How to Handle Feral Cat Problems


Feral cats are stray cats that have become lost or separated from their home or owner. The word “feral" means untamed or wild. Typically, feral cats are quite different than house cats and can cause serious problems for people such as stealing their pet's food that has been left outside, destroying decorative pillars and furniture while treating the items as scratching posts and potentially spreading rabies, fleas, ticks, lice and cat scratch fever.

Things You'll Need

  • Motion-sensing infrared sprinkler
  • Pepper Spray
  • Extracted oil from the hottest peppers and spices
  • Call your local shelter, humane society and veterinarian. Find out if someone is looking for or has lost a cat that fits the description of the feral cat causing you problems. Sometimes a cat is micro chipped and all you have to do is have the animal scanned to find out if it is registered to an owner. If the cat has no owner, it can be put up for adoption. However, whether or not the cat can be adopted depends on it's behavior. It has to be able to be handled, domesticated and declared tame enough to be adopted out.

  • Use a motion-sensing infrared sprinkler. If the motion sensor detects any movement it will send a signal to an electronic device that triggers a switch activating the sprinkler. The cat will be met with a surprise gush of water, which can break the feral cat's habit of coming too close to your house.

  • Hire someone to remove the feral cat. Search your local listings for trapping-spay-neuter-release programs. There are several committees and groups in the United States that focus on trapping, spaying or neutering and releasing animals back into its environment. Professionals will safely remove the feral cat as well as neuter or spay it. This helps maintain healthy feral cat colonies by keeping them from reproducing. You can find an organization near you by doing an Internet search as most organizations have websites with details and contact information.

  • Remove any outside food sources such as your pet's food. Be sure not to feed the feral cat as this might only attract more feral cats. If you have an open garbage can or dumpster, be sure to put a lid securely over it.

  • Block any access feral cats have under your home, barns, decks and sheds. Feral cats like to hide away and nest in these areas.

  • Put some pepper spray or extracted oil around your home from the hottest peppers and spices. The feral cat's nose and senses will be irritated and this will drive them away.

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