Keep lids secured tightly on trash cans, as trash is another potential food source for cats. A motion-activated sprinkler scares cats away with an unpleasant surprise: a burst of water. Since cats don’t particularly like getting sprayed with water, they will be discouraged from walking through that area again. These sprinklers, like motion-sensing lights, detect movement in the area and activate when motion is present. Point the motion sensor away from a driveway or place where people or cars may trigger it.

If a cat frequenting your yard enjoys being pet and sitting on your lap, chances are it belongs to someone. Ask around the neighborhood if anyone is missing a cat that looks like the one you’ve found. Also ask local veterinarians and pet shops if anyone has reported a missing pet. If the cat is tame and you don’t want to take it in yourself, take it to an animal shelter where it may be adopted. If it is friendly, it has a good chance of finding a new home. Feral adult cats have spent their entire lives in the wild and would be difficult to domesticate since wild is their nature.

Kittens, however, are still potentially able become social and become adopted. Take kittens to an animal shelter, where they will be tested for health issues before being placed up for adoption. Adult cats can be caught with live traps, spayed or neutered, and released back into the wild. Some chapters of the Humane Society have feral cat programs. These programs rent out traps, encouraging you to catch the animal and take it to the Humane Society office. The organization spays or neuters the cat and releases it back into the wild.

While cats may like some strong odors such as fish, other scents repel them. Scatter fresh orange or lemon peels around the yard, or spray areas with a citrus-scented fragrance. Coffee grounds, citronella, eucalyptus and lavender are also not pleasant to cats. Cover flower bed soil around plants with smoothed pebbles to prevent digging. Cover areas such as space beneath a porch with chicken wire or fencing to keep animals out. Cut portions of plastic carpet runners can be placed spiky side up on areas of porches or outdoor furniture if cats have been making themselves at home in your personal space.

Commercial cat repellents can also be sprayed around areas cats frequent. Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies. Does a Peppermint Herb Plant Deter a Stray Cat? Does Putting Red Crushed Pepper in Your Flower Garden Help Keep the Cats Out? How Do I Keep Cats Out of a Flower Garden? What Plants Do Cats Not Like?

Sound Off: How can I help my children cope with moving? In the neighborhoods of South Los Angeles and East Los Angeles there are bottles of water on the lawns. The bottles keep dogs and cats from pooping on the lawn. During the 70’s I worked a lot in Venice California. At the time there was unenforced dog leash laws. I always bought smooth sole shoes, because every once in awhile I would accidentally stepped on the stuff.

In areas with lots of dogs, there was lots of bottles of water, also lots of roofs of cars were dented from kids escaping from the dogs. I got 3 bottles and one plastic container. 3 are Costco 1 gallon and the 4th is a plastic Lychee Nut Jelly container. Just fill them up with plain old water. The cap just keep it from spilling. You don’t need any additive in the water. Here is the area where they pooped. You can see three of the water jugs. I located the bottles in the 4 corners of the area I wanted to protect. They can be partially buried for aesthetics reasons. I had one friend who did not want the dog to poop all over the back yard. So he placed them all over. Step 4: Why It Works? Picture of Why It Works?