The amount of stray and wild (feral) cats that populate areas such as alley ways and open areas not regularly tended to, such as lots and backyards, equals numbers reaching tens of millions. The difference between stray and feral cats is that the former consists of cats that started out with an owner but have been separated at some point while the latter were born and raised in the wild. Both of these kinds of cats tend to ruin gardens with its fecal matter, sit around on cars and other vehicles, eat food intended for other pets, urinate on street posts and the like, and cause disturbances with their incessant meowing and fights. They spread diseases and parasites such as fleas and ticks while roaming around to other pets or even children, which makes it even more urgent to know how to get rid of cats. 

How to Keep Unwanted Cats Out of Your Property

The following points explains how to get rid of cats in an easy and friendly manner:

Do not feed the cats

This action conditions them to stay as it is easier to obtain food. This can lead to even more cats appearing. Do not leave pet food out in open areas that cats can reach. Do not feed its potential prey, such as birds or pet mice, either for the cat may eat these, too. Secure garbage in proper disposal bins with lids shut tight to ensure the cats cannot go through what they can find.


Eliminate potential homes and make it hard to dig

Cats find shelter in a warm, dry place to ensure protection from the dangers of the outdoors. If they are unable to find a suitable place, they will move on. Put a fence on your deck or porch, and keep openings closed and sealed off.

Cats usually dig the soil before they use it as a litter box. Discourage them by lining your garden with chicken wire


Obtain motion-activated sprinklers

Devices like motion sensing lights, can detect stimuli when the signal between the source and the receptor of light is disrupted. Cats do not like being surprised with bursts of water so they will avoid passing through that place a second time. Aim the device opposite to areas where it will be unnecessarily detected, such as driveways and sidewalks where passers-by can set it off.


Make use of repellents

Although cats like strong odors, such as that emitted by fish, they dislike others. Cats have a particular disliking for citrus scented things, so you can use orange and lemon peels. Other common house hold wastes, such as coffee grounds and essential oils that contain citronella, lavender, and eucalyptus are also known to repel cats. Simply spray or scatter these on the perimeter of your house and backyard. You can also cut out the spiky parts of certain house hold items, like carpet runners, and put these on the areas cats usually lounge on, such as windowsills, porches, or other furniture outside your house. Cat sprays commercially marketed are also available for long lasting and heavy duty effects. 


Consider natural means of scaring cats

Doing this is usually effective enough to keep cats away from your property. Get a dog and place rubber snakes where the cat will see it. The presence of their natural enemies will ward them off.


Apply the urine of animals that prey on cats

Use the urine of foxes or coyotes to keep feral cats away. This method is not recommended for those who live in rainy areas and require constant reapplication. 


Use ammonia

Cats use gardens or soft dirt as litter boxes so apply a solution consisting of one part “Parsons Ammonia” and one part water. Place it in a shallow dish in these areas. The smell of this will make the cats go way because they dislike the smell. You can also spray this in areas where cats frequent. 


Apply pepper or pepper spray around the area

This bothers cats while they are grooming by giving them spicy paws. The cats will eventually learn that this feeling is caused by your place and will soon leave. Apply these wherever you see the cats like under your porch, at the back of you patio, or in your shed.


Use cat traps

They are most humane and works best in getting rid of cats for those who want long-term effects. After catching them, have the cats spayed or neutered. Acquire a cat trap, either a plastic or metal trap, with a door. Place bait such as sardines, tuna, or cat food, and put the trap on a passage way that cats frequently use in your neighborhood. Once caught, do not let it out, as feral cats are known to bite or scratch when scared. Instead, use a blanket to cover the trap and calm down the cat. 


Contact animal control or your local humane society

This may be the quickest way on how to get rid of cats. Do this if you notice that the number of feral cats in your neighborhood is increasing. They will either handle the problem by themselves or help you by bringing traps to put around areas where these cats gather most.


Take feral cats to animal shelters

Because feral cats have lived all their life in the wild, domestication of these would prove difficult given their wild nature. Kittens are easier to deal with as they can still be trained and be adopted. Have kittens tested for health issues at a local animal shelter before putting them up for adoption. Using live traps, adult cats can be captured, spared or neutered. There are some programs being offered by the Humane Society. Through these, you are able to rent traps, which encourage you to catch the cat, and bring it to the office of this organization. They then spay or neuter the animal and put it back in the wild. 

  • Look for the owner. If you know that the cat belongs to someone, call that person or anyone you think is associated with them. Be nice to the person, and ask about the health of the cat, telling them that you care about what they have to say. Tell them about the problems they have caused you and recommend a possible solution.
  • Consider the presence of cats when landscaping. Cats are attracted to mint plants. They may also like certain types of honeysuckle, which brings about reactions similar to that of catnip.
  • Do not harm the cat. This is cruel and inhumane, not to mention it is illegal in several states.

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  • KentOct.16 21:03
    We had three feral pregnant cats dropped in our neighborhood early June. They had eleven kittens only one of which we've been able to socialize. The FCS will only spay and neuter if we trap, get fixed and return to our property. In our area no agencies are doing relocations at this time. The Humane Society will only take socialized cats. We are open to suggestions.
  • DonnaOct.12 17:20
    We've had a "wild" cat for over two years now. I had her spayed once she had kittens. Only one survived due to hawks, but mostly owls. We kept the one who survived and was going to get this one fixed as well until SHE become pregnant. (These cats have finally trusted me enough to just touch their heads. I welcome them in all honesty because we see no mice is our shop and the snake situation has improved a lot.) Getting back to younger cat... She brought her kittens close to our home so I know they are old enough to be weaned. I'm setting a trap for the mom now. She will be spayed and have rabies shot. What am I to do with these "wild" kittens??? Two is fine.. Five, no way!! Our shelter will put them down; but honestly doesn't want them at all, our cat shelter of sort won't take them, and they hiss and slap at me when I try to bring them food. Trapping them would be fine if I had a place to bring them. I may have homes for them IF they weren't wild. I won't be able to keep them from their mom once she returns. Any suggestions?
  • Peopke HaterOct.12 09:48
    Y'all are bunch of pussy ass cry babies. Sounds like a scared bunny. Fuck you all
  • sue mitchelOct.11 04:51
    I have dealing with ferals, strays and abandoned cats for some time now. I live in a packed housing complex and there was TNR done before I got here but I cant identify any one taking care of the colony. I took over putting some food out after a neighbor who did so moved away. The cats got really desperate and tried to find out what food and water my cat was getting constant coming into our yard and trying to get into the house...People have told me to just stop feeding them and they will go away. We live in a semi industrial area with chain link fences, major roads, and train tracks surrounding us. They do not just go way. They just get really desperate and do wild things to service. TNR is only workable in limited situations. Feral cats should not be turned out into the wild ever and they should not be turned lose in neighborhoods without a guardian. In both cases many cats still suffer, leave fecal matter and reduce bird and other wildlife populations. I am very sorry to say that we need to reverse the newer no kill policy and allow shelters to do what they can to adopt out what they can and just euthanize the others. ASPCA can try and create sensible colonies, if there is such a thing. We long ago stopped letting allow our dog situation to be like this in most places. It's time to deal with cats for real.
  • Catman in LaosSep.25 02:43
    Most of you will 'Hate Me !' ... I am one of those people who feed the feral cats, however, I'm stuck between a tree and a hard rock as they say, I hate the idea of killing one of Gods creatures, so ... I have put chicken wire up around the house and that does work, but you 'must' cover even the tinniest of holes or they'll push their way in and use your roof/ceiling as a breeding ground, true to keep all other food sources covered (Rubbish Bins ... Trash Can's to the Americans ...) this is a huge prevention measure, keep your property clean of old items that cats can shelter in from the weather or in fact place they can keep their kittens, keeping your property clean in that senses also has bonuses of not housing other creatures such as rats and snakes .... cats when they sleep, often prefer to sleep at higher levels, e.g. shelves and alike, either do away with the shelves, or keep them nicely stacked to prevent the cats sleeping their ... finally, I restrict the amount of food that I give them and strictly keep to a time frame for feeding, I rarely see the cats around my home during the day, only at feeding times and they are actually there waiting ... I average around 10 cats, the regulars tend to hiss, spit and keep the new comers away, knowing that there's only enough food for the regulars, and it really seems to work ... sorry for those of you who hate cats so much, I guess I'm the same about dogs, both immediate neighbours have dogs so 'my' cats aren't hanging around next door. I figured if I cannot eliminate the problem 100%, then meet the situation half way ...
  • ToneaSep.16 17:08
    I have feral cats that come onto my porch and tear up my brand new furniture but they only are there when I am either gone or asleep i can never catch them. I have only had my furniture a week and they have scratched off the bamboo and tore the material to were the stuffing is coming out of the cushions I am totally lost.
  • Diana PitzerAug.14 11:34
    Please do not relocate to a farm. We don't want the cats either.
  • Mary ClavertonAug.12 02:47
    I lived next door to the "crazy cat lady." Well, "lady" is not the right word, but I'll try not to be profane. She's been feeding every stray cat for years, keeps several inside her house, and others in outbuildings. None are ever spayed or neutered, none are every vaccinated. The city has ordinances about "nuisance cats" they don't enforce. While Animal Control will trap cats, they can't go inside her house where she hides the adults, so they only get the young ones. Her cats have done a great deal of damage to my property, and I hate to tell those of you with crawl spaces, if they kill birds, mice, moles, or other critters that carry mites and leave the "remains" in the crawl space, the mites will leave the dead hosts and enter the interior of your home. I know that because it's happened to me. Almost impossible to eradicate except by special pros (because it takes a different type of product and the whole house tented). My homeowner's insurance won't cover damage by any type of animal or insect, and that !@#$% doesn't care what horrors those damned cats cause me or other neighbors. It's her fault, but she won't accept responsibility. I don't like the cats, but it's her I really hate! I want to move, but must spend more than I can afford before I can put my house on the market, and this is not a good real estate market anyway. I'm almost at the point of just walking away and getting sued by my mortgage company--I hate living here just that much. So, yes--I'd like to know how to keep cats away, but I want to be far, far away from that crazy woman.
  • suemtchlrnwOct.11 07:06
    @ : sorry for this mess.where do u live?
  • Cat lover/haterAug.8 05:35
    Let us use guns
  • anandmukundaAug.4 09:01
    in America, where all you people can get guns, i wish i could get a squirrel or rabbit gun. I live in Greece a country full of feral cats and nobody cares but you cannot get a gun which seems to me to be a good way to deal with the problem.
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