A cat does not take no for an answer

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Dear Connie

I OWN a cat which adopted as a small kitten. I had him neutered and he seems a happy cat, able to play outside but also to sleep inside when it suits him.

I was woken by cats fighting early one morning, and saw two other cats fighting with mine. When I opened the door they fled, yet I immediately noticed excrement on the veranda tiles.

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One cat has been seen around my apartment and small garden a few times, seemingly wanting be friends with me. I shooed it away, but it does not take no for an answer.

I do not want another cat. what can I do to get the message across to this feline creature?

Sincerely, Jola.


 

Dear Jola

If local cats are coming in, they may be looking for food. So do not leave food down during your absence. Feed your own cats at set times and pick up any uneaten food.


If the invading cat is an un-neutered male, ring your local shelter, and see if you can help them rehome him.

Protecting your cat from a neighbourhood bully is not easy. See if you can negotiate a time-sharing agreement with your neighbours, so that they keep their cat in for an hour, say, when you get home from work, so that you can let your cat out then.

However you can at least stop the neighbours’ cats coming in and terrorising your own in their own house. There is a cat flap that works off your own cat’s microchip. It is www.petporte.com

This should stop strange cats coming indoors and does not require a collar. I consider all collars potentially dangerous for free ranging cats.

If your cat already has a collar, you could fit a Staywell magnetic cat flap, which will only open if your cat approaches.

Close the cat flap at night anyway. It is preferable to keep cats in at night. Wildlife suffers at dawn and dusk from their hunting. If necessary, keep it closed all the time and let your cat in and out.

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