How do I get the smell from my neighbors cats to go away?

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Our neighbors cats are allowed to run. They seem to think our garden is their litter box.They leave me dead birds and birds' heads. They've begun to walk on our car. Also, the smell from their spraying is awful.The owners have made no attempt to control them. Is there anything I can use to makethe smell an the cats go away. I read about moth balls or garlic. Do I scatter the mothballsand peel the garlic?

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  • Ellis Ellis on Jun 05, 2019

    I wouldn't put mothballs around my garden, they're toxic. Cats don't like getting wet, so you can spray them with the hose (gently) or get a motion detector sprinkler. If you can, make it difficult to dig by using gravel or large pine nuggets, etc., over landscape cloth, or lay down chicken wire or something like that. Cats really don't like citrus, so put orange or lemon peels where they spray or treat the area as a litter box. They also don't like rosemary or cayenne pepper, but leave it in the area they frequent, don't spray or sprinkle it on them.


    There are lots of home remedies on the internet, so see if you find any you like. There are also some products sold in good garden stores that will discourage cats and/or dogs. I have the same problem, it's a tough one.

    • Gail Gail on Jun 05, 2019

      Thank you. I will skip the mothball one. Found that on the internet. Will try hot sauce. That should be okay for the plants. Thank you for your help

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 05, 2019

    Part of being a pet owner is to take responsibility for your pets and to control their behavior, especially if it infringes on neighbours privacy or causes damage to their property, or items on their property, such as a vehicle.


    If you feel that the cat owners are not upholding their responsibilities, then call your municipality/town county office and ask to speak with an animal control warden/officer. They should be able to advise you regarding what you have the right to do in this circumstance, and how they can assist and support you.


    An officer may visit the cat owners, speak with them, issue a warning, fine them, or, take more drastic action.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Jun 05, 2019

      Hi Nva,


      By simply contacting the animal warden first and getting information as to what are your rights as a property owner and county tax payer, you are in no way 'making trouble' for the neighbours. If anything, their irresponsibility and lack of proper care in controlling their pets is making trouble for you. It is interfering with your enjoyment of your yard, and your efforts to keep your property clean and well maintained.


      Bylaws are in place for a sensible reason. It is not right that you should have to incur any additional expenses, for example, in purchasing products, or with getting a dog, just because others are not being responsible citizens.


      When the animal warden does contact the neighbours, they should be professional and protect your privacy and should not cite your names as 'the neighbours who made a complaint'.


      The purpose of the initial contact/visit should be to review with the cat owners what are the bylaws, to remind them what are their responsibilities, and to warn them what may be the consequences if they do not take immediate control of their cats.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 05, 2019

    Most cats hate water motion activated sprinklers should be a big help.

    • Gail Gail on Jun 05, 2019

      I have been spraying them. The trouble is that we have well water and a sprinkler system would run our well dry. Thank you, though.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 05, 2019

    Get a dog. I trained our bulldog to ignore our cats and only chase away strays or cats that don't live her.

    • Gail Gail on Jun 05, 2019

      That would be a great answer except that I am 24/7 caregiver for my husband who just returned from 2 months in the hospital. A dog would be wonderful, but I don't have time to train it. Thank you, though.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 05, 2019

    I understand I am a care giver for my dad. It can be time consuming and leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. You can have dogs trained by others for a fee. Call your local aspca for more info or someone they might recommend. Have you contacted AARP they have quite a extensive amount of resources to help care givers?

  • Phyllis Rocco Phyllis Rocco on Jun 05, 2019

    Put mothballs in your garden and crushed red pepper flakes

  • Have you had a conversation with your neighbor? Try to do so before making calls to animal control. And absolutely avoid moth balls as they are toxic to the environment and animals.

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