Although cats make great pets, there are many times when wild populations or cats left to run loose can present problems. This article will address some of these problems and offer solutions.
FERAL CAT PROBLEMS IN YARD
Feral cats can cause damage to plants and wild life and pose a direct threat to domestic pets and children. Feral cats have many predatory instincts which are lived out when they are able to forage freely beyond the confines of their home. Many times they will prey upon innocent birds and wildlife which are easy targets around bird feeders.
Feral Cats will spend hours howling their ritual mating calls throughout the night. Such noises can be annoying as well as disruptive to people trying to sleep.
Feral Cats like to leave scent markings to let other cats know their territory. This smell is both offensive and lingering. Many times it will lead to more cats coming around. This is the most common problem found in urban America now; feral cats living in the wild but coming to one location to meet, mate and make a mess.
HOW TO GET RID OF STRONG CAT SMELLS
Feral Cats rely heavily on scent and the first way to get rid of lingering cats in the yard is to diffuse their odor. Once cats start defecating in the yard, the smell will attract more cats which means more urine, more feces and more spraying to the surrounding trees, landscaping and structures. To stop cats from finding your home, you need to get rid of this smell.
Most animals use scent to identify good trails to use and where all the “action” is in the neighborhood. Often times these smells are hard to detect. Cat odors are very strong and can’t be missed. And they carry for great distances attracting cats from miles away.
The most important step at getting rid of cats in the yard is to get rid of these smells. T.O.N. is a biodegradable fast working agent which neutralizes odor immediately. It can be sprayed over grass, pine straw, flower beds, trees, shrubs and structures with no risk to the plants.
Mix 4 oz per gallon of water and plan on getting 500 sq/ft of coverage per mixed gallon. In general, you want to target all pathways, routes of entry to your property and the ground they are using for a litter box. They will commonly climb over fences so spray them too.
One jug will make up 4 gallons which is enough to treat up to 2,000 sq/ft.
Use any good PUMP SPRAYER to apply the NNz and in general, one good treatment will get rid of the smell within one day.
FERAL CAT REPELLERS
Once the odor has been removed from the yard, install some of our Sound Repellers along property entry points to stop cats from entering. Our units are quite strong and we have two.
The main one can cover up to 5,000 sq/ft. They include an AC power supply which will allow you to power the unit via electricity. The advantage of this is that cats will stay away for good when the unit is running all the time. But if you don’t have power far enough in the yard, they can be powered by 4 “C” cell batteries using a motion sensor.
When set this way, the motion sensor will turn the unit one when cats pass within 30 feet of the device. By default, our machine will send out ultra sound which will not hurt cats or other animals. But it is irritating to them and they will naturally avoid where they hear it. Our machine also has a strong LED light bar which will flash adding more to the effect. Lastly, when using the motion detector, plan on keeping the audible sound up too. This can be heard by people but again, its not harmful but since its definitely scares cats, use it where possible.
One of the best features of our machine is the wireless key remote. This allows you to turn it on from afar as well as turn it off if you want to go outside where the machines are installed. This is handy when you need to walk your pet or work in the garden and don’t want to hear the machine.
One machine can cover up to 5,000 sq/ft but if you’re relying on the motion detector, be sure to have enough machines in place to blanket all routes of entry.
BEST ULTRA SOUND SETTINGS TO REPEL FERAL CATS FROM THE YARD
The best way to use our ULTRA SOUND REPELLERS is to keep the unit always on using the included AC power supply. But it does have the option of having it powered by batteries set to motion sensor.
When using the included AC power supply, set the Operating Time to “24 HR” and Ultrasonic to “constant”. The Motion Sensor Sensitivity is “N/A” since it will be always on and the Sonic Volume should be turned all the down (to the left). Set the Frequency (yellow knob) to the middle.
When relying on the motion sensor powered by batteries, set the Operating Time to “24 HR” and the Ultrasonic to “motion sensor”. The Motion Sensor Sensitivity should be on “30” and the Sonic Volume at “0”. The frequency (yellow knob) should be right in the middle. Just remember the range of the motion sensor is 30 feet so plan on having enough units in place to properly protect the yard.
Units should be placed 1-2 feet above ground and pointed in the direction where animals are entering as well as “over” the turf you want to protect.
For easy installation, MOUNTING BLOCKS are handy. They can hold 1 or 2 repellers (back to back) and have a 1/2″ hole on their bottom so they will easily fit over a 1/2″ piece of rebar or any other wood or plastic stake. Ultra Sound Repellers will work fine by themselves as long as you have a good place to set them up. But we highly recommend getting the Units with Mounting Blocks in the kits we offer. Mounting Blocks allow you to place units anywhere and they will save time too.
We also feature several accessories for our sound repeller including POWER CORD EXTENDERS (33 FEET AND 66 FEET), CIGARETTE LIGHTER POWER ADAPTER, ALLIGATOR CLIP POWER CORD and AC POWER SUPPLY REPLACEMENTS.
FERAL CAT GROUND STAKE REPELLER
Typically feral cats will want to setup little “nests” or pockets under bushes, in pine straw, etc. where they will bed and nest. Spraying these areas with NNz and then inistalling one of our GROUND STAKE REPELLERS will keep them from using it immediately.
These units are easy to install; get one of our EARTH AUGERS, charge the unit up as our product page details and then once the hole is drilled and the units head is charged, simply turn it on and set it out.
Feral Cats cannot take the rattling, rambling sounds it will release and they’ll leave immediately never to return.
Set them up 30-40 feet apart along property lines Feral Cats are known to be using when entering your yard. Please watch our GROUND STAKE VIDEO to get a complete understanding of how this unit works before deploying them in the yard.
To make the “perfect” hole, our EARTH AUGER will be needed. It will provide a tight fit so the sound can have the best impact.
CAT SCARING WATER SPRAYER
If you don’t want to use Ultra Sound, you can use our MOTION ACTIVATED WATER SPRAYER. This device works by using a Motion Sensor as well but instead of sound, it sprays water.
It connects to any standard garden hose, runs on a 9 volt battery and has an effective field of view over 45 degrees wide. Simply set it out in the yard pointing to all entry points, adjust the sensitivity setting to the desired range and you will be able to keep any cat away. The Sensor will “see” any movement inside the zone you set and when it does it will release a 3 second blast of water at sprinkler speed and power.
This blast is enough to keep any cat away your car, bird feeder, the side of your home, etc. The device will then reset itself and within 10 seconds is ready to blast away again.
It has an adjustable field of view, a foot pad for easy staking and a pass through hose connection so that you are able to hook several of them up in series. It will work 24 hours a day in either light or dark.
When using around cars or autos it is best to position one about 10-15 feet off of any one corner. This position will get complete coverage for two sides of the vehicle. In most cases this is enough. However, if the local cats have access to your vehicle from all four sides you might consider getting two. Positioned at opposite corners you will have all four sides completely covered.
HOW TO LIVE TRAP FERAL CATS
In some cases, you may have to live trap out local populations to have a significant impact. This commonly happens since cats are quite good at surviving in the wild. And once they start breeding, feral cats can become a real problem around urban environments where food is plentiful and shelter not hard to find.
Live trapping can be done by setting out large cages where the cats are active. The smallest trap that’s effective for cats is our LT111230RD. This trap is easy to use and works well. It features a removable rear sliding door making for easy trap sets and animal release.
Use fish flavored cat food for bait but if you want something a little more dependable, go with our FISH PASTE. In most cases a LIVE TRAP COVER will help create a trap set more likely to have cats enter. These help keep cats comfortable and less spooky.
When baiting for cats, set the trap with the front door locked open for a few nights. On the first night, place out some Fish paste at the entrance. A tablespoon is a good quantity. Once taken, set out another portion just inside the trap. Be sure to line the trap floor with pine straw or other material around the trap. This will help lower their concern about entering.
After they take the bait twice, use a live set by unlocking the door and placing 2 tablespoons on a small paper plate along with some at the trap entrance.
For faster results or if you have a particularly “shy” cat, use a LIVE TRAP COVER. These fit snug over the trap and will present a less threatening environment for them increasing the likelihood of them entering.
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