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How Do You Get Rid of Feral Cats?
www.freerepublic.com ^ | 11-5-07 | self

Posted on 11/04/2007 10:44:59 PM PST by MHT

My community has a problem with feral cats. The animal control department has a no-kill policy so they never seem to be able to catch them, muchless reassign them. Animal-rights wackos continue to feed them and never neuter them. Consequently, the females are constantly pregnant and we now have an over-population that no one wants to deal with. If you do not have a big dog in your yard, your grass (and doormats, outdoor furniture, etc.) will reek from the waste these cats spread everywhere.

Has anyone else had a problem like this? What has your community done?


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1 posted on 11/04/2007 10:45:00 PM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

I had a family of cats take up residence in my garden shed. I have similar restrictions on getting rid of them, so I purchased a 2lb bag of fine ground pepper and sprinkled it liberally around the shed.

It took three applications but no more cats...


2 posted on 11/04/2007 10:51:51 PM PST by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: MHT
We trap them, spay or neuter & release them away from the houses when possible. Since so many have feline Aids they die off after awhile. Its sad. Since I live in a shore town many people get kittens for the time they stay here & abandon them.
3 posted on 11/04/2007 10:52:10 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: rockrr

Thank you. I know that fox urine will work but it washes away quickly and is very expensive. I tried washing my porch with Pine Sol, which worked for two applications but if it was not done twice a week, it was worthless. How often did you have to wait between pepper applications?


4 posted on 11/04/2007 10:53:45 PM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

Do you have a problem with rats and mice as well?


5 posted on 11/04/2007 10:54:57 PM PST by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: MHT

We trap them and take them to the vet for neutering and shots. There are two no-kill agencies who will take them and try to find homes for them.


6 posted on 11/04/2007 10:55:53 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: pandoraou812

Ferals seem impossible to trap here. The thing that makes me angriest is the unwillingness to neuter them. The same people who feed the ferals also feed the birds and it is sickening to watch the birds come in for seed only to get attacked by the cats. It looks like the people are setting up the birds to be the cats’ victims.


7 posted on 11/04/2007 10:55:59 PM PST by MHT
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To: Redcloak

No problem with mice. Years ago there was a rat in the neighborhood. There are people around with house cats that come out occasionally so I don’t think that between the domesticated cats there would be a problem with mice if the ferals were eliminated.


8 posted on 11/04/2007 10:59:12 PM PST by MHT
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To: MHT
I would buy red hot pepper & sprinkle it all around, I’ve used that for dogs & cats in my flower beds. I don’t know why people are so stupid. It seems to me now to be a concern for the health dept as these cats could have diseases. Call them asap if you havn’t. I would not go near the cats or try to trap them. Your local shelter ought to be addressing the problem. We have hawks where I live that are killing cats now too. I hate to see that but its hard to rehab a wild cat. My town won’t allow us to feed birds. I don’t understand that as I like to watch the birds. People here will trap cats & take them down to the fish docks where the fishermen feed them & they have plenty of places to live. I’ve taken in a few as kittens & now they are house cats. Good luck.
9 posted on 11/04/2007 11:07:12 PM PST by pandoraou812 ( Its NOT for the good of the children! Its BS along with bending over for Muslim's demands)
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To: MHT

It’s not that hard to trap feral cats; I’ve done it more than once. If it seems “impossible” to get them where you are, the people doing it are either completely incompetent or — more likely — they don’t really want to get them.

I love cats and would hate to see innocent kitties killed (cats whose only “crime” is being born and not being adopted into a home). Really, the only answer is to trap and neuter them, re-home as many as possible into loving homes with humans, and re-locate the hardcore group who can’t be tamed at all into some area where they won’t bug humans or wildlife too much.

You might consider starting your own trap/neuter/re-home group, so that the necessary work will finally actually get done in your area. Most animal assistance organizations start that way, with one or two ordinary people who care about animals and are fed up about nothing being done to help them.


10 posted on 11/04/2007 11:07:14 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert
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To: MHT
The most important aspect of cat control is spay/neuter. If you can get local government to help subsidize it the Humane Society or ASPCA has mobile clinics that will move into the community for a limited time and sterilize animals. One of these units came to a neighboring county last year. They trapped animals, inoculated them, neutered them and then returned them.

http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_nyc_cares03

11 posted on 11/04/2007 11:08:17 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: MHT

Change the no-kill policy to a kill policy with feral cats. They are just animals.


12 posted on 11/04/2007 11:15:36 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: MHT
My community has a problem with feral cats.

Since this is posted under Religion, I'd have to have more info to answer you properly. Are the cats Catholic or Calvinist, Amil or dispensationalist? Do they speak in tongues, or are they purpose driven?

To wander somewhat from the key points, are the cats really feral or are they just free - range? If they are truly feral, there are only two things to do - catch, cut, and release, or catch and exterminate. (Or, a third. You could introduce coyotes to the neighborhood.)

13 posted on 11/04/2007 11:52:33 PM PST by PAR35
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To: MHT

The animal rights people may be wacko and not neuter them, but I will tell you animal WELFARE people - at least where I am - have a spay/neuter and release program in most counties around me. They don’t want the problem getting out of hand. They don’t have the resources to deal with huge numbers of semi-wild cats.

The programs where they neuter and spay does help keep the numbers down. The problems where we are are the farmers who like having the cats aroundto take care of mice and such, and as they are feral they don’t have to feed them. The farmers don’t want them spayed or neutered because this reduces the number of cats that ‘work’ for them.


14 posted on 11/05/2007 12:27:05 AM PST by Secret Agent Man
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To: MHT

In CT we haven’t had much of a problem with feral cats since the coyotes arrived about 10-15 years ago.


15 posted on 11/05/2007 1:50:39 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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No coyotes in the Florida Keys.

Where there are Federal Preserves, the Feds trap them, neuter them, and put them at no-kill shelters nearby. (Though the Director's name is Anne Morkill). :)

http://www.keynoter.com/articles/2007/05/09/news/news06.txt

16 posted on 11/05/2007 2:25:18 AM PST by Does so (...against all enemies, DOMESTIC and foreign...)
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To: SeaHawkFan

I think we agree. Kill them.


17 posted on 11/05/2007 2:27:57 AM PST by cajungirl (no)
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To: MHT

18 posted on 11/05/2007 2:29:54 AM PST by ovrtaxt (My dog has worms, so I named him Scooter.)
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To: MHT

For everything else, there's MasterCard.

19 posted on 11/05/2007 2:44:14 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: MHT

Cats HATE citrus peels.

And pellet guns are silent and deadly.


20 posted on 11/05/2007 4:00:59 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain. True support of the troops means praying for US to WIN the war!)
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To: xzins
And pellet guns are silent and deadly.

Just be sure to get enough pellet gun. That "Red Ryder" BB gun is not what you (generically) want. A break-barrel or side lever pellet gun (Gamo, RWS, Benjamin) is more appropriate.

IMO

"Having dominion" over the birds of the air and beasts of the field is no excuse for causing them needless suffering.

21 posted on 11/05/2007 4:32:54 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: MHT

Feral dogs?


22 posted on 11/05/2007 4:54:03 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: PAR35
We have coyotes AND cats.

(As far as I can tell, they're all Unitarians.)

23 posted on 11/05/2007 4:57:35 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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To: MHT
220 Conni-bear
24 posted on 11/05/2007 4:57:42 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: MHT

Don’t forget to buy a setter with them they are pretty strong.


25 posted on 11/05/2007 5:00:29 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: MHT

I have a Tiki Bar in my back yard. When I first put in the 25 yards of sand around it, the neighborhood cats all came a runnin to use it at night for their litter box. Well, shooting the bastards was out of the question....the wife forbid it, so I set live traps with tuna fish as bate.

Had me a garbage can full of Ice Cold water nearby, being it was late October/early November. When i came out in the morning and noticed I caught another of 6 or 7, I would break thru that thin layer of ice and give them cats an old fashion Salem Witch Dunking in the Can of water. After about 10 or 11 good long Dunks, I would open up the trap and let out the immobilized animal. It took off like a bat outta hell and I have yet to see em around again...


26 posted on 11/05/2007 5:02:04 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: sit-rep

bate = bait... sorry...


27 posted on 11/05/2007 5:03:10 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: xzins
And pellet guns are silent and deadly.
If you want it reliably deadly, they're not that silent.
28 posted on 11/05/2007 5:07:47 AM PST by Lee N. Field ("Dispensationalism -- threat or menace?")
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To: MHT

Are you putting this in the religion forum, because you seek the advice of Pope Benedict? (As Cardinal Ratzinger, he’d drive the Vatican staff crazy by “adopting” many of Rome’s legendary feral cat population.)


29 posted on 11/05/2007 5:13:40 AM PST by dangus
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To: PAR35

I sure didn’t mean for this to be under religion. I thought I had put it under “general”, specifically “animal rights”. My problem as they are feral with no limitations has really become “human rights”.


30 posted on 11/05/2007 5:20:48 AM PST by MHT
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To: dangus

I thought I had put it in “general” and “animal rights”. For my crazy neighbor, the rights of stray animals IS her religion. I told her I was allergic to cats and it made no impression. Living next to her has tested my worthiness to enter Heaven. I thoroughly dislike most cats, especially these worthless strays and my contempt has been made manifest in my relationsip with her. She does nothing all day but puts out food and talks about how she loves animals. If she loved them so much, she’d make sure they were neutered.


31 posted on 11/05/2007 5:30:02 AM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

Well, if they are Catholic cats: Confirm them all, you’ll never see them again......


32 posted on 11/05/2007 5:44:40 AM PST by Cheverus
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To: Cheverus

Actually, they reproduce like the old reputation of Catholics in the pre-pill days.


33 posted on 11/05/2007 5:50:47 AM PST by MHT
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To: MHT

Strange that it is under the religion section. I know Pope Benedict XVI loves cats, but it is strange to have it here in the religion thread. =^..^=

Oh well, at least this is a first. =^..^=


34 posted on 11/05/2007 6:03:11 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Where I volunteer as a socializer at a local no-kill animal rescue shelter/adoption center ( in CT ), cat/kitten side of it, we work with other animal organizations to do a trap/spay/neuter/release program. This helps keep the number of feral and semi-feral cats down.

My shelter also places cats that cannot be adopted in regular home enviroments because they could get “agressive” towards people or other cats or other pets to farms/barns so that the mice rodent populations can be kept in check. =^..^=


35 posted on 11/05/2007 6:09:12 AM PST by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

a .22 loaded with colibri/ super colibri rounds is just as quiet and works just as well.


36 posted on 11/05/2007 6:14:41 AM PST by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: absolootezer0
As has been noted in the past ...

There's more than one way to skin a cat.

;'}

37 posted on 11/05/2007 6:17:32 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

38 posted on 11/05/2007 6:23:05 AM PST by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: ArrogantBustard

yup. my FiL, he goes straight for the k-bar, i think that a bit too much blade, i prefer my pendleton hunter.


39 posted on 11/05/2007 6:29:27 AM PST by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: absolootezer0
a .22 loaded with colibri/ super colibri rounds is just as quiet and works just as well.

IMO pellet rifles really are insufficient for culling humanely.

40 posted on 11/05/2007 6:29:29 AM PST by papertyger (changing words quickly metastasizes into changing facts -- Ann Coulter)
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To: MHT

"You say you got yourself a little cat problem?"

41 posted on 11/05/2007 6:30:06 AM PST by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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To: papertyger

depends entirely on where ya hit it.


42 posted on 11/05/2007 6:31:17 AM PST by absolootezer0 (Only two products have come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. Coincidence? i think not.)
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To: pandoraou812
-in my neighborhood you are shunned if you feed the birds - it attracts the bears.
43 posted on 11/05/2007 6:32:24 AM PST by tioga
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To: MHT

44 posted on 11/05/2007 6:33:32 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government, Benito Guilinni a short man in search of a balcony)
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To: MHT

do a google on feral cats I just did might be helpful.


45 posted on 11/05/2007 6:34:43 AM PST by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END Welfare)
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To: PAR35
Or, a third. You could introduce coyotes to the neighborhood.

Don't you watch Roadrunner cartoons? Coyotes are that stupid in real life, too. I lived in Arizona and Montana where coyotes and feral cats were common. The cats won because coyotes would rather raid garbage cans.

46 posted on 11/05/2007 6:35:42 AM PST by CholeraJoe ("Gunners til I die!")
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To: papertyger

Just so I know the lay of the land here...am I the only one that thinks catch, neuter, release is inhumane?


47 posted on 11/05/2007 6:36:33 AM PST by papertyger (changing words quickly metastasizes into changing facts -- Ann Coulter)
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To: television is just wrong

catch and neuter programs all over the world. used to control these populations of feral cats.


48 posted on 11/05/2007 6:39:15 AM PST by television is just wrong (deport all illegal aliens NOW. Put all AMERICANS TO WORK FIRST. END Welfare)
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To: absolootezer0
depends entirely on where ya hit it.

I disagree. Cops don't carry .22s for a reason, though the .22 has taken just about every game animal known to man.

49 posted on 11/05/2007 6:44:03 AM PST by papertyger (changing words quickly metastasizes into changing facts -- Ann Coulter)
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To: absolootezer0

interstingly, a high end gammo pellet gun has higher fps and energy than a .22. pretty lethal out to 40 yards.

get a scope on it too.


50 posted on 11/05/2007 6:49:39 AM PST by beebuster2000 (choice is not not peace or war, but small war now, or big war later masquerading as peace now.)
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