- Apr 29, 2021
hello, I live in place my own yard and it is not fenced except for on one side. My dog is a 1-year old pitbull/lab mix and when he goes in the yard he is on a long leash so he can run around freely, but can't go past the sidewalk. In my neighborhood, there are a lot of cats roaming around and it's usually not an issue, but lately, there's been one cat in particular that keeps returning to my yard. I have NEVER fed this cat, the first time I saw it I petted it for a little, but other than that I have had 0 interaction with it. almost every day for the past week or 2 I've been noticing dead rats in my yard. at first, I didn't think anything of it, but one morning when I took my dog outside he chased the cat and I didn't see it at first. There's been a few times where the cat has been in the yard and I wasn't aware and let my dog out and he's come very close to catching it. on top of that, my dog has found the dead rats before me and also tries to eat that, which I don't appreciate. The cat will even cry outside my door as my dog is going insane barking at it. There was even one time I didn't know it was in the yard and it tried coming into my house when i opened the sliding glass door (thankfully my dog was in the crate or else he definitely would have killed it). then one day while I was at work, my roommate texted me saying she watched a random girl feed the cat directly in front of our house on the sidewalk. I'm pretty sure this is why the cat keeps coming back and leaving dead rats. Unfortunately, my roommate didn't do anything and I wasn't there or else I would have yelled at this girl (not a child, I live in a college town she is at least 20 and should know better) and called her an idiot for feeding a random cat in front of someone else's yard. I haven't seen her since and the cat keeps coming back. please help me get rid of this cat, I don't want my dog it kill it for obvious reasons. it's tormenting my dog every day and now it takes my dog like 10 minutes just to pee because he frantically sniffs around the yard looking for the cat now. Also, it's incredibly annoying, disgusting, unsanitary, and unsafe for my dog to have to pick up dead rats every day. please help me find a solution, I'm at my wit's end and if nothing works I will resort to shooting it with a bb gun or let my dog take care of it.