OT for chickens but still a pest

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kbarrett, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    I would like any advice or tips with dealing with the neighbors cats. I truly like cats, the only reason I don't have a couple in the house is due to DH's allergies. The neighbors average 12-18 cats....sometimes triple that when several have litters. None are spayed/neutered and I have to say generally unhealthy...I always had cats growing up and these have dull coats, chronic eye problems and seem to be very inbred. They are fed, by my OTHER neighbors so animal control won't do anything.
    While I would eventually like to have to whole yard fenced it is only partially done and the cats use my flower beds as a giant litterbox. If it was a couple of cats I wouldn't have an issue but last night it was warm enough to start clearing out the leaves and doing some early prep and my bed nearest the fence (approx. 20' x 8') is so full of crap I'm going to have to strip out all the mulch....it's so full they don't even dig holes to go. I was shocked and of course disgusted. I've dealt with it..I was upset the first year we moved here as I couldn't work any of the beds as I was pregnant and didn't want to come into contact with it, but I'm at my limit. Is there anything I can put out to repel them? I've tried the coyote/fox urine granules..Shake Away, sprinkling crushed red pepper and they didn't work. Does anyone have any ideas or know of a product that works? I don't wish them dead...just out of my flower beds!
    Thanks and Sorry for the rant.
  2. priszilla

    priszilla Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    easley sc
    trap and take to pound?note left in mailbox saying how tasty the cats are-lol
  3. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    A dog would be really effective. Go to the pound in the morning and pick you up a really nice, big, cat hating dog.

    Problem Solved!

    Its just terrible when people let this happen. Why even have animals! I know animal control forced some folks that lived next door to some friends of mine to spay/neuter their dogs, or they would remove them. Maybe you could go down and talk to someone in person at your local office. That usually works much better than calling.
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2008
  4. Kaneke

    Kaneke Songster

    agreed, it's disgusting ... however those cat leavings do have some nutrients that your plants might like, so you need to remove them and the mulch only for your own aesthetic/sanitary preferences ... oh wait, I think you said you'd already done this ...

    cats will continue to use wherever carries their scent ... unless you either make it completely unavailable, or offer them a nicer alternative

    I'd say, put chicken wire completely over that bed, arched up a bit, and overlapped a bit ... they most likely won't climb on it, they won't chew at it as a dog would ... in other words, fence in and cover your flowerbed completely .. or it will keep happening even if you remove the mulch (and the cats may very well dig up the plants instead, digging holes, if you do so)

    then ... get a big broiler pan or something and put this outdoor litter box, with conventional kitty litter, wherever you can stand to have them doing their business (preferably back on the neighbor's side of the property line

    (this would give them the "nicer alternative" )

    if you don't do that, they'll find some other objectionable place to do the dirty

    possibly you can sic the Health Department on them, since they are allowing their animals to befoul OTHER property ...

    also, have you checked with the other neighbors who are feeding them ... maybe THEY could host the litter box ?
  5. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    Quote:We have a dog.....he's killed 2 cats in the last year. He used to reside in the yard and be respectful of our underground electric fence until he caught the first one. After that he gladly took the shock to chase them and when done would cower on the neighbors' side of the invisible fence and be too afraid of the shock to come home. [​IMG] Now he's banished to his run or a cable unless we're out to supervise and those darned cats have no fear of him [​IMG]

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2008
  6. lacyloo

    lacyloo Cooped Up

    May 26, 2007
    north florida
    dogs work very good ,Thats what we use and traps

    kbarrett , Is that a bordercollie mix?
  7. kbarrett

    kbarrett Songster

    Nov 12, 2007
    Quote:Raven is a golden retriever/ black lab mix. The vet tech though he was a newfoundland but he's ....100% mutt lol.
    He is so good with my 5yo son who thinks he's a pony.
    He's certainly one of the best dogs I've owned.
  8. 2 Beauts

    2 Beauts Songster

    Mar 8, 2008
    I suggest you pitch the "kitty manure" over the property line along with a couple of 50# bags of play sand.
  9. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I suggest that you put the cat leavings on their porch/doorstep with a note saying that your cats left these...
    I'd definitely look up what the health codes are...they could be cited for that.
    A kitty rescue could be called too. They'd spay and neuter the cats so they don't create more.
  10. We use this stuff called Stay Off Training Aid by Hartz. You spray it where you don't want the cats to be and they won't go there. You can put in on furniture, gardens, and anywhere else you don't want them to go. It works really well for us! It also works for dogs.

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