Cat breeding season is in full swing now which often sees an increase in stray cats. Our environmental protection team has some tips if you find a stray this year, and how to stop it visiting your house.
Palmerston North SPCA has already reported a huge upsurge in unwanted cats over summer 2018-2019. There are also lots of stray cats and kittens around the city.
If you find a stray cat
Don’t feed it, it will become a frequent visitor
Ask your neighbours if they know whose cat it is
Put a notice up at the local vet or supermarket
Call the SPCA
Advertise it as a ‘found cat’ on Facebook, Petsonthenet or TradeMe
How to stop a stray staying at your house
Sprinkle crushed egg shells, chilli or pepper flakes, citrus peels, tea leaves, coffee grounds around your vege and flower gardens
Consider planting garlic, geranium, rue, lemon thyme and cactus in your gardens as they don’t like digging there. Don’t plant catnip. Cats love it!
Sprinkle pinecones around where they are toileting. You can also mix up a bottle of half white vinegar and half water to spray on the area
Fill some ribbed water bottles and place them around toileting areas – they don’t like the reflective light so will avoid those spots
Head to your local pet or hardware shop and get some repellent products