|Purred: Fri Dec 28, '12 11:46pm PST |
For a while now I've had this problem: one of the cats that live in the neighbourhood (probably a tame male) uses our house as a litterbox. I understand that this is to mark its territory and whatnot. Anyway, this is a problem to me and I'd like to make it stop, but can't really come up with a good plan.
My own cat doesn't manage to learn how to use a pet door, so all cats can come and leave as they please. She also gets a bowl of dry cat food at all times, which tends to get eaten by the unwanted cat. Not putting the food there isn't a solution either, as that cat will still pee everywhere.
Basically, if I were fast enough to close the door to the basement before the cat gets there, the problem would be solved. But this cat is very fast and even though he dares to eat if the food is an armlength away from where I'm sleeping, or a bit further if I'm awake, as soon as I make a move he rushes to that door and there's no way I'd be faster than him.
I've read about these traps used to catch cats, but even hiring them seems to be expensive. I've thought about setting up a self-made trap, using the food provided for my cat. I'm just not sure whether it would work. Most of the time, he comes at night and wakes me up, but he's kind of quick to react to that.
I've thought of other traps to make him less likely to come here, but there's always the problem that my own cat will trigger the trap, so I'm looking for something effective that won't fail. I can lock my own cat in a seperate room, but I don't want to do this more than once. I'm also thinking of the possibility that she will start meowing and scratching the door, what will be heard by the unwanted cat and perhaps warn him...
So does anyone have any tips on catching this cat? The path in the house is very linear, with no doors between the rooms, except that one to the basement. I'm not going to harm the cat in any way - I just thought I'd scare it, take it to the vet perhaps, hoping that that would make him stay away.
Any tips on keeping it outside would also be greatly appreciated.
(I'm sorry if this isn't posted in the right category, couldn't really decide what the best option was.)
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