The Problem of Feral Cats and How to Keep Them Away from Your Yard

Keep Feral Cats Out of Your Property — Why

Feral Cat in Yard

Feral Cat in Yard

Whether you live in an urban, suburban, or rural area, you’ve probably come into contact with feral cats. These creatures aren’t pets, they’re pests, as you already know if you’ve had trouble getting rid of cats in the past. If you haven’t, it’s possible you don’t know some of the dangers feral cats pose to you, your family, and your property.

Disease

Feral cats are disease-ridden. They can carry rabies, which is deadly without quick medical treatment. They can spread dangerous illnesses such as RIV, or feline AIDS, to your household pets. They spread dangerous bacteria, including:

  • Salmonella
  • Bartonella or catscratch fever
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Campylobacter

Pregnant women need to be especially concerned about toxoplasmosis, a miscarriage causing disease that is spread by stray cats and their droppings.

Damage

Though small, feral cats can do real damage to your property.

Get Rid of Feral Cats

Get Rid of Feral Cats

Searching for food or shelter, feral cats can damage doors, garages, fences, and sheds. Their urine can put unsightly dead spots in your lawn. And if you have trouble with feral cats, you could soon find your property free of songbirds. An estimated 17 billion dollars of damage to songbird populations is caused by feral cats every year[1].

Keep Feral Cats Out of Your Property — How

While humane societies and governments come up with plans to get rid of feral cats on a large scale, you need a solution that will keep cats out now. A few options available to you are ultrasonic animal deterrents, motion activated sprinklers, and cat repellents.

Ultrasonic Animal Deterrents

Some home owners have had success installing machines that emit a high frequency noise that animals dislike. This method doesn’t harm the animal, but be careful, it may bother your own pets. Also, it isn’t completely effective against hungry or desperate animals, because it annoys rather than scares them.

Cat Repellent

A good cat repellent should keep cats away, but they are not all made equal. Some contain poisons or dangerous chemicals that could hurt your garden or house pets, not to mention the environment. If you’re concerned about the effect of unnatural chemicals on wildlife around you, and you want to avoid poisons, try an organic cat repellent.

Shake-away is certified organic by the Organic Materials Review Institute, and is safe around family, pets, and plants. It works by Using the scent of a cat’s natural predators, keeping cats out 24 hours a day. Sprinkle Shake-away granules wherever you want to get cats off of your property.

Motion Activated Sprinkler

You can have a motion activated sprinkler installed in an area where you’ve had trouble with stray cats. Cats are known for hating water, and this method of getting rid of cats can be very effective.

It might not be such a good choice, though, for people who have more than one place on their property that they need to keep cats out of. Costs can add up, and cats are intelligent animals who can learn to avoid the spray.

Whatever method you choose, you don’t have to live with a stray cat problem. Best of luck in using these tips to keep your home and garden free of feral cat pests.

[1] http://www.ocregister.com/articles/cats-278419-bird-feral.html

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