Cameron Co. Man Tired of Stray Cats Damaging His Home

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BROWNSVILLE – A Cameron County man said he's tired of all the stray cats around his home. He said it's causing problems like property damage, noise and foul smells.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS visited Ismael Cavazos' home in the Paso Real Subdivision near Brownsville and quickly spotted some of the cats that hang around.

He said about five to 10 cats have been lingering through his property for the past month or so, causing him plenty of problems.

"There's a lot of bm (bowel movements) from the cats in the backyard, in the front. They're just wildcats, no one can catch them," Cavazos said.

The cats, he said, are also proving to be costly. He's had to replace the screen on his front door several times.

During our visit, two cats came up to his front door.

"When they are hungry or cold they just, they like to tear-up over there. The door in the front, and I've got to get someone to fix it for me," he said.

Cavazos has been bedbound since he was 18 years old. He said he can't run off the cats on his own, so he wants the county to step-in.

We reached out to Cameron County Environmental Health Director Gus Olivares for answers.

"We provide some type of food for (the cat) to attract it, but if the cats have plenty of food to roam around with, the possibility of them going into the trap is very unlikely," Olivares said. "So, it's pretty difficult to capture cats that have been roaming around, and are used to this type of environment."

Olivares said stray cats can multiply quickly and people need to report the issue as soon as they spot just one stray cat.

"Sometimes people tend to just (think) 'Ok, one cat came in,' Now, you're having three or four, then five or six," Olivares said. "The more you start gathering, the bigger the problem you're going to have with feces or trash around that property."

Olivares said county crews will be dispatched to Cavazos' home first thing Wednesday morning.

He added if the cats trapped are found to belong to anyone, those owners could be cited for allowing their animals to roam the streets.

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