Friday, December 26, 2008

Cat Patrol

In consideration of those of you who adore cats, I will warn you that you may not want to read this post.  We live in a town that has the largest number of cats and little kicker dogs than I have ever seen in one place in America.  The constant yipping and yowling gets on one's nerves, particularly when that yipping or yowling is going on right under the bedroom window at 4:30 a.m.  There is no solution to the yipping, that I am aware of, except for chocolate.  But I do not poison people's pets, regardless of how rude those pet owners are, to ignore the incessant noise that is coming from their own animal.

For the yowling, however, there are solutions.  Some options:
1. Shoot the offending cat.
2. Install a sprinkler system and keep it running.
3. Plant Coleus canina, known by most as Scaredy Cat, around the perimeter of the house.
4. Install an cat-repelling electronic device.
5. Set a cat trap.
None of these options are going to work here.  So we devised our own method:

After three nights in a row of having our sweet sleep interrupted by the neighbors' screaming, wailing,  yowling felines, Mr. Cat-Hater, here,  is prepared for war.  Wearing a headlamp (because we forgot to do this in the daytime) and wielding a spray bottle filled with ammonia, he is headed for the front lines.  He will not be spraying ammonia on the cats but around the perimeter of our lot. This will work for quite a while, maybe even until the next rain (which we don't plan to see around here for some time).  Tonight those rotten cats will be hosting their nocturnal forays on someone else's property.

12/17 UPDATE:  It worked! No more yowling cats!


  1. Reminds me of a song my brother taught me -

    "Oh the best cat, is a ...."

    Best not finish that one here.

  2. You go! Get those kitties! Can't stand those little yipper dawgs, myself. Unfortunately, we own one. sigh. If she would only run away..... ;-)

  3. I think I know what anonymous was going to say... =P

    I both love cats and hate them at the same time....

    We have a couple (or more??) of those yipper cats around here....

    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do sometimes!!!! =)

  4. Oh NO, say it isn't so - Pastor is a cat HATER? Well, I must say Jeff only likes certain pets of ours - one cat he will like and the next one he hates. I didn't know that there was a plant to scare away cats & I knew there was something about amonia & cats, but didn't know what. We just use a Super Soaker squirt gun. It's mostly to keep the chickens off the front porch, but also works for neighbor cats. Cats don't howl out here, lest they attract coyotees.

  5. I love cats, but I understand your dilemma. We keep our cats indoors as well as our dogs, especially at night. But we have the same problem with neighbors and barking dogs into the wee hours of the a.m. I pray you have blessed peace. God bless you!!

  6. RYC:

    The frog pattern was from

    It was a lot of fun to make. We still haven't tried the bunny yet. Soon God bless you.


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