Feline Protection System

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by dreamgirl, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK, it's not the greatest system, but last night it worked. I'm still waiting for the coop to be finished, so we moved the brooder into a pen a few weeks ago. Since it was supposed to be very temporary it is jsut 5' chicken wire wrapped around some stakes with a tarp covering half of it. I sited it under the branches of some trees for hawk protection. And, as I am a light sleeper, under my bedroom window. Even better, one of the windows has the cats' cat seat on it and I'm sure to always leave that one open.

    Well, at 4:22 am my Maine Coon "kitten" (she 3 1/2, but still acts like a baby) bolts out of bed and starts jumping onto all the window sills growling and hissing her head off. [​IMG] My older DSH, nonchalant as ever, looks at her like she's nuts. I go over and look and it is one of our neighbor's not very nice cats (he scratched me once for no reason and used to beat up a stray I fed). So, on with the slippers and out the door to chase it away.

    Anyway, no chicken tragedy, thank goodness, though the girls weren't so happy being woken up at 4am when I did a head count. But at least I know my kittens on the job! Hopefully she hates racoons as much as other cats.

    Here's my brooder in its pen before we expanded it by plywooding in the entire bottom to make a larger indoor area with perches.

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  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
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    A friend had a problem with a neighbor's cat, this is how we cured the problem. His coop was close to his deck, so we sat out on the deck telling tales to each other until the cat showed up. Just as it tried to get in, we both shot the cat with sling shots, using grapes as shot. We didn't want to kill it, but we did scare the devil out of it. It was months before it came back to Jeff's yard and never tried to get in the chicken yard again.
     
  3. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would've used frozen grapes.
     
  4. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lol well they have these mini paint balls that me and my brother would shoot. they dont really hurt they kinda sting. well we shot squirrels with them (b/c my dad told us to they where getting into our wiring) and they had little pink and bright green spots on them lol. they never came back lol.
     
  5. TreyClark281

    TreyClark281 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:lol well had these mini paint balls that me and my brother would shoot out of a sling shot. they are about 4x the size of a bb. they dont really hurt they kinda sting. well we shot squirrels with them (b/c my dad told us to they where getting into our wiring) and they had little pink and bright green spots on them lol. they never came back lol.
    ohh and you could use a airsoft gun they are like bb guns but they are plastic bbs and they are larger but me and my friends shoot them at each other they sting also but dont hurt you! great cat deterrent!!
    you can find them at walmart here is one! with co2 with a extra kick (still wont kill the thing)
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5913349


    GOOD LUCK!
     
  6. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would've froze the paint balls too. Done that before. Stings more.
     
  7. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Hey, dreamgirl! Give that 'kitten' some treats, sounds like you've got a great alarm system there!! [​IMG]
     
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  8. dreamgirl

    dreamgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! I like the frozen grape (or paintball) and slingshot idea. Using my bf's Bushmaster just didn't seem sporting. Here is Shanti on a break:

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    And her partner, Doc, helping fold the laundry:

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    Best darn shelter cats in the world! [​IMG]
     
  9. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a neighbor whose flower beds always looked great and never had kitty "presents" or piles in them. When I asked what she did...she showed me. Between all the plants were mouse traps...those cats get their paws snapped a couple times and they don't come back!

    You could put them out around the temporary coop at night...just make sure they're not still "on duty" when you let your cat out!

    Sandra
     

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