|Originally posted by vinny
I have three outside cats that I feed. They have been neutered and spayed and I take good care of them. For the past two months three cats have been coming in my back yard and eating their food. (they ae always together - must be realted). My husband has tried to get them to take them to where he works since there are other cats there and the workers feed them but it is impossible. You can not get close to them.
Please help me, What can I do. I do not want to harm them, I love cats but I can afford to feed any more and two of them seem to be females so you know what that means.
The three newcomers to your yard sound like they're either strays or a neighbour's cat.
Do these three arrive together from the same direction or separately and are content to share? Cats do live in colonies and have social sturcture amongst themselves.
Moving the cats isn't an ideal option based on what you have posted. If they are truly strays with no owners, simply moving them to another location isn't necessarily going to work out well, especially if the females are not spayed and the male isn't neutered. Things probably won't work out at your husband's work. There will probably be a fight for territory and this could end all feeding of cats at the workplace period. And with all cats disappearing for a while, chances are, kittens will be born resulting in more cats to be fed.
If these cats are owned by someone in the neighbourhood, then you could be moving someone else's cats away. Create some flyers with a decription of these cats, include a photo if you can, with your contact number asking for the owner to contact you. That way, if they are owned by someone, at least that way, they know what is happenning and where their cats are going.
If no one answers your call, then assume that no one owns them. Are there shelters in your area that you can borrow a trap from? That way you can trap the cats and take them to the shelter. It's best to take them to a no-kill shelter as the cats won't be killed if no homes are found within a short period of time.
Have a look in this thread for a list of no-kill shelters.No-Kill Shelters Thread in Cat SOS Forum
And have a read of some of the threads in the Caring for Strays and Ferals Forum. There's a lot of advice given and discussions as to how to trap cats and how to gain their trust.Caring for Strays and Ferals Forum
And lastly, removing these three cats from your yard, if that is what happens ultimately, won't guarantee you of more unlwelcome visitors. Removing a cat or more from a location simply frees up space for replacements. Think of it like the job market. Job openings don't stay open for long. You may have to consider feeding your three outdside cats within a particular timeframe and then take the food away. Keep doing this at the same time everyday and your cats will learn to eat all their food or what is required during those times. This will stop other cats eating your cats' food. It won't stop cats visiting your yard though.