If stray cats have made your area or yard your house, it can be very impressive. However, you may have trouble spraying cats to your home, which is less beautiful. Stray cats may determine their lands in your house or meadow, especially if you have a dog or cat. While spraying is unpleasant, it can be dissolved.
Other short term solutions include scattering orange or lemon peel or splashing with scented citrus scents, spreading coffee, pipe tobacco, lavender oil, citronella or eucalyptus. Alternatively, you can put two runners on the plastic carpet, with the nails raised up, near the areas they’ve built and merged them into your garden soil.
Why do cats mark?
Cats mark their territory to communicate by scent. Cats can also communicate through scratching and rubbing, but marking by urination may come up as a behavior. According to the Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman, urine marks smell extra pungent to people. They elaborate that the reason cats learn so much information from the urine mark of another cat is that a urine mark isn’t simply urine. It also contains extra communication chemicals, which we find as an especially unpleasant odor. The stray cat may be communicating with your pet or other stray cats.
How to detect spraying
Spraying is different than a bathroom accident or a cat peeing outside of a litter box. When a cat is spraying they will back up to a vertical surface with their tail erect and they squirt urine, according to Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman. They add that a cat’s tail often quivers when they are spraying. This is often done on furniture, curtains, or the outside of a house.
This is not an issue with a litter box, rather a cat’s way of communicating by scent. But fear not, there are many ways to deter cats from spraying.
Urinating on horizontal surfaces
In addition to spraying, cats may urinate horizontally as a way to mark the area. This may urinate on furniture, carpets, flooring, lawn, or objects on the floor. This is the way cats communicate with each other, according to the Humane Society. The cat may want other cats to know its existence or tell it to stay away.
Deterring stray cats with smells
Cats have a very sensitive sense of smell. Alley Cat Allies suggests that lemon or orange peels are scattered outside your home because this fragrance prevents stray and feral cats. They also suggest the causes of wet coffee as a natural deterrent. Finally, cats do not like the smell of vinegar, so fill mineral frying pans with vinegar to discourage cats from labeling. These gentle and natural scents will help make the garden and home unwelcome for cats to spray.
Neutralize the cat spraying smell
The Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman recommends cleaning up urine markings with an enzymatic cleanser designed specifically to neutralize pet odors. Enzymatic cleaners can be purchased at most pet stores or online. Cats have very sensitive noses, and if they smell urine in a previously marked spot, they tend to mark that spot again.
Use a motion detection device
Cats do not enjoy getting wet. Therefore, the Doctor Hanen Abdel Rahman suggests attaching a motion detection device to your lawn sprinkler. Setting the sprinkler by windows is best. This will keep neighborhood cats away from your windows and home, especially if you have pets.
Secure cat flaps
If you have cats as pets and use a cat flap to allow them to go in and outdoors, this may need to be addressed. Stray cats and your pet cats may mark this area to try and keep each other away. Blue Cross For Pets suggests replacing your cat flap to one which is opened by either a magnet or an electronic key on your cat’s collar. This will make a pet cat feel more secure and have less of a need to mark the door and vice versa.
Neutering male cats
Neutered male cats can still spray after being fixed. However, unneutered male cats are more prone to spraying than neutered males. Female cats, both spayed and not spayed, can also mark their territory with urine. Unneutered males are more apt to spray because they want to communicate they are available to reproduce as stated by the ASPCA. They are marking to communicate their desire to mate to female cats. If you have one or more female cats as a pet, this may be the cause of marking near or on your home.
The Trap-Neuter-Return Program
Programs exist to help communities have healthy relationships with feral cats, also referred to as community cats. These cats have been bred and raised outdoors in the wild. Since they were never socialized, they may be unfriendly and therefore not adoptable by humans. They live happy and fulfilling lives with fellow cats from their community outdoors in colonies as noted by Alley Cat Allies.
Programs like the Trap-Neuter-Return program help keep feral cats from mating and keep the population under control. The Trap-Neuter-Return program can be contacted if you or your neighborhood are experiencing any issues or concerns with a feral cat colony. The program will come and humanely trap community cats. The cats are then brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered. Next, they are vaccinated and ear-tipped. Finally, they are then returned to their outdoor homes as stated by Alley Cats Allies.
What about shelters?
There is a lot of confusion about this and it may seem counter-intuitive, in fact. When people who don’t know feral cats and cat societies find a wild cat, they may want to help this animal. Wild cats can be seen as stray or abandoned pets or perhaps lost pets, which are actually stray. However, true brutal cats were born and raised in the wild and never lived with people.
Wild cats can’t usually be adopted because they have never been social to be pets and live indoors with other people or cats and dogs, as mentioned in Alley Cat Allies. Shelters cannot put them in homes and often kill these animals in shelters. Instead of taking feral cats to shelters, look for a program like Trap-Neuture-Return or similar sterilization and neonatal programs. These programs allow cats to continue to live outdoors while keeping their population under control, while at the same time helping with issues like spraying and urine labeling.
Take the little kittens to the shelters
If the kitten is less than 8 weeks old, Alley Cat Allies recommends taking it to shelters. At this age, you can be socialized properly until they are adopted as pets.
It is common to have wild cats in your neighborhood. As a result, you may need to try some different techniques to deter them from spraying your garden and home.