Aussie Man Creates Perfect Trap To Stop His Neighbour's Cats Intruding
A Perth man has concocted an innovative plan to help stop his neighbour's cats from 'spraying urine' on his car, scratching his furniture and defecating in his yard.
Posting to his YouTube channel under the name Turnah21, Craig Turner unveiled his elaborate motion-activated confetti launcher contraption that involved a laborious set up time of about four hours.
"This is cat pee on my front door and this is the cat that has been doing it for months," Turner said in the video.
"I got sick of hosing urine off everything and went about improvising my own cat repellent to tackle the problem."
Using night vision cameras, various cats are spotted creeping into Turner's yard, only to be caught by the motion sensor which then set off an explosion of confetti, often causing the terrified cat to launch into the air in fright.
However, after his set-up effectively woke up the entire neighbourhood each time it went off, Turner was back to the drawing board, where he created an even more effective 'cat-repellent'.
"I improvised a motion-activated water spray with random parts from around my house and the car which worked reasonably well," Turner explained of the second contraption.
Turner explained in one video how the motion detector was connected to two infra-red video cameras, a SLR camera and a flash, capturing the exact moment the cats are sprayed with water.
Turner told Daily Mail Australia the cats had been an issue since 2011 and they had recently began wandering into his yard again of late.
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"In the first video from 2011, it was an ongoing problem. We had cats on the roof, keeping us awake at night," Mr Turner said. "Then territorial urination started and the cats kept outmarking each other, which made the smell worse.
"We were working from home at the time and to have a meeting at the home and apologise for smell of the urine was just not nice."
On top of the smell, Turner said that he was worried that the felines would hurt the native wildlife which frequented his yard.
"Two native New Holland honeyeaters have decided to set up a home and raise a family in a nest that has been built way too close to ground level on the cat highway," he said in a video.
"I'm concerned they're going to get killed by the cats because it's happened in the past.
"Us humans introduced cats here (Australia) in the first place, so I'm going to take some responsibility and help defend the nest while also hopefully reducing my ongoing cat p**s problem."
Following the videos, Turner revealed he had received a number of threats from those who weren't impressed with his method of warding off the animals.
"Some people were angry, I actually had a lot of support from cat lovers. I have no problem with cats themselves," he said.
"I had a couple of death threats, they were empty threats though. They just seemed like they were from other countries and don't understand the impact cats have here."
According to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, feral cats threaten the survival of more than 100 native species in Australia and are 'a major cause of decline for many land-based endangered animals such as the bilby, bandicoot, bettong and numbat.'
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