When you leave your house in the morning, do you spot that same frustrating feral cat using your garden as a litter box? Or, when you come home in the evening, are feral cats napping in the sun on your patio? If you have a feral cat problem, we’re here to help you find a solution.
We know the frustration caused by the local feral cat population. They disturb the peace. They threaten family pets and young children. They trespass on your property, and sometimes cause damage.
Use the 3 tips below to humanely address the feral cats in your neighborhood.
Your house isn’t their 24-hour eatery.
Your property isn't a 24-hour diner for the local feral cat colony. Survey your property to make sure that the cats can’t easily access food sources. This includes garbage cans, pet food, and sometimes, fish ponds. Keep your waste bins secured inside a shed or garage. Another option is to secure the waste bins with an animal-proof latch.
If you keep food for your dog or cat outside, move everything inside once they’re finished eating. This will keep your pets safe, and prevent feral cats from viewing your pets’ food as their food, too.
As for ponds, it’s unlikely that a feral cat will catch a fish, but they may disturb and harm them. The cats may also attempt to eat the fish food. To keep the feral cats away from your pond, install a chicken wire fence around the perimeter.
Install a cat trap.
A cat trap, which is a large metal cage that automatically closes once a cat walks inside, is a humane way to capture a feral cat. You can find cat traps―sometimes called rescue kits―at your local hardware store. Local animal control or an animal shelter may also be able to lend you a cat trap, sometimes for a fee.
Set up the trap in a shaded area, especially if you will be gone for some time during the day. To entice the cat, place cat food inside of the trap. Lastly, place a blanket over as much of the cage as possible, since exposure to what’s going on around them may cause them unnecessary distress.
Once you catch the cat, keep the blanket over the trap as you transport it to an animal shelter to be spayed or neutered. Before you drive away, though, secure the trap in your car, so that it’s immobile during the journey.
Another option is to call your local animal control for help with next steps once you have the cat in the trap.
Mature cats are spayed or neutered, and released, since they’re too wild to become pets. However, if you’d like to keep a mature cat, they make good outdoor mice hunters. If you decide to go this route, make sure the cat gets all of its shots, and is spayed or neutered before bringing it back to your home.
The trusted name in animal deterrent lights.
Nite Guard Solar lights are the animal deterrent lights people turn to when they want to protect their property, family, and pets from predator animals, including feral cats. Since they are wild, feral cats react to Nite Guard Solar lights in the same way that their larger relative, the mountain lion, does.
They perceive the red flashing light of the Nite Guard Solar to be a threat, the presence of another animal. Their survival instinct kicks in, and the feral cat flees, deciding to avoid a dangerous confrontation.
Nite Guard Solar animal deterrent lights are effective at deterring feral cats in a humane fashion.
Install a set of Nite Guard Solar lights today.
Our lights can help bring you peace, and make your property feel like it’s yours again―not the property of a feral cat colony. Install Nite Guard Solar lights on your property, and let us know how it goes.
You can purchase Nite Guard Solar lights on our online store, or at a retailer near you.
Contact the Nite Guard Solar team, and we’d be happy to help you figure out the best way to install your Nite Guard Solar lights, or answer your questions about how our lights deter feral cats.
Give us a call at 1-800-328-6647, or send us an email.