Whether you live in the city or the country, it can be difficult to keep stray cats from coming onto your property. Stray cats can bring fleas into your yard, which might get tracked into your home and onto any pets you might have. It can also tear up your garden, dig holes, and scatter dirt. If you have birdhouses, plants that attract butterflies, or other animals in your yard, a stray can kill them quickly. If you want to keep cats out of your yard, keep reading while we discuss several different methods you can try.
Why Do Stray Cats Come On My Property?
There are several reasons why stray cats will come to your property.
Cats have a complex method of marking their territory. There is a good chance that the cats that visit your yard do so because they consider it part of their environment. A territory can be several miles long, so the cat can take more than one day to return. Some stray cats can even detect a cat in your home and could come to your property to challenge your pet for the territory.
Many people don’t realize that a garden can provide a perfect place for cats to breed. The plants provide excellent cover, and if you don’t spend a lot of time out there during the day, they might feel as if they have the place to themselves.
As we mentioned earlier, if you have birdhouses in your yard or a garden with plants that attract butterflies, they can attract cats looking for the hunt. Birds can provide a good source of food for a stray cat, and if your feeder makes it easy to get a meal, it will spend a lot of time in your yard.
Besides birds and butterflies, stray cats can come to your yard for other foods, including mice, rabbits, or other rodents. It might also detect food in your garbage can that it is trying to acquire.
How Can I Prevent Cats From Coming On My Property?
There are several steps you can take to help deter stray cats from coming onto your property.
What To Avoid
We recommend avoiding methods that can harm the cat, like poison or using a weapon. While there is a good chance the cat visiting your yard is feral, it can also be someone’s pet, and you could end up with a lawsuit by using these methods. Attempting to scare the cat can cause it to become aggressive, leading to it attacking you or your family members or causing more damage to your yard.
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Of the methods described above, we found that sealing up the garbage, raising the bird feeders, and using enzyme cleaners worked well to get rid of the cats visiting our yard. If the cats are persistent, we recommend finding out how they are coming in and placing cedar ships around the area with some chicken wire. After a few days, the cats should stop coming around.
We hope you have enjoyed reading over this guide and found a few tricks you want to try out. If we have helped eliminate your unwanted guests, please share this guide to keeping cats away from your garden on Facebook and Twitter.
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