it a try and see if it helps, is first move his cat tree away from the window, and then put up some of that stuff you can put on bathroom windows to prevent people from seeing in.
How high do you think I should put it?