5 Tips to manage Stray/Feral cats in your yard

Stray/feral cats have been an ongoing issue in Big Beaver Borough for quite some time. We have compiled a list of helpful solutions to deter or rid your home and yard of a potential problem.

Note: Cats do not fall under municipal law unlike dogs, therefore residents are unable to call the authorities to solve stray/feral cat nuisances. Cats are also not considered wild game, and are therefore not governed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Remove Food Sources
Feral cats will stay in any area where food is plentiful. Avoid feeding your own pets outdoors and cover trash scraps securely to deny unwelcome cats an easy meal. Do not add any meat scraps to a compost pile. Keep grills and barbecue pits clean to avoid enticing smells.

Remove Shelter
All wild animals need a secure place to sleep and to raise their young. Board up holes in old sheds or garages, under decks or porches, or in simple shelters such as woodpiles or window wells to avoid providing this shelter to feral cats.

Use Repellant
Cats have very keen senses of smell and taste, and commercial repellents are available to discourage unwanted cats. Natural repellents to sprinkle on flowerbeds or gardens include moth balls, ground mustard, cayenne pepper, citrus peels, coffee grounds, and citrus-based sprays. Reapply repellents after heavy rains or long periods for the best effectiveness.

Use Scare Tactics
Old-fashioned scare tactics can discourage cats from visiting a yard regularly. Ultrasonic sirens, motion-activated sprinklers, and motion-activated lights can all be useful. If cats are jumping on a fence in one area, a sensitive bell or can of beans or marbles that will fall when the cats jump can be effective to scare them away.

Contact a Trap Neuter Vaccinate Return (TNVR) Program
What they cannot offer:

  • Trapping cats
  • Returning cats to their colonies

What They can offer:

  • Trap rentals
  • Scheduling appointments for spay/neuter and vaccines
  • Information, resources, advice and education on how to trap

For more information on TNVR programs visit this link: https://www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org/pet-resources/feral-and-community-cats/

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