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Medran
(@medran)
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03/10/2018 8:07 am  

Dear PDSA Vet, a tom cat has appeared in the area and he’s bullying my placid cat, sneaking in through the cat flap and stealing her food. I’ve also found him cornering her in the garden. How can I stop this? Lajina

Dear Lajina,

It’s important that your cat feels safe in her own environment and has somewhere safe to retreat to. You can get cat flaps which scan, and only open, for your cat’s individual microchip, so other cats can’t sneak in and steal her food or upset her in her home. You cat will be familiar with when the other cat is around, so she can choose when it’s safest to go outside. Try keeping an eye on when the encounters normally happen and see if keeping her inside for a few hours around that time reduces her stress. Finally, try to make your garden really secure and enclosed to stop wandering toms, with a high fence so she has a good view of her surroundings.


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RoseyToesMeows
(@roseytoesmeows)
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Joined: 2 years  ago
Posts: 354
04/10/2018 4:03 pm  
Posted by: Medran

Dear PDSA Vet, a tom cat has appeared in the area and he’s bullying my placid cat, sneaking in through the cat flap and stealing her food. I’ve also found him cornering her in the garden. How can I stop this? Lajina

Dear Lajina,

It’s important that your cat feels safe in her own environment and has somewhere safe to retreat to. You can get cat flaps which scan, and only open, for your cat’s individual microchip, so other cats can’t sneak in and steal her food or upset her in her home. You cat will be familiar with when the other cat is around, so she can choose when it’s safest to go outside. Try keeping an eye on when the encounters normally happen and see if keeping her inside for a few hours around that time reduces her stress. Finally, try to make your garden really secure and enclosed to stop wandering toms, with a high fence so she has a good view of her surroundings.

Just thought I'd mention that we've used microchip cat flaps for quite a number of years now. 

We initially used a flap that would allow any cat to go outside. But only a cat programmed into the cat flap can come back inside. It worked great, and we no longer had neighbourhood cats sneaking in and eating our cats food.

Then we had cats then needed to stay indoors, but our outdoor cats got depressed if they couldn't get out during the day. So we then got a dual scan cat flap. With this, the cat flap is programmed to know which cats are allowed outside. All cats are programmed to be allowed back inside, in case any accidentally get outside somehow. This is working well too. 🙂

Rose.


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