No, kitty, this is MY garage.
June 11, 2014 6:50 AM Subscribe
A stray cat has apparently taken a liking to our garage. How do we stop this?
posted by altopower to Pets & Animals (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It began one day about two weeks ago when Mr. altopower left the garage open when he went to pick up our kids from school. When they returned, there was a cat in the garage that got scared and hid behind some boxes in the far back of the garage. Mr. altopower left the garage open to let the cat out and went in the house to make sure the cat wasn't too scared to leave. The cat left at some point, but he had already used the floor as a litterbox.
Last week, I saw the cat again when I was backing out of the garage. I quickly closed the door to prevent the cat from getting in because he clearly was interested in going in. We have been VERY careful about keeping the door closed and watching to make sure nothing is getting in.
However, last night, Mr. altopower left to go get milk, and discovered the cat in the closed garage sitting on the roof of our vehicle. We have no idea how long he'd been in there because neither of us had seen him, but he'd definitely been defecating and peeing in an innertube sled that was on the garage floor. The cat was scared by the opening garage door and ran out.
How do we keep this from happening again? We live in a semi-rural area in a small village...if we discover the cat in the closed garage again like last night we will call County Animal Control, but how do we (humanely, obviously) keep the cat out of the garage? We're closing the door quickly, we're not leaving it open, we have no idea how he's getting in without being seen. There are no holes he can be sneaking in.