Feral Cats Invade Southwest OKC Neighborhood, Homeowners Upset
OKLAHOMA CITY - Homeowners on Southwest 164th Street are fed up with felines. The cats belong to an elderly gentleman, but stray into neighboring properties.
Oklahoma City officials said they cannot do anything about the cats, and animal control said their hands are tied.
After six years of fur balls, feces and carcasses, Jennifer Pando said she is a prisoner in her home.
"There is cat feces everywhere and they poop in my flower bed," Pando said. "I try to cover it with wood chips to mask the odor. I try orange peels, banana peels and lemon pepper just to try to help me keep them out."
The cats hop the fence, cross the street and run the block. Her next door neighbor leaves milk and food for the cats, which mate and make kittens constantly.
News 9 tried to talk to the cat lover, but he wouldn't come to the door. Carolyn Hannigan, who lives across the street, had better luck.
"He brought over the spray and said that should keep the cats away. I don't remember what spray it was but it didn't work," Hannigan said.
To date, nothing has.
These feral cats can be trapped, but the pound won't pick them up, something homeowners call a hairy mess.
Animal control said it allows homeowners to borrow traps and officers will go out to check on the health and well-being of cats, but they cannot remove them. If homeowners sign a citizen's citation, a judge will hear their case in court.