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How can someone humanely rid a cat from their property?

Asked by Yellowdog (10572points) July 26th, 2019

My parents’ backyard I’ve made into a kind of animal sanctuary. I’ve learned to co-exist with racoons which destroy the hummingbird feeders for the sugar water, and squirrels and chipmunks who uproot potted plants because they have no sense at all.

The backyard is a cageless aviary of a wide variety of birds—red cardinals, bluebirds, blue jays, mockingbirds, grey and brown birds, doves, woodpeckers, even hummingbirds. They coexisted with each other and with squirrels and chipmunks and less so with raccoons

But the birds rarely come now, because a cat as taken up residence in the yard, He / she is ALWAYS out there when I go outside, and runs. The cat is after the birds, of course, and has killed a few.

Now, I love cats, And I recognize a cat is only doing what cats do, Killing rodents is why we accepted them at first, And I recognize that a cat might be someone’s beloved pet. The cat has a right to exist, and the owner of the cat has a right to own a cat, and that cats have a right to be cats and do what cats do.

But somewhere, human rights come into play and its my yard (my parents actually), and my decision as a human is to reserve my yard for the birds and other wildlife,

My thought is to trap the cat as if it were a raccoon or opossum and take it to an animal shelter. Or bring it into a pet store that allows you to bring in your pet, but leave it there and deny that I was the one who brought it.

How would you rid a cat, humanely? I’m trying to protect the birds on my property. Cats have rights too, but mine supersede in favor of birds.

P.S. I’ve told the cat that we don’t have a kitty cat, and that there’s not supposed to be a kitty cat here. The cat moves on. But comes back. And I’ve thrown things at the kitty cat that land just a few feet from it. But it always comes back very soon after I’m gone.

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canidmajor's avatar

Humane trap, and a shelter a few towns away.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Yes, a live trap and relocate or if you want a cheap, low key version, use coyote urine around the perimeter. May scare off some of the other wildlife though. Buy it at your local Home Depot or Menards.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Firstly, check around your neighborhood. Find out if the cat does indeed belong to someone. Barring that if you must remove the cat get a humane trap. Once the cat is trapped take it to the nearest no-kill shelter (not one a few towns away). The shelter will likely require a fee or donation in order to take the cat. Pay it.

flutherother's avatar

I’d try the Ultrasonic Battery Operated Motion Activated Cat Repellent which is available on Amazon. It seems to be quite successful with cats.

anniereborn's avatar

I agree with @Darth_Algar . Why take it to a shelter a few towns away? If it belongs to someone, they have the right to call around and be able to locate it.

anniereborn's avatar

@KNOWITALL I don’t think I want to know how they get the coyote urine.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@anniereborn Well, since you kind of asked, you know I have to always back my word with a source.

“After you train them to hit the bottle, it is really quite simple.” Whoops, sorry that’s the unreal truth, but I couldn’t resist. Back to reality. Urine is collected from animals in game farms, zoos and preserves. These wild game care providers are fully regulated by the appropriate state agencies. Those agencies conduct regular inspections of each facility to assure that the facility meets all health and treatment standards established by each agency. The urine is collected via floor collection drains in pens and cages and the animals are always treated in a most humane manner. In addition, these wild game care providers find that the revenue generated by the renewable resource of urine delivers a much needed income stream that allows these providers to keep many more animals alive and healthy.

Kraigmo's avatar

The cat should be neutered. And after checking for a chip, if there is none, then get his ear-tipped.
After that he can be moved.
To have him move on his own, borrow a dog for a month.

kritiper's avatar

Call your animal shelter. They may be able to loan you a live trap where you can catch the animal and take it to them.

zenvelo's avatar

But somewhere, human rights come into play….

I didn’t realize you are speciesist.

If you can catch the cat and bell it, you can save birds. Our cat was doing the same thing and my mom belled it, end of bird hunting, but didn’t slow it down at getting gophers and mice.

jca2's avatar

There are agencies that will help you, usually for a small donation. They will lend you a trap and show you how to use it. When you trap the cat, they may take her (or him) and try to get it adopted, if it’s not feral. If it’s feral, they will neuter it and vaccinate it and then release it somewhere where it can live in peace, or they may keep it in one of their indoor shelters (usually a room in someone’s house). Google something like Forgotten Felines or Feral Felines or call the local animal shelter and ask them what agencies are in the area and ask for contact info.

These agencies are run by volunteers who trap cats, help others trap cats, get medical help for cats, get the adoptable ones adopted, and feed stray cats. The volunteers are very devoted.

mazingerz88's avatar

Awww…this is in General? Was thinking a camouflaged Acme Cat-apult Vanisher. Cat steps on it, cat goes bye-bye.

kritiper's avatar

If you’re out in the country, you can take your trusty .22 rifle with hollow point bullets and, assuming you are a good enough shot, shoot the cat RIGHT SMACK DAB IN THE HEAD, killing it instantly, which would be most humane.

Yellowdog's avatar

Yes,@mazingerz88 this discussion is in General.

Humour is welcome, but lets keep the topic about cats, other pets, and the humane treatment of wildlife. Or humorous inhumane if you must,

This discussion would go haywire in Social.

kritiper's avatar

The details following the question are quite imaginative and fanciful so any seriousness goes right out the window. This question really belongs in Social!

zenvelo's avatar

One can buy motion detectors that trigger water sprinklers. Set that up where the cat comes in or hangs out, no more visits after a couple tries. Keeps raccoons, skunks, and possums out too.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

I see no reason for wild, roaming cats to be allowed to exist. Humaneness isn’t really a consideration.

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martianspringtime's avatar

Send it to me. (kidding). Are there perhaps any local cat lovers though? My grandma was a resident cat lady in her city, and people knew that if they found a cat or had a problem cat, she would likely take it in. Obviously the next best thing would be a shelter, but shelters are often overrun with cats since people love to let their (usually unfixed) cats loose because they have no sense of responsibility.

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