Moving into a house with a little backyard was partly for Dagny. She’d have a place to run around and call her own, a place to lie down and enjoy the best that house life has to offer. And be able to go out without supervision. But not so fast. On any given morning, you can find me running outside in my pajamas yelling at two neighborhood cats like a deranged fool — confirming to the curious neighbors that their neighbor is in fact nuts. Whose cats are they, you ask? No clue. And don’t get me wrong — I like cats. I had one growing up. But know what I don’t like?
Here’s the ugly truth. Two neighborhood cats started waltzing on over to our yard shortly after moving in and at first it was just funny to see Dagny chase them away. She doesn’t bark and is really submissive but chasing after the cats became a game — and the cats play to win. But then the trouble started when they began doing their business in the yard. And this was an annoyance at first. Hardly an issue beyond that. But now they come over multiple times a day and poop everywhere. Then Dagny goes out and thinks it’s snack time. And know what that means? Diarrhea everywhere because cat poop does not equal a healthy tummy.
I’ve made it my life’s mission to stop these two gray cats from coming into the yard and pooping. And the funny part is they don’t just poop but they save it until I’m in the kitchen and can see them. They make eye contact as they leave their little deposit and happily run off. Sometimes behind the bushes where I can’t see it but Dagny can smell it. Then 20 minutes later they come back and prance to and fro until Dagny sees them and starts going nuts on the wrong side of the sliding glass door.
We need to stop the cycle of madness!
(Dagny is on the prowl for her two kitty friends)
First, we don’t know whose cats they are but even if we did, not sure it would change anything. Cats have the right to roam around outdoors and there’s no way to easily contain them.
What we need to do:
- Patch up the an entry point in the back of the yard near the neighbor’s lattice work. There’s a small space that makes access really easy for them. Although that won’t solve the problem since the cats can scale the walls, it will take away the easiest option. The fat gray one seems lazy so maybe this will work.
- Consistently make coming to our yard unpleasant. Tom is a fan at yelling at them to go away or spraying them with the hose. I’d say I’d sic my big vicious dog on them to scare them away but she’s a tail-wagging fur ball that doesn’t bark and gives kisses. So the cats think she’s fun.
- Possibly buy one of those ultrasonic devices that emits an unpleasant sound only cats can hear. Anyone have experience with one? Do they work?
What I won’t do:
- Anything to harm the cats. I’m an animal lover and as frustrating as this problem is, I would never injure them with barbed wire or putting out toxic moth balls or anything else that’s inhumane. Not my style. Not nice.
- Trap them. They’re someone’s pets and it’s not their fault that they’re pooping in my yard.