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Question DetailsAsked on 4/10/2014

Stray cats keep poop'n in my fenced back yard & my dog eats it! Approach neighbs to see if theirs? Or trap&turn in?

There are cats in our yard that we think are stray and some feral, but we think our neighbors might have some as well. The problem is that cats keep pooping in our back yard and our dog eats it so we have to take her out on a leash and she can excercise back there. Should we try to catch and turn in the cats or ask the neighbors if the cats are theirs? We have triend lavendar, coffee, cayenne pepper and nothing keeps the cats away. I am about to lose my mind. So annoying that we can use our own yard because they make it their own litter box!! Help!

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If you are on good terms with neightbors, ask a couple of houses each way if they are having trouble too - that will put them mon fair notice if it is theirs, even if they do not admit it. In my experience, if a neighbor is so inconsiderate of neighbors and so willing to let their cat be endangered, talking to them is not going to help. Contact animal control - they commonly will give you a cage trap to use for a refundable deposit, then come and take it away when you catch one.

Put trap somewhere where your neighbor will not see the trapped cat, or if it is theirs they may come to try to release it in your yard, which then gets into a neighbor fight. Of course, when you catch one, you have to be prepared to take to the pound or be there for them to come take it away.

You might still get into a neighbor dispute if the cat howls when trapped.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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