Living in a rural area is great for peace and quiet, but you have to be ready to deal with wildlife if your house pets occasionally go outside.
Larger predatory animals like vultures and coyotes are attracted to smaller domestic animals in their owners’ yards as easy prey.
Here are some things you can do to shield your house pets from wildlife.
Install Secure Fencing
A sturdy fence around the yard area frequented by your house pets can help to keep wild animals away.
Although some can jump a fence and others can dig under it, most predators that target domestic animals seldom do either if the fence is correctly installed and secured appropriately.
Check your fence periodically to ensure it remains intact.
If you find evidence of predatory animals stalking the area, you may want to take further precautions.
Monitor Pets When Outdoors
Stay outside with your pets when they go outdoors for toileting or playtime.
Don’t let them run loose or remain outside for long periods of time unless you plan to be with them.
Even then, fierce predators have been known to drag off a smaller dog or cat despite the owner’s presence.
Keep an eye on nearby areas, especially if predator sightings have been reported by the neighbors.
Keep Pets Inside at Night
When possible, keep your domestic pets inside at night. If they must go out, take a flashlight and keep watch while they take care of business.
Check out products that are advertised to keep wildlife away due to a certain scent being applied to the perimeter of your property or a sound mechanism that emits a high-pitched frequency that repels animals but not humans.
However, your pet may likewise be impacted by the sound, so use it before your pets go outside.
Contact Wildlife Control for Assistance
For serious cases of wild animals lingering around your property, contact the local wildlife control agency for help.
They can relocate animals known to be lurking in your neighborhood that pose a risk to your pets.
Ask about coyote removal or other services that can keep your household pets safe.
Even though skunks won’t try to eat your dog or cat, they can release a terrible odor that is hard to get rid of, and wildlife control experts can remove those and other annoying creatures like raccoons as well.
Take preventative steps to protect your beloved pets. Monitor wildlife in your area and use the best means to avoid problems.