Jun
23
2011

How do I keep raccoons and possums away from my outside cat house??

Hello, There’s a cute black and white cat that I take care of, but he’s use to being outside and I’m not allowed to keep cats or dogs in side my apartment. So, today I’m making her a cat house out wood to keep her warm thru the winter, but there are other animals out there in the trees that have came up on my balcony, a little to close to my cat, ( Louler) temporary card board box home. Right now if I see them I will throw hot water on them to scare them away, but they still try and come back. Does anyone have any suggestions?? I would appreciate it so much. Holla at ya girl, peace.

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    10 Responses to “How do I keep raccoons and possums away from my outside cat house??”

    1. Mustela Frenata Says:

      We have several cats who are indoor/outdoor cats, and a whole gang of raccoons who come visiting most every night to finish off any outside food the cats haven’t eaten (and to be honest, we put extra out for the ‘coons — not enough to make them totally dependent on us, just enough to give them a little snack). No ‘possums now but we did have them at our old house.

      The fact of the matter is, at least in our experience, that all those stories about how vicious ‘coons and ‘possums are is a bunch of BS. Our cats do a fine job of keeping them in line without any help from us. The ‘coons and ‘possums are full of bluff and blusters, but in the end they are big furry chickens. I wouldn’t even worry about them.

      But if you want to, you can put your cat condo up on a pole stand, about 3-4 feet off the ground. The ‘coons technically CAN jump, but they don’t like to. So let the kitty get in and out of the house by a ramp for the first week or so, and she will know it is a nice spot. Then remove the ramp, and she will still jump in and out of it but the ‘coons and ‘possums won’t.

      The idea about coyote urine was a good one, but it might scare off the cat too.

    2. R S Says:

      Belive it or not they sell powdered coyote urine. This will scare off foxes and raccoons. I use it to keep them out of my garden. this works even if there are not coyotoes in your area. Raccoons and foxes are naturally scared of coyote territory.

      http://search.merrifieldgardencenter.com/search.aspx?keyword=coyote%20urine

    3. goddessheartbreaker Says:

      you really can’t keep light on. and a little noise. Good luck. I hate opposums.

    4. Big B Says:

      Se up a trap.

    5. silver2sea Says:

      The wildlife are attracted not by the box but by the food you’re leaving outside for your cat. Can you feed Louler in the apartment twice a day and then put her back outside?

      Please, don’t throw hot water on these poor animals, they’re only doing what they need for survival.

    6. jakelamb92 Says:

      spray the house with tag…the soon layer of women will shield it

    7. jim Says:

      can you touch the cat and bring him in for the night . if so than buy a live trap from home depot bait it with sardines set it up at night . buy some leather gloves set the trap out at night ive caught like 10 ratcoons in one night . i brought them to the local colleage campus theres plenty of woods there and lots of trash cans . if you cant touch the cat than get him into the box overnight some how and then do what i said . just plan it on a weekend and you should be able to get them all . once they smell the sardines they come out . the trap cost about 20 bucks but ya gotta keep the cat away for awile so you dont catch him so this is a hard one

    8. Lara B Says:

      well most animals like the smell of cat food I would suggest feeding ur cat insideleaving only a bowl of water out… you could make a door on your cat house so you would only let her out during the day… most animals are nocturnal except for squirrels and chipmunks…

    9. tweedle dee Says:

      Talk to your landlord and see if he/she will compromise. Most apartments will tolerate cats. If not, you should take him to the vet and try to find him a good home, maybe with a friend or through a rescue group. Outside cats are at more risk to diseases and predators. Chances are he won’t do so well once winter comes. Your best bet is to get him a home inside.

    10. Texanborn Says:

      Just reading the answers already left and have to give HUGE thumbs up to some and others I just have to shake my head at…Raccoons and Opossums are coming up to eat the food your cat may have left. Remove the temptation and they will go elsewhere. You can try trapping them or ask the local ASPCA to do it for you. Hot water will just just get them wet and they will soon dry off, but the temptation is still there. Coyote urine will work, but it will upset your cat too.

      If your cat is accustomed to living outside, then providing him with a warm, safe place to come to when he wants is the best way to keep him happy. It is AWFUL for a cat who has had his freedom to suddenly become a "house cat". He will very likely tear your apartment up trying to get out…I once knew a cat that would literally climb the walls for wanting outside. Poor thing was totally unhappy her entire long life. Sure, she lived longer (perhaps) but she was skitzo. Have him nutered and make sure he gets all his shots ESPECIALLY his rabies, he can get rabies by drinking water after an infected animal has drunk from the bowl, and have all the ticks, fleas, lice etc removed, keep an eye on those things and when he does allow you to pet him, give him lots and lots of loving. Louler has chosen you to provide him with some basics, be proud, be happy and respect his felineness!

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