How to stop cats coming into the garden
We are a nation of pet lovers, however, some decide that a family pet is not for them which is their right.
The thing is if you don’t have a cat, why should you put up with your neighbour’s cat fouling in your garden. It works the same way if you have a cat.
Unfortunately, cats are known to destroy gardens by ripping up the felt on a shed roof, jumping and weakening fence panels, pooping all over the garden and destroying plants. We had had to replace our roof numerous times over the years and the cost and time consumed is ridiculous.
If your neighbour’s cat is doing this to your garden, it is a real nuisance. Let’s face it, cat faeces are not a good fertiliser either. Cats tend to go back to the same spot and cleaning the area is not always possible.
We are not cat “haters”, but we are unfortunately at the mercy of our neighbour’s felines and the cost is racking up quite a bit!
If this sounds familiar, follow this guide. Quite simply, it works.
Follow our guide:
- Hose down any animal faeces you find in your garden daily.
- If you have a fish pond, cover it to protect your fish.
- Keep hedging/bushes and trees trimmed and the grass cut regularly.
- Fix wire or string approx 10 cm above your fence. This makes it extremely difficult for cats to balance on the fence.
- Cats are not keen on citrus smells. Grate some lemon skin and scatter it where cats defecate.
- Invest in a humane water-based deterrent or ultrasonic deterrent.
Products you could use:
Jet Spray Repeller Motion Activated Deterrent (click here to view on Amazon)
If you have a large garden, this is perfect. The powerful jet fires a short 5-second burst of water when its sensor is triggered. After a short period of time, the animal stays away so you will not need to turn it on. It protects your home, pets, flowers, trees and it waters your lawn in the Summer whilst you are at work too! It is highly sensitive so if a family pet and/or family member wanders onto your lawn, they will get a soaking too! An external water source and hosepipe is required to hook the unit up to. 2 x AA alkaline batteries are required to power the unit (not supplied). It is recommended that there are no plants or foliage in the line of the motion sensor to ensure that the jet-spray isn’t triggered unnecessarily. You should also ensure that the unit is disconnected from the water pipe during frosts.
In any event, if you want to put an end to picking up cat/fox poo when you don’t have a pet yourself, this is the one! We cannot highly recommend it enough.
Defenders Jet Spray deterrent (click to view on Amazon)
The Defenders Jet-Spray Pond & Garden Protector detects and repels pests such as foxes, herons, cats, rabbits, deer, squirrels and other wildlife from garden and pond areas humanely, without causing them harm. The motion-activated repellent detects animal movement and shoots jets of water in bursts to deter the most persistent pests. As the unit is motion-activated, water is only sprayed out when necessary, conserving the amount of water and power used. An external water source and hosepipe is required to hook the unit up to. 2 x AA alkaline batteries are required to power the unit (not supplied). It is recommended that there are no plants or foliage in the line of the motion sensor to ensure that the jet-spray isn’t triggered unnecessarily. You should also ensure that the unit is disconnected from the water pipe during frosts. Covers a radius of up to 10m or 32ft.
Cat Watch Ultrasonic Deterrent (click to view on Amazon)
If you are unable to use the water-based deterrent above, this has a very high success rate of stopping cats coming into your garden. It protects up to twice the area of other cat deterrents, works in all weather conditions, tested and approved by the RSPB, inaudible to humans and easy to set up.
Cat Scat Mat Deterrent (click to view on Amazon)
When you want to protect your flower beds or specific areas of your garden, this is ideal. Cut to size, it can be placed in the ground (soil) to stop those pesky cats or other animals digging or disturbing your garden.