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Old 10-31-2010, 03:24 PM
Location: Utah
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My neighbors decided to multiply and replenish the cat population and now I am dealing with their cats climbing up in my trees. Normally I would mind however they are tearing off limbs and pine needles. I have asked my neighbors if they can try to do something however nothing is being done at this point.

I know I could line the bottom of my trees with chicken wire I just don't like the look of that. Is there anything I can hang in the tree to keep them away from it? I would prefer something that I don't have to change/check every day.

Thanks for any help. Tried to do a search but couldn't see anything. And no I don't want to get a dog
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Old 11-01-2010, 06:17 AM
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I'd say any tree limb that falls because of a cat's weight is ready to fall anyway, unless the cat is the size of a lion! Pine trees shed their pine needles fall all the time, storms with wind blow them down a lot!

Of all the damage a cat may do, this is the first I have heard of them breaking limbs. If you think cats are a problem, what about squirrels? They love trees and run & romp in them..

I think the problem could be the tree if indeed the cats are breaking the limbs in it...there is something wrong with that tree! (of coarse, I am thinking of the big pine trees we have around where I live and these are easy to break or fall in storms))

But to answer your question as to how to keep the cats out of your tree.. try wrapping tin foil around the tree. Cats do not like tin foil, you will not need to keep it on there forever, just long enough to break the habit of them getting on the tree..
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Old 11-01-2010, 08:10 AM
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You can get a kind of "collar" that goes around the trunk that will stop the cats getting up in the tree - although it won't stop them getting on the trunk.

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If you go the the "installation" tab, there's a PDF for a DIY tree baffle.
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Old 11-01-2010, 10:48 AM
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Cats damaging pine trees is nonsense.

Having said that, you are entitled to look into your trees and not see cats. But collars around the trees a few feet up from the base. A nice piece of green plastic with a hole cut in the center and slit to the whole and stapled together to make a collar pointing downward will do the job. And, it will also keep the squirrels off too.
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Old 11-01-2010, 02:25 PM
Location: North Western NJ
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i can see them dislodging loose pine needles, but breaking limbs? what kind of cats are these? theyd have to be some big kitties to drop a healthy tree limb, my friends main coon is 15 lbs and can walk on some of the tiniest of branches without a single shake!

however if you want to keep them out of the triees id try the collar or once a month or so spray the first 4 ft with coyote or bobcat urine (hunters store) usually keeps them away. we used it in the past on the pole our bat box is on when one of our neighbors cats was climbing up to catch them at dusk.
he doesnt come back anymore.
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Old 11-01-2010, 09:13 PM
Location: Utah
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Thanks for the suggestions!

Those of you with comments about the tree damage are surely entitled to your opinions.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:26 PM
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Unhappy How to Keep cats out of your tree

I feel your pain. Our neighbor takes in stray cats and takes no responsibility for neutering them. Now we have a cat problem in our neighborhood. While I am an animal lover, I do not feel it my responsibility to deal with all these cats. Being an animal lover includes birds, squirrels, bunnies also. We are trying to keep the cats out of our trees this spring for the sake of the birds nests. It is a horrible experience for your granddaughter sitting at your breakfast and experiencing a cat climbing your tree and taking the baby birds and the mother bird frantically chirping to no avail. We have tried several methods to no avail. Our other neighbor was advised to try moth balls, so now we have to deal with the smell of moth balls, along with the smell of the cats doing their business in our mound which they have claimed. Still looking for the answer to the cat problem.
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:05 PM
Location: Colorado
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Would coyote or bobcat urine lure other coyotes, bobcats, or other more dangerous predators than cats to your yard?

If not, it sounds like a great idea. Coyotes regularly dine on cats, you would think any cat with a lick of sense would avoid an area that smelled of them.

For a person who is an animal lover in an area where neighbors have caused a feral/stray/outdoor cat problem, it's worth considering (if you're willing to put in the effort) seeing if TNR is possible. Even if you don't want to pay for the spay/neuter procedures, you might find support from Alley Cat Allies or some other organization to get these cats fixed so at least the area won't continue to get more and more overpopulated with 'em.

I know I've got a neighbor who lets a cat come and go out the back door, and another one down the street where I've seen two cats wandering into their yard off the street (could be more)...and the other night I heard a cat or cats yowling and catarwauling...sure hoped it wasn't the sound of mating activities I was hearing. Could have been though. 'Tis the season. I sure wish these people could keep their cats in. I dread the day I'm unable to avoid one in my car, or have to see one of them dead on the road by my house. Seeing cats dead on the road makes me feel like someone has punched me in the stomach. I hate it. Nevermind their poop in my yard, and their noise at night.
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Old 07-08-2016, 06:37 PM
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Thumbs up Cat's OFF Trees...

I read your posts because I'm surrounded by 'Feral Cat Lovers' who think that my yard is 'just for their cats to wander in - sleep in - and climb my Avocado tree to kill my doves & other birds I watch & record. (I've actually seen a California Hawk in my yard - trying to get the little birds, but still a bird NOT a STALKING CAT.)
So in response to all those who don't think that cat's can break the branches, Yes they can. The avocado tree has some high branches that are very brittle and some of the lower ones have had too much 'weight' from the ones above so when the cats started climbing or jumping up onto them they would break off. Damaging the tree more, & any thing underneath. Trees get old & brittle, then break at any extra weight.
I read some of the 'tree wraps' to keep the cats from climbing and since I'm not a big fan of doing any 'attachment damage' to my avocado tree and I'm a huge collector of 'this will be useful someday' stuff. I had taken apart a nice leather couch for the leather, foam pads, stuffing, frame firewood, & the springs.
After reading your posts I wracked my brain trying to think of 'what' do I have to wrap the tree, (I have to mention that I'm diagnosed with Agoraphobia so I am unable to leave my home at all 'for now', I'm working on getting outside & have a Service Dog, just need a Therapist who will work with me to 'go out front & drive my errands).
I went into the garage to look for 'wire of any kind'... and rolled up was the seat section of the couch Springs! When they aren't stapled into the frame of your couch they 'bow' in a half circle and the length was just perfect to go around the tree about 3-4 ft. up (they are about 2-2 1/2 ft wide so cover a lot of space) and the bow makes a C away from the tree trunk. I put some short Lemon tree spiky branches into the springs pointing down the base of the tree... and voila! No More Cats climbing the tree! Two cats that I've seen have stalked over to it to get the doves, then saw the Tree Collar and headed back out of the yard.
I'm thinking of doing some of the spiky things on the fence boards to keep them 'out of the yard at all' since I'm trying to turn it into a sanctuary for my 3 yr old Tibetan Service Dog, for the birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. And for me to stretch my 'safe limits' and be able to stay outside longer.
So I want to Thank All of You who made such great Suggestions & working Ideas that helped me get some progress!!!

Here's hoping for more progress, ultimately NO CATS at all. Tibetans are a breed that are deathly allergic to the fleas that Cats bring in, and when the Feral Cats come in then there are opossums, skunks, raccoons that come in to feed on the food left out for the Ferals. I'm having more than my share of all of those too.

Thank YOU
Linda & Sidara
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:12 PM
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Keep attracting the California Hawk and he will take care of the cats for you.

I'm not advocating the attracting of wild birds to control domestic and feral cat problems any more than I'd advocate attracting coyotes to do the same job.

Just sayin'.

I'd much rather have cats, who bury their waste, in my trees than big birds indiscriminately dropping their ... err, droppings ... all over my yard, my tree limbs, and me!

I wouldn't put squirrel baffles on trees either. Squirrels nest in trees, bear and raise their young in trees, and (I think) eat pine cones. With so much clearance going on in what used to be woodlands, squirrels need our help finding trees to live in and shelter in.

I've never known a cat to catch, let alone kill, a squirrel.
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