Cats by nature are roaming creatures

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I WORK for Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and earlier this week I received an anonymous letter about pet cats toileting in neighbouring gardens, so I thought I’d pass on our advice in case it’s of interest to readers.

While we recognise cats are not always welcome visitors to gardens, it’s also important to note that by nature cats are free roaming creatures that do not recognise man made boundaries.

However, there are a number of practical and humane methods gardeners can employ to deter cats, from simply clapping hands to installing an automatic garden spray with an infra-red detector that locates movement.

Other methods include cultivating shrubs closely to prevent cats from finding a place to dig and it is also wise to leave food for birds and wildlife in places not easily accessible to cats.

Cat owners can also help by ensuring they get their cats neutered – we recommend all cats not required for breeding should be neutered from around four months of age as they are less likely to roam and spray their territory.

Cat owners on a limited income can apply to Cats Protection for financial help towards the costs of neutering.

Interested individuals should call the charity’s national helpline on 03000 121212 for more information.

Obviously, different solutions will suit different gardens and circumstances.

Further information can be found in Cats Protection’s Feline Behaviour leaflet, available free on www.cats.org.uk/essential-guides or by calling Cats Protection’s Eastbourne branch on 01323 440101.

LIZ CUNNINGHAM

Cats Protection’s

Eastbourne Shop