Robmaxey <[email protected]
: Any suggestions for stopping another cat getting in through our catflap ?
: Ours isnt brave enough to see it off himself, and we are now starting to get
: spray around the front door.
: I dont want a magnetic cat flap - he loses his collar a lot, and would also
: get locked out when the battery runs down.
I had a similar experience. Still haven't installed a cat door, but I
leave my backdoor open a few inches around my homeless visitor's visit
time. A neighbor's cat, stronger bigger well-fed with a collar and
armed with a bully personality, decided barging in and I had to deal
First, don't have food out inside, smells attract cats from far. (This
reduced my problem, but didn't eliminate it.)
Second, do the "squirt with water" trick. It doesn't harm them but lets
them know they are unwelcome. (This worked for me. Over time I
communicated to the other cat that he was welcome to wander through the
lawn etc but not to climb up to my porch or barge inside.)
(A felt sad about this, because I would have liked to welcome any cat
that came. Another homeless cat visits me very irregularly and the two,
when they came across dodn't mind each other. However this one clearly
didn't need food or want my company, but was only interested in
bullying my regular cat. I would have liked to convey to him that he
was welcome if he behaved, by welcoming and rewarding when he was nice,
but he never gave me that chance.)
Finally, you don't have to leave the cat door open all the time. Open
it when your cat indicates he wants to go out and close it once he
comes back inside.
Good luck. Let's know ow it goes.