Unwanted feral cats

Feral cats have claimed backyard shade under cypress trees. They prey on the morning doves. How do we get them to stay out of our yard? If they were tame, we would not mind them wandering into the yard. But they are definitely feral. We are concerned about disease carried in their feces.
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  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on May 26, 2013
    http://vetmed.tamu.edu/afcat This organization may be able to provide assistance or let you know someone local to contact. Some organizations neuter the feral cats to control the population. If the ferel cats have been neutered and relocated, one of their ears will have the tip cut. This is how they identify those cats that have been neutered.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on May 27, 2013
    http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_22091432/city-el-paso-launching-trap-neuter-release-program It would seem you are not alone. Personally I'm a dog person, and would not mind so much if these cats were euthanized. The Spaying and neutering does nothing to prevent them from hunting and killing more birds. The above program is better than nothing and will reduce the breeding population. What you need is a 12 year old boy with a sling shot...a non-lethal deterrent.

  • Becky P Becky P on May 27, 2013
    @KMS Woodworks, I used to think there was nothing better than a dead cat, until my daughter moved back home with a cat. That cat is now my baby and I would much rather have a cat now than a dog. (we lost the lab 2 years ago, at age 17)

  • Contact your local animal control people. They can assist you in trapping and relocation or putting up for adoption.

  • Pam Park Pam Park on May 27, 2013
    What about loading a powerful "water pistol" [ like from KMART or Walmart] with vinegar +water and have it at the ready??? I was able to train my cat not to climb or claw the window screen, maybe the nasty vinegar will discourage them! OR - a neighbor put down chicken wire where cats were scratching in the dirt under her family room windows -- helped some.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on May 28, 2013
    @ We had to put down one of ours a few weeks ago...our 14 year old wiener dog. We are left with two one eyed dogs. Mine is a 45 pound white husky, my sweetie has little Greta. A petite brabacon (Smooth coat Brussel Griffon)

  • Abi Abi on Jun 24, 2013
    Used the lemon rind tip. Worked almost immediately. Thank you