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Pet Behavior => Feral Cats and Dogs => Topic started by: catmom5 on August 24, 2013, 01:59:08 PM



Title: Cody question
Post by: catmom5 on August 24, 2013, 01:59:08 PM
Hello,
As most of you know, I have another outdoor cat from across the street. Cody is here for meals and lots of TLC when she is in the mood. She hangs out under some bushes, and chases Miss Kitty out of "her yard" should MK attempt to come into it. Well, what's happening now is that Cody is peeing and spraying in the flower bed right under my bedroom window and near the back door. With the heat, I am starting to smell cat pee and do not want that to continue.
Does anyone have any ideas what I might put in that area to prevent her from using it as a litter box? It's right next to my patio, too, so that makes it even less pleasant.

Thanks for any ideas!
catmom5


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: petslave on August 24, 2013, 02:17:43 PM
I'm not sure what they are putting in the outdoor pet repellants now, but seems like they were rather toxic in the past.  Cats don't like strong herbal scents like lavender, cinnamon, etc - maybe you can put some essential oil on cloths and drape them around that area.  Those have worked well for me in the house, but it might diffuse quickly outside.     


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: catbird on August 25, 2013, 05:45:00 AM
I've never tried it, but I've heard of people using orange peels for problems like this, since supposedly cats hate the scent.


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: caylee on August 25, 2013, 05:58:00 AM
If you don't have a watering ban in your area, maybe leaving a lawn soaker running in those areas when Cody is likely to be in your yard. The water would also help in keeping the odor in check.


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: lesliek on August 25, 2013, 06:40:04 AM
If there's room to add more mulch, try cedar . They don't like the smell of that either .


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: catmom5 on August 25, 2013, 02:11:36 PM
Thanks for your ideas.

Oh, and I got my first "I love you" from an outdoor cat - a dead chipmunk. I told her what a good hunter she is and thanked her for the present, but mentioned that I prefer my chipmunks alive and well.  :P

cm5


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: lesliek on August 25, 2013, 03:20:28 PM
I don't think you really want alive & well, with your luck they would bring it inside for you !


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: catmom5 on August 25, 2013, 04:16:42 PM
Cody is outside all the time. She's a scrapper and would go after my inside girls, I'm afraid! She is a big mushbug, though and if I could find an inside home for a cat who needs to be an only, is 13 and has been known to pee in the house (with good reason, I suspect) I'll deliver!

ETA: Now Mr Tommy is having a peeing contest with Cody, I guess. Watched him walk across the yard, closest to HIS feeder, and leaving a signal that that's his spot. Great!!!!


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: mikken on August 25, 2013, 06:11:54 PM
I've heard of the orange/lemon/lime peels thing as well.  Certainly worth a try.

Hooray peeing contests.  Bleh.


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: GKit on September 09, 2013, 11:58:21 AM
How is it going with Tommy and Cody, catmom5?  Pee wars are no fun, but it's, er, kind of encouraging that Tommy's feeling secure enough to stand his ground, as it were?


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: catmom5 on September 09, 2013, 12:55:17 PM
Thanks for asking about my outdoor cats. Cody has a kitty tube and feeding station set up on one end of the house, Tommy has his at the opposite end. Tommy, to his credit, figured out that he can get to his area without walking through Cody's so that's how he handles it. So, no more pee wars!!! However, just to keep things interesting, Miss Kitty (who is arch-enemy of Cody) is hanging out here now, too. I woke up this morning to some cat noise, but everyone seems to be okay. I mean, there's a whole lot of neighborhood, I don't know why they have to argue over my yard!

Now if I could get our two inside visitors into a forever home, things would be back to normal.

catmom5


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: GKit on September 10, 2013, 02:20:39 PM
Good boy Tommy!  :)  There may be a lot of neighborhood, but I think all the kitties know a good home when they see one, catmom5.   ;)


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: lesliek on September 10, 2013, 03:34:07 PM
I think there is a blinking neon sign only visible to cats on our yards !  ;D ;) Seems like once you feed 1 feral , you get all from a several mile radius . At least you know they are eating & drinking regularly & getting some attention .


Title: Re: Cody question
Post by: Mandycat on September 10, 2013, 06:34:56 PM
I think there is a blinking neon sign only visible to cats on our yards !  ;D ;) Seems like once you feed 1 feral , you get all from a several mile radius . At least you know they are eating & drinking regularly & getting some attention .


The same thing seems to apply to birds and squirrels!  Fill the feeders and in 5 minutes the whole population of the neighborhood show up to chow down!  They must have a secret communication network!   :D