The population of stray and feral cats living in alleys abandoned lots and backyards numbers in the tens of millions. Stray cats are cats that have become separated from their owners, while feral cats are non-domesticated cats that were born, and survive, in the wild. Read on to find out how to get rid of cats humanely and safely control the cat population in your area.
Don’t feed the cats.
Feeding unaltered cats will keep them coming back to your property and encourage population expansion.
Talk to your neighbors about whether people are feeding the unaltered cats. If people who live nearby are feeding them, it could be causing the population in your neighborhood to get out of hand. If you do feed cats, put the food well away from your house. Don’t place it at your front door unless you want to encourage cats to collect there.
Remove other food sources.
Cats can subsist on very little, so it may be impossible to completely remove their food sources in your area. You can start by making sure your trash isn’t overflowing from the can, and that you secure the can with a tight-fitting lid.
Talk to your neighbors to make sure everyone agrees to use tight-fitting lids to seal their trash cans.
Restaurant dumpsters are often sources of food for stray and feral cats, especially because they’re frequently left open and only emptied once they’re completely full. If a dumpster in your neighborhood seems to be attracting cats, talk to the restaurant owner about strategies for keeping the trash more secure.
Remove or block sources of shelter.
Cats seek a warm, dry space for shelter from the elements, and if they’re unable to find a nesting place, they will move on to the next neighborhood. Fence off the area under your porch or deck, and make sure your shed door is tightly closed. Cover any small openings under porches, decks, or foundations. If you notice cats gathering in a particular place in your area, figure out what they’re using for shelter and block access to it. Plywood and chicken wire are inexpensive, yet effective, materials for covering openings.
Scare cats away naturally.
The sight and sound of these natural enemies will cause cats to give your property a wide berth.
Install a motion-sensing sprinkler.
It’s a well-known fact that cats and water do not mix, so felines will happily stay out of the water’s range and off of your lawn. An added bonus is that your grass and flowers will get a nice watering in the process.
Sprinkle pepper around the area.
The cats will be bothered by their spicy paws at grooming time, and, with the habitual application, will learn that your property is the culprit. You can temporarily keep them from spending time in a certain area by sprinkling plenty of pepper around. Sprinkle pepper under your porch, in your shed, on your back patio, or wherever you see cats playing or napping. Pepper works on grass, too, but you will have to reapply it frequently, especially after heavy rains.
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