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robindeer Mon 21-Apr-14 21:26:00

Can anyone advise on how to deter a cat from coming into our house?

We have two resident moggies, one a lovely old girl who is very timid and the other a boisterous wee chap who is super friendly. Neither of ours are up for a turf war but this cat not only visits our garden but has been known to come in through the cat flap into the house! I'm not keen on replacing the cat flaps with magnetic ones but if any of you have had positive experiences with them I may reconsider!

Any advice on how to deter the visitor would be gratefully received. At the minute it appears supremely unconcerned by me standing in my PJs shooing it away!

Reiltin Mon 21-Apr-14 21:29:51

We have the Sureflap. We've scanned our two cats' microchips so they're the only ones that can get through. I'd recommend it smile

robindeer Mon 21-Apr-14 21:37:00

Googling right now!

LastingLight Mon 21-Apr-14 21:39:06

If you can catch it, dunk it in a bucket of water and let go... doesn't harm the cat and it worked for us.

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 21-Apr-14 21:48:16

Fuck me lasting that's monstrous.

Have you checked the cats not a stray? Hunger makes them bold.

TalkinPeace Mon 21-Apr-14 22:17:35

microchip catflap

and as the owner in the past of one of the bully cats, I'll second the bucket of water treatment
he came home SOAKED twice, but he got the message (for that house anyway)

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 21-Apr-14 22:25:08

No way I'd want someone holding my cat over a bucket of water and putting him in it.

I know someone whose df drowned a cat in a water butt because it killed his koi carp.

I could live with someone throwing water over him.

BadRoly Mon 21-Apr-14 22:26:34

We have a microchip cat flap. Works a treat. Cost about £60-£70 from Amazon I think.

TalkinPeace Mon 21-Apr-14 22:27:25

Old cat got cornered and had a whole bucket poured over him
the other time they cornered him into their pond
same effect
he deserved it grin

BadRoly Mon 21-Apr-14 22:27:55

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 21-Apr-14 22:42:34

<sticks fingers in ears>

<considers making all future cats house cats>

SecretWitch Mon 21-Apr-14 22:47:51

Could you keep a water sprayer thingy on hand? Several squirts should do the job. I'm also with Fluffy...I know the bully cat is a pest, but he is just a dumb animal. Holding him in water feels like torture to me.

BrunoBrookesDinedAlone Mon 21-Apr-14 23:01:26

Next time he comes in, catch him and dress him up as a Victorian city gent, complete with silver-topped cane, and take loads of photos of him posing on his hind legs looking uncomfortable. Then print them in sepia and sell them on ebay. That'll sort him out.

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 23:08:13


robindeer Mon 21-Apr-14 23:22:12

More inclined to squirt him than dunk him but we're at work all day and our two are free to roam so impossible to monitor most of the time. Interested in the microchip catflap, do your cats find it at all difficult? Do they have to angle a particular way?

Sorry for the daft questions but it took us a long time to get ours to use the normal catflap! Technology might be a step too far!

This 'visitor' cat seems very robust, very healthy and frankly, downright rude! He's all over the village, apparently fearless!

robindeer Mon 21-Apr-14 23:24:27

Bruno grin

cozietoesie Mon 21-Apr-14 23:26:50

Actually, robin, he might have a gang - like TopCat in the old cartoons. For all you know, your house is Party Central when you're at work!

I'd get a Sureflap - they're a little pricey but are the one used by most posters on this board and are supposed to be very good, with excellent after sales support. (And easy to fit.) You'll also save money on food he/they would have eaten and the chemicals you won't be using to clean cat pee of all surfaces.

robindeer Mon 21-Apr-14 23:35:50

I might be sold on this. I'd never even heard of them before tonight!

Fluffy, I'll be having nightmares about that story. The poor cat, that is horrendous. I'd be inclined to drown the man in his own water butt. Disgusting, cruel bully.

Will try to picture a well-dressed Victorian version of Top Cat to chase away the horrors!

cozietoesie Tue 22-Apr-14 00:17:48

I think some posters were finding that their cats were initially a little disconcerted by the small 'click' the Sureflap makes when it operates - and taped up the flap for a couple of days to accustom their cats to it. (As you mentioned that your two took a while to get used to a normal flap.) If you get one, you might therefore aim to install it at the weekend or at some time when you'll be home to repel boarders and can therefore do that if needed.

Plenty of experience with them on this board so you can come back and ask. Who knows - your two might waltz through it as if they've never known anything else.

monicalewinski Tue 22-Apr-14 00:26:48

My house had become party central, and I only found out when I locked the catwalk going 'out' one night, but left 'in' open.

They then got bolder and bolder, and one rascal was found sleeping on the living room chair when I got home from work on more than one occasion.

We ended up with the microchip flap off amazon and it was money well spent imo.

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