- Two orange tabbies
- Two regular tabbies (brown/black-ish?)
- One orange and black tabbie
- One lightbrown/grey tabbie (big one!)
- Two mixed color long hairs
- One white and orange short hair (this one is mostly blind, poor guy)
- One totally black short hair (that keeps having babies)
- One totally grey with grey eyes
- One mostly grey with white chest
Our neighbor feeds the cats from her front and back porches twice a day. The cats get wet and dry food (hmmmmm, wet cat food in the summer.) And apparently our neighbor's yard is full up, because the cats come into our yard to poop. Every day. Let me remind you: there are at least twelve cats. Also? Some of them spray to mark their territory. And some have decided our front and back porches are their territory.
As you know, we've worked hard to create planting beds in the back, side and front yards. I have picked up so. many. piles. of cat shit. And I have stepped in so. many. piles. of cat shit. And in what - so far - has been the nadir of my cat shit experience, I wiped the sweat off my brow one day and marked my forehead with......wait for it.....cat shit. Here's what we've tried:
-6 foot fencing
-Essential oils and every other product that is non-toxic but supposed to smell nasty to cats.
-Motion detected water devices.
-Motion detected sonic devices.
-Asking neighbor to put out kitty litter boxes (she refused)
Look, I love animals. Really. Look at my ridiculous dog: he sleeps on cashmere for gods sake. But he is licensed and I pick up after him. It's not the cat's fault. And - honestly- if it weren't for the poop and cat urine smell, I wouldn't mind them at all.
Holyoke passed a new ordinance last year requiring anyone feeding four or more feral cats to register with the city. This spring, our neighbors' request will be working its way through the process. I plan to keep you updated as we go along.