How to get rid of stray cats

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  1. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    We have a problem with stray cats (looks like a mother and a couple of kittens) that like to crawl under and onto our deck. Our concerns; they knock over my Bonsai, they are not vaccinated for anything and are likely to be aggressive.

    I won’t approach them, given what I just said. I don’t want to harm them, but do want them to stay the heck away from my deck. We sprinkle out cayenne pepper, which repels them for a while. But it will wash or blow away, and they just come back, until we can re-apply it. Any other ideas to keep them away?
     
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  2. Zykris

    Zykris Well-Known Member

    Coffee grinds, pipe tobacco, spread citrus peels near the area, blood meal fertilizer. Those were some of the things I've found to help repel without hurting them. Try hosing down the area to remove their scent.
     
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  3. PanChango

    PanChango Not Cute

    12 gauge?
     
  4. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    I was thinking pit bull.
     
  5. Terry

    Terry Well-Known Member

    Cats despise water...
    A little spray with the hose now and then to chase them out might do it.

    I normally tame them, get them fixed keep one for mice outside, give the rest away.
    tp
     
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  6. david of central florida

    david of central florida Rhubarb Rubber

    Call animal control.
    They should put out traps for nuisance animals. Prolly a death sentence, maybe they get adopted.
     
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  7. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Allergic, so keeeping them isn’t an option. And spraying only works if I catch them in the act. Often, I see them on my security rcordings.
     
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  8. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Mel Brooks to the rescue!

     
  9. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    https://www.thespruce.com/cat-repellents-to-keep-cats-out-of-your-yard-2132573

    :eatdrink013:
     
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  10. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    @Enrico some of these are viable for me. I will start tryig these later today. Thanks.
     
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  11. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    So... that's a "no" to the cat-a-pult? :(
     
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  12. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Well-Known Member

    Cats keep the mice and rats away. In the bigger industrial plants, they are often tolerated for that reason.

    I would say the answer depends on which side of the PETA fence you are on. You could use a 2.2, or as @Terry said.
    water. My neighbour uses a high power super soaker for this reason.
     
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  13. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    My goodness, Mr. G., that's the worst thing you can do to a cat-pult the thing.
     
  14. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    I second that idea. Some leading cat protection oganizations like to use TSNR (Trap, Spay, Neuter, Release).
     
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2019
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  15. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

    Too much firepower.
     
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  16. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Well-Known Member

    Buy a dog?
     
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  17. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    the cycle..dog,cat .mouse..
     
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  18. Terry

    Terry Well-Known Member

    Ok, I didn't explaine how to tame a feral cat/kitten. A litter of feral cats can be put into the same cage, use a large dog cage that they can't fit through the wire.
    Put the kitty litter in a pan in the cage for them. Feed and water them in the cage, about 2 weeks they will be settled down. This works great for kittens, adult cats may take longer.
    tp
     
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  19. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    I think you missed the post where I said I am allergic to cats.
     
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  20. Terry

    Terry Well-Known Member

    So is my wife...
    Keep them outside...
    tp
     
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