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#31 StephanieL

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:23 PM

We're almost certain it came with the property; we're just so new to the place that this is the first time we have genuine evidence.  And a cat (probably two; N wants to get a bonded pair) is definitely in the future, but I'd think a mopher could beat it up.


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 11:47 PM

Trust your cats. Mophers aren't fierce or even carnivorous AFAIK. Only question is whether or not you will allow your cats outside access. Trend seems to be not to, altho some country French friends used to keep their cat tethered out of doors because "cars flatten cats." I always had great pity for that cat who used to sun itself on a garden bench with its teeth bared.


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#33 prasantrin

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 12:19 AM

My cat was an indoor cat who was allowed tethered out on the front step, and she still managed to catch at least one bird (and eat it).

(I did also walk her sometimes, but only as far as the end of the driveway.)

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 07:45 PM

You can remove a cat from the outdoors but you can't remove the outdoors from a cat. 


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#35 StephanieL

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 08:07 PM

Trust your cats. Mophers aren't fierce or even carnivorous AFAIK. Only question is whether or not you will allow your cats outside access. Trend seems to be not to, altho some country French friends used to keep their cat tethered out of doors because "cars flatten cats." I always had great pity for that cat who used to sun itself on a garden bench with its teeth bared.

 

N wants to keep cat/cats indoors.  We have a couple of neighborhood cats (not sure if they're feral or belong to someone) who wander in and out of yards at will; one has already terrorized the two little dogs next door (Chihuahua and Chihuahua/dachshund mix).  She doesn't want our pets to start getting into territorial battles. 


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 01:48 AM

Growing up in a small town, we always had outdoor cats, but today every cat caretaker I know hosts indoor cats.    In our neighborhood, and probably in yours, small wildlife (skunks and raccoons) as well as large birds, like crows, can be hazards as well as neighborhood tough cats.    Last weekend, leaving the house at dawn a coyote crossed the street in front of us two blocks from our house.    It looked healthy, well fed.    


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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:22 AM

 

Trust your cats. Mophers aren't fierce or even carnivorous AFAIK. Only question is whether or not you will allow your cats outside access. Trend seems to be not to, altho some country French friends used to keep their cat tethered out of doors because "cars flatten cats." I always had great pity for that cat who used to sun itself on a garden bench with its teeth bared.

 

N wants to keep cat/cats indoors.  We have a couple of neighborhood cats (not sure if they're feral or belong to someone) who wander in and out of yards at will; one has already terrorized the two little dogs next door (Chihuahua and Chihuahua/dachshund mix).  She doesn't want our pets to start getting into territorial battles. 

 

 

Outdoor cats live short but exciting lives. We used to have many of them in Israel and they were lucky to see their fourth birthday. 

 

Indoor cats are, in the end, just purring blobs of fat. 

 

I'm sure there's an analogy there somewhere.


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#38 small h

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 03:37 PM

So far, so good!

 

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Ready right now.

 

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Ready in a couple of weeks, probably.

 

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 09:39 PM

Our herbs are doing very well so far.

 

Jalapeno

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Basil

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mint and parsley

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Sage

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Rosemary & Thyme

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#40 StephanieL

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 06:06 PM

The mopher is a mole.  Anyone got tips?


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 06:50 PM

I found the below tips online. It seems like castor oil is a good deterrent or growing a castor bean plant.

 

CONTROL AND PREVENTION
HOW TO GET RID OF MOLES
  • Sprinkling dried blood, tobacco or a similar repellent on the ground is effective. Remember to re-apply after a rain.
  • Owning a cat that enjoys walking through your flower beds is a very effective deterrent to rodents.
  • Moles are carnivores that make themselves at home in lawns rich in grubs and insects. When their food is seasoned with castor oil, they will go elsewhere for meals. (Wouldn’t you?) Mix up a spray of 3 parts castor oil to 1 part dish detergent; use 4 tablespoons of this concoction in a gallon of water, and soak the tunnels and the entrances.
  • Dip an ear of corn in roofing tar and place it in one of their tunnels. Moles hate the smell of tar, and you’ll block their escape.
  • Try sprinkling powdered red pepper in their tunnel entrances.
  • Sprinkle coffee grounds on the soil to keep moles from tunneling.
  • You may have luck using wind power—setting up vibrations in the ground that will bother moles and send them away. Low-tech methods include kids’ pinwheels placed here and there on the lawn, or a homemade thumper: Cut fins in the sides of a bleach bottle and place it on a stick driven into the ground near a mole entrance.
  • If you have a persistent mole problem, the best solution is trapping. Frankly, this is often the only way to get rid of moles. Use a humane trap, and release the moles at least 5 miles from your home in a rural area away from someone else’s garden.
PREVENT MOLES
  • Check out your soil for the presence of pests; if you have a lot of moles, you probably have an oversupply of grubs and bugs. Try spraying your lawns with milky spore disease or beneficial nematodes to get rid of the grubs. This will also rid your lawn of Japanese beetle larvae, which is a great benefit!
  • If you want to protect specific plants, dig a 2- to 3-foot hole and line the sides and bottom of the hole with wire mesh. Fill the hole with soil and plant.
  • Where you are determined to try bulbs, make a small “cage” of ½-inch mesh screen. Place several bulbs inside, root plate down and bury the entire cage at the proper depth. Rodents won’t be able to chew through, but roots and stems can grow out. Note: moles are often blamed for the damaged caused by field mice.

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#42 voyager

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 06:57 PM

Great and esoteric stuff!

 

I just had another idea altho not how to effect it.    Since your cat will be an indoor cat, you could encourage a neighboring cat to hang out in your yard.    We often have cats visit for a day, probably because we have no dog or small kids and they cn get some sun, peace and quiet.     A treat bowl and water is also welcoming.


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#43 Orik

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 07:42 PM

That sure don't look like no Jalapeño


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:11 PM

shishito, more like.


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Posted 02 July 2018 - 08:12 PM

Since your cat will be an indoor cat...

 

You might try sprinkling some used litter in the garden, in lieu of a visit by the cat itself.