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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Rafter S » Thu May 18, 2017 3:52 pm

skeeter swatter wrote:
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msplmtneer wrote:Try sprinkling lots of pepper in your flower beds.

That might be a plan..
Black or cayenne?

Either one. they both go good with cat, as does mustard :mrgreen:


Moth balls might work too.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Workinonit Farm » Thu May 18, 2017 4:46 pm

Mothballs doesn't, usually, work.

I would go for the pepper, both kinds, give it a try. Or best solution, so far, would be motion activated sprinklers, small ones. And when they shoot water at the cats, the flower beds get a small drink at the same time. Yes, I'm being serious.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby ga.prime » Thu May 18, 2017 5:01 pm

.17HMR ballistic tips fired from a scoped bolt action Savage never fail and would be my only consideration. If you go this route, just be aware of the backdrop. I used to think those bullets didn't go through an object the size, shape, and with the exact same constitutional makeup of a full grown cat's thoracic cavity until I busted out a window while narrowly missing the air-conditioning unit.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby ga.prime » Thu May 18, 2017 5:03 pm

I have no sympathy for feral cats or dogs.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Thu May 18, 2017 5:28 pm

We put up little hot wire fences around the veggie garden this year just to keep the dogs out. Its only about 10 inches off the ground, and not even hot...they won't go anywhere near it. They know the rest of the hot wires on the place will fry their hair off, so they avoid anything that looks like a hot wire fence. I would think if you hooked up a little pet fencer to it, you would zap enough of them really good and your gardens would be less of a litter box.

Or just get a heeler. Ours will kill a cat at the first opportunity. Good thing they kill rodents too!
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby DLD » Thu May 18, 2017 8:16 pm

How about a BB or pellet gun? My preference here would be one of those lower end pump up air rifles - 2 or 3 pumps on one of those that you pump 10 times for max power should be a good level for discouraging them from hanging out in the flower beds...
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Kingfisher » Thu May 18, 2017 9:00 pm

I like a 4shot with my 410.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby wacocowboy » Thu May 18, 2017 9:06 pm

A friend got a bunch of cats dumped by his place. Before the local wildlife could lower the numbers they turned his wife's flower bed and his kids sand box into a litter box. Cats don't like the smell of pepper, coffee grounds, orange peels or tobacco. You can also use those ultrasonic devices they worked for awhile for my friend. Motion water sprinklers is what he said worked best for the sand box. They used the water sprinklers and put pine cones and chicken wire in between the plants in the flower bed. Good luck.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Caustic Burno » Thu May 18, 2017 10:37 pm

Kingfisher wrote:I like a 4shot with my 410.

That works I prefer the 22 LR.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Nesikep » Thu May 18, 2017 11:07 pm

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Last resort:
A new wife that doesn't care about flower beds. (A bit extreme just over a bit of catshheet)

Yes, it is a delicate topic and it depends on how much value you place on flower beds.
Since you brought it up, if you can afford it, you might want to move that last option up a couple notches.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby dieselbeef » Fri May 19, 2017 6:40 am

dog?
sprinklers?
glycol bowl..after ya bait em in with food sw to a glycol mixture.

coyote be nice?

ammonia..

live trap em and drown em is really the only way..eventually theyll breed and youll just have more
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby Jogeephus » Fri May 19, 2017 7:53 am

I can ask if my daughter would allow you to borrow her Rottweiler for a couple days. Couple days is all it would take. Three tops. He loves playing with cats. Our feral cat population went from plentiful to full extinction in just a few days.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby greybeard » Fri May 19, 2017 2:06 pm

and the universe provides..

I saw one of the little furballs got ran over up on the blacktop this morning, flat as a pancake.
If this wind and sun hold, I'll be able to use it for a Frisbee in about a week...... I have the book somewhere. 101 Uses For a Dead Cat.
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby danl » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:44 pm

You won't understand it Ron, but I figure I got enough blood on my hands already that I'm gonna have to account for in front of my Maker one day and the older I get, the more that realization weighs.

I think there is a special exemption for feral cats, I read in a hunting magazine that feral cats kill more birds, baby rabbits etc. than any wild predator. Plus I just don't like cats
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Re: a delicate question about feral housecats, flowerbeds and ratshot.

Postby danl » Sat Jun 03, 2017 11:52 pm

I have a memory that has bothered me occasionally for almost 40 years. A neighbor had a big black Tom cat that hunted the field in front of our house constantly. Always killing birds in my yard. One morning there was a pretty heavy snow and I'd had enough. Got my .22 out and took a long shot. Made a bad but crippling hit. That cat was bleeding all over the white snow and making circles in front of God and everybody.. I had to run him down and finish him off. I guess no one paid attention, cause I never mentioned it to anyone till this very second, not even my wife, and no one said anything
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