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tractng 08-06-2007 12:01 PM

Unwanted cats

I have a few cats coming to our plant area/rose in front of our house and pooping there:mad: .

Is there any stuff I can buy to help this situation.

We are getting pissed but haven't told our neighbor yet.


Kerrylib 08-06-2007 12:27 PM

Try mixing dry laundry soap and pepper together and dusting the area. I remmeber this happening to our house when I was a kid and my parents used that trick to convince the neighborhood kitties that our flower bed was not a litter box.

ALPS 08-25-2007 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by tractng (Post 10891)
We are getting pissed but haven't told our neighbor yet.

I have the same problem with the neighbor's cat(s). I tried talking to them about it, but they insisted their cats can't possibly stay inside all the time; besides, I was told, they don't ever leave their yard. Sure they don't...

Good luck with any homemade deterrents or even some store bought stuff. Most is only marginally effective, and all needs to be reaplied often, especially after any rain.

While the cats poop in the flower beds and any clumps of grass left after mowing, they really like to use the garden as it is heavily mulched. This is where food is grown for my family!! My kids (1 and 3) like to help harvest veggies from time to time.

After my words fell on deaf ears, I decided to do something myself.

Effective solutions: live trap or .22. Nothing works better.

Sorry to you cat people, but I tried the nice way first. It's my lawn, my garden and my family's health. Your cat is way less important than my kids.

bnaylor 01-30-2008 02:03 PM

Isn't it tempting to just go over and poo in the offending neighbor's yard and yell at them, "How do you like it?" While your children and your health should be the most important thing to you, it is not anyone's place in this world to say who or what is more important regarding someone else's life. When cats fell out of favor in Europe, they were eliminated to the point where the rat population went completely out of control resulting in the Black Plague. It's about understanding and tolerance and respect which I am sure is a lesson we want our children to understand. First, you talk to the neighbor. If you feel you are not being heard, talk to the neighbor a second time and tell them it is unacceptable. It is your yard and your rules. There are fencing options for cats. Maybe even let your neighbor know that there are fencing options for cats. You don't have to do the research for them; just state the fact. Then discuss a date that you want the problem resolved. For example, (depending on discussion) "Okay, you're going to look into fencing or build an enclosure and have the problem resolved by date. If there are any delays, please let me know. Thank you." (More bees with honey.) IF no resolution by agreed upon date, you go over, get an update, and if unsatisfied (they really aren't trying) let them know that you're calling animal control. Shooting or trapping the animal is illegal, depending on the state, could cost you a fine and some jail time. It is also a bad example to your children of problem solving and getting along. At the very least, you will have an enemy living near you, just waiting for you or your children to do something remotely aggravating. I had a cat who used the neighbor's mulch for his litterbox. I was unaware. My neighbor told me. It was embarrassing, uncomfortable, and while my cat is an animal, I still felt the same way as a human parent which is "Not my cat (kid)." I didn't want to believe that my cat could do anything wrong. The only thing I could do at that time was keep him in. So that's what I did. He eventually got over wanting to go out and was safer. In addition to apologizing and asking permission to go on the neighbors property with a bag and clean up after my cat, I followed up with my neighbor to make sure I cleaned well enough and that everything was remaining neighborly. I got grumped at that, "yes, everything was cleaned up and I have not seen your cat; but the birds are sitting in the tree and pooing all over my car, the squirrels are digging up everything and the rabbits were eating all the flowers." I could only reply that I couldn't control the squirrels. Today, I have my cats fenced in for their own protection as I have neighbors who let their dogs run so I do understand that it can be frustrating to have neighbors whose concerns are not the same as yours. Sometimes people have something going on in their lives that we don't know about. When my fiance was killed 6 months before our wedding, my head was up my butt for about a year. Some other suggestions for neighbors with roaming cats: enclosed porch, an enclosed gazebo, a sunroom addition, even one of those little boxes that sit in the window, a bay window, a small 10 x 10 framed and wire enclosure with shelves off the back of the house accessed through an existing window/patio door, etc. If you're a handyman, look at it as an opportunity to make a little cash on a side job. To protect your garden, you can also use motion sensing sprinklers. That should scare off the bunnies too. I hope this helps. There's already enough hostility and pain in the world that none of us needs to add to it.

Hack 01-30-2008 02:55 PM

I remember that moth balls kept opossum away from our yard. This might work well for cats as's worth a try.

Live traps or a .22 will only infuriate your neighbors...don't ask me how I know this. A DOG would be a good deterrent, but then you've got "bigger" things to step in :o

You could also try electrifying a small fence around the area. I had a neighbor who did this around his Koi pond to keep the raccoons out. He put 18" stakes in the ground about 3' apart, strung wire between them in three places about 4"-6" apart, and then hooked it up to a horse electric fence. Hasn't lost any fish since. I think it only takes once...

travelover 01-31-2008 06:32 AM

I've seen sprinklers that kick on with an electric eye designed for this purpose.

When I was a kid my dad used to shoot, shovel and shut up, but the neighbors knew and it made us kids kind of pariahs. I wouldn't recommend it. Pet owners are frequently not rational.

ToolGuy 01-31-2008 07:34 AM

That sprinkler idea is brilliant. And being an animal lover myself, I can appreciate how neighbors might me annoyed at knowing their beloved kitty (who really didn't know any better) is burried somewhere near the woods. And besides, cats jumping 3 feet in the air when the sprinkler turns on is funny! :D

cranbrook2 01-31-2008 04:37 PM

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If i had a dollar for every time i stepped on a cat turd i,d be rich :rolleyes:
This should make you feel better now .:D

guyod 01-31-2008 04:46 PM

*cring* my neighbor has like 15 cats and i thought that was bad.. luckily i have a well trained dog who like to play "get the cat"

inspectorD 01-31-2008 07:00 PM

Hey...I get it...
No wonder you build BIRD houses.....:eek:

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