IS your neighbour’s furry feline ruining your lawn? Is a rambunctious tabby wreaking havoc on your flower bed?
Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Having an unwanted cat in the back garden is something almost everyone will face – so here are some of the best ways to get rid of them.
How do I keep cats out of the garden?
1. Don’t feed them
Whatever you do, don’t feed the cat.
While it might not seem like a big deal at the time, feeding a cat will only encourage the moggy to return.
This includes making sure your bins are firmly shut.
Even if you haven’t purposefully left a tasty treat outside, any easily accessible scraps will tempt stray cats into your garden.
2. Keep your flower beds wet
Cats hate cold, wet mud so if you keep your flower beds damp then curious kittens are far less likely to dig up your petunias.
You could even consider purchasing a motion sensing sprinkler system.
These smart sprinklers will spray water at any animals breaking onto your lawn.
Once the unwanted invader has been hit by the sprinklers once or twice, it will learn to never set foot in your garden again.
Just remember to turn off the sprinkler system before you venture outside or risk a rather nasty surprise!
3. Invest in a fence
Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most effective, but as cats can jump over an ordinary garden fence you’ll need to be more creative.
Fences that bend outwards at the top will prevent a cat from jumping over them, or you can attach flimsy plastic roll-up fencing to the top.
It’s important to make sure the fence is completely solid with no holes or gaps.
Cats are cunning animals and will break on to your lawn if you give them the chance.
4. Use strong scents
Cats have a hypersensitive sense of smell and certain scents will deter any puss from roaming through your bushes.
If you invest in lavender, rue, pennyroyal, coleus canina and lemon thyme, you’ll have a feline-free lawn in no time.
Cats also loathe citrus so you could try scattering orange or lemon peel round the outskirts of your garden.
However with something like this it’s important to do your research.
Some plants, like mothballs, are toxic to both cats and humans and are considered inhumane to use.
5. Get a dog
If worse comes to worst and you’re really struggling, you could always look into buying a dog – but only if you really WANT a dog.
Cats will avoid dogs like the plague – so if you have man’s best friend patrolling your garden, alien cats will almost certainly avoid breaking and entering.
What is the best cat repellent for the garden?
If the above methods just aren’t cutting it at keeping those pesky pussies away, there are also a number of outdoor repellents to make sure the felines flee.
1. Nature’s Mace
Nature’s mace is an outdoor repellent that will keep any cat away from your garden.
The mace emits a smell that cats loathe, so you can finally be done with these cat and mouse games.
The beauty of this product is that it’s safe to use around people and plants (including vegetables).
Make sure to reapply the product, to ensure it remains effective.
2. Repellex Systemic Animal Repellent
Systemic Animal Repellent Tablets contain capsaicin, a natural component found in chilli peppers – and a chemical irritant for mammals.
Just bury the tablets next to growing plants and voila, the plants absorb the chemicals through their roots and will help keep pesky predators at bay.
These tablets last for an entire year so it’s a really effective solution to your puss-problem.
150 pills will treat between 75-120 plants, so stock up!
The pills should not affect plant growth in any way but will affect the taste if you are growing a vegetable patch, so beware.
3. Wikomo Ultrasonic Solar-Powered Animal Repeller
This device is a great way to repel animals without using any chemicals.
When a curious kitten tries to break into your garden a motion sensor will emit ultrasonic sounds and flashing lights that will send the unwanted invader packing.
Not only is the device chemical-free but it’s also powered by solar energy – a win-win for the environment.
4. PestBye Jet Spray Battery-Operated Motion Activated Cat Scarer & Repellent
This brilliant product scares cats away with blasts of water.
Like the ultrasonic repeller, this device uses motion sensors to detect any movement in the garden.
There is one small downside. The infra-red sensor is incredibly sensitive and can sometimes be triggered by powerful sunlight on a hot day.
But not to worry – this product can also double up as a sprinkler.
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