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Now first let me just say that I have nothing against cats in general lol. I actually like cats - used to own and love them myself! (I had to find new homes for my last two babies because my oldest daughter turned out to be allergic to cats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )<br>
Anyway that is besides the point....<br>
Here's the problem. I don't have a clothesline out back and we aren't allowed to use them here. I do however have a back deck, and occassionally will toss a few diapers over the railing to dry/sun/whatever the case may be. Well, after doing a load of diapers this morning, I stuck a few I wanted to sun out there over the railing. A little bit ago, I'm passing through my kitchen to get a coffee refill and I notice a big furball out of the corner of my eye. My "neighbors"??? cat is laying across my dipes on the railing (Not sure whos cat it is - not any of my "immediate" neighbors, but this little guy is ALWAYS around - especially when my dipes are out!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) So I go out there to shoo him off, like I usually do, and try to get all the darn cat hair off my diapers YET again. At least I caught him early enough this time...I've lost diapers to this guy in the past - don't want to do that again. He's peed on two of them and OMG they were ruined IMO - cat pee is awful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> so I tossed them out....then another time, he had been laying on a fleece diaper and it was just darn near impossible to get the cat hair out of the fleece - I tossed it (wasn't worth the risk to my dd to bring that in the house).<br>
So....any ideas on what I can do to keep this furry fiend out of my yard and away from my diapers???? I thought about just not putting the dipes out anymore - but geez....my house, my property, my dipes, my right to sun them if I want don't ya think? Is there anything (or even any type of scent) that would deter this little guy from coming up on my porch? Getting desperate here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> TIA
 

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lol Sorry... I'm imagining the result of my suggestion to follow...<br>
You could buy a BUNCH of mouse traps and set them upside down all around the diapers (you have to set them, not just lay them upside down). Maybe put one on each diaper. If he touches one, it will set it off, scare at least 3 lives out of the fella, and he probably would stay away for a while. lolol<br>
They do have outdoor sprays you can use around the area to keep him away. Cat repellant. I don't know how well it works.
 

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hunt him, if he comes near your diapers squirt him with the water, aim for the face, cats don't like water he should only need a reminding or two for this to work. ~
 

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This works like a charm! I have two cats and used a squirt bottle to teach them not to sit on my kitchen table. You could also try putting some pennies in a jar and shaking it to scare the cat away. Cats hate loud noises.
 

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Thanks you guys!!! I'm ready for him now I think <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
BigBellyDreams...believe it or not, I do have a dog - but since she's so used to cats (used to live with them) she won't give the thing a second glance lol...big help she is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I've got a good sight of the back porch from both the kitchen and the dining room so I could probably catch him enough times with the spray bottle *I hope*<br>
As an added bonus, I may permeate the area with lavender scent too. Wish me luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I second the upside-down mousetrap idea. I have used it with all of our pets (cats and dogs) and it works fabulously. THe only thing I would add though is to lay a couple of mousetraps on a sheet of wax paper that is located right by your sunning diapers. That way, when the cat touches the wax paper, several traps go flying up in the air all at once.<br><br>
It is HARD to set those mousetraps upside-down, but you shouldn't have to do it more than once. After the initial scare, all you'll probably have to do is place a mousetrap (not even set) in the general vicinity of the dipes and the cat won't come near it!
 

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Put double sided sticky tape across the top of the railing so the cat can't (won't) walk across to the dipes (unless the cat is jumping directly up, then this wouldn't work). Cats hate sticky things on their paws.
 

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makes a cat no spray that you can spray all over your balcony a few times a month. You could ask here on one of the boards<br><a href="http://www.hartz.com/" target="_blank">http://www.hartz.com/</a> , <a href="http://www.hagen.com/usa/cats/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.hagen.com/usa/cats/index.html</a>
 

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I don't know whether or not this would be considered a clothesline, but you could suspend one between the railings of the deck. That way the dipes would not be real obvious, a little lower than the railing height. If anyones complains, it can come down in a second.<br><br>
I did this on our deck before we were able to get a "real" clothesline up.<br><br>
HTH
 

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our cats HATED orange spray. We got some as air freshner (we were going to use it in the litter box too...thank goodness we didn't start there...lol) and we have never seen the cats run so fast away from where we sprayed it.
 

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I second the drying rack or a retractable clothesline down low from each side of the railing around your patio so it could not be seen.
 
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