Traps and Deterrents

Cat on a RoofThe Shelter has a limited number of traps to borrow Monday through Friday, or you can purchase your own humane "Have a Heart" trap at a local retailer.

Reporting Large Populations

If you know of areas within Kenton County that have large populations of community cats, please call the Shelter at 859-356-7400. If you are able to assist in trapping and/or transporting the cats in your area, please let the shelter know. There are many cats in need of sterilization in Kenton County and the shelter would welcome assistance from the community to decrease the free roaming cat population.

Deterring Community Cats

If you are having issues with community cats in your area, here is a list of ways to deter them from the Alley Cat Allies:

  • Talk to your neighbors. Determine whether the cat is a pet, stray, or feral, and, if he has been neutered. If not, get it done!
  • Apply nontoxic deterrents around your yard.
    • Fresh orange and lemon peels or spray citrus scented fragrances.
    • Coffee grounds, vinegar, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongrass, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats.
    • Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue over the garden.
  • Put a tight lid on your trash can.
  • Block gaps in the foundation of all sheds and outbuildings.
  • Use a car cover.

Please visit the Alley Cat Allies website for more information about community cats.