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  •  Does anyone know how to keep neighborhood (1+ / 0-)
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    VA Breeze

    pet cats out of one's yard? - humanely...besides trapping?

    I do love the quail families and some mornings in the spring I step outside to a blood and feather bath so to speak. The family that this cat belongs to are just not approachable anymore and the city said I could trap the cat on my property and take it to our Humane Society but if my neighbors found out I was the person who trapped it, well .....

    So, is there some commercial chemical sold at PetSmart that would keep the cat away but be OK with the quail?

    "Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall" - President Obama, January 20, 2013

    by savano66 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:22:20 PM PST

    •  I have found my son's airsoft rifle to be (0+ / 0-)

      remarkably effective (plastic BBs).  You don't aim to hit them, of course.  But the loud pop and zing is very persuasive.

    •  PS: I'm a pooty lover (1+ / 0-)
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      janislav

      Just not in my yard when the quail are just babies. Miss Kitty lived with me indoors for 18 years and I loved her dearly.

      "Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall" - President Obama, January 20, 2013

      by savano66 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:31:52 PM PST

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    •  When neighbor 1 saw neighbor 2s Rottweilers (0+ / 0-)

      running free on neighbor 1s property, he informed neighbor 2 that his 3 children deserved safety in their own yard, so if this were to continue, he would feel free to shoot the dogs. Neighbor 2 chose not to let his dogs run free at that point. The choice, and responsibility, was left to the animal owner.
      The solution isn't humane...for the dogs.

    •  Spray (4+ / 0-)
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      I've heard that a super-soaker water gun, maybe filled with soapy water, will do the trick.  A couple of good sprays should be enough to teach the cat to stay away.

      The next Noah will work a short shift. - Charles Bowden

      by Scott in NAZ on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 07:51:16 PM PST

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      •  We had one persistent cat.. (0+ / 0-)

        It belonged to some neighbor, and he was always spoiling for a fight with our cat, and it even went so far as to hang out just outside the front door.  I squirt of water didn't deter him very much, but a squirter with some vinegar did the trick however.

        Both of those cats are long gone now.  The cats we have now are all indoor cats.

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