Outdoor cat harrassing indoor cats?
Hi all. I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question, as I don't know if my issue deals with an outdoor, stray, or feral cat, so please bear with me and move the topic if need be.
We've got 2 indoor-only kitties, both spayed/neutered. Our yard and front & back porches are frequented on a regular basis by a couple of outdoor cats -- one in particular likes to urine-mark around our home, and will sit right by one of the doors to our house and yowl loudly. Charming. This outdoor cat is a healthy weight and doesn't look too beat up, but also doesn't have a collar, so I can't confirm just by looking at the cat whether it's someone's indoor/outdoor pet, a stray, or a feral. I'm not even sure of the cat's sex.
As you can imagine, this visitor does not go over well with our indoor cats. My male cat in particular has a history of urine-marking when he feels threatened by other cats (a huge amount of time and money has been devoted to ensuring that his behavior is not due to health issues). Our vet put him on a short course of fluoxetine, which has totally eradicated the behavior for now, but I'm worried about the long term when we wean him off the meds, especially if that outdoor cat is still hassling him from the other side of the door and spraying a "calling card" on our porch. I've gotten sick of this literal contest.
So now I'm looking for humane ways to resolve this issue. My instinct would be to get hooked up with the local feral TNR program and at least check whether the cat is already altered and/or microchipped. But I'm also wondering if there are ways to dissuade this cat from coming near our house in the future. Does anyone have any ideas or experiences with a similar situation?
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by marie73; 05-05-2013 at 02:00 AM.