Whether you live in a city or extremely rural community, if you’re a car owner, it’s likely that at some point in your life you have noticed trails of not-so-cute kitty paw prints all over your vehicle. In situations involving multiple cats lounging atop your ride, these paw prints are sometimes accompanied by scratches ranging from tiny to monstrous.
Why Your Vehicle is Attracting Cats
In order to prevent cats from climbing on your car, it’s necessary to first understand exactly why these critters are attracted to your automobile.
Have you ever noticed that the troublesome cat(s) seem to hang out on your car more and more during summer months? This is due to the fact that the surfaces of vehicles hold heat more so than the lawn or concrete. Felines love to bask in the summer sun – especially on a warm surface.
While people tend to view domestic cats as nothing more than harmless pets, it’s important to remember that domestic or no, tame or feral, cats are hunters by nature. It’s likely that your vehicle is being used by neighborhood cats in order to scope out rodents and birds.
Cats have excellent vision and being slightly elevated allows them to see and detect other animals which may cause them harm, such as other cats, dogs, raccoons and opossums.
Tricks and Tips for Keeping Cats Off of Your Vehicle
Confronting the Animal’s Owner
The first step to resolving the situation is identifying just who owns the problem cat or cats. If the cat is not yours and does indeed have a home, speak with the animal’s owner. Explain that his/her pet is causing problems and that you’d appreciate an immediate resolution. Should this prove fruitless, it may be necessary to get insurance companies involved in terms of resolving any damages your vehicle has suffered.
If you believe the cat to be a stray or feral, contact your local animal control agency.
Purchasing and Applying Deterrent Products
Available at big box pet stores, such as Petsmart and Petco, deterrent products are designed to prevent undesired behaviors in felines, such as scent-marking, sharpening of the claws and yes, jumping atop surfaces. The majority of deterrent products on the market today are available in a liquid mist form and are strictly herbal, meaning that when properly used, these products will not cause any harm to neither the cat or the surface it was sprayed upon.
Changing Where You Park
Keeping cats off of your car can sometimes be resolved by simply switching up where you park. Since cats desire a nice view, avoid parking on a hill or elevated surface whenever possible.
Paranoid by nature, cats tend to avoid loud noises and crowds. Try parking in an area close to home that is also known for its noise levels and activity – such as a church or business.
During the summer months, leave your car in the shade to prevent a warm and inviting surface.