stray cats lounging on our deiveway

sylvia1959June 2, 2012

why do stray cats like to lounge in the driveway. they will lay there even if there is no car there. when the car is there they lay underneath the car, what can i do to stop this? they are not deterred by water.

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sylviatexas1

You might spray the driveway (*not* the cats) with hot pepper spray:

put some hot peppers & water in a blender & puree, or just boil the mixture, & spritz it on the concrete.

Refrigerate the unused portion.

You'll have to re-apply as it wears off, but it should work.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 3:40PM
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lukkiirish

are they really hurting anything? I'd just let them be. Eventually they'll move on. On the brighter side, maybe they'll help keep unwanted critters out of your yard.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 6:17PM
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annzgw

I agree with luk......what's wrong with them being there?

Cats usually like the warmth coming off concrete...especially late evening. Maybe they consider your driveway a safe place??

    Bookmark   June 3, 2012 at 8:35PM
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sylviatexas1

The danger is to the cats;
if they get under the hood of the car, they could be seriously injured or killed by the fan blades when OP starts the car, or she could back over them when they're lying in the driveway.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 9:58AM
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betsyhac

Yeah, what's the big deal?
I think spraying with hot pepper spray is unnecessarily mean.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 9:59AM
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sylviatexas1

Please read again:

"You might spray the driveway (*not* the cats) with hot pepper spray"

The only thing I'd ever recommend to spray on a cat, or would be likely to accept without objection, is plain room temp water.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 2:38PM
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lukkiirish

Cats are pretty smart and won't usually go up in car engine like that. I've opened my hood to find a squirrel on top of the air filter housing though. We stood there staring at each other and then he finally jumped down but if the cats are true strays they will most likely run when someone goes to get in the car or even starts the engine.

Again, unless they really pose a serious problem, I'd just leave them be and it's nice that you can offer them a safe spot to relax.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 4:51PM
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sylviatexas1

but it *isn't* a safe spot, & I wouldn't count on cats being "pretty smart".

I nearly lost a cat who escaped & hid under a warm hood one winter day;
she was lucky, got out with a lacerated paw.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 3:48PM
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lukkiirish

It's summer, there is not need to get warm.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 8:28PM
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petaloid

Silvia is an animal lover with a lot of expertise -- she knows what she's talking about. It is dangerous to the cats to hang out in a driveway.

I know of many instances where cats sleeping in driveways and under the shade of cars have been run over by people who didn't notice them, even one cat that had climbed inside on top of the car tire to sleep.

Citrus is a smell cats don't like, so pouring citrus-scented cleaner on the driveway might help, but the hot pepper idea would certainly be more effective.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 2:15PM
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annzgw

I like the citrus approach much better. The issue I have with the hot pepper is the fact these are animals that wash their eyes & face with their paws. The chance of them getting pepper in their eyes is not worth using it.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 3:19PM
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harebelle

Have to agree with Annz. I don't allow anything caustic around animals, tame or feral. Anything that goes where animals are and oughtn't to be must be safe. That goes for the citrus cleaners too. Sme people need to have spotless drive ways too, so anything that can spot the pavement is as unwelcome as are the cats. Why not get a scat mat or some other sensor-driven mechanism to startle the cats away?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:38AM
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vampixen

you could spray the area with vinegar water mixed..it worked for me when Cats was using my tomato plants to pee in

    Bookmark   June 12, 2012 at 7:22PM
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bames

Don't mess with the cats.
They are very intelligent with long memories.
You make them mad and they rip the tires off your car, get under your hood and re-adjust your carburetor or put sugar in your gas tank.
Just ignore them and they will reward you with less mice and rodents on the property and they will scare the neighbors dogs away.
The Moles, Voles and Gophers fear them.
Cats are good people.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 12:51AM
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krycek1984

What is it that some of you people are not understanding? Cats on a driveway are DANGEROUS, mostly for the cats! It would be incredibly easy to run a cat over! I would be heartbroken if I ran over a cat in my driveway, regardless if whether it was mine or not.

Yet another example of why people should not let cats outdoors.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 1:31PM
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sylviatexas1

right, krycek.

Please be responsible;
if owners don't/won't/can't keep cats indoors, at least don't further endanger those cats by trivializing the danger they face from lying around in a traffic area, & don't think that they won't get under a car hood in warm weather.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 5:34PM
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vampixen

@bames I wanna say vinegar water mix won't hurt cats they just don't like the smell and taste..as a matter of fact the vet recombined it to me to keep my cats of furniture cabinets or when they get in trouble like hanging off window blinds

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 11:15PM
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sylviatexas1

The trouble with spraying anything at an animal is that the animal won't always sit still for you to aim the spray at a non-eye area;
if your vet doesn't think vinegar will burn the eyes, ask him to demonstrate by spraying it in his own.

Spritzing water is harmless & it's quite effective.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 2:26PM
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