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I want to make them stop coming into my backyard because it smells like a litter box, but I want to do it naturally. I don't feed them and I am new to the neighborhood. What do yall recommend? Oh, anything homemade/nontox would be great, I don't want them dead, just go somewhere else.<br><br>
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Are they friendly? Will they let you approach them and pet them, pick them up? If so, I would try to find a rescue that will take them in.<br><br>
If they're not friendly, they may be feral. I would ask around your neighborhood and see if anyone is feeding them and if they've been fixed. (if they are feral and they are fixed, you should see some of them with the tip of their left ear cut off).<br><br>
If no one is activly trapping and fixing these cats, I would contact Alley Cat Allies: <a href="http://www.alleycat.org/" target="_blank">http://www.alleycat.org/</a><br><br>
See if they have any volunteers in your area who can start trapping and neutering them and rehoming those that are tame enough. They may also have some ideas on natural safe cat deterents.<br><br>
Ideally, you'd hopefully find that one of your neighbors is feeding them, and you can work on encouraging them to take responsibility for these guys by at least placing litterboxes in their yard, so that the cats will stop going in yours.<br><br>
Hope some of that helps!<br><br>
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A dog? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Kidding aside, I've put cayenne pepper in my garden to keep the neighbour's outdoor cat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: from using it as a litterbox. That seemed to help a bit.
 

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If you just moved in... are you sure the last tenants didn't abandon them?<br><br>
A popular method with the gardeners around here is to push lots of small sticks into the area where the cats have been digging, so they can't walk there without getting poked.<br><br>
But maybe you are dealing with a cat spraying things, and leaving a smell? I have no idea how to prevent that!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If no one is activly trapping and fixing these cats, I would contact Alley Cat Allies: <a href="http://www.alleycat.org/" target="_blank">http://www.alleycat.org/</a></div>
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Thanks for that link! Great information. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i would buy one of those trap cages. then take them to the rescue centre.</div>
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Yeah, but that is a death sentence for them since they are feral.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah, but that is a death sentence for them since they are feral.</div>
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oh feral cats, well thats the best thing that could happen then.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh feral cats, well thats the best thing that could happen then.</div>
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Um, not really <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: . Check out that website posted by jlutgendorf.
 

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IF the cats are feral, the best thing to do is get them fixed. That helps to cut down on the fighting and marking for territory. Obivously it also stops them reproducing.<br><br>
Having them euthanized only opens up her yard to other cats. What would really help is to figure out where the cats are coming from. Feral cats should all be fixed, thus stopping them from continuing their population. Strays or dumped cats (essentially cats friendly enough to be safely handled) should be fixed and adopted out. And if you're like me and one of your neighbors has at least 6 or 7 outside cats that play in your yard, hopefully they can be convinced to keep their cats inside or start setting up litterboxes in THEIR yard to hopefully encourage their cats to stop using your yard as a toilet.<br><br>
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I'm not sure that they're feral but I think it's a possiblity. I really doubt the last tenant left them. It's an apartment, and more of a patio than backyard. But still, I don't want it smelling like that. I think I scared them off by acting crazy, ie normal. hehe
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">oh feral cats, well thats the best thing that could happen then.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> Perhaps you should check out Alley Cat Allies. I have two formerly feral cats currently living with me and have taken care of (and fixed) numerous others. They don't deserve a death sentence because of people's irresponsibility.
 

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<a href="http://www.alleycat.org/pdf/welcome.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.alleycat.org/pdf/welcome.pdf</a><br><br>
I looked through that website....here is an article which has a whole lot of tips in a caption box on the second page on how to discourage kitties from going in the area.<br><br>
I personally have had luck using lemon/citrus scented oil when I wipe down my tables (the cats seem to stay away from them then).
 

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Another thought....<br><br>
Are there any plants/flowers/bushes that cats are "opposed" (lacking a better word here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) to? Something thats really fragrant that they wont like? I've read that a type of geranium smells alot like citrus so its a good plant to have to repel mosquitos. I'm wondering if it would do the same for cats......<br>
hmmmm........
 

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Shenjall,<br><br>
THAT'S along the lines of what I'm looking for (I didn't even know till you posted). So does anyone know?
 

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I found this:<br><a href="http://ezinearticles.com/?Cat-Repellent-or-How-to-Keep-Cats-Out-of-Your-Garden&id=6554" target="_blank">http://ezinearticles.com/?Cat-Repell...Garden&id=6554</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Certain herbs are said to deter cats. In particular rue but not catmint which has the opposite effect. Coleus canina is another plant which is marketed by one merchant as a cat repellent.<br></td>
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I happen to like feral cats. Keeps the rats out of the house with little effort on my part. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I thought of this thread earlier...it seems one of the neighbors got a new cat, and he hung around our house early this evening. My DH was like "what is that noise...(continuously meowing cat).<br><br>
I had made chicken for dinner and I swear the cat was attracted to it. I had to close up all the windows as he was jumping on the windows and meowing at us! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: He also was scratching all over the place and wearing a flea collar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: . Poor cat! I definitely needed to keep it closed because my kitty Heaven would have checked him out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: She's fearless and loves everyone!
 

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well i would definately trap them and take them to a rescue centre. they can decide whether the cats are too wild to be trained/domesticated (forgot the right word) or if they should be put to sleep.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">well i would definately trap them and take them to a rescue centre. they can decide whether the cats are too wild to be trained/domesticated (forgot the right word) or if they should be put to sleep.</div>
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Honest question, not trying to be mean: So, are you saying that because a cat may be feral, they do not have the right to live? Because if they are feral (wild, undomesticated), they will be put to sleep if taken to a shelter - no if, ands, or buts about it. Even strays could be put to sleep if they are not adopted by a certain point, or do not meet certain standards. The shelters are overloaded as it is. From what I understand of the original post, she does not want them dead, just wants them to stay away from her property, which can be done simply enough.<br><br>
By removing feral cats, you are only temporarily solving the problem. You open up the territory for other new intact breeding cats to come in, and the problem starts all over again. Cats can reproduce faster than they can be removed, and it costs more $ in the end to trap and kill all ferals rather than to spay or neuter them. Sometimes taking animals to a shelter is a good thing, but sometimes it is not. It is truely a case by case situation.
 
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