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how do i keep my cats from going in my neighbours garden?

my neighbours on both side of me are complaining about my 2 cats going in there gardens and fouling! they have gone into the pots with plants in and scrapped the soil all over, peed on plants and generally making a nuisance of themselves!... im at my wits end with this problem, i dont think its fair to keep them indoors all the time! anyone got any advice on anything i could buy my neighbours for them to put in there gardens to detter them would be well accepted?

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  1. put a wooden fence by ur yard so they cant get in there, or put a bended fence around the garden, or put the invisable electric fence beside ur yards.
  2. u cant stop cat going any where they can jump i have high fences all way round my garden an i still get cats comming in
  3. its kind of animal cruilty but...they have these collars that you can put on your animals and then a special type of invisi-fence (thats under the ground...basically an electric wire) and when ever the animal gets to close to the wire...bzzzttt! You guessed it! the animal gets shocked! The only other approach i see is to just make them inside cats; litter box
  4. Keep your cats indoors and there will be peace in the neighborhood! An indoor cat is safer, happier, healthier and you will have fewer problems. http://home.hiwaay.net/~keiper/indoors.htm good luck!
  5. Three choices: 1. Keep them inside at all times. 2. Train your cat to a harness/leash and stay out with him. 3. Build/buy a cat enclosure and put your cat in there. Its YOUR responsibility to control you pet - dog or cat - so keep your cat in your yard at all times.
  6. Tell them to stop it. I'm kidding. But, seriously--the only way you're going to keep them out of your neighbors yard is if you keep them inside. Trying to keep cats out of a garden takes a lot of effort and maintenence, and depending on the cat's determination, all attempts may fail, anyway. It's not very fair to your neighbors, and I'm sure they're at their wits end too. Cats that live indoors live longer, healthier lives. Statistically, the life span of an indoor cat averages 12 to 14 years, whereas it is only about four years for the outdoor cat. More than 1 million outdoor cats are killed each year by dogs, traffic, and exposure to disease. In the long run, keeping your cat indoors will also save you money in vet bills. There are many risks that come with letting your cats roam free outside: - They have a much higher chance of catching diseases and other illnesses such as: Feline Leukemia (FeLV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Herpes Virus (Rhinotracheitis), Feline Distemper, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), rabies, tapeworm, ringworm, heart worm, hypothermia and urinary tract infection - Ingesting chemicals or poisons such as pesticides, home garden products and car/motor products - Getting fleas or ticks - Injury/death due to dangerous traffic - Eating poisonous spiders, insects or plants - Injury/death due to cruel humans, hunters or neighbors - Attacks from dogs, other cats or wild animals - Other accidental injuries - Getting lost or stolen Here's an article called "How to Make Your Outdoor Cat a Happy Indoor Cat" http://www.sdnhm.org/exhibits/cats/indoors.html ... but ... If you are adamant about letting your cats outside, here are a few options that may help, if your neighbors are willing to cooperate: To keep cats out of the garden, the best thing to do first is to lay some soft netting down in rows in between all the flowers. You can use chicken wire also. Put several rocks at the edge of the netting to keep it in place better. You can sprinkle a thin layer of soil over the netting, and use decorative rocks so it‘s not obvious why they are there. If any cat tries to dig in the soil, their claws will get stuck in the netting, (or wire). Next, you can apply some repellent to the rocks. You can purchase some cat repellent at any pet store. Cats don’t like the smell of citrus fruit, so it is an excellent deterrent for gardens and plants. Citrus scented cleaners can be another means of keeping cats out of your garden. Be aware that you will need to re-apply this occasionally since the scent will wash off with water. Another idea that may involve less maintenance but more money is to set up sprinklers attached to motion sensors. So when the cat walks near the garden, the sprinklers will turn on, scaring the cat away. ** Never use mothballs, because they can harm the cat. Mothballs are composed of naphthalene and/or paradichlorobenzene; both are toxic substances. By law in the US, pesticides can not be used for purposes other than stated on the label. Mothballs are a pesticide. Scattering them over the yard for repelling animals is definitely not on the label. Mothballs have been implicated in several poisonings of small children who mistake them for candy. The label almost certainly states that they are not to be placed where they can be accessed by children. They could also be hazardous for animals such as cats and dogs. ** ** Burying orange or lemon peels may deter cats, but it may attract other animals such as raccoons. ** ** Sticking sharp things in the soil isn't a very good idea because the cats could injure themselves. ** I hope that helps. Good luck.
  7. You could cat proof your garden so that the cats couldn't wander off into the neighbours. These links have advice on how to do that; http://www.fabcats.org/owners/fencing/info.html http://www.woodycoon.com/html/cat-proof_fencing.html If fencing isn't an option then you could buy your neighbours ultrasonic cat deterrents. The cat's movement triggers the sensor and the alarm emits a sudden burst of water or loud noise (inaudible to humans) that scares the cat away. These are reasonably inexpensive and won't harm the cats. http://www.deteracat.co.uk/ Small river rocks or large pebbles placed over the soil of potted plants stops cats digging at the soil. Wire netting, broken eggshells or holly leaves on bare earth will keep cats away from the bare soil in flower beds because it will be too uncomfortable underfoot for them to want to walk there. Even cocktail or lollipop sticks placed in the soil at regular intervals will also deter the cats for the same reason. Perhaps a gift voucher for a local gardening store might help placate the neighbours a little? Most cats find it hard to resist the temptation of freshly dug soil, but if you haven't provided your cats with a litter tray, perhaps it would be a good idea to do so as that could help.
  8. Easy, keep them indoors where they belong. It's far from unfair. It'll be much healthier for your cats to be indoors where they're safe from diseases, parasites, poisons, loose dogs, other cats, cars, wild animals, malicious people... and so on (the list of dangers is quite long and this is not even to mention the damage that /cats/ can inflict on the native wildlife). Indoor cats live much longer, healthier lives than outdoor or indoor/outdoor cats and it's quite possible to have a happy, well entertained indoor cat. There are far safer ways to allow your cat to enjoy the outdoors, such walking them on a harness, cat fencing your backyard, or building/buying an outdoor cat enclosure. Read more on why indoor is better as well as how to make a safe outdoor enclosure for indoor cats: http://www.littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=library&act=show&item=indoorsoroutdoors (Indoors or Outdoors?) http://www.geocities.com/heartland/pointe/9352/indoors.html (Indoors Only - Some Things To Think About) http://home.hiwaay.net/~keiper/indoors.htm (Keeping Cats Indoors) http://www.cat-world.com.au/cat-worldenclosures.htm (Cat Enclosures) http://www.xmission.com/~emailbox/catrun.htm (A "Cat Run") Darksong~