I have two DS's and no pets. There is a cat that keeps trying to get into our house. She is always in the back garden (the poo drives me mad). Twice I have left the back door open while DS1 was playing in the garden and have found her sitting on the kitchen table - there was no food on it at the time. She seems friendly and is usually meows at me. I haven't stroked it or encouraged it to come back and don't want to have to close door when DS is playing in garden. She is often sitting on window sill and trying to jump in open windows. If anyone knows of anything I can do to discourage this behaviour it would be greatly appreciated. She has no collar on but looks well looked after.
Some people recommend citrus juice or rind, or pepper, but it often doesn't work. I'm afraid in my experience of cats, once it's made up it's mind there is no persuading otherwise, in which case shutting the door will be the only option!
Water may work, but you'll have to be pretty persistent!
If there's only one way 'in' to your house - i.e. a back door that's often open - you might want to buy one of these. We have one on our front doorstep to stop the cats crapping in our gravel drive. It works.
I've not seen the neighbours' cat lurking under our birdtable since I got in a good shot with a supersoaker. Mind you, I had backup from our dog chasing her out barking wildly (he's usually a bit scared of cats!). Maybe if the water doesn't work you could borrow a dog...
Deffo the water pistol. If you're indoors, nota super-soaker, just an old-fashioned one. Or even water, flicked at the cat. It honestly wont hurt it - unless you blast the super-soaker at close range.
Also suggets you do this while hissing. Ideally clapping as well but you wont have enough hands. You basically need to be less friendly, and act like a mean old cat. A really loud, strong, hiss (eg "pppppsssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh") while said lurching towards the cat will see it off like a shot. And again will do it no harm at all.
And don't stroke it, not in your house, not in your garden, nor in the street, so as to not give out any mixed messages.
Hazel I live in a goldfish bowl cul-de-sac and am sure my neighbours would finally think I had lost it if they seen me as you describe above
I haven't stroked it but do feel sorry for it, am quite perplexed as to why it has chosen me it does seem to be looking for my affection. I had a border collie in my front garden last week for 3 hours before I eventually borrowed a lead and took it home - perhaps the animals think I am some kind of Dr Dolittle? It is all very odd!
Would they, tootired? Shit. As that seems to be my default behaviour (in similar cul-de-sac). Happily, it is usually accessorised by a scraggy old dressing gown and messy hair. Nice. Stlll, no one - no human anyway - messes with me!
Are you a Dr Doolittle too? I am. My best 'follow' was a mahoosive shire horse!