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Hi

We don't have any cat as pet, but many stray cats get into the house through many ventilators and doors. We are not too keen to stop the stray cats from getting into the house, because, we feel that presence of cats somehow reduces the rats!

Of late a sometimes cats poop on our bed, couch, pillows, dresses. How to stop them? I mean is there way of stopping them from pooping on beds.

Regards,
Chandan

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Hi the quick answer is not really if you are talking about strays as you cannot train them as you can a domestic pet ie with a litter tray etc.

the pooping and urination is scent marking and if several cats get into your home then it it is likely that they are trying to tell other cats to stay away.

You could try spraying your bed etc with a strong citrus smell sometimes that will help keep them off. Other than that you will either have to stop them getting in or keep your internal doors closed so they cannot get into your bedrooms etc.

best wishes Kate

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I can answer most day to day cat problems encountered by owners. I have a good understanding of cat behaviour and problems which may arise from changes to their daily routine. I can advise on cat training including litter training and general day to day cat care issues. I am not a vet and therefore cannot answer medical questions.

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I run my own cat website at http://www.our-happy-cat.com and have been a dedicated cat owner for over 20 years. I have encountered many different cat problems and situations and feel that i have a good understanding of cats and cat ownership.

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