Knock yourself out. But I have no need of cat repellant so make it the
raccoon/possum repellant. I'm almost out. I used to have a huge problem
with those pests until I tried this stuff. It works exactly as
advertised and I haven't seen a raccoon or opossum in my yard in nearly
Here\'s some of my work:
This was covered some time back:
STATE OF ILLINOIS
SPRINGFIELD, April 23, 1949.
To the Honorable, the Members of the Senate of the Sixth-sixth General
I herewith return, without my approval, Senate Bill No. 93, entitled, "An
Act to Provide Protection to Insectivorous Birds by Restraining Cats." This
is the so-called "Cat Bill." I veto and withhold my approval from this Bill
for the following reasons:
It would impose fines on owners or keepers who permitted their cats to run
at large off their premises. It would permit any person to capture or call
upon the police to pick up and imprison cats at large. It would permit the
use of traps. The bill would have statewide application -- on farms, in
villages, and in metropolitan centers.
This legislation has been introduced in the past several sessions of the
Legislature, and it has, over the years, been the source of much comment --
not all of which has been in a serious vein. It may be that the General
Assembly has now seen fit to refer it to one who can view it with a fresh
outlook. Whatever the reasons for passage at this session, I cannot believe
there is a widespread public demand for this law or that it could, as a
practical matter, be enforced.
Furthermore, I cannot agree that it should be the declared public policy of
Illinois that a cat visiting a neighbor's yard or crossing the highway is a
public nuisance. It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of
unescorted roaming. Many live with their owners in apartments or other
restricted premises, and I doubt if we want to make their every brief foray
an opportunity for a small game hunt by zealous citizens -- with traps or
otherwise. I am afraid this Bill could only create discord, recrimination
and enmity. Also consider the owner's dilemma: To escort a cat abroad on a
leash is against the nature of the cat, and to permit it to venture forth
for exercise unattended into a night of new dangers is against the nature of
the owner. Moreover, cats perform useful service, particularly in rural
areas, in combating rodents -- work they necessarily perform alone and
without regard for property lines.
We are all interested in protecting certain varieties of birds. That cats
destroy some birds, I well know, but I believe this legislation would
further but little the worthy cause to with its proponents give such
unselfish effort. The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we
attempt to resolve it by legislation why knows but what we may be called
upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird
versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois
and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to
control feline delinquency.
For these reasons, and not because I love birds the less or cats the more, I
veto and withhold my approval from Senate Bill No. 93.
ADLAI E. STEVENSON, Governor
Agreed. I no longer have any outdoor cats and the rodent population has
grown horrendously in just two years. I'm in the boonies and for 25 years
all my cats were feral strays who wandered up to the house and decided that
beds and canned food were really great things to have, at least at night.
During the day, however, even in the dead of winter, most of the feral
kitties were killing machines. My remaining three are indoor-only cats that
I inherited when a relative died. They've never been out and since we have
coyotes I just don't want to let them out since they don't show any interest
anyway. They do just great with the occasional indoor varmint, but I would
LOVE to have the closest neighbor's cat come over and clear my yard.
Unfortunately that kitty is getting old and rarely leaves his own acreage,
plus there are enough rodents within a few feet of his porch that he has no
need to come all the way over here. I WISH I had the OPs "problem".
One of my neighbors' cats buries it's "output". The problem is that it does
this on my vegetable garden.
I actually went out and bought (ten bucks) a length of chicken wire to
surround the garden, but it just hops over that.
I'll be taking the chicken wire down next year and electrifying the garden
until the little POS learns to stay out.
All my cats, past and present came from prisons. What a humble bunch.
Darby will walk to the mail box, listen when I tell her something. I'm
amazed at how many words dogs and cats understand.
Oh, Jessie met my boat for fresh fish. I miss her.
Gosh cats like fresh fish....
I acquired my only pet cat by marriage....neutered male cat about 8 y/o.
Had some bad habits, as did his master, when I joined up. I have
never before, and will never be again, a "cat person". Hubby had stacks
of important papers on the kitchen counter, some stained with cat urine.
Yuck! Cat had habit of jumping onto the dining room table to
nap...and, bless his heart, did not like to be scolded. Most gentle,
mellow cat I've ever seen. Soon was successful in teaching him to stay
off food surfaces and d.r. table. He had horrible infest. of fleas, and
tolerated baths and flea dips until topical stuff for cats came out.
When I resorted to the strongest flea dip I could find, he tolerated it
very well....no fussing or fighting, but he disappeared right afterward.
When I searched the house to find him, I found him in the washing
machine on top of the clothes waiting to be washed :o)
When he began to lose weight, we took him to the vet and found out he
had a tumor, probably cancer. We began to give him special treats, like
regular tuna. Within a couple of months, he behaved as if he was in
pain, which was only as he got into and out of his box. When he was in
pain, we took him to the vet and he was euthanized, age about 13. Hubby
was his third owner, two previous owners deceased. He had always been
an indoor cat, and I would never have let him out alone....we had an
injured, mutilated cat crawl into our condo atrium one night and that
was not a pretty sight. There are racoons and coyotes almost
everywhere, including the city where I live. A pet lives with humans.
Wild animals roam freely. Pets don't belong on the streets, picking up
diseases and injuries.
Agreed. Didn't anyone watch the book/movie *Never Cry Wolf* ? I feed
birds, and have three cats. I am careful to feed birds in ways that do
not create an ambush for the feeding birds, and my three cats rarely
catch a bird. What they do catch is the mice that come in from the
fields looking for my food supply.
I already have 3 INDOOR cats. I simply can't afford to care for any more
cats, plus there's no guarantee that a cat up for adoption would be suited
to going outside (used to dealing with coyotes and badgers, etc.)
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.