neighbor's cat spends a lot of time in my backyard.
Should I be concerned about it killing my
can I do to keep cats out of my
There are over 60
million domestic cats in the United
free-ranging cats kill millions (some estimates
exceed 200 million) of native birds and other small
approximately 20%-30% of the prey of feral and
free-ranging domestic cats;
Ornithologists' Union, American Association of
Wildlife Veterinarians, International Association
of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Association
of State Public Health Veterinarians, Inc., and the
Cooper Ornithological Society have concluded that
feral, homeless, lost, abandoned, or free-ranging
domestic cats are proven to have serious negative
impacts on bird populations, and have contributed
to the decline of many bird species. Worldwide,
cats may have been involved in the extinction of
more bird species than any other cause, except
you can do...
- If your neighbor
has a cat try to educate them on the danger to the
birds that you feed and encourage them to keep
their cat inside.
- Cats can be
discouraged from coming into your yard by exposure
to water from your garden hose.
- Cats do not like
loud noises. They can sometimes be trained to stay
out of your yard if you have a noisemaker ready
whenever you see the cat. A metal can filled with
coins can be loudly shaken or a child's "ray gun"
can be used to discourage visits.
- Do not feed cats
other than your own. Do what you can to eliminate
cat's artificial food sources. Bring in pet food at
night and secure trash cans by fastening the lid
tightly or enclosing in a bin with a locking
- Keep bird feeders
away from bushes and underbrush where cats can
hide. If a free-roaming cat remains a problem at
your feeder, you may need to stop feeding birds for
while to allow the cat to move to other hunting
- When all else
fails you can trap the cat in a humane way and
transport it to an animal shelter. Make
trapping a pet cat a last resort and check your
local ordinances first! In some communities,
it is illegal to trap a neighbor's cat even on your
property. Use a live trap baited with
sardines or tuna spread on newspaper or a paper
plate. Place the bait in the back of the trap so
that the cat must enter the trap to get the bait.
Check the trap regularly, preferably every hour. To
keep from capturing animals such as raccoons and
opossums, only trap during the day. Be very careful
not to be bitten or scratched; stray or feral cats
can carry rabies and other diseases. You can
receive additional technical assistance on dealing
with nuisance domestic cats through your local
Humane society or animal shelter.