I bought this house with a terrible problem. Cats were always in my yard
and you know what they left behind.
The answer? Red pepper, cayenne, I use the ground in the 16 oz resturant
pack that I get from Sams for about $3. Sprinkle it first where they poop,
then on the fence where the cats walk and all around the edges of the yard
the thickest. Then if there is any left I just sprinkle the rest around the
rest of the yard. It takes about two weeks, but the cats quickly learn that
if they go in your yard they are going to experience pain in their
resperatory system, and when they lick their little paws, they experience a
new level of heat in their mouth. This causes no harm to the cat other than
what you feel when you eat a pepper. No more cats in my yard.
One more option is called Critter Ridder. It is available at most garden
stores. I've seen it here at Lowes. It is about $20 for two lbs. of it. I
have not used it though, the pepper works for me and it's cheeper.
In Texas it is not illegal. I suspect that some other states might also use
the same logic.
Cats are not considered the same as dogs here (domesticated). You can shoot
gun in most localities here and it does work to keep the cats from your
yard. You do
not even have to be a good shot; the cats do not like the noise of the
pellet against the
The local police explained it very carefully to me. They did suggest cayenne
an alternative. My neighbor was incensed. What a hag anyway...the cat was
lost for 2
weeks while in heat and she called the police on me, saying I must have
killed her cat.
Innnocent...but my kids laughed.....
Jim Yanik wrote:
it may not be illegal, but it may not be that smart either depending on
who's cat it is. and it certainly gets you to the top of the ass**** list
in my book...
please dont shoot cats. if you are too stupid to get them out of your yard
without hurting them, you really shouldnt be handling a gun...
I was not recommending the killing of cats, merely clarifying that it isn't
always illegal in every state. One must also consider that while it may be
legal to shoot a stray cat in this state, it is illegal to discharge a
firearm within the city limits. In the county, it's ok. In this state it is
illegal to kill someone's else's pet unless it is attacking you or has
rabies, however, many owners let their pets roam, they become a nuisance and
then the pets simply "disappear". Part of owning a pet is acting in a
responsible manner and keeping your animals in your own yard. Right or
wrong, if pets become a nuisance, someone, sooner or later, will end the
nuisance by making the animal disappear. Again, not my recommendation, only
stating the way it is.
$84.99 is a little steep, but factoring in the entertainment aspect, it
becomes reasonable. I have a problem with my two dogs going to the gate at
0600 and barking at the kids going to school. I think I am going to try
That sounds like a good idea. However, on the motion lights I have seen,
they have a timer that turns them off. This timer is adjustable. But it
starts at about 15 seconds for a test to several minutes. I don't want
water spraying for several minutes, but only for a few seconds. Am I
missing something here? Where do I get the on/off motion activated
component that only comes on for a couple of seconds?
I don't have a clue, but I would start at Home Depot...*occasionally*
those guys are helpful. My motion detectors out front for the lights
are set at one minute, so that might work. Maybe if the cat hauls ass
for a second and decides to wait it out, maybe it'll get bored before
the minute is up. Probably not though, it *is* a cat.
You can have it in real time mode if you want. Instant on/off.
I am EE background, what I had at my last house, I just built
one myself out of my junk box tapping the water off sprinkler system.
In the case of light, yes, you wouldn't want instant on/off which will
be useless then. Motion sensor which detects motion works many different
ways. Infrared based one will work from the cat's heat. It does not have
to be in motion.
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