There are many reasons you’d want to keep stray cats away from your yard.
It is no secret to bird lovers that cats killing birds is one of the greatest threats to bird conservation. Feral cats, cat colonies, outdoor pets, stray cats, and neighborhood cats all kill thousands of birds every year.
Regardless of whether you are a bird lover or a homeowner who simply does not wish to have stray cats leaving droppings on the front lawn, there are many easy and practical techniques to discourage stray cats from invading your property and calling it their home.
Today, we’re going to discuss some humane and thoughtful methods of discouraging cats from making frequent visits to your yard. Check out the full guide below.
What Is a Community Cat?
A community cat, also known as a feral cat, is an unowned cat that lives outdoors. Similar to household cats, community cats belong to the domestic cat species. However, community cats are generally not socialized and are therefore not friendly to people. This makes them very difficult to adopt.
Cats living outside is nothing new. It was only until around the late 1940s that some cats began living exclusively indoors. What makes community cats different is that they can truly thrive in outdoor environments.
Why Are There Community Cats in My Neighborhood?
As mentioned earlier, community cats live outdoors. Like almost all other animals, community cats settle where food and shelter are readily available. Their instincts make it easy for them to locate these on their own.
Because community cats are unsocialized, they cannot live indoors with people. Community cats, therefore, should not be taken to animal shelters. Chances are, the stray cat that you’re thinking of bringing to an animal shelter will simply be killed.
There are more effective and humane ways of discouraging stray cats from stepping foot on your property.
Problems With Feral & Stray Cats
Stray cats not only kill birds and other wildlife but may also cause other problems when they get used to visiting the same yards. For example, your carefully cultivated flower beds can become litter boxes. Or maybe your garden shed will become the breeding ground for litters of unwanted cats.
Trees, fences, and other structures may serve as territorial markers for spraying males. If you have other pets on your property, stray cats may act aggressively towards them as a way of disputing territory. Also, wandering cats may even be carriers of diseases.
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