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Warding off bully cat

post #1 of 14
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Over the past few weeks,a new cat has arrived on the scene at my house and has been hanging around all hours of the night/early morning,howling,crying and generally making some godawful sounds.It's not injured and looks in pretty good shape.I suspect it's male by the look of it.It's the beginning of spring here in Sydney Australia,so it's not in season.It is now acting aggressively toward my little female cat,Asia,scratching and bullying her,then staring at her through the glass doors at the front of our house.I would like to know if anyone has a simple strategy for keeping it away from our premises and our cat.
post #2 of 14
Welcome to TCS!

I'll move this to Strays and Ferals for you so the others can see

Have you asked around to see if he belongs to anyone
post #3 of 14
Is there a chance he does has a home? Ie not feral but domestic astray?
Is so, hung him up as "found" in all neighborhood, say up to 15 kilometres (10 miles) around. Food shops f.ex.

If he feral or you dont worry too much about him - it is spring now in Australia and no danger for him!

Shout meanly! (do train at home). Cast water at him - especially if you see him bully your cat. Growl! (growls are stronger threat than hissing!). Chase him away!
It is surely not any fun for you to be nasty against a animal, but you must be unpleasant for him - so his new territory will feel like a nasty place for him...

*sad smile*

Edit. Ps. Of course, if you do have a active shelter in your town you may contact them and tell. They can perhaps come and trap/fetch the cat... - Or, at the least, perhaps give you a suitable advice.
post #4 of 14
I heard about cats in Australia they have hunts where they shoot as many cats as they can because they kill endangered wildlife and birds. Mabye thats not in your area? I would get him neutered so no more cats will be born.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by crjh
Over the past few weeks,a new cat has arrived on the scene at my house and has been hanging around all hours of the night/early morning,howling,crying and generally making some godawful sounds.It's not injured and looks in pretty good shape.I suspect it's male by the look of it.It's the beginning of spring here in Sydney Australia,so it's not in season.It is now acting aggressively toward my little female cat,Asia,scratching and bullying her,then staring at her through the glass doors at the front of our house.I would like to know if anyone has a simple strategy for keeping it away from our premises and our cat.
He probably isn't neutered which would account for at least some of his behaviors. And believe me, it doesn't have to be "in season" in order for cats to start trying to find another cat to "get it on" with. When the weather starts warming up..the intact males do tend to roam looking for intact females to inpregnant. I do hope you girl is spayed.

If you know he isn't owned, my recommendation would be to have him trapped and take him to the vet to be neutered.

Katie
post #6 of 14
Yes, thinking again I agree. Do neuter him if possible. It will be a welldoing for him and all others. And more easy for him to perhaps find a home...

There are costs, but perhaps you can get help from a shelter. Or some veterinary does it cheap on stray cats...
post #7 of 14
Hiyas crjh,
As a fellow Sydneyite heres what you can do......
1 Spray citronela around your yard this generally stops cats as they dont like the smell
2 DO NOT feed or show him any attention
3 As far as the N.S.W Companion animal act goes there is no such thing as a "Stray" or "Feral" cat. (Although working in a vets I see hundreds of them). The law states that you can take him to the pound if he is causing a danger to a person or animal. Or you can call your local council and report it as a nucance cat.
We have stupid laws in N.S.W. basicly to prevent the councils from having to take responsability.
If you need some info to back up your discussion with the council look here http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/n...ct/caa1998174/

And BTW Kitten season has already started!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 14
Just trap him, get him neutered and re-release him. You don't need to scare him, stamp your feet at him, throw water on him. He is probably spraying the outside walls of your home, so you should if possible, just get him neutered. That way he won't contribute any more to the kitten population of your country, he won't be so focal, or so much of a nuisance, and who knows, you might like him so much, you decide to keep him-
post #9 of 14
thats illegal for us Hissy!!!
ARGH I cant believe I'm hearing this! lalalalalalala
By releasing a cat into the "wild" you are only ensuring that he will kill our native wildlife. If you are going to get any cat desexed you must still take responsability of the cat after that!
Not to mention the fact that if the cat is owned by someone else they can take legal action against you!
*Goes away to calm down*
post #10 of 14
sorry bout that. I'm calm now.
Just make sure you dont get in trouble by trying to help the little guy, crjh.
post #11 of 14
I have outside cats, and had "my" tom fighting over territory with a wild tomcat. I was able to trap the wild boy, and neuter him. Now Will (my nice tomcat) is neutered, also. The problem is solved.

If you live in an area where it is illegal to release a feral cat, that stinks. I guess if it was me, I would do it anyhow, and just not announce it to anyone. Once that boy is fixed, he will calm down and quit picking fights with your cat and others.

I named my wild boy Tommy, because I decided it was wrong to hate him for acting on his cat nature. I rarely see him, but at least he is neutered and up on all his shots. The vet commented that he was one of the most feral cats he had seen, and he does ferals for $25 each!

I wouldn't try to chase him off by throwing water at him. I doubt it would help. And it will just make him more fearful.
post #12 of 14
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By releasing a cat into the "wild" you are only ensuring that he will kill our native wildlife.
If she neuters him and puts him back outdoors and FEEDS him, he is less likely to kill the native wildlife then by shooing him off. If she neuters him, he also won't cause any more litters to be born.

Katie
post #13 of 14
Well first off capture him and go to the vet (just to scan for a microchip or i.d.) If he has one then look for the owner. If he does not then it's your choice what you want to do. Getting him neutered is better than having him roaming making more cats. If you feel he has no owner and you cant keep him, well than scare him off or keep feeding him if you know you can make a shelter for him to live outside and stay healthy.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks.I'm going to try this out!Hopefully the citranella will keep it away.My little Asia is no match for this cat!
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