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maniam
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posted 10-02-2003 05:14 AM           Edit/Delete Message
We currently have a problem with a neighbour's cat spraying everywhere on our property, and even inside if we leave a door open. We have only glimpsed this cat, as it tends to come out only after dark when our spayed female is confined indoors, or when there is definitely no-one around. As such, we can't ask the cat's owner to do anything as we don't know who they are, or even positively identify the cat in question if we were to do the door-knock -"Do you own a male cat..." thing. I have a problem spending my money on a product such as Feliway to prevent some-one else's cat spraying my property.

Any suggestions on how to repel this cat without affecting ours??

If not, know any good cat-trap suppliers? - as my local council is happy to euthanase any cat found outside it's owner's property at any time of day...for free.

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lucidity03
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posted 10-02-2003 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lucidity03     Edit/Delete Message
First off, I wouldn't leave any doors open so the cat can't get in. I've always been around cats that were fixed, so this may be a stupid question: if he sprays outside your house, is it noticable? I wouldn't think I'd be able to tell if a cat sprayed in my back yard.

If the cat gets trapped, would you want it to face euthanasia? I would hope to find the owners of the cat and fix the problem that way.

I guess the only advice I have to offer is limit that cat's ability to access your property (at least the inside by leaving the doors to the house shut.)

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 10-02-2003 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
It is disgusting that your local council euthanizes cats found off of their owners properties. Maybe someone should just sit the cat down and tell them exactly where they can and can't go in order to avoid being killed. Obviously the cats don't know where the property line is.

It is also disgusting that you would want a cat to be killed for coming onto your property. Unless you put barbed wire around your property line you are going to have to deal with animals coming onto your property. Neighborhood dogs come poop in my front yard sometimes. Do I like it, no. Do I think they should be killed for pooping in my yard, no. Do I put up with it because it is a minor inconvenience not worth getting worked up over, yes.

Do you let your cat outside? If so, God forbid she should cross your property line and someone else like you would trap her and have her euthanized.

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gflester
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From:Cedar Bluff, VA, USA
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posted 10-05-2003 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gflester     Edit/Delete Message
I have the same problem. Neighborhood cat sprays on my deck, the shrubs, the cars, etc. I forgot to close the garage door one night and he sprayed my lawn mower, my motorcycle, toolbox, etc. I'm an animal lover and harming any animal is almost unthinkable. But I'm unwaivering in the thought that one should be able to walk around his home without smelling the musky stench and seeing the stains where the neighborhood cat decided to come over and urinate and spray all over everything!!!!! The stink and the stains are near impossible to remove!

Also, not that my opinion means anything to anyone but me, but the person who initiated this line of messaging seemed to be looking for a solution. All that I can tell was offered was smart aleck comments about how he should keep his doors shut and about how disgusting his local council was. How about some educated, constructive suggestions that might stop the unwanted spraying?!?!?!?!

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Mac
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posted 10-06-2003 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mac     Edit/Delete Message
Somewhere I read a post to use citrus, like lemons and oranges around the outside of the house, cats hate it and will avoid these areas and it DOESN'T HURT them which is the main concern I have here.

As far as smart alect comments are concerned from other replies? The original post suggest an unfavorable remedy toward the cat in question and being this is a cat lovers board and not The Local Council Of Lets Kill The Cat Board then I suggest to the original poster don't excite these feelings in future posts by posting such a remedy in what your local council as well as yourself appear to favor and thats killing the poor cat.

As far as using the word p--s Gflester you could have used instead spray throughout your sentence we would get the message in what the cat was doing and I am sure parents would have appreciated it too as kids read these post as well, it comes across as a bit earthy and unregenerate when one uses such a uneducated word of profound taste.

I will suggest to the original poster try harder to find the cats owner and don't be so hardhearted. Instead of letting the local council kill the cat if the cat's owner isn't found, take him to the Humane Society where hopefully a loving and caring human being in your neck of the woods will take him in and neuter him and make him a great companion and hopefully makes sure he keeps him out of that snob neighborhood.

If my reply doesn't suit your intelligence Gflester then I suggest find a place where your welcome as you and the original poster come across as fake animal lovers and only come across as caring about your material goods and not the well being of the cat in question.

Stray cats, spraying cats, flea infested, tick infested doesn't matter and dogs alike or otherwise deserve an intelligent human intervention that sustains their life when found to be troublesome instead of snob laziness and a quick fix to end their life and if this makes anyone mad then be mad.

Offensive airs of superiority make me sick!

Mac

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eed110
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posted 10-07-2003 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eed110     Edit/Delete Message
I had a similar problem when my neighbor's cat enjoyed peeing in my flower garden, resulting in dead yellow flowers. I found that lacing the garden with moth balls (or moth crystals) kept the cat away without hurting it and did not hurt the flowers either.

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Newton the Cat
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posted 10-07-2003 09:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Newton the Cat     Edit/Delete Message
There are certain plants you can plant that cats hate the smell of. There is also chicken wire and other substances you can lay that makes it uncomfortable for the cat to hang around and do his job there. You can wait for the cat with a hose and when he comes around start spraying him with water. Even better, do it from around the corner so it will be a surprise. Maybe he eventually won't take the chance of being drenched. It won't be worth it and he will go elsewhere.

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gflester
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From:Cedar Bluff, VA, USA
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posted 10-10-2003 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gflester     Edit/Delete Message
All apologies for using the "p" word in my previous response. In hindsight I admit it was an insensitive phrasing and I did not consider that children might be viewing the responses. The offensive word has been edited.

I'm going to give the moth ball suggestion a try......thanks for the idea!

Let me offer a truly sarcastic thank you to the member who brought me back down to earth. I thought I was an animal lover who had rescued countless strays, rehabilitated and released a number of injured wild animals, performed volunteer work for local cruelty prevention agencies, and made donations to less fortunate families to help them afford proper vet care for their pets...............(I'M NOT PATTING MYSELF ON THE BACK, I DO THESE THINGS BECAUSE I AM CONCERNED AND BECAUSE I CAN)! However, the other member, whom I have never met, called me by name (twice) and referred to me, and/or my comments, as "earthy and unregenerate", "uneducated", "fake", "snob", etc. The same member also made a comment about "offensive airs of superiority". Anything seem self-righteous and hippocritical about that statement??????? I think so too!!!!!!

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Kayliface
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posted 10-13-2003 01:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayliface     Edit/Delete Message
This isn't a board for arguing ...
You gave your advice, and I'm sure the user is thankful .. can we not leave it at that?

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fleafly
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posted 10-13-2003 09:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
My neighbor keeps her cat away from her plants by spraying a water/rubbing alcohol mix. I think vinegar/water would work too. Cats don't like the smell of alcohol or vinegar. Vinegar also helps neutralize the pee smell. Maybe something like that would deter the cat from the area.

I would think mothballs would be harmful to a cat if they were ingested, but I don't know for sure.

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jenn.bob
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posted 10-18-2003 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenn.bob     Edit/Delete Message
Well for starters you have got to be sick to be willing to euthanise a cat for doing something it does naturally. Would you like it if someone put your cat to sleep without your permission. How do you know that the cat in question is not some little kid's pet?
and how do you know that if you trap a cat, that it is DEFINETLY the one doing the spraying!! I have discovered that cats tend to spray things because of the way that they smell, I had a male cat that I had fixed at 6 months old who later decided to spray everything that my boyfriend owned. He was a very dominant cat. Maybe you should consider alternative means of solving your problem by looking at it from both sides.

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