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danepak

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#311196 22-Dec-2023 11:25
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Got a bit on an issue with a cat (let's call it Lenny) in the neighbourhood. Lenny often enters our garden in the middle of the night.

 

Our own cat Binky (indoor cat) starts hissing and before you know it, you have a bit of a concert going on between the two.

 

Not a lot of fun, especially not at 3am in the morning.

 

We've tried to move Binky into another room, but 'Lenny' can also find a spot to get in contact with Binky from there, so still...concert in the middle of the night.

 

I often find myself spending 4-5 hours a day driving, due to my job (I cover an area which includes Auckland, Waikato and BOP) and needless to say that driving large distances with 3-5 hours of sleep isn't ideal.

 

I've tried to speak to Lenny's owners, but they don't really seem to care too much about this.

 

 

 

So, I'm trying to look for solutions to keep Lenny out of my garden.

 

Someone tells me to throw water at it. But it's not easy to open the door and run out and throw water at Lenny - as Lenny is a cat and cats run fast (I basically have less than 2 secs before Lenny's gone).

 

Then I've seen the ultrasonic cat deterrents, but read mixed reviews.

 

Has anyone tried them? And lets say it goes on in the middle of the night - would this scare Binky as well (although Binky is inside?).

 

 

 

Any tips/advice are much appreciated.

 

 

 

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  #3174492 22-Dec-2023 11:30
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Those sensors don't work well based on my personal experience.

 

I don't have an alternative solution for you though.





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danepak

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  #3174496 22-Dec-2023 11:36
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heavenlywild:

 

Those sensors don't work well based on my personal experience.

 

I don't have an alternative solution for you though.

 

 

All good.

 

One solution could be to tell Lenny's owners that next time Lenny wakes us up, I'll walk over and ring their doorbell to wake them up too.


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  #3174500 22-Dec-2023 11:44
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Used to have a neighbours cat that decided to use the garden under our lounge window as a toilet.
I ended up getting a Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler, cat quickly moved on.

 

If its possible to position it where "Lenny" enters your property, this might deter. 

 

 




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  #3174518 22-Dec-2023 12:11
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We have an ultrasonic cat deterrent. 

 

 

 

There has been a noticeable decrease in the amount of cat shit on the grass in the area it covers. However the offending cat has moved its toilet spot from the back lawn to the front lawn. 

 

 

 

It's also a somewhat unpleasant noise. 

 

 

 

I am investigating a live trap as the next escalation - catch, hose down the offender, release. 


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  #3174520 22-Dec-2023 12:13
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eluSiveNZ:

 

Used to have a neighbours cat that decided to use the garden under our lounge window as a toilet.
I ended up getting a Scarecrow motion activated sprinkler, cat quickly moved on.

 

If its possible to position it where "Lenny" enters your property, this might deter. 

 

 

 

 

That's not a bad idea. I will look into the motion activated sprinkler.

 

You wouldn't happen to know if it's timer activated?

 

And yes, I've got a good idea of where Lenny enters the property.


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  #3174521 22-Dec-2023 12:14
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cddt:

 

We have an ultrasonic cat deterrent. 

 

 

 

There has been a noticeable decrease in the amount of cat shit on the grass in the area it covers. However the offending cat has moved its toilet spot from the back lawn to the front lawn. 

 

 

 

It's also a somewhat unpleasant noise. 

 

 

 

I am investigating a live trap as the next escalation - catch, hose down the offender, release. 

 

 

Live trap - now there's an idea.

 

Feel free to share any info with me around this.


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https://www.pncc.govt.nz/Services/Dogs-and-other-animals/Cats/Nuisance-cats




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  #3175100 24-Dec-2023 00:52
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Those ultrasonic deterrents don’t work. We’ve got 3x Indoor cats so sometimes have the same problem. 

 

If you know whose cat it is then ask them nicely to lock their cat inside overnight. I absolutely hate people who let their cats roam overnight as that’s when they get into the most trouble. 

 

Otherwise, motion activated sprinkler.

 

Just on the point of the fact this is somebody’s pet I know the draw is to catch it but these can seriously freak out a cat causing potential injuries as they struggle to get out while they’re in their fight or flight mode. I would recommend against this only doing it as an absolute last resort. 





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