How can I keep stray cats away?
July 2, 2008 12:52 PM Subscribe
How can I keep stray cats away? I've seen a few stray cats (5 at the most) using my front porch as a nightly hang out...
posted by simplethings to Pets & Animals (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
If I plan to leave my house at night I'll open the front door and turn on the porch light and I'll see cats running away. When I come home in the evenings I'll see cats on the porch and they'll scatter once I pull into my drive way.
This wouldn't be a huge problem if I wasn't allergic and terrified of stealthy four legged animals (I've never owned a mammal larger than a hamster as a pet).
I've read the other keep-stray-cats-away-thread that suggested orange zest, a spray bottle, or trappings.
I have a few questions regarding these as well:
-I've read some information that said orange zest doesn't necessarily work for all cats and there are cats who actually enjoy it. True?
-Also--will orange zest attract other animals (we regularly see deer, raccoon, and coyote in our area) or bees or ants?
For the most part the cats jet at the first sign of me so a spray bottle doesn't seem like a useful solution. I've considered sneaking open my front door to spray them but I'm afraid they'll run into the house... or attack me.
I'm too afraid of the cats (and other wild animals) to do any trapping.
I've considered calling animal control or something equivalent but the cats aren't always in front of my house.
Other possibly useful notes: There used to be a family of frogs living in a hole beneath the porch and I think that might have been what originally brought the cats to us... but the frogs have been long gone and the cats still come.
Last summer I had a very active bee colony living underneath the bushes near the patio--I thought this would be a cat deterrent but often when the cats are fleeing they'll take a romp through those very bushes. Is this hive actually attracting cats?
The cats disappeared over winter but once the weather was warmer I started seeing them more often.
I live in a once rural, now quickly developing suburb very outside of Chicago.