Solutions for Roaming Cats
Question: There are cats in my yard that do not belong to me.
I don't want them there. What can I do?
Answer: You have a few options, but first of all...
Carol is strongly opposed to violence or
cruelty of any kind toward
cats or other animals.
Known illegal activities should be reported to the proper authorities.
If you know the identity of the owner, you can...
- ask them nicely to confine their pet to their property (this method rarely works).
- set a cat trap (the box variety that shelters use) and when you trap
the cat (please remember to check the trap frequently), take the trap (with
the cat still inside), to the neighbor. Explain the situtation and nicely inform them
that the next time the animal will be transported to the local shelter.
- call your local animal control office and inquire about local regulations. Perhaps they
will come and set a trap for you. Please note: If your area does not
have a nuisance or leash law for cats, it may be illegal to transport
someone's pet. If in doubt it is always best to check with an attorney.
Don't bother wasting your time by telling the neighbor to declaw the cat
or put a bell on it. Neither one will work! Declawed cats wearing bells
still kill birds! Also, fences do not work (unless it's electrified).
If you are sure the cat is a stray...
- set a cat trap yourself and transport the animal to the shelter. NEVER NEVER dump animals
in the country or anywhere else. You are just moving the problem to
someone else's property!
- call your local shelter. Most of the time an officer will help you handle
If you are not sure if the cat is a pet, check with animal control
concerning regulations. Never violate the law!
Please feel free to contact us, but remember that we cannot
give legal advice.