Click here to learn more.
A. If you know the cat's owners and feel comfortable discussing the situation with them, you could suggest that they either convert the animal to an indoor-only life (with a
catio) or put up special fencing to keep their cat from roaming. (If you’ve never heard of “cat fencing,” a web search on the term will turn up a handful of companies that make this product, along with some instructions if you are a handy do-it-yourselfer.) The owners may not be aware that their cat is causing problems for others, and in the interest of being good neighbors (and responsible cat owners), they may be
willing to keep their pet inside.
If you don’t know who owns the
cat, or if it’s someone with whom you can’t safely and constructively discuss the issue, you still have some options.
You can discourage the neighbor’s cat from setting paws on your property — or at least from walking through the part of the yard where your cat can see the trespasser — by buying a sprinkler that turns on when its motion detector is activated. Designed to keep raccoons, rabbits, deer and other wildlife out of gardens, these sprinklers deliver a startling but otherwise harmless blast of water, which should discourage repeat visits. While you don't want to set the sprinkler up where it will blast your mail carrier, visitors or innocent passers-by, these sprinklers work pretty well in situations like the one you're describing here.
What about trapping the cat and taking him to your municipal animal control facility? I bring it up because I know many pet owners are curious about that option. I can’t recommend it for one reason: The chances are very good that the
cat will never come home again. The percentage of adult cats reclaimed by their owners or rehomed is low in most shelters, and I personally don’t believe a
cat deserves to die simply for stepping off his owner’s property.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
Lifetime has tapped the Parks and
Recreation star to provide Tardar Sauce’s
voice for an upcoming Christmas movie.
A Good Samaritan found Gidget, a Jack
Russell Terrier from Philadelphia,
wandering near Portland, Oregon.
Animal Planet's Victoria Stilwell strongly
opposes breed bans — they don't stop
dog bites and lead to…
With 40,000 animals poached each year
for the ivory trade, it might not be long
before elephants disappear…
These pets can't wait for the season's
cool weather, beautiful autumn foliage
and (of course) plentiful leaf piles.
When Rafael Mantesso and his wife split,
he was left with an empty house and his
beautiful Bull Terrier, Jimmy Choo.
We asked the pros what it takes to get a
cat recognized as an official breed in the
United States, Canada and the U.K.
When she's not curled in your lap, the affectionate and elegant Birman will gladly play fetch or chase a ball.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.