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Allan Report 9 Aug 2013 23:16

Thursday Night before going to bed we put down food for our two cats plus a bowl of milk.

When I got up on Friday morning, all plates licked absolutely clean and the house reeked of tom cats!

As both our cats have been neutered I knew that we had had an extra feline visitor during the night.

This appeared to have been a repeat performance of a few months ago when a feral cat paid us nocturnal visits until we sussed out what was going on. The cat at that time did not 'mark' the territory.

So last night we altered the cat flap so that cats could come IN but not get out. 1.00am this morning (Saturday) I heard banging, thumping and a general commotion.

Extra cat had decided to revisit and couldn't get out. OH already up and was chasing it around downstairs armed with a spray bottle containing a water/vinegar mix which she had prepared on Friday night.

A very wet cat was eventually persuaded to leave!

This treatment worked well last time, but we'll have to wait and see if it can work this time.


LadyScozz Report 10 Aug 2013 02:17

ooooooooooooooh, stinky!

I think you're stuck with extra cats, they have adopted you.


Can you get a cat trap from your Council?


OneFootInTheGrave Report 10 Aug 2013 06:52

I am sure I read somewhere about cat flaps that are operated by a microchip on a cats collar.


DazedConfused Report 10 Aug 2013 07:56

Thats all fine if you want to put a collar on your cat.

However, collars are not suitable for cats. Because they climb they can get their collars caught in all sort of things and even with the elastic, they can cause terrible injuries and even death.

I would never consider putting a collar on any of mine.


Persephone Report 10 Aug 2013 08:26

We had to trap a feral cat .. vicious thing that it was ... in a trap.. Got our SPCA (we don't have an R in front of our SPCA) to put it down and gave them a donation.

It was such a sod.. I definitely didn't want to let it loose in our native bush.

Don't think your visitor will like licking the water/vinegar mix off... should have added some chillies .. LOL



Sharron Report 10 Aug 2013 09:30

Poor old tom cat .Can't see how it deserves chillies on it's coat.

The feral I caught in a trap and took in is an absolute gem of a cat. Best one I have had.

The last feral I had was lovely too. A bit scarred by his experiences and whatever had caused him to live feral but a lovely boy too.


Susan Report 10 Aug 2013 10:01

HI Alan

Is it true that vinegar and water sprayed around keeps cats a way.

I need some help here with cats they leave there sent everywhere and I hate the smell of it.

We do not have a cat ...never liked them at all.

All help appreciated please:-D



Allan Report 10 Aug 2013 10:33

Sue, I don't know about spraying the mixture around, but they don't like the taste when they clean themselves if it is sprayed on them.

Persie, the chillie idea is a good one.

We like cats, but not the feral variety. There is a colony living in the local hardware store: they range near and far.

OFG, our cats are relatively old and would not take kindly to a collar. They are micro chipped, which is a requirement of new legislation relating to the registration of cats in WA


Susan Report 10 Aug 2013 10:47

Thanks Alan

I will give it a try ,I am in Busselton I think you are in Australind is that correct. :-D

Rain wonderful rain :-D



Persephone Report 10 Aug 2013 11:13

Sharron, the feral bloke that came on our property and pinched our cat's tucker and attacked all the cats in the area was far better off dead.

The SPCA could not have rehoused him with anyone.. they could not get near him .. it was like when they have to operate on any wild animal. He had to be subdued with a dart gun.

We had two disabled cats at a later time and they would not have stood a chance with him around he would have killed them.

Microchipping is excellent Allan. We had a dud batch of microchips a while back that did not work. Had to be a call out on television to get all those that had certain batch numbers to go back and get them replaced.



DazedConfused Report 10 Aug 2013 13:14

Cats Protection League or another such charity, many will catch feral cats neuter them and release them back where there came from. And if in London the Celia Hammond Trust does this regularly.

A great idea, as many cannot be rehomed. And no more unwanted litters of kittens to add to the problem.

Just wish more people would do the responsible thing and have their cats neutered. Many charities, such as the Blue Cross do this for free if you are on benefits.

We have a 'stray' we call him Tedward, he is a real sweetie, very gentle and even our own cat gets on with him. We have tried to encourage him to stay, but he seems to like just being able to do his own thing. Although in the Winter he does come in and sleep in our hall. And we flea treat him along with our own. :-)


Kucinta Report 10 Aug 2013 14:01

As your cats are microchipped, you could get one of the cat flaps that OneFootintheGrave suggested earlier.

They can be programmed to recognise the microchip already installed in your cat, no collar required :-)


EDIT: They're not cheap, but better than waking up to that tom cat smell....


Allan Report 10 Aug 2013 22:32

Thanks Kucinta, I wasn't aware of these cat flaps. We installed ours nearly 20 years ago before the requirements for micro chipping were even thought of.

Susan, Yes we are in Australind.

The rain is most welcome but the Brunswick river broke its banks. I don't know how the Vasse river coped


MarieCeleste Report 10 Aug 2013 22:52

We have one of those radio controlled catflaps, it cost an an awful lot but worth every penny. We can set it so each cat can have a different level of access depending on whether they're allowed to go out. It has a little screen that tells you which cat is in the house and which is out, and how long they've been out for.

DazedConfused - mine have the "quick release" collars so if they did get snagged on something the collar snaps open.


Allan Report 10 Aug 2013 23:00

Thanks, MarieCeleste, for the additional information. I'll check out the link given to me.

As this has happened twice now, it could be a good investment.

Persie, I'm all for the new WA cat laws; from September (I think), all cats have to be registered with the local council, and no more than two cats per property. The legislation came in last year but there was a year's grace to comply with it


Suzanne Report 10 Aug 2013 23:33

what a useful detterent for tom cats never heard of vinigar and water for cats before,

does it work on husbands? :-D


Allan Report 10 Aug 2013 23:39

Yes it does, Suzanne, although a cold shower has the same effect ;-) :-D


Suzanne Report 10 Aug 2013 23:51

:-D :-D ;-)


Susan Report 11 Aug 2013 06:03

Very funny Alan :-D :-D :-D

Thankyou for the Pm ,Vasse river did not break it banks.

Not enough water going into it now (Diversion drains stopping that :-| )Hoping for more rain.

Going to try all suggestions Posted :-D

Sue :-D


LadyScozz Report 11 Aug 2013 09:15

Last year we asked our council for an animal trap, because we were being bothered...

They asked if it was for a cat.... No... is it for a possum... No.... it's for a rabbit.

They said we couldn't have the trap. Why not? This is obviously somebody's pet rabbit, and it's eating our garden. The reply was ... we only give traps to get native animals. What? I pointed out the obvious, that cats & rabbits are NOT native to Australia..... which flustered the idiot, but she still wouldn't give me a trap.

So we went to the Council depot......... and they gave us a trap, no questions asked.

We never did catch that rabbit.............. maybe a feral cat ate it.