Avoiding Pet Problems In Your New Neighborhood- By: Jamie Mathwig
Whether you own the new four-legged addition to the neighborhood, or they belong to your neighbors, pets in the neighborhood can be a hassle and a point of contention between people living in close proximity. Neighborhood pets can cause a lot of problems and damage if left to run free. Itís unfair for the people who live around you to have to put up with damage done by your animals and if you are new to the neighbourhood, being the owner of the neighborhood pet pest will not make you many friends
If your dogs are getting loose and damaging your neighbours flower beds or leaving waste on their lawns, then you need to either take them out on leash or build them a fence or dog run in your yard so that they are secure. If it is a matter of a fence that needs repair, make sure that repairs are done with an eye towards keeping your pets in your own yard.
If your cats are leaving waste in your neighbors flower beds, then an option is to keep them indoors instead of letting them roam the area. Indoor cats live longer and require far fewer medical interventions because their life is safer than outdoor cats. You can even build them an enclosed patio so that they can still enjoy being outdoors.
In some areas, the main problem is with neighborhood animals getting into garbage left out at the curb for collection. If your problem is pets or pests in your garbage, invest in large garbage bins with locking lids. Most animals canít get this type of garbage bin open, even if they knock them over.
There are a variety of ways to keep pets out of your yard and gardens. Mothballs or orange peels in your flower beds can help keep cats from using it as their toilet. Some varieties of plants can be used to dissuade cats from flower beds; ask at your local nursery for particular varieties. Keeping dogs from using your lawn as their bathroom can be much trickier though. In most cases, to keep neighborhood pets out of your yard your best bet will be to talk to the owners of any pets that you commonly find pooping on your lawn or digging in your garden. Try talking to your neighborhood pet owners about the problem if you think that can be done without making any of your neighbors defensive about the problem; creating strife in the neighborhood wonít solve any pet soiling problems after all.
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