Citrus peels will deter many cats. You can buy mats with little plastic prongs that cats don't like to walk on.
I sympathize and wish more people kept cats inside. The flip side to that is most shelters have several hundred cats at any one time. Bringing an adult cat to a shelter is sentencing it to death. Because of this, many people feed, vet, vaccinate, and spay/neuter cats that are, for all intents and purposes, semi-feral. When I consider that the alternative is death, I suck it up and accept it. In fact my parents had a cat for 16 years that they found as an adult stray. He just showed up and moved onto their porch. Attempts to convert him to a house cat failed miserably. And my aunt (who lives on acreage) took in one of the many strays who show up there. She is terribly allergic so he can't live inside. But he 's now neutered and vaccinated and not contributing further to the terrible cat over-population problem.
And yes, we have strays in our yard constantly. And yes they mark and yes they poop and yes they stalk our bird feeder.
Beth, Thanks for your suggestions! I just squeezed a bunch of lemons yesterday and threw all the peels out :( Guess I will go buy more citrus tomorrow. I get the stray cat thing, however these are not stray cats :( The reason why they (my neighbors) now have 4 cats is because not only are the cats outdoor cats they do not spay them.... I am just sick of finding them living under my deck and using my yard as litter box. I don't have cats for a reason.... I have taught Quincy to chase them out of the yard and I reward him with one of his favorite treats, but he is not an outside dog so they come back when he is inside.
Julia thank you! I will have to check our state and local statues, however I don't think that their are any laws regarding cats just dogs :( but it will be worth check into!
lol! Thanks Beth! I just wish everyone would be responsible pet owners, regardless of the kind of pet they have. Unfortunately I think I have a better shot at winning the lottery which I rarely buy a ticket for.... how sad is that :(
We have the same problem. It is so frustrating. What's also annoying is that Potus can sense they are outside and then spends AGES smelling wherever they have been, no matter what time it is- 3pm or 3am (sigh). We have laws that cats must be inside before dusk but we rarely see the cats (plus there a few different ones) so we don't know whose they are.
Does anyone know if the citrus is bad for dogs? I don't want to go putting it in the backyard if Potus will eat it and get sick.
My mother swears by lemon to deter cats. There are lots of strays/outdoor cats in her neighborhood and she hates finding their poo in her flowerbeds, in her driveway, on her car, etc. Just lemon peel is supposed to work but she goes and puts whole, thin slices out instead. She has said many times that cats do stay away from the areas where the lemon gets placed.
You do have to replace it after it rains or has been out there for awhile (maybe weekly?), but lemons are cheap and at least won't cause harm if something tries to eat them. :)
Strips of tin foil are also good to deter any animal, not just cats, just attach them to something that allows them to blow free in a breeze.
You can buy a spray in pet shops here in the UK that deters them from using parts of your garden as a toilet.
Thanks for the information! I will try both I like the fact that they work and doesn't hurt anything.
I will see if we have that spray in the US.
Hi Michelle, get a motion sensor sprinkler hook up to your waterhose.
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Works on a bear too.... err.... sort of