An Aussie man has revealed his elaborate plan to help keep his neighbour’s cats from “spraying urine” on his car, pooping in his garden and scratching his outdoor furniture.
Craig Turner, of Perth, who is behind the YouTube Channel Turnah 21, previously clocked just over 2 million views on a video he shared explaining how he hooked up a motion-activated alarm to a confetti launcher to keep the trespassing felines at bay.
But it was a time-consuming set up of about four hours and with the noise ultimately waking up the entire neighbourhood, he decided to up his game.
And that’s when he came up with his most-effective idea – a motion-activated water sprayer with several videos of the device in action clocking millions of views.
In one of the videos, Mr Turner explains how the motion detector is connected to two infra-red video cameras, an SLR camera and a flash.
It helps capture the exact moment the cats are sprayed with water while also stopping them from returning to his house.
He used about $15 worth of materials to help set it up, including a 12V solenoid from his washing machine, plastic tubes and a 12V power adaptor.
“This is cat pee on my front door and this is the cat that has been doing it for months,” Mr Turner said in a video that clocked 8 million views.
It showed the feline creeping into the front door of his house where the water-spraying trap was set up.
Once the camera detected the cat’s movements, it set off the water, spraying the feline in the face where it immediately dashed off.
“I got sick of hosing urine off everything and went about improvising my own cat repellent to tackle the problem,” he said.
“I improvised a motion-activated water spray with random parts from around my house and the car which worked reasonably well.”
Mr Turner said felines in the neighbourhood would spray his front door, car and backyard with urine and scratch his property.
He initially used confetti to scare them away and while it worked for a while, he said it wasn’t enough to keep them away permanently.
So he increased the “fear level” by creating the automated water spray.
Mr Turner told Daily Mail Australia the cats had been an on-and-off problem since 2011 and had recently become a pest once again in the last two weeks.
“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.”
He also told the publication that apart from being fed up with the urine stench, he was also doing his bit to help the estimated 1.5 billion native birds, mammals and reptiles killed each year in Australia by pet and feral cats.
‘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,” Mr Turner said in a video.
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“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.”
The fledglings were able to hatch and grow before leaving the nest.
The video producer told Daily Mail Australia he has received death threats from angry cat lovers over his YouTube videos.
“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.
“They have caused the extinction of some ground-dwelling birds and small to medium-sized mammals,” it states on its website.
“They are a major cause of decline for many land-based endangered animals such as the bilby, bandicoot, bettong and numbat.”