Live trap it is.

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Moochie, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. Moochie

    Moochie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2010
    North Edwards
    Yes it's a cat. No doubt about it. It's a white and brown cat named Cesar. The house where it comes from denies having a cat. My county's animal control won't supply traps, and they only came out ONCE and didn't do anything because they didn't see it. Why didn't they see it? Because cesar only comes around at night.

    There are no raccoons, pumas, minks, whatevers, where I live. And the cat was in the coop tonight. Also I am missing a young cockerell... It already killed a hen this week, I suppose the hen was too heavy to drag away, and left it in a corner of the laying area. It scarred a few hens and a roo or two. It's name is Cesar because I heard a lady call it from the house where it comes from.

    I ordered a BB pistol, 520 fps, but this cat is too fast. Now, the shooting is a last resort, that and something else.

    I must know... IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN SPRAY AROUND MY YARD TO DETER THIS CAT???? I know that cats have a good sense of smell and maybe a certain scent would keep it away?
    I have asked this question before on here but no one ever answered it [​IMG]

    *I'm going with the trap. Also I'll be putting signs up around my street saying stuff about other neighbors with livestock and.. Er something like "Livestock owners in area. Please keep an eye on your cat/dog!" and "thank you" in cursive.
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2011
  2. Thegrayeyedgirl

    Thegrayeyedgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 14, 2011
    Evil neighbors. They should at least admit the cat belongs to them. I'm not sure about scents, but I know they sell Have a Heart traps at certain garden/hardware stores, you may want to try that...or maybe order online since AC won't help you. You might find other feline deterrents at these stores too. If you go with the trap and capture the cat, go a county or two over and hope Caesar finds a new home at an animal shelter, or find a cat rescue organization.

    I'm sorry about your chicken, I hope all will be well [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  3. Shannon33

    Shannon33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2010
    Eastern Shore, VA
    Scarecrow sprinklers work well on cats. I don't know how much money you want to spend, but they run around $50.
  4. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Seems to me I heard something about mothballs repelling animals. But if a cat can get in with your chickens, so can a coon or a possum, and yes they live in cities. You need to secure the coop pronto!
  5. homesteadmomma

    homesteadmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    Parke Co. Indiana
    I agree, live trap it, then leave it on your front porch...see if your neighbor claims it, if so, she can pay for the birds her cat ate....
  6. stevensonm

    stevensonm Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 26, 2011
    Mothballs are supposed to keep cats away.

  7. Fool

    Fool Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2011
    Your BB pistol @ 520 fps will not kill that cat in any kind of humane fashion. BB's are inefficient at killing small birds let alone a cat. Cats are tough creatures that require LOTS of killing. There is a reason for the old saying, "cats have 9 lives".
    Even if you live trap this cat with the intent to kill, I would strongly recommend that you dispatch it in another manner. That is the kind of thing that will stick with you.
  8. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Cats are easy to live trap ONCE, maybe twice if they're REALLY hungry. TSC sometimes sells small raccoon sized traps for $20, though normal price is around $45 if I remember correctly. Tuna, sardines, cat food, etc. easy to bait. I shot one cat when 3 chicks disappeared. You need a .22 instead of a BB gun. I have a Savage bolt action rifle, it's about $100-120, and it's really quiet. One headshot after dark and the neighbors won't even know what they heard, IF they heard anything (if they are inside I doubt they would even hear it at all). I also have a .22 revolver that'll make your ears ring a little with the same ammo, so a rifle is definitely the way to go for stealth.

    If the cat can get in though, your coop is NOT secure. Is only a matter of time till something worse gets in. Fortify your coop if you plan on keeping chickens.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2011
  9. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2011
    Get a dog.
  10. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Here is a suggestion, since this is happening at night, why don't you fix the coop so the cat can't get to them.

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