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Cat problem

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Seasoned Oak, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    What is a good way(non fatal) to keep cats out of your property.
    My neighbors have cats but they seem to prefer my yard to do their daily dirty business. I have NO cats or dogs but all the mess to clean up. I have warned the neighbors that i have traps and poison in the yard(which i dont)
    in an effort to get them to restrain their pets to no avail.

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  2. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    Get a dog
  3. Bocefus78

    Bocefus78 Minister of Fire

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    Or borrow a friends
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    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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  5. ironpony

    ironpony Minister of Fire

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    P1010022.JPG I can lend you Otis for a week, guaranteed no cats will be left. Otis does not like kitty cats.
  6. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

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    In many municipalities the leash laws apply to cats as well as dogs. Owners can be fined for letting cats run loose.
    I'm not sure the laws where you are.
    Cats do a real number on desirable wildlife anyway.
  7. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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  8. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

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    We just bought one of these to try out on the deer in our garden.
    I'm expecting to laugh the hardest when my wife forgets its there and gets blasted.
    To be fair, I'm sure she'll reciprocate.
  9. flhpi

    flhpi Burning Hunk

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    A friend on mine uses a weak BB gun. It works pretty good and isn't fatal
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    I bet that's not true. I bet Otis likes cats allot. Especially with a little gravy.
  11. semipro

    semipro Minister of Fire

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    "Otis" what a great name for a rotty.
    Looks like my kind of dog.
  12. happycamper

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    to keep cats out of your yard
    get a big dog
    shootem in the ass with rubber buck shot
    it stings like hell
    wont kill the cats
    but you can not shoot it to cloase
    12 ga
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    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Boil 1 cup of water, let it cool a few minutes. Mix in 2 tablespoons of ground pepper until it dissolves (stand back as the steam can hit you like a face full of mace) Let it cool and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the area where the cats come over, they hate the smell of pepper ;)
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Dump a few bags of sand on neighbor's property. Cats love sand.
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    I had a few neighbors' cats entering the yard under a fence. I picked up some Bonide brand "Shotgun" spray and sprayed around the fence every few days. It worked well. I believe there are not toxic chemicals in it, but I recall garlic and putrified eggs as ingredients. What made me start to take action is when one of my kids picked up a cat turd on a mulch bed. It became a health issue at that point. I really, really, really can't stand inconsiderate people that think it is ok to let their cats defacate and take songbirds on others property.

    A healthy population of coyotes in the area keeps cats in check.
  16. begreen

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    We have one for our main garden and it does work. And yes, I have gotten spritzed a few times when I forget to turn it off while in the garden.
  17. Seasoned Oak

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    Then id have the same mess in the yard, only form a different source.
  18. begreen

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    Let the dog poop in the neighbor's yard. ;lol
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    I did something similar many years ago, had kids knocking over my bird feeders in the back yard. I used a pressurized tank filled with red dye, so I could identify the little perps. Yup just who I thought it was too. Was expecting a call/visit from the parents but it never happened.


    and Otis does not actually eat them........
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  20. Delta-T

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    i say you poop in your neighbos yard till they get the hint.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    The problem is there are some folks who wouldn't get it.

    There is a couple who lives next to me who have outdoor cats which do use our yard as a litter box. It used to bother me but they've lived here their whole lives (literally entire lives) and I moved in and let it slide as their relative used to live in my house, etc, etc, etc.

    Long story short, they are some of the best neighbors one could ever have with the exception of those cats. If I made a stink I guarantee the cats would be gone tomorrow. That said, I let go of any angst I saw towards those animals and simply appreciate the fact that my wood piles are generally mice free and they are great neighbors. Not worth causing a potential riff when every other part of living next door to each other is as friendly as anyone could ask for.

    Pick your battles I suppose.

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  22. Seasoned Oak

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    The problem is they seem to like to top of the retaining wall that surrounds the patio. Its not like they are burying it somewhere. THese cats want to display it.
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Ugh, a cat with no moral fiber.
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    My neighbors are all a pretty good distance through the woods from me. But when I took in Michelle the wild young stray, every morning she would disappear for three hours. I finally watched and she was going through the woods to the neighbor's yard directly behind us a few hundred yards through the woods. One afternoon I trooped over there and the guy was in the yard. I told him I was sorry about her coming over but at the time we couldn't keep her in the house. He laughed and said "Just leave that little girl alone. She comes over and wipes out those mice under my low deck that I have been trying to get rid of for years and then heads back home.".

    Five years later she pretty much stays inside the tree line all day and inside at night. Except to poop. She goes a few feet into the woods.

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