Keep lids secured tightly on trash cans, as trash is another potential food source for cats. A motion-activated sprinkler scares cats away with an unpleasant surprise: a burst of water. Since cats don’t particularly like getting sprayed with water, they will be discouraged from walking through that area again. These sprinklers, like motion-sensing lights, detect movement in the area and activate when motion is present.
Point the motion sensor away from a driveway or place where people or cars may trigger it. If a cat frequenting your yard enjoys being pet and sitting on your lap, chances are it belongs to someone. Ask around the neighborhood if anyone is missing a cat that looks like the one you’ve found. Also ask local veterinarians and pet shops if anyone has reported a missing pet. If the cat is tame and you don’t want to take it in yourself, take it to an animal shelter where it may be adopted. If it is friendly, it has a good chance of finding a new home. Feral adult cats have spent their entire lives in the wild and would be difficult to domesticate since wild is their nature.
Kittens, however, are still potentially able become social and become adopted. Take kittens to an animal shelter, where they will be tested for health issues before being placed up for adoption. Adult cats can be caught with live traps, spayed or neutered, and released back into the wild. Some chapters of the Humane Society have feral cat programs. These programs rent out traps, encouraging you to catch the animal and take it to the Humane Society office. The organization spays or neuters the cat and releases it back into the wild. While cats may like some strong odors such as fish, other scents repel them.
Scatter fresh orange or lemon peels around the yard, or spray areas with a citrus-scented fragrance. Coffee grounds, citronella, eucalyptus and lavender are also not pleasant to cats. Cover flower bed soil around plants with smoothed pebbles to prevent digging. Cover areas such as space beneath a porch with chicken wire or fencing to keep animals out. Cut portions of plastic carpet runners can be placed spiky side up on areas of porches or outdoor furniture if cats have been making themselves at home in your personal space. Commercial cat repellents can also be sprayed around areas cats frequent. Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists.
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Cats stake out their turf by depositing pheromones, rubbing things with their face or scratching with their claws. Cats are one of America’s most beloved pets, but as a territorial species, they occasionally fall from favor when marking areas that are not technically theirs. An even more serious claim to ownership is made with a spray of urine or a deposit of feces. Cat repellent is one way of keeping the felines out of your garden or off of your furniture, and can be easily and inexpensively made at home. Measure two cups of water into a small saucepan. Add one cup of citrus peels. Choose from orange, lemon, grapefruit, lime or any combination that you find pleasing.
Place the pan over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the contents have reached room temperature, pour the solution through a coffee filter to remove all of the solid pieces of peel. Transfer the mixture to a plastic bottle with a spray attachment. Spray any furniture you’d like the cat to stay away from with a liberal coating of the repellent. Additionally, the spray can be used on plants and shrubbery to stop cats from eating them or to establish a chemical perimeter around your garden. Outdoor plants will need a new spritz after a rain shower or after routine watering. Indoor surfaces will require an additional application about once every two weeks. In addition to spraying, you can place coleus carnina or rosemary plants near any area you’d like to keep feline free. Cats do not like the smell of these particular plants and will be discouraged from coming near them. Be prepared to tinker with the formula until you find the right strength and combination of citrus products to deter your particular feline.