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There are those who truly love cats. They find their cat to be one of the most important parts of their life, even a member of the family. They truly are special.
Some find cats so special to them and love them so much that they will go out of their way to take care of any cat that comes around their home. This can often mean that stray cats, those who have no owner and who basically live a wild existence in an urban or suburban setting, will go to those homes because they know that they can get on regular meal each time they show up. The people feel obligated to provide for these animals because of their love for them and because they know that the animal won't have many other options should they choose to ignore it.
While that may seem like a very generous thing to do, having stray cats around your house comes with many pitfalls. Not only do you have to worry about the fact that the animal is likely aggressive because of its wild nature, but it will leave disease in the form of parasites and pathogens because of the nature of its existence. This is why it is really not to your advantage to the health of yourself, your family, and your other pets because of what these animals can do.
The problem is that keeping these felines away is not as easy to do as it may seem. Once they have determined that a place could be a source of food for them they will continue to return, which is why it is important to you to know how to keep away stray cats.
The most important step that you can take from the very start is to not feed them. If you are putting food outside that they can come and eat then they are going to continue to return. While you may not like the idea of ignoring their needs, if you want them to stay away you simply have to do so.
Putting up a fence can have limited success for you, and less you put it high enough so that the cat cannot climb up it and get over into your yard. You usually need at least a 5-foot fence that goes all the way to the ground. Keep in mind that cats can dig their way underneath as well, and so you have to keep it along the ground if not a few inches below the surface to succeed.
It may be to your advantage to look at such things as predator urine to keep stray cats away as well. If you find that the problem is a persistent one, this can be an option that will successfully keep the stray cats away. Keep in mind that it may not make your property smell the best for a while, but if you can deter the cats from coming by for a few weeks then your problem may be resolved and you may not need to use this any longer.
For more information, you may want to click on one of these guides that I wrote:
How To Guide: Who should I hire? - What questions to ask, to look for, who NOT to hire.
How To Guide: do it yourself! - Advice on saving money by doing wildlife removal yourself.
Guide: How much does wildlife removal cost? - Analysis of wildlife control prices.
Animals in the attic - read about the common species.
Noises in the attic - how to identify critters by their sounds.