Post # 1
We have offically been living in our new home for just over one week. It’s going fantastic and we love it! It’s so peaceful and we sleep much better than we were at the apartment.
One (slightly major!) issue. There is a woman across the road that has MANY cats. She lets a few outdoors to roam as they want. They come through our yard, cutting through our grass to get to wherever they go. Sometimes they stalk/kill birds in our yard. We saw them sniffing to get in our garage. Last night we were eating dinner and one took a stroll through ever-so-casually, we were banging on our dining room windows to scare it away. The problem is, we have a house cat of our own. When she sees the other cats through the windows, she gets kind of crazy. I call it “frantic”. She will do this weird little dance and make sounds, then cry/meow.
This has been going on every morning at around 4:00-4:30. She will come up to our room and meow to wake us up. This morning we ignored her and she went #2 on our tile near the front entrance.
Have any of you ever dealt with such a thing? I first thought of contacting the neighbor woman, however after taking a look toward her house this weekend I saw 3 windows that were FULL of cats. Like cats sitting on the ledges, sitting on each other, it’s a cat house. It’s kind of across the road and down the block a bit, you wouldn’t think this was such an issue! They must like our yard for the same reasons we did – lol.
Post # 3
You might want to think about calling the police, or animal control… especially if the house is teeming with (possibly feral!) cats, it’s a sanitary issue along with an animal owner issue (i.e. possibly not providing proper food and care for the cats)
Are all of those cats registered with the town? Most towns required all pets to be registered (at least where I’m from anyway)
In some towns, even if she’s just feeding outdoor cats that whe doesn’t “own” they are considered her cats.
Otherwise, I think citrus is supposed to repel cats, I’ve heard of lemon/orange peels being sprinkled around a lawn, lemongrass being planted, even lavender can work to help repel cats. No guarentees though. :/
Worst case scenario keep some sprinklers in the lawn to turn on randomly or just when the cats come around. Water always works to repel cats! 😛
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
I’d call animal control or the police and see if they can’t do something about the issue. We had a similar situation at our old house. Cats would roam free because the house down the street would feed them. Our cats would get frantic, and the outside cats would even start to mark our house/yard making our cats even crazier. One female cat even got into our attic crawl space and had kittens! We got the kittens down and took them to a cat clinic to be adopted and we tried to catch mama but she was too wiley. We moved shortly after (another reason we got the kittens out of the attic, we didn’t want house inspections to find the hole or the kittens).
Post # 5
I would call animal control solely because this woman sounds like an animal hoarder. Odds are the house is filthy and those cats are in bad living conditions.
Post # 6
Ugh people who let their cats outside drive me CRAZY. It is SO bad for the environment! If you think there could be a hoarding issue, or if any of the cats look to not be fixed, I would definitely call animal control!
Post # 7
You live next to cat lady! I’d call Animal Control and have them come by or see if they’ve checked her out before/yet.
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MrsD41503: Call animal control. They will tell you what your options are. In our area they give out free humane traps specifically for catching roaming cats. They also follow up on anyone with a lot of roaming cats to make sure they aren’t hoarding.
For personal piece of mind, here are some tips for around your yard:
Easy Solutions to Cat Behaviors
Cats are getting into my trash.
Explanation: Cats are scavengers and are looking for food.
- Place a tight lid on your trash can. Exposed trash bags will attract other wildlife as well.
- See if neighbors are feeding the cats. If they are, make sure they are doing so on a regular schedule.
- Start feeding the cats yourself if you find no regular feeder–at a set time, during daylight hours, in an out-of-the-way place. Feeding cats regularly and in reasonable quantities, which can be eaten in less than 30 minutes or so, will help ensure they don’t get so hungry they turn to the trash.
There are cat paw prints on my car.
Explanation:Cats like to perch on high ground.
- Gradually move cats’ shelters and feeding stations away to discourage cats from climbing on cars.
- Purchase a car cover.
- Use deterrents listed in the next section.
Cats are digging in my garden
Explanation:It is a cat’s natural instinct to dig and deposit in soft or loose soil, moss, mulch, or sand.
- Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray with citrus-scented fragrances. Coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats.
- Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue over the garden.
- Use plastic carpet runners spike-side up, covered lightly in soil. They can be found at local hardware or office supply stores. Or, set chicken wire firmly into the dirt with sharp edges rolled under.
- Artfully arrange branches in a lattice-type pattern or wooden or plastic lattice fencing material over soil. You can disguise these by planting flowers and seeds in the openings. You can also try embedding wooden chopsticks, pinecones, or sticks with dull points deep into the soil with the tops exposed eight inches apart.
- Obtain Cat Scat™, a nonchemical cat and wildlife repellent consisting of plastic mats that are cut into smaller pieces and pressed into the soil. Each mat has flexible plastic spikes that are harmless to cats and other animals, but discourage digging. Available at http://www.gardeners.com.
- Cover exposed ground in flower beds with large, attractive river rocks to prevent cats from digging. (They have the added benefit of deterring weeds.)
- Establish a litter box by tilling the soil or placing sand in an out-of-the-way spot in your yard. Keep it clean and free of deposits.
Cats are lounging in my yard or on my porch.
Explanation:Cats are territorial and will remain close to their food source. Ensuring that cats are neutered will dramatically reduce their tendency to roam and keep them from unwanted areas.
- Apply cat repellent fragrances liberally around the edges of the yard, the tops of fences, and on any favorite digging areas or plants.
- Install an ultrasonic animal repellent or a motion- activated water sprinkler, such as the CatStop™ or ScareCrow™. Available at http://www.contech-inc.com.
Cats are sleeping under my porch or in my shed.
Explanation: The cats are looking for dry, warm shelter away from the elements.
- Physically block or seal the location the cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice once you are certain the cats are not inside. Be sure to search for kittens before confirming that the cats have left–especially during spring and summer, prime kitten season.
- Provide a shelter (similar to a small doghouse). Or, if they’re feral and part of a nearby managed colony, ask the caregiver to provide a shelter for the cats. Shelters should be hidden to keep the cats safe, and placing them in secluded areas can help guide the cats away from unwanted areas.
Feeding the cats attracts insects and wildlife.
Explanation: Cats need to be fed under proper guidelines. Leaving food out can attract unwanted animals.
- Keeping the feeding area neat and free of leftover food and trash.
- Feed cats at the same designated time each day, during daylight hours. They should be given only enough food for them to finish in one sitting, and all remaining food should be removed after 30 minutes. If another person is feeding, ask them to follow these guidelines too. For a more thorough list of colony management guidelines, visithttp://www.alleycat.org/ColonyCare.
Cats are yowling, fighting, spraying, roaming, and having kittens.
Explanation:These are all mating behaviors displayed by cats who have not been spayed and neutered, and they will breed prolifically.
- Spaying or neutering and vaccinating the cats will stop these behaviors. Male cats will no longer compete and fight, spray, and roam. Females will stop yowling and producing kittens. After sterilization, hormones leave their system within three weeks and the behaviors usually stop entirely.
- To combat the urine smell, spray the area thoroughly with white vinegar or with products that use natural enzymes to combat the small, such as Nature’s Miracle®, Fizzion Pet Stain & Order Remover®, or Simple Solution®, available at pet supply stores.
- You can find local resources and help at our website: http://www.alleycat.org. To have a list of local feral cat help–Feral Friends–in your area email to you, visit http://www.alleycat.org/Reponse.
Post # 9
My Thoughts, take them for what they are worth….
- Is your cat fixed? It sounds like she might be in heat, thus the reason she is freaking out and making those noises….. even if she IS fixed the urge might still be there.
- Calling animal control is basically sentencing those cats to death…. just a thought. You might want to go over to the neighbor and talk to her about the situation before calling somone to take the kitties away.
- there are a lot of things you can do to keep them off of your property… someone already posted above.
Post # 10
@crayfish: Bad for the environment and bad for the cats. So many cats are killed (intentionally or accidentally) because they get outside, by humans and other animals. Cats can also catch diseases from being outside.
If your cat is not fixed, get her fixed ASAP. Leaving her to go into heat increases her chances of getting certain cancers every cycle.
Post # 11
@SweetartMD: Our male cat is neutered and he still mews/freaks out when other cats get close to our front window where he lounges.
Post # 12
@beachbride1216: This is great! I wish I had this information when we moved into our house. One of our neighbors has a roaming cat who likes to hang out in our yard and taunt our dog. The neighbors are moving out though, so the cat won’t be a problem for much longer.
Post # 13
Thank you to everyone who posted such helpful tips! Our kitty is fixed, she’s around 8 years old and was fixed as a kitten. This morning, without any signs of the neighboring cats in our yard, she started to chatter and meow at 3:30 am. 3:30 AM!!! Mr. D & I have to be up for work around 5:00. I believe she is more “making a habit” of this night-time ritual of the noise making because she likes our attention. I have called our vet and they suggested a few things I can do to calm her at night.
Last night we sprinkled (I’m not sure that’s the right term) coffee grounds mixed with lemon juice around the perimiter of the yard where the cats are “entering” our lawn from. Kind of did it in the grass and along the roadway. I hope it helps!
Post # 14
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@MrsD41503: If you just moved in a week ago I think you need to give your cat some more time to get acclimated with her new surroundings!
My cat also starts chirping very early when he sees birds, raccoons, cats, etc. If you moved from a more urban to suburban area your cat may be discovering some things it’s never seen before!