The only method is to trap and relocate the critters. If they are neighbors cats they the owners have in most communities a responsibility to prevent them from straying or doing damage such as this If they are feral cats they will be cleaned up and given new homes if they are suitable pets.
I would suggest you contact your local animal control office for ideas on how to deal with them.
Once they mark their territory they will keep coming back. Do you have a cat of your own?
Only other method is to get a dog. Works really well.
If you have bird food feeders, you may need to stop feeding the birds until the cats go away.
Wow... hate cats much?
To answer the question with out poison or killing.... go to your local Home Depot and purchase a strip of that clear rug mat with the pointy things on the back, the size of your furniture cushion (people use it as a runner in hallways usually) it is very inexpensive and is sold by the foot.
Then simply just put it on your furniture with the pointy things up... cats will not get on it as it is....well... pointy :)
Have a great day :)
Gosh, so the lilies are toxic to animals other than cats. What about children? Seems a little extreme. Another possibility is a cheap roll of aluminum foil, and a spray bottle of H2O and vinegar. The cats will lose interest in your patio due to the aggravation of sprays and rattling of foil.
Some great idea's! I have used a live trap and usually one time scares them enough not to come back. I have one now I am going to trap and hopefully we won't see it again. We don't dump them the trap usually scares them enough so you don't see them again. I have one that keeps getting into my garage and spraying. I won't harm other animals or dump them. I believe if the owners had it sprayed or neutered it wouldn't happen. Annoying but it is directed at the pet owners.
Nature Advocate, I do understand that cats can be annoying when they enter your yard, my mother in law had a horrible time trying to keep the neighbors cat out of her flower bed, she tried many things. I've never heard of the lily method but will keep it in mind should the problem arise. I also understand that cat owners need to take responsibility of their animals, when I had cats and wanted them to have an 'outdoor experience' I screen enclosed my patio, most cats really don't ever need to go outside, I don't think most people know that. With all that said, this is suppose to be a place to come and get answers for your home needs and enjoy yourself along the way, so thanks for the research but lighten up or no one will want to participate with you in the future.
Hi, Nature Advocate, I hadn't intended for the comment about plants with "lily" in the common name to be inane. While I did read your entire post (all of them), I evidently misunderstood what you had stated about certain lilies being toxic to other animals. I, in fact googled the information for myself. And, yes poisoning cats in this manner (renal failure) does still strike me as extreme.
This will be the last comment I post on this thread due to the fact that I do not enjoy being in the company of such a mean hateful person.
I would guess that any one who will spend such time and energy composing long winded, hate filled mini novels about cats of all things has some very serious mental issues. I do hope you will find the time to look into a qualified therapist soon.
Now tell me... where is ASPCA when you need them and the damn block / ignore button?
One last thing... were you scratched by a cat as a child? Get over it.
I don't like to antagonize anyone but the comment about cats is totally inappropriate for this discussion. No one wants to torture or hurt any animal we are looking for solutions not killings.
Ditto, I'm through.
I dont want to kill the cats I just want to keep them off my patio because the are destroying my patio furniture by scratching in it and I have rattan furniture and some are antique and worth a lot of money. then they spray and it smells really bad.
the cats are really starting to destroy my whole patio. last nite they had a cat fight and broke several of my really nice flower pots and tore up my plants. NOW I HAVE HAD IT! I tried the vinegar thing ,I tried the citrus thing. I have tried every thing. now I have had enough!!
Carol, My suggestion if you do not want to trap them and relocate them to a shelter. Contact your local animal control officer and request that they offer a solution to your issue. Plantings, spraying chemicals etc are only short term solutions or take a long time to become effective. Humane traps and relocation to a shelter is the only method that will work.
To all, unfortunately most of you probably didn't read the end of my post because it is not shown without clicking on more but I did ask Nature Advocate to chill, looks like NA doesn't care.
Carol G, you definitely need to call animal control, good luck!
Carol we live trap them. That is usually enough to keep them from coming back. We rent a live trap and trapped one and let him go and haven't seen him since. I put about 2 Tablespoons of tuna in the trap. I am doing it again this week to get another cat. I don't relocate them as soon as their caught we let them go. It costs $8.00 to rent the trap. I also trapped 2 possum which were relocated at the lake. I had to do this after the cat sprayed my garage several times. It worked. 2 down 1 to go. Wish me luck.
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I am so sorry to have caused a problem! I just want the cats gone. The humane Society here in the part of LA that I live do not come pick up cats only stray dogs.
Carol, you did not cause a problem. You asked a very valid question and what happened was just ugly and unnecessary, I think all of us can agree on that. I am very happy that Hometalk Support came in fixed the "problem".
On a lighter note, I do understand your issue... I have 4 cats, all are fixed and some are inside/outside cats. We have a "cat door" and a neighborhood Tom cat has actually came into our house looking for our fixed male to fight with him... !! in our own house !! LOL So imagine your problem on your patio now moved into your living room LOL I have woke up quite a few times at 3am to them fighting in the hallway outside our bedroom, hair everywhere... the Tom spraying everywhere....OY!!! So yes, I do understand.
Carol, I do hope you find an humane answer to your question that will relieve you of your stress.
Thanks Yair S. Carol, I would suggest if the local humane society does not handle cats, Which I find kinda strange, perhaps you can find through local animal shelters someone who would handle this for you. There are a lot of people out there that help strays all the time and I am sure they will come to the rescue. Both for you and the cats.
I’m having same problem as many posted on here. I’m a cat lover. I have three beautiful grown femaled fixed cats that live on my back porch. There are several male ferral cats in neighborhood that come up ti my porch, spray everything including my cushikns, eat the food, pick fights with my girls, and run when I come out. I can’t get rid of them or the smell without affecting my girls. Not sure what to do here.