This has been going on ~ years. Awful. I
I finally closed the cat door. Cat has to go through my bedroom and out
part-open window. Iffy when guests using space!
I've been on-line several times looking for repellants. They seem to come
in (a) odor -- ammonia, etc. and (b) taste - various concoctions of capsai
cisn, onion, and other ingredients. All need periodic renewal after rain.
The below solution from an on-line contributor is intriguing.
Anybody ever try it?
"...raccoons seem to love to get into the enclosed area above our front por
ch, the only thing I I have found to work is to place an old clock radio pl
aying a talk radio station at just a low enough volume that we don't notice
it in the daytime but the human voices do keep away the raccoons at night,
the old radio finally crapped out and sure enough the racoons were back.."
Thanks for any input
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.
I heard (but never actually experienced) that a large cage trap (e.g.,
Havahart) baited with sardines will catch but not harm a raccoon. Then
your local fish and game agency might advise you on how to relocate it.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean, see
I've done it. I use peanut butter which catches practically every
critter. Only problem I have is my trap is groundhog size and will not
catch the larger raccoons as it will not close on them.
Picture I probably posted before:
Catch and release laws vary. Here you can catch and kill but not
release. I do it anyway and once released a squirrel in the park near a
cop who said nothing.
They make special pet doors that only open for your pet. Like this:
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
I've seen others that have a special device that hangs on your pets
collar that triggers the door. The version above, company, also sells an
external chip for a collar. Scroll down to "Customers also bought" on
same page. Just another idea...
On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:38:48 AM UTC-7, Leon Fisk wrote:
Right, Leon - hic jacet lapin! I looked at electronic doors in the past for my chipped cat, but alas, there's a chain of events - involving replacing the actual house door -- that's too expensive for me at the moment.
An electronic collar tag wouldn't do it. He loses collars as fast as I can buy them and pay extra to have his info engraved on a tag.
Can't you just replace/substitute one in place of the old pet door?
It doesn't have to be perfect. Perfection can wait till you have the
funds to replace the house door. In the meantime you'll be happier,
your guests will be happier, the kitty will get in and out and
best of all the raccoon/critters won't be a bother...
Raccoons are very clever and persistent. All the other solutions
(odors, noises...) they will eventually figure out and be problematic
If it wasn't such a long drive I'd be willing to help with it ;-)
My solution works best... my indoor cats never go out and my outdoor
cats never come in. My outdoor cats are ferals, born in my barn.
Ferals have excellent outdoor survival skills and are far stronger and
more agile than indoor cats, they can climb a fifty foot tree as well
as a squirrel, they can climb thirty feet up into my barn rafters
faster than the eye can see. Ferals weigh twice as much as house cats
but without an ounce of fat, they are 25-30 pounds of solid rippling
muscle... natural selection ensures only the strongest, healthiest,
and those with the best skills survive. Winters get frigid here in
the northern Catskills (-20º/-30º is normal) so I provide heated
houses and heated water bowls for them on my deck, and they are very
well fed. They are very happy being outdoor cats, but they are very
leery of humans so don't interact much, only a couple will let me pet
them for about two seconds, and then back off, the rest won't come
near but wait at a distance to be fed and only approach once I close
the door and back away. All these habits ensure their survival. My
indoor cats are essentially couch potatoes, they can climb into bed,
and have never had to face outdoor preditors, they are very happy
being house cats, they've no desire to go outside... their experience
with a pet door is the one in my basement door that they use in summer
when the AC is on so I'm not cooling the basement. I think letting
housecats go outdoors if cruel, most will be short lived. I have six
regular ferals that sleep in their heated houses on my deck but
there's a large community of ferals that all watch out for each other,
even the coyotes here won't mess with 20-30 huge feral cats, lest the
coyotes get shredded... the raccoons and 'possums don't stand a chance
with feral cats because unlike the loner bobcats the ferals are team
mates. Only the skunks get to steal cat food.
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