I posted last summer about how the new neighbours had brought a male cat along with them and how he and Keely were working out their boundaries.
Things havent really progressed - she still barks at him whenever she sees him which isnt a problem (neighbour doesnt mind that either - he is actually a doggy-person and loves Keely). The problem is that he (the cat) has kinda won the dispute and when they're facing off with fence between them (her barking nervously, him with huge pupils and inflated fur ) he will then jump up onto the fence and make to jump down towards Keely. Both myself and my neighbour have intervened when it's happened. I do sometimes think about leaving them to sort it out (albeit supervised) but i'm sure he'll give her a sore face and end up ruling our garden.
Obviously the other problem is also that we're bringing the pup home in a couple of weeks - dont want a cat ruling our garden or traumatising the pup. I've completely stopped petting the cat anywhere including the surrounding land because i dont want to encourage him - a shame cos he's a lovely wee lad. Can anyone suggest even anything i could grow or put down to discourage him coming in (he uses my strawberry bed as a toilet )? All manmade detterents seem to warn against pets or kids coming into contact with it so they are not an option.
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a reasonably big area to protect but i reckon that it's the "wild" areas (ie. unweeded, left to go out of control due to my laziness ) that attract him - help me out here as i know nothing about cat psychology, i assume they prefer areas like that? For pooing, peeing, killing cute things etc
I think another thing that attracts him is pooing in my strawberry bed so i reckon i could do the tinfoil or pepper thing in the particular spots that attract him?
Smatulewicz - yeah, i kinda get the feeling that he's raising a little pudy-tat finger at me whenever i try to usher him out of the garden - definately too smart for me. He only gets away with it cos he's cute but i'm sorry to say he'll feel my foot coming into contact with his bum if he attacks the pup when she arrives (Disclaimer: i wouldnt really do that but i WILL wheech him back into his own garden ).