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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Help - determined cat prowler!

Hi, I adopted a 2-year old female cat about 6 weeks ago. She loves human company, but not cat company. Unfortunately we have 2 male cats in our street, and one of them has decided to harrass my poor kitty. But rather than stand her ground she will run and hide and shiver and is terrified of this boy. So she now does not leave the house - despite leaving the cat-flap unlocked all day. And because she wont leave the house, he has decided to start coming into our house to find her. I lock the cat-flap at night, so that it can't be used for going into or out of the house. But this cat will stand and ram his head into the cat-flap until the lock flips open so he can get in! But the lock only flips once, so he can get in but not out again. Luckily I've been home when he's got in, and can show him the door and spray a bit of water at him to try and deter him - but he's not really getting the message.

Is there any way to keep this pesky cat out of my yard - more spefically out of my house? (My cat has had all her operations and there's no danger of kittens, but she is just so afraid of cats, it's horrible to see her cowering from him.)

Any help would be great
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Re: Help - determined cat prowler!

since she is not going out, I would lock the cat flap and try to block access to it from the outside until he gets the idea. There are also a few tips somewhere about ways to deter outdoor cats from your property - there are a few sprays or powders you can place around your yard or even motion sensor air canisters that will go off when he comes near.

It sounds like she is so timid that keeping her inside may actually be best for her. Especially at the moment. If you can outsmart this one, great but chances are there will always be other cats around your house that will scare her off. And she might not always run home first.


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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-04-2008, 10:15 AM
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Re: Help - determined cat prowler!

The danger of a cat flap is it allows anything of the correct size access to your home.

One solution would be to change your cat flap to the kind where your cat has to wear a transmitter on its' collar that allows only cats with that transmitter to be able to 'work' the cat flap. A solution I like better, because I think it is safer for cats, is to utilize a cat flap that accesses an enclosed outdoor cat-kennel. Fresh air, sunshine, things to lounge on or climb will be plenty of stimulation while keeping the cat safe from neighborhood pets (cats/dogs and children) or woodland wildlife.

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