How to stop a cat coming into our house ?

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Our neighbour's cat often just wanders into our house if the door is left open - I don't have animals and don't particularly want any, I don't want it in my house and it makes me jump if I turn round and see a cat stood there (like it did tonight).

I've never enticed it into the house with food, in fact I've never fed it. I will stroke it if it's outside though.

Any ideas on how I can stop it coming in the house - a bucket of water over it sounds a good idea but i can't imagine my neighbour would be best pleased!!!

Any suggestions most welcome.

Thanks.
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  • raymondraymond Forumite
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    One of those "canister" type air horns they use at footballl matches, it should scare the crap out of it in a confined space.
  • Not literally I hope .... I don't want to clear that up !!!

    LOL
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  • *sandymogs**sandymogs* Forumite
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    Try chasing it out on your hands and knees barking like a dog.
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  • chugalugchugalug Forumite
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    At least you have the excuse that there are no other pets to scare it away!! I have 2 big, black, manly cats who allow the cat next door just to wander in and do what he likes - perhaps its cos they're neutered - I thought cats were terratorial???

    Get a water spray like a house plant spray and give it a squirt every time it comes near the door or in the house. Won't do any damage and cats hate it!!
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    I had exactly the same problem. DH went upstairs to find a cat sitting on the landing. DH gets asthma so a cat is a no no. I would have ejected it roughly but DH was too kind. That night the cat left a large cat poo on the front door step, you could see the runs down the door. We have a mat and an open porch so it is inviting for a cat.

    So!!! I got the nearest orange essence I could find, some from the fridge for cakes, I diluted it and sprayed around the door and porch. I then surrepticiously sprayed the cat whenever it came close enough. Now it keeps its distance. I have bought a sonic repeller but not had to use it yet.

    If ever any cat comes in, I will eject it forcefully after giving it a good spray of water
  • nelly_2nelly_2
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    Try this





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  • tankgirl1tankgirl1 Forumite
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    best bet is plain old water in a spray bottle

    wont harm the cat, but will make it learn to keep its distance!!

    just a short, sharp zap of water will do the trick (not on/near the head tho :o)

    HTH

    ps- better with a 'jet' of water, rather than a 'shower' iykwim - on some spray bottles you can adjust it
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  • tankgirl1 wrote:
    best bet is plain old water in a spray bottle

    wont harm the cat, but will make it learn to keep its distance!!

    just a short, sharp zap of water will do the trick (not on/near the head tho :o)

    HTH

    ps- better with a 'jet' of water, rather than a 'shower' iykwim - on some spray bottles you can adjust it

    Yes. Jet of water would work I think.

    Mind you, the last cat that wandered into our house and then slept on our bed is now resident. And completely in charge of us. :)
    Where now?
  • nelly_2nelly_2
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    How about installing a cattle grid. get it ? :)
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