Cats are usually rather timid creatures that shun strangers and like to hide away from view. However, once in a while, an irreverent rebel pops up, like this ginger fella in Bukit Batok that has no qualms stepping into lifts and likes to go to the 10th floor where it makes a nuisance of itself by attempting to enter units and defecating along the corridors. Funnily, some residents know which floor he wants to go to and sometimes help to press the lift button to the 10th floor, else the kitty is known to remain in the lift, going up and down, till it eventually stops on the floor it recognises and wants to get off at. In cases like this, someone has obviously brought the cat up to the 10th floor using the lift and fed the cat on that level on more than one occasion, leading the cat to form the habit of roaming to upper floors. Such cat behaviour is trained rather than naturally occurring.
We empathize. What can one do when faced with such a situation? Here are some things you can try to help repel cats and deter them from soiling your doorstep or the attached corridors.
1. Natural and non-toxic Scent Repellents
Like dogs, cats have a keen sense of smell, which makes them sensitive to many strongly scented or citrus-based essential oils, many of which smell pleasant to humans. Oils like lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, citronella and orange smell disagreeable to cats and tends to repel them. You can make your own repellent solution containing these essential oils at home by mixing one part essential oil with to three parts of water. To use, shake the solution before use and spray it in any area, either indoors or outdoors where you do not want the cat trespass into. Alternatively you can also soak some Cotton balls in the essential oils and place them in areas off-limits to the said cat. If you do not have such oils at home, one other simple thing you can try is placing lemon or orange peels around the area where you do not want the cat to enter as cats do not like citrus scents.
2. Sonic repellents
If the above does not deter the loitering cat, or if it’s too much of a hassle to keep spraying the area, you can try Sonic Repellents. CWS mediators utilise these frequently in the course of their work as it works quite effectively. Sonic repellents are small, inexpensive, battery operated devices which will activate when movement is detected. It works by projecting a very high-pitched frequency that cats dislike. The sonic repellent also works on dogs and rodents like mice and rats.
CWS does sell sonic repellents. If you would like to purchase one, please write in to [email protected] We will be putting this product up for sale via our online store shortly.
If you have exhausted all these options and the problem is still not resolved, write in to us at [email protected] so that we may help investigate the root cause of the problem and propose other humane solutions. It may seem like removing the cat altogether is the quickest way to permanently solve the problem of a loitering cat defecating on upper floors, but the worst thing you can do is to call on authorities to physically remove the offending cat because the cat will likely be put down. Don’t allow a quick fix to stain your conscience for life.
Lastly, if you know of anyone who is facing a similar situation, do help share this information with him or her. There are better and more humane ways to solve the problem of a loitering cat, one that will not cost its life.
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