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post #11 of 42 Old 09-20-2010, 02:55 PM
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Trap him, and take him to the nearest animal shelter.

It's not your responsibility to have him neutered.
This!

And I agree, getting him neutered will not necessarily stop the spraying. But he should be neutered anyway.

I personally would not talk to the neighbors first. I know it sounds horrible but they will instantly know it was you that took their cat if vanishes after you ask.
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post #12 of 42 Old 09-20-2010, 04:13 PM
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I feel sorry for you because you are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Didnt you say something that the woman was old and cranky.? The other thing is trapping and taking this cat into a shelter could cost you. I know around here, if you take in a stray they charge you for it. So call your shelter before you decide to take him in. Or you could trap him and make sure the shelter is open that day and get him there before anyone shows up and just leave. They can't charge you then. ?? That's about all the info I have for you. Good luck
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post #13 of 42 Old 09-20-2010, 08:27 PM
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Good point Alwaysbehind. That is a good reason not to contact them. If the cat is coming to your barn on a regular basis, he probably isn't being taken real good care of anyway.

And dang mbender. I've never heard of having to pay a shelter to take in any type of animal. I know the situation with stray, abandoned, abused, and just in general unwanted animals is very very bad out there. But if the shelters can't help, who will?

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Good point Alwaysbehind. That is a good reason not to contact them. If the cat is coming to your barn on a regular basis, he probably isn't being taken real good care of anyway.

And dang mbender. I've never heard of having to pay a shelter to take in any type of animal. I know the situation with stray, abandoned, abused, and just in general unwanted animals is very very bad out there. But if the shelters can't help, who will?
Per the bold - This isn't necessarily true. Yes it can mean they might not be taking the best care of the cat. Is it 100% proof of that? Nope, not in the least. Cats do not have a tiny defined area. I am betting that the barn in question is part of the Tom's regular hunting area.

Also, if you just take the cat and make it disappear and they later find out, you can be prosecuted for stealing their animal.

IMO the OP should talk to the people and if that doesn't work, contact animal control and have them deal with it if the owners won't. In that case the OP wont be in trouble for stealing someones pet.
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post #15 of 42 Old 09-20-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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I really don't think I can just take the cat, I am not sure whos it actually is, I just see it at the neighbors more of the time so assumed it was theirs. Could be no ones cat. My husbands gran would definitely notice the cat gone, she's really attached to the cats, she has another one that pretty much lives on her porch. The neighbor must be feeding the tom cat though, I see it up at their barn alot. Its certainly well fed, but not the healthiest looking animal. The neighbor definitely would not care about a cat peeing in our barn, just knowing from other issues with them.

ETA: I guess I'm just stuck with it!

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I guess when posting I was really just hoping someone had some ideas on how to scare the cat away from the barn, not really "get rid" of the cat. I feel like I would be stealing by trapping it and taking it away.
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I know that they don't have a tiny defined area NdAppy. I have had several cats both indoor and out. Whether a barn cat or just a stray that I took in, I have taken care of them all. Throughout my life, I've learned that if you take really really good care of an animal...which includes feed, vet, and lots and lots of attention...it will normally stay pretty close by. I've never had a cat that didn't show up within 5 minutes of me calling it unless it had been stolen, or something very very bad had happened to it. But this is just my experience.

As far as animal control is concerned, as stated in my previous post, I've never encountered one that made the person pay that was bringing the animal in. I do know that Animal Control in this county will NOT pick up a cat unless it's sick or injured. I found that one out in April when I lost my cat and called to see if he had been picked up.

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I think sometimes people get confused by a shelter asking for a donation when you drop off an animal and them charging.

I know the shelter near me that most people use asks for a $30 donation for the care of the animal while it is in their possession. But they will not refuse to take an animal if the donation is not given.


Cats are tough to scare away if they want to be there.

I vote paint ball gun. That would hurt but not kill.
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post #19 of 42 Old 09-21-2010, 07:43 AM
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Try placing ammonia soaked rags where the cat squeezes in. Its supposed to keep skunks/raccoons away, maybe that would work for the cat too.
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Oh yuck, Skip. That would keep me away for sure.
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