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Cat issue - need help, please.

Our cat, Lola, is an indoor cat - both because we prefer it and because she's afraid to go outside. The next door neighbor's cat is an outdoor (more of an escapee from the house than them letting him out), and seems to enjoy lounging on our deck. This was fine when we first moved in, and then he discovered Lola sitting in a window this summer. It was warm enough that we had the air off and windows open, and we heard Lola go into a hissing rampage, only to find her throwing a fit while looking out on the deck - at the neighbor's cat. Lola's been fixed, and after letting him have it that night, you'd think he'd get lost, but no. He continued to come back for the rest of the summer and fall, and even scratched open small holes in the window screen where she regularly sits. Being winter in Indiana, we haven't seen him since October/November, but I'm dreading spring. I've talked to the neighbor, who said she'd try to keep him in, but this cat is an escape artist and pops out the screens on their front porch window to get out. I don't know what to do to keep him away from our girl, who obviously wants nothing to do with him, especially if we're going to have to start replacing screens on the house because of him. 

Any suggestions?

Re: Cat issue - need help, please.

  • They say orange peels or moths balls around the perimeter help. Or a motion sensored hose (they have them for deer) light or noise might spook him.
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  • I'll give that a shot. Thanks!


  • schuette2 said:
    Our cat, Lola, is an indoor cat - both because we prefer it and because she's afraid to go outside. The next door neighbor's cat is an outdoor (more of an escapee from the house than them letting him out), and seems to enjoy lounging on our deck. This was fine when we first moved in, and then he discovered Lola sitting in a window this summer. It was warm enough that we had the air off and windows open, and we heard Lola go into a hissing rampage, only to find her throwing a fit while looking out on the deck - at the neighbor's cat. Lola's been fixed, and after letting him have it that night, you'd think he'd get lost, but no. He continued to come back for the rest of the summer and fall, and even scratched open small holes in the window screen where she regularly sits. Being winter in Indiana, we haven't seen him since October/November, but I'm dreading spring. I've talked to the neighbor, who said she'd try to keep him in, but this cat is an escape artist and pops out the screens on their front porch window to get out. I don't know what to do to keep him away from our girl, who obviously wants nothing to do with him, especially if we're going to have to start replacing screens on the house because of him. 

    Any suggestions?
    I love my cat but I have very little patience for other cats.

    I would have taken more drastic action when he started to damage my property.  My cat has no desire to go outside so I honestly don't know how difficult it is or isn't to keep a cat inside but I would think that someone who was responsible would fix the issue that was continuously allowing him to escape.  I'd talk to you neighbor again and stress that her cat has damaged your property and if it happens again you'll be asking her to pay for the damage.

    In my experience, money talks. 

    Plus, I'd be worried that if you were able to deter him, he'd find another indoor cat to fall in love with and the next owners wouldn't be as compassionate.
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  • If it weren't for the fact that I don't want to injure, maim, or otherwise harm another person's family member, I'd love to use him for target practice. 

    We saw footprints on the deck in the snow, and they all led from our neighbor's side of the fence, so he's coming to visit her window even in winter. Is it bad that I'm kinda hoping for a car to take him out (preferably not one of ours)? Lola is afraid of going outside. I'd love to know what happened in the first 5 months of her life before we got her. She's now 3 and skiddish as ever.

  • Check out Jackson Galaxys website (from that show My Cat From Hell). I know from seeing the show he has done some things to deter cats from entering property, but to be honest I dont recall specifically. But he might have some tips on his site.
  • Good that your kitty is kept inside!  Super annoying that your neighbor doesn't do the same.

    I had a similar issue with my neighbor. I had some success shooing the cat off my deck with a water gun, but I often saw the cat on my property, spraying my bushing and antagonizing my cats through the windows.

    Unfortunately my success was minimal... but fortunately they moved. ;-)

    I hate to go the money route, but that's a pretty good suggestion above. Maybe they will keep the cat in more, at the very least, if they are paying to replace your screens?

    The motion sensor sprinkler was suggested to me too but I never did try it.

    Anyway, good luck!
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  • NEVER put moth balls where cats can get to them it is TOXIC! Sounds like the male cat is not fixed, this is the only reason a male cat would come to visit your girl Lola, and the only reason I can think of that a male would try so hard to escape from the house. If the male cat gets fixed he will no longer want to escape and no longer bug Lola. So talk to your neighbor about getting there cat fixed.

     As for Lola get a cat leash and bring her outside. She needs to know that area is hers also. Im thinking she was probably hissing just to tell that cat to go away. and probably b/c unfixed male cats like to mark there territory where girl cats are and also has probably marked his territory by your house. Bring your cat outside so your cat can feel like she owns it.  and to get used to that other cat without actually meeting it.

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