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#1 tuffluck

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:00 AM

i live in an apartment complex with a parking garage, and for some reason we have a number or stray cats that live in the complex. when it's summer time, it seems like the cats aren't interested in sleeping on your cars (too hot), but when it's winter time they love to get on your hood and scratch the ever living crap out of it.

i'm purchasing a new BMW this week and although i am moving in a couple of months, there is still the possibility of the cats getting on my car, and i'd like to minimize this risk if possible. i have read a few things online about how to keep cats away from cars, and wanted to ask you guys your opinion on these methods, if you have any experience with them, or what you think would be a good thing to try. please also remember i live in a parking garage and some of these methods are just too much trouble to do on a daily basis where i am constantly parking in a new spot.

1. sprinkle cayenne pepper around the car (limited success from researching)
2. put mothballs around the car or near the car (also limited success)
3. cup of ammonia under your car (smells like their urine and they hate that smell apparently)
4. CatStop (link below) - sets off a high-pitched noise when activated that keeps them away

CatStopĀ® Motion-activated Outdoor Cat Deterrent - Contech Enterprises Inc.

#4 seems like the best choice, but simultaneously the problem with this is that when someone walks by your car in a garage, i bet the sensor is set off too. now it's not a nuissance, since it's inaudible to the human ear, but i bet it drains the 9 volt battery quickly.

does anyone have any experience with CatStop or any of the other methods (or different methods entirely)? thanks.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:08 AM

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews

fyi this is the same product on amazon, i just searched user reviews for "car" and came up with these reviews.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:14 AM

I prefer the electric fence

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:34 AM

EDIT: Removed. Sorry guys.

Edited by schiddy, 08 July 2010 - 11:16 AM.


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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:25 AM

schiddy- There is no way for me to overstate how offensive I find your post.

tuffluck- If the sonic repellant doesn't work out, perhaps a carcover with one of those "scat mats" on it (the mild electric shock gizmos). Maybe once they got the idea they'd quit climbing on cars.

I myself would move. Yeah, seriously.

#6 Brad B.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 08:30 AM

Ok guys, we are family oriented and humane around here. Please keep the thread in a positive light.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 11:20 AM

schiddy- There is no way for me to overstate how offensive I find your post.


Removed it, sorry to those that I offended. I was joking, but even if I wasn't I'm surprised that offended people on here. I'll watch my mouth in the future lol.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 05:11 AM

I was joking, but even if I wasn't I'm surprised that offended people on here...


Yeah, I kinda figured, that's just one of those topics where I have a zero-tolerance viewpoint.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 06:16 AM

Removed it, sorry to those that I offended. I was joking, but even if I wasn't I'm surprised that offended people on here. I'll watch my mouth in the future lol.


Very cool of you. Thanks.
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Posted 08 July 2010 - 09:51 AM

I have a retro T-Bird. Cats in the neighborhood like the soft top in the wintertime, I guess it's a little warmer than metal tops. It got so bad there was hair covering the entire top. I finally sprinkled cayenne pepper all over the top. Instant fix. I have to do it about every other month to keep them honest and off the top

#11 tuffluck

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 06:54 AM

I have a retro T-Bird. Cats in the neighborhood like the soft top in the wintertime, I guess it's a little warmer than metal tops. It got so bad there was hair covering the entire top. I finally sprinkled cayenne pepper all over the top. Instant fix. I have to do it about every other month to keep them honest and off the top


would it hurt to put cayenne pepper on a body panel like the hood? maybe in a cup and set it on the windshield area?

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:07 PM

It got so bad that I resorted to putting it on the hood area. I left it on for about 3-4 days and it didn't hurt anything. I had about 4 coats of Zaino on at the time

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:53 AM

Slice up some lemons and stick them in a stocking (panty hose) and leave it near the front and back of your car... they won't come near it. Oranges also work :). Citrus sends them running because it "burns" when they smell it (learned that from a vet).
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Posted 11 July 2010 - 08:43 AM

bill57- There is no way for me to overstate how offensive I find your post.

And I don't care if it *is* an(other) attempt at humor.

And yeah, I'm gonna keep right on b!tchin' every time somebody suggests something like this.

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 09:17 AM

The Scat Mat (that's the brand name) device worked effectively for me, at training two cats to stay off my cars. I had to use old magnetic autocross numbers to hold the thing down, or the wind would blow it off the hood. Then it rained on it and it quit working. These shouldn't be problems in a garage.

I have tried cayenne pepper and mothballs, and have not found them to be effective. I have never heard of the ammonia or lemons; if I have a need in the future I will give them a try.
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#16 Accumulator

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Posted 18 July 2010 - 09:54 AM

itb76- Glad that worked OK. Good thinking, using the magnetic numbers :xyxthumbs

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:06 AM

I wasn't trying to be humorous. I've used the pellet gun on low power. It just stings the cat - does not break the skin. Cats are smart, and remember quickly, Conditioned response, Like the "invisible fence" for dogs. It does work, and I'm not retracting anything.

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Posted 19 July 2010 - 08:35 AM

bill57- That's (somewhat) different, and there are things like bore-cleaning-pellets that one can use for stuff like that (with decreased accuracy to be sure). Things like that can even have their place in protection-dog training.

Yeah, it *is* an effective teaching tool..ever trained with simuntion? As the saying goes "quae nocent, docent".

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 07:36 AM

i'm thinking about detailing my car while i still live in the garage where the cats are, and it got me thinking: do you think a slick wax on the car is a good idea with cats? seems like an unwaxed car is a better idea since the cat won't slip easily and therefore scratch the paint easily. what do you guys think?

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:56 AM

tuffluck- My guess (and I think that's all anybody can do...guess) is that their claws are gonna do some damage no matter what, and that if the car's slick enough that they slide off they'll be less likely to jump on that particular car again. As noted by bill57, they learn fast.




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