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Samantha Elias, Animal Control Officer
Tanna RossbrAnimal Control Officerbrbr1801 Main St
Atchison, KS 66002View Map
  • (913) 367-5530
Sorry, Atchison Animal Control only has authority and resources to address the domestic animal population. If you're experiencing problems with a pest infestation (roaches, spiders,and other insects) or wild animals (skunks, deer, racoons,and other feral creatures) you'll need to contact a private pest control business for service.

We respond to reports of injured cats and investigate animal cruelty claims, but unfortunately do not have the facilities to house stray cats. If your cat is missing, please contact the Humane Society of Atchison at 913-367-3647.

What is a feral cat? Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but aren't socialized to humans and are therefore not adoptable. Cats have been living outdoors near humans for more than 10,000 years. They typically live in groups called colonies and have strong social bonds with their colony members.

So, you're seeing cats in your yard ... Like all animals, feral cats make their home where they find shelter and food, often in close proximity to humans.

However, not everyone enjoys having cats in their yards. Because feral cats are not socialized and not adoptable, if they go toanimal pounds or shelters they will be euthanized.

These simple tips can help you live more peaceably with alley cats and keep themaway from certain areas.
  • Talk to your neighbors. Determine whether the cat is a pet, stray, or feral.
  • Apply nontoxic deterrents around your yard.
  • Put a tight lid on your trash can.
  • Block gaps in the foundation of all sheds and outbuildings.
  • Park inside your garage or use a car cover.
Why catch and kill doesn't work ...The traditional approach to feral cats - catch and kill - may not keep an area free of cats for long. Catch and kill creates a vacuum, as do attempts to "relocate" cats.

This "vacuum effect" is a documented phenomenon in a variety of animal species throughout the world. Once the cats are removed from a territory, other cats move in to take advantage of the newly available resources and breed, forming a new colony. Catch and kill is an endless and costly cycle.

Easy Solutions to Cat Behaviors

Cat are getting into my trash.
Cats are scavengers by nature; they're looking for food.
  • Place a tight lid on your trash can. Exposed trash bags will attract wildlife as well.
  • See if neighbors are feeding the cats. If they are, ask them to stop. If they don't want to stop, at least ask them to fee them on a regular schedule. Predictable food sources lessen the likelihood that the cat will want to scavenge through your trash.
There are cat paw prints and scratches on my car. Cats like to perch on high ground. The warmth of the sun on your car may also attract them.
  • If you or a neighbor are feeding cats, move the feeding station far away to discourage cats from climbing on cars or other private property.
  • Purchasing a car cover will protect your vehicle from not only cats by also from leaves, hail, and other outdoor hazards. So will parking in a garage, if one is available.
Cats are digging in my garden. It is a cat's natural instinct to dig and deposit in soft or loose soil, moss, mulch, and sand.
  • Scatter fresh orange and lemon peels or spray with citrus-scented fragrance. Coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, or oil of lavender, lemongress, citronella, or eucalyptus also deter cats.
  • Plant the herb rue to repel cats, or sprinkle dried rue over the garden.
  • Use plastic carpet runners spike side-up, covered lightly in soil. They can be found at local hardware or office supply stores. Or, set chicken wire firmly into the dirt with sharp edges rolled under.
  • Use Cat Scat, a nonchemical cat and wildlife repellent consisting of plastic mats that are cut into smaller pieces and pressed into the soil. Each mat has flexible plastic spikes that are harmless to cats and other animals, but discourage digging. Available at
  • Use an aromatic spray produce, such as Dog and Cat Repellent, available at
Cats are lounging in my yard or porch. Cats are territorial and will remain close to their food source.
  • Apply cat repellent liberally around the edges of the yard, the tops of fences, and on any favorite digging areas or plants.
  • Install an ultrasonic animal repellent or a motion-activated water sprinkler, such as ScareCrow or CatStop. Available at
Cats are sleeping under my porch or in my shed. The cats are looking fora warm, dry shelter away from the elements.
  • Physically block or seal the location the cats are entering with chicken wire or lattice once you are certain the cats are not inside. Be sure to search for kittens before confirming that the cats have left -- especially during spring, prime kitten season.
Feeding the cats attracts insects and wildlife. If you insist on feeding cats, they need to be fed under proper guidelines. Leaving food out can attract animals.
  • Keep the feeding area neat and free of leftover food and trash.
  • Feed cats at the same time each day, during daylight hours. They should be given only enough food for them to finish in one sitting, and all remaining food should be removed after 30 minutes. If someone else is feeding the cats, ask them to follow these guidelines.

Cats are yowling, fighting, spraying, roaming, and having more kittens. These are all mating behaviors displayed by cats that have not been spayed and neutered, and they will breed prolifically.

  • Spaying or neutering and vaccinating the cats will reduce the sex-drive hormones causing these behaviors. Male cats will stop competing and fighting, spraying, and roaming. Females will stop yowling and producing kittens. After sterilization, hormones leave their system within three weeks and the behaviors usually stop entirely.
  • To combat the urine smell, spray the area thoroughly with white vinegar or with products that use natural enzymes to combat the smell, such as Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution, available at pet supply stores.
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