Since he can’t gain access to the outdoor intruder, he lashes out at the nearest feline, canine or even human family member. Just because YOU know the outdoor cat can’t get inside doesn’t mean your cat understands that. If you know who owns the cat you can attempt to talk to the neighbor but that’s a very touchy situation. If there’s a chance you can tactfully talk to your neighbor about keeping their cat indoors, then go for it but keep in mind that people can get extremely defensive when confronted about a pet’s behavior. Why is the Cat Attracted to Your Yard?
It will help if you know why a cat has started coming into your yard. If you have a bird feeder set up and it’s attracting the local feline population then the easiest solution is to stop feeding the birds or invest in a fence to keep unwanted animals off your property. Sometimes an outdoor cat keeps coming into the yard because he sees your own cat. If your cat is allowed outdoors then the safest solution is to confine your cat to the indoors. Outdoor cats may see an indoor cat in the window and make return visits. Some outdoor cats also just come around because they’re curious about your cat or are attempting to claim a bigger territory for themselves.
If you feed your cat outdoors then that will most likely attract other cats to the area. Don’t grow catnip outdoors either because that sends out an open invitation to every feline in the neighborhood. The easiest way is to make your yard unattractive to them. One effective way to do that is through a motion-activated lawn sprinkler. When setting up a motion-activated water sprinkler, be careful that you don’t place it where people walk. If the uninvited cat is coming into your yard to use your garden as a litter box, install some garden mesh or chicken wire just under the top layer of soil.
This will make it difficult and uncomfortable for the cat to dig and scratch around. When placing the mesh, cut holes for the plants and you can pretty much create a cat-free garden zone. Keep outdoor sandboxes totally covered when your children aren’t playing. Because cats don’t tend to like the scent of citrus, some people place citrus peels along their garden but I don’t advise that because you’ll end up attracting other animals such as raccoons. You don’t want to trade one problem for another. Many times, an indoor cat who escaped or got lost may look dirty if he has been out for a while.
So it’s always a wise choice to check for a microchip. If it isn’t safe to handle the cat, contact your local shelter or local feline rescue organization for advice. They can come and help rescue the cat with a humane trap or provide you with instructions on how to trap the cat on your own. Keep in mind that your safety is crucial and a terrified cat can cause VERY serious injury to you. Unless you’re skilled at humanely trapping a cat, let experts help you. You can also find more specific information on redirected aggression in case your indoor cat is displaying this behavior as a result of seeing an unfamiliar cat in the yard. Contact your local shelter or feline rescue organization for more help with trapping cats.
Remember, your safety must come first. Permalink to How Often Should My Cat Poop? How Often Should My Cat Poop? We were already having problems inside between two male cats, one being a stray we’d taken in, the other a long time family member cat. When the neighbor’s cat sprayed our glass doors it only added to the upsets. The device mentioned above did help keep him away and using the recommendations in your books, things are much better inside these days.
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