September 28, 2011 / Brooklyn news / Prospect Heights / The Greatest Story Ever

Urine good company! Man uses coyote pee to stop feral cats

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Talk about coyote ugly.

Prospect Heights artists are using wild animal urine to scare a gang of feral cats — after a reckless property owner allowed the mangy felines to invade the block.

Dylan Thurston — a musician who lives with roommates on Bergen Street — has doused his lawn with pellets of coyote pee to keep away the cats that have turned his backyard into a litter box.

More than a dozen of the cats live in an abandoned building next to his apartment near Grand Avenue — where they have been munching on garbage, attracting fleas and pooping on stuff for weeks.

“I like cats — but these are filthy,” he said, explaining he even hung a mesh net to keep out the rascals.

A city spokeswoman noted it’s “up to the property owner” to deal with feral cat invasions — so when Thurston’s landlord failed to act, he searched the Internet for the backwoods remedy.

He was also concerned that the extra-nasty felines would give the household dogs fleas.

“It’s a continuous battle,” he said, noting he’s now winning a mini-war with the cats. “I think we’re closing in on them.”

Coyote urine — which can be purchased in pill or liquid form for about $3 per ounce — strikes fear into the hearts of unwanted critters and even other coyotes, who bolt after recognizing its territory-marking smell.

The remedy’s effectiveness hasn’t been endorsed by any animal control agencies — but anecdotal evidence abounds: Rural folks have long vouched for it, calling the method friendlier than trapping, poisoning or hose-blasting wild cats.

It’s not just a country problem. Brooklynites — especially those in yet-to-be gentrified areas — have had plenty of wild cat dilemmas, like in the case of the Greenwood Heights activist who busted a pair crooks unloading them near his house. Or the Greenpoint block that morphed into a veritable bed and breakfast for skanky pussies, after cat lovers began to toss them scraps.

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Crystal from Bensonhurst says:
Why in an article about a feral cat problem would you not mention the importance of having your pets spayed and neutered or T/N/R(trap/neuter/release) programs?
Sept. 28, 2011, 8:33 am
teresa from greenpoint says:
Crystal makes a great point. The true solution to this problem is TNR. A little effort by the residents would solve this problem for real, not just shift it to another block. This news article could have done a public service by mentioning Trap Neuter Return as a solution.
Sept. 28, 2011, 12:03 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
The only "skanky pussies" are the ones attached to the pasty, purebred Ohio Cankle Spaniel, Like Yah lice magnet staycationing Meghans and Zoeys. At least cats know how to properly groom themselves.
Sept. 28, 2011, 12:28 pm
Fluff from Prospect Heights says:
Sept. 28, 2011, 1:22 pm
sg from wbrg says:
Shake Away gets mostly poor reviews on

sometimes ineffective or works for a few days only and it is not too cheap

but would need to look more into this
Sept. 28, 2011, 1:35 pm
Katrina from BK says:
Seriously? This article is so stupid in so many ways. Including the junk-groping picture.
Sept. 28, 2011, 1:47 pm
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
He's not using it as cat repellant. He'll market it as a 100% organic, fair trade, cruelty-free innovative and quirky take on cologne suitable for use by bedbug incubating, kickball coordinator/indie sock monkey therapist neckbeards of all three sexes.
Sept. 28, 2011, 1:57 pm
Steve from PLG says:
Wow! That dude is hott with two Ts!
Sept. 28, 2011, 2:42 pm
Pookie from Park Slope says:
I'd hit that...just sayin....
Sept. 28, 2011, 2:45 pm
Manuel from BK says:
That real question this article doesn't cover is if the cats are in to the Coyote's golden rain. Some cats dig that shiz. And if these cats are in to making it rain all up on them...well...then that deserves another exposè piece. And this inbred royalty from the middle ages will have a bigger problem tomorrow....
Sept. 28, 2011, 2:52 pm
Erica from StL says:
The dude groping himself talking about coyote Perhaps it's not the coyote pellets, but rather, a glimpse of the guy holding the cannister that scares them away. I'd keep this one off your resume, buddy.
Sept. 28, 2011, 3:14 pm
Mom from the Burg says:
This boy has feelings too. Why are people so mean? Shame on you!
Sept. 28, 2011, 3:20 pm
Honky says:
Eeeegad. Fits the stereotype perfectly.
Sept. 28, 2011, 8:24 pm
confused from L train says:
I thought Bernie Goetz was into squirrels
Sept. 29, 2011, 12:44 am
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I find that an aluminum take-out tray full of antifreeze takes care of the problem rather well after about 3 days.
Sept. 29, 2011, 9:24 am
Pat from Ft Greene says:
At last! A subject worthy of Natalie!
Sept. 29, 2011, 11:39 am
John from Williamsburg says:
Can't they just put down some sticky traps and "kitty motels" ?
Sept. 29, 2011, 11:49 am
Eazy D from Sheepshead Bay says:
Use R Kelly technique:
Sept. 29, 2011, 1:04 pm
A.K. from Williamsburg says:
Dudes. I've tried everything to ward off the cats that poop all over my backyard and SHAKE AWAY DOES NOT WORK. Maybe a container of actual coyote urine would work, but those pellets are useless. The real root of the problem is that my crazy old lady neighbor keeps feeding the cats. I once counted 8 cats in her yard at the same time (they crawl over and under the fence into my yard). Meanwhile, I am told by other neighbors that the cats are preferable to rats and mice, which they keep at bay. I'm not so sure of this, since if I were a cat and a crazy old lady was feeding me, I'd go for the kitty kibble over the effort of stalking and killing a rat (ew). Any advice on keeping the cats out for good, short of breaking animal cruelty laws? I am at my wit's end.
Sept. 29, 2011, 5 pm
Joe Z. from Breempoint says:
"Any advice on keeping the cats out for good, short of breaking animal cruelty laws? I am at my wit's end."

Move. The cats are real Brooklyn natives, unlike you.
Sept. 29, 2011, 6:24 pm
Eazy Z says:
Joe Z, that is FUNNY.Once again, Dylan, AK and all the Hipsters should do the R Kelly move. See video
Sept. 30, 2011, 2:49 am
Joe Z. from Greenpoint says:
Funny video, Eazy Z. Chappelle is a genius.

Dylan looks like the poster child for fetal latte foam syndrome.
Sept. 30, 2011, 8:21 am
Bababooey from Bensonhurst says:
Norman Oder could be a poster child too
Oct. 3, 2011, 12:19 am
Steve from Georgia says:
There is nothing inhumane about trapping feral cats in a box trap and taking them to a shelter for euthanasia. The cats will die if they are left outside (but it will be a rather violent death from dogs, cars, fleas or disease). TNR does not do anything to keep them out of the yards of unwilling landowners. People should not be forced to live with an unwanted domestic animal in their own yards. Why do TNR advocates (always from OTHER places) always advocate leaving the cats where they are? Trap and remove. Stop feeding. That's the only thing that works.
Oct. 19, 2011, 1:52 pm

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