Skip to comments.What to do with free roaming cats?
Posted on 11/25/2012 3:17:35 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
There is a house cat that is being allowed to roam free. What do I do?
A-men! People (I use the term loosely...they're from New York) in my neighborhood boot their cats out the door when their novelty as a kitten wears off...they wind up with me because I am the only one who will give them shelter and food. Red Hampshire winters are rough on animals, and I'm not going to let them suffer. Food bill is starting to get rough, though...
Bump to see how it turns out. Keep us posted.
Because I trim her claws and she has nothing to defend herself with..........
For some reason, people seem to think that farmers are excited to have all those stray cats that people drop off. It is my opinion, that many of them end up the victims of a shotgun because farmers have too many cats to care for and they have no way of knowing if the cats are healthy or diseased.
Its also against the law to abandon animals like this, if I’m not mistaken.
You don't give your cat any range time..?
No I don't know who it belongs to and your additional statement adds to the conundrum.
I like this poster. It makes me sick to see house kitties carrying baby rabbits or baby birds in their mouths. It is their instinct, I know, but not necessary for them to survive.
Also, I have almost wrecked trying to avoid a house cat that ran in front of me. People need to be responsible!
Sorry but you're wrong in this case. My cat will not leave the confines of my house, no matter how many doorwalls or garage doors are left open........In fact, I can't even physically carry her outside without her fighting me to put her down so she can run back inside. Nope, you're wrong here.
Let’s do it to YOU first to make sure it works. Cruel dumbass.
I just happened to be in the truck on the way to the pup’s cold laser treatment and suddenly laughed like a jackass for no apparent reason.
(Note to self; do not spook driver while he’s battling heavy holiday traffic)
I think you should give your cat to someone who won’t keep him.locked in the house 24/7.
Cats should be free to roam. That is what cats do. You should not try to own a cat. A cat is supposed to own you. Give him to someone who will give him his freedom. That will solve your dilemma. Then get yourself a poodle or a chihuahua .
Look around and find out who just got married. They are on their honeymoon and someone who doesn’t know the rules is houseitting.
I bet they come home tonight or tomorrow.
Stuff like this doesn’t just happen out of the blue. It’s that or someone just had their brother move in. If there is anything that a brother would really care about, it his sisters cat. Especially if it whining in the apartment. Having her cat bother you would be better than it bothering him.
That may put an end to your problem, but it's also the reason I have 25 cats on my farm.
I've got a bobcat that strolls across my property every few days...
we have a lot of coyotes around here. i dont see a whole lot of feral cats. bobcats, yes, but not house type cats.
Because the streets in urban neighborhoods are littered with dead cats that have been killed by vehicles...
Hype much? I've lived in urban areas for most of my life, and have only rarely seen a dead cat in the street. Run over possums, on the other hand, are common.
My wife and I have had cats for the eighteen years we've been together, and they've all been outdoor kitties. We've noticed that they roam, but never that far from home. For the most part, they hang out in the yard, because that's where it's safe, and that's where their food bowl is.
We've also never seen a rodent in any house we've lived, though I used to get plenty of them in the house before I had cats.
This is true. All cats have the instinct to stalk and CHASE, but being taught by momma kitty is what makes then an effective HUNTER.
Things like how to make the actual kill rather than “play it to death” are a part of this. Not so important if a mousey toy, but very important when dealing with wild prey that can escape if not quickly dispatched.
Is your cat fixed ? And what is the gender ? Spayed and neutered indoor cats in my experience don’t normally get agitated to that extent because a cat somewhere on the other side is in their territory.
Being awakened at 2:00 a.m. by a hissing and howling indoor cat at an outside intruder on my deck certainly bothers me.........Would it not you?
Perhaps in a country environment but not in suburban communities. They have just as much chance dodging cars as squirrels do..........
Buy an owl. They LOVE cats.
Get your cat fixed. It is reacting as a normal hormonal feline would when another strutts its stuff for it. Cats are nocturnal and cruise for mates at night. Your’s is giving off the “smell” or is reacting to it. Get it fixed and that’ll be the end of nuisance. No need to cage the hunter.... just fix the prey!!!
The same can be said for humans, but I'm not going to bar my kids from ever leaving the house because the world has danger in it.
I've had cats since I was married, which is nearly twenty years now. Our first kitty went missing after about eighteen months. Another kitty (her daughter) got hit by a car when she was 10 years old. We were also moving at the time, and we think the activity spooked her into unusual behavior.
Other than that, we've never had a single other kitty be injured, fall sick, or be killed because they lived outdoors.
No, no no no no NO! Bad idea!
There’s a reason anyone cleaning up cat marking or an accident is told NEVER use ammonia. Urine contains ammonia and this is likely to start a marking war! This is quite literally the worst advice that could be given...I know the person who posted it means well, and the idea of offending their nose isn’t entirely bad, but ammonia is the worst choice of anything.
I tend to hear of citrus being used as a deterrent but I’m not sure if it’s a scent deterrent or a taste one, and obviously only a scent one is relevant. Even then it may not...I’ve seen a cat or two that turns out to LOVE citrus. Still, orange peels/grating is cheap enough, if you buy and eat the orange yourself. Research that if you want.
Someone suggested mothballs, which could work. I don’t know of any contraindications for that, other than the cat might be dumb enough to chow down...hopefully not!
A non chemical deterrent that might work is tin foil. Place some on the area where the cat is getting, taped down enough to not blow away in the wind but loosely enough to crinkle and rattle. Many cats hate this underfoot.
Adding in the interest of full disclosure...I asked hubby if he knew and he swears ammonia will work, but I’ve always heard and seen the opposite.
A proportionate response with a time delay fuse...
Donate to Obamacare and Global Warming, they need animals for experiments.
“A spray bottle by the back door? If you get woken up, grab the bottle, spritz the cat a few times...”
With household ammonia solution. Great deterrent.
“The same can be said for humans, but I’m not going to bar my kids from ever leaving the house because the world has danger in it.”
Would you let small children go out without supervision? If so, then you shouldn’t have cats either.
” Our first kitty went missing after about eighteen months. Another kitty (her daughter) got hit by a car when she was 10 years old.”
Then you have two cats who perished because of your carelessness. Two cats lost or killed because they got outside are two too many.
Yes, the common raccoon is a procyon lotor.. We used to call them just 'coons until that became racist...
We had a cat for sixteen years (1960-76), who came and went as she pleased. She took care of her own territory. I’m glad she was able to live in an America that was free.
We don't have 25 on this farm, but I'm really sure that's how the ones here (right now numbering 5) get here. The number comes and goes, probably due to the coyotes and big owl population.. The manx (yes, someone dumped one) we adopted. She is either spayed or sterile because she never showed up pregnant in the two years before she came in the house. She has now permanently claimed our couch as home..
Just didn’t want to get flamed. I once responded to a heartwarming little story about a bunch of firefighters who spent hours rescuing a couple stray dogs that had fallen through the ice. As I recall, I made some point that a sniper from shore would have been more humane as the dogs were in the water for quite a while and one died anyway.
WOW, the responses were mind blowing.
An inaccurate and misleading statement.
At my property I do battle with field mice who are trying to setup house in my garage while at the same time the space under my three-season porch reeks of cat urine. The well-fed neighbor's cat doesn't bother with the mice, but it still needs to relieve itself somewhere
But why under my porch? :(
You are an evil person.
Someone dropped off a cat at our place. We took a year and trained it so that it could return to the wild. I would dress up like a zebra and the cat would stalk me. After a year of thorough training, we released her back onto the Nugorogoro Reserve. We came back to see her the following summer and she had three kittens. My wife slowly approached the cat and then sat on a rock near the little cat family. The mother cat grabbed my wife and ate her.
And life is worth living
But only worth living
Cause you’re born free!
Cats - Just be glad we’re bigger than them.
While urine contains ammonia compounds the smell of male cat urine has more to do with the hormones/scents produced in un-neutered males and not the ammonia as such. Having said that, using ammonia to clean up a puddle of cat pee will not help too much either! A territory marking spree will not be encouraged by using straight ammonia (which would be far stronger to their nose than and territorial mark.) However, there are other things listed if you think straight ammonia will cause you an issue. See here:
My area got a rabies epidemic because of a moron feeding stray cats.
Guess what well-fed stray cats do?
BREED like flies.
My little bump in the road village was in the papers every week with a new ‘rabid animal found’ report.
Then I tangled with some of the coons who’d gotten infected and had to get shots.
I love stray cats.
So do I.
Wish they’d put them up in my area.
We have virtually no small wildlife or song birds left because of them running amok.
Sooooooo, you’ve had your shots?...
Our squirrels are pretty good dodgers.
The cats, not so much.
There’s usually a sail cat on the road about every half mile or so.
Sometimes I think the state puts them there because they’re cheaper than planting mile marker posts.
You're hysterical, and as bad as the libs who think the federal government is there to protect us from every possible danger in life.
My cats are conservatives. They take risks, kill rodent intruders, and live a free life. They're happier and more content than any caged feline.
I sure have.
[but it was fun threatening to bite people for the 8 days I waited for ‘permission’ to get them]
I hope your cats are fixed so they aren't out there making more cats. Where I live, there is a major stray/feral cat population explosion. All because people are too lazy or cheap to spay/neuter their cats. Again, like Obama voters — having plenty of babies and expecting the government to take care of them.
I'm not hysterical. I just happen to love my cat enough to take responsibility for him. Too bad you don't with yours.
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