I have one outdoor cat that needs to be outside. Bringing her in is not an alternative so please don't write "bring her inside". We leave the garage open a little to let her sleep and eat inside the garage. The problem is that my neighbor has four feral cats that he calls his, they are now showing up in my garage and are tearing things up. One even got into the house and broke my dishes jumping up on the counters. We are thinking they are coming over to play with our outdoor cat and we don't mind that but 4 cats messing our garage up is another story. Right now I am forced to close my garage and put my cat outside in the cold with the front porch as her only covering for the time being. We have a shed out back that we have tried to get her to use but she never goes there. We even tried feeding her in it but she never sleeps there. Now my wife is all upset and wants to give our cat away cause of all the trouble the ferals have caused. I had tried to help my neighbor understand that the cats are feral and not pets but just because he feeds them he thinks they are his. We 3 of them were 4 week old kittens I had trapped them (they were on my porch) and put them in a pet carrier. I asked him if he wanted to give them away or start socalizing them I would show him how but he just let them go. He at least spayed the mother cat so we won't get anymore kittens in the neighborhood. Is there something I can do to make the ferals stay away from our house and garage? And again, I am not wanting to offend any feral colony oweners, I love feral cats and have tamed many to give away for adoption but I think it is not very wise when you have a chance to tame a feral kitten at 4 weeks and you choose not to. Also if you own an animal you should take responsibilty for the animal and any damage it may cause. Also I had one more question, if my cat is exposed to ferals, will she start wanting to run off with them?
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12/16/05 at 3:06am