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How to keep outside cats away humanely
01Mom posted:
I just got bitten by my normally sweet indoor cat. Not her fault. An overly friendly outdoor cat has been taunting her for days, sitting right on the other side of our screen window and door sending my cats into a tizzy. I made the mistake of touching my cat when she was in full freak out. She has been spayed FYI. What is the best way to discourage other cats from my property?
rohvannyn responded:
For a low tech solution, spraying orange oil on your house might discourage them. A lot of cats hate citrus. It would need to be reapplied fairly often. There are also "stay off" sprays etc that might help. Making noises they don't like, or using a squirt gun, is a good way too but it teaches them that they can do whatever they want when you aren't there. Hence the scent "go away" sign. Good luck!
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
The best way is to use a humane trap to catch the outside cat and take it to a shelter (assuming it doesn't have an owner.) Some county animal control departments will do this for you. Otherwise, it's very difficult to keep it off your property as it thinks you're on it's property!

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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