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[Title Edited] vs. feral cats

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by phoenixmama, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any experience?

    *Although some ways are not considered ideal to some, it serves the purpose of removing the offending predator. If you have an idea or a helpful comment, please do reply. If it is a sarcastic comment about the disposal or capture of a predator, please keep your thoughts to yourself. We are not here to judge one another on methods or ways and means.

    *That being said, please do not gloat or suggest torturous ways of killing for pleasure or indeed, post in such a way that your predator control can be construed as pleasure killing instead of simply taking care of a problem.

    *Compassion will go a long way toward helping to educate and help solve someone's predator problem. No matter the reason, most members' birds are their pets and being a chicken doesn't make it less of a pet than a house cat or companion dog. Please don't lecture or hassle anyone about their losses. Glass houses......

    *If you wish to suggest an alternate non lethal means of control, please share it in a non judgemental way that is a viable solution and not merely complaining about who was here first etc, IF it is directly related to the OP's request for assistance. If a non lethal alternative is offered, please be appreciative and remember that there are many ways and means and flaming a member for suggesting such an alternative will not be tolerated.

    *It is the responsibility of the person with the predator to determine the legalities of what they do and that person will take ultimate responsibility. BYC does not condone illegal acts.​
     
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  2. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay. We can't trap this tomcat. It's scaring the bejesus out of my child and ruining my screens. The town won't do anything, and it is against the law to shoot the cat in my town.

    Any suggestions?
     
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Call in a professional?
     
  4. HLAC

    HLAC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't catch what the first post said but I can tell you that I've had good luck repelling feral/wandering cats by setting snap type mouse and rat traps around where they were unwanted.

    Rat traps really work better. I would unhook one spring so it still got the point across without giving the cat anymore than a bruised ego.
    I camo'ed them pretty good so the cat didn't know what got it. (Tie them to something too or they can get flung pretty far.)

    Of course you need to keep the chickens away from them.

    BTW, it works great if you have squirrels and chipmunks digging in flower pots too. (use the mouse traps or you'll permanently end a chipmunk's digging days.)
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I assume you have been using a Have-a-Heart type wire trap. Some cats hate to walk on the wire floor of the trap, so it is recommended that you cover the floor of the trap up to the trip plate with newspaper/cardboard making sure that the improvised floor doesn't interfere with the trigger mechanism. Perhaps that why your tom will not enter the trap.

    I feel for you. I had problems with a feral cat years ago, but was finally able to catch her. I still have a nasty scar on my hand from her, though. Fortunately, she didn't have rabies.
     
  6. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

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    what about just encouraging the cat to move elsewhere?

    there is stuff called "Critter Ridder" all it is, is a really strong pepper that you sprinkle in your gardens and around your house and it will encourage pests to move along

    or you can put moth balls around this will also encourage the kitty to move elsewhere
     
  7. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I assume you have been using a Have-a-Heart type wire trap. Some cats hate to walk on the wire floor of the trap, so it is recommended that you cover the floor of the trap up to the trip plate with newspaper/cardboard making sure that the improvised floor doesn't interfere with the trigger mechanism. Perhaps that why your tom will not enter the trap.

    I feel for you. I had problems with a feral cat years ago, but was finally able to catch her. I still have a nasty scar on my hand from her, though. Fortunately, she didn't have rabies.

    Thanks for the suggestion of altering the trap, I'll give it a try.
     
  8. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My other neighbors have problems with cat as well. It's the worst tomcat I've ever come across. I refuse to be the cause of this cat becoming someone else's problem.
     

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