Are you looking for ways to keep the cats off of your garden? Well orange peel and pine cones are just a couple of items homeowners can use to keep unwanted cats out of their gardens and garden furniture.
Many gardens are faced with the problem of unwanted feline visits, but independent cats are difficult to trace to their owners and even harder to control.
From employing chicken wire to barking dogs, some of the best steps for households to take against four-legged trespassers have been revealed.
However, Brits have been reminded that even nuisance cats should never be harmed, as they are protected under the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
The UK has always been a nation of animal-lovers, but for many of us, that affection doesn’t extend to allowing their backyard to be turned into a toilet by a neighbour’s cat.
Of course, nobody wants to cause cats any harm. But for those homeowners unfond of unwanted felines entering their gardens there are a variety of safe, specialist tips designed to keep them out.
Here Are the Nine Recommended Ways to Keep the Cats off the Garden
Remember that cats are cunning and may become wise to you, while ones new to the area might react differently to deterrents. So switch-up your methods regularly to maintain a clean lawn and undisturbed flower beds.
1. Rough Ground
To create an uncomfortable surface to walk on, lay chicken wire under mulch. Or embed it in the top layer of the soil with holes cut out for plants. Cats will also do their best to avoid areas covered in stones or pebbles.
To form a bristly obstacle for cats, place a collection of pine cones or branches in gaps around the bedding without ruining the natural look of the garden or causing them pain.
3. Pungent Plants
Introducing smelly plants disliked by cats to popular areas could persuade them to head elsewhere. Effective choices may include coleus, canina or lavender.
4. Other Smells
Commercial cat repellent containing predators’ odour could have them retreating. Whilst spreading coffee granules or citruses such as orange, lemon, lime or grapefruit peel around the backyard might also repel feline visitors via their noses.
5. Water Pistol
You can gently drive away any unruly cats that persistently invade your garden by having a children’s water pistol filled and available.
To shoo away the unwanted visitors, purchase a high-frequency and ultrasound device. Hang a sensitive bell on the garden fence or fill a tin with stones that will rattle when disturbed by a cat.
7. Cat Zone
Create an area specifically for cats to discourage them from exploring other parts of the backyard. Pick plants like catnip and insert a sandbox.
This will act as a toilet and contain the problem of cat poo.
8. Clean Up
Make sure bins are secure. Declutter them to remove hiding places for mice and sweep up any enticing food waste. Check no potential toys are lying around and dispose of any existing cat poo used to mark their territory.
9. Get a Dog
One sure way to put off any cats from visiting your property is to get a dog. Having a loud and lively canine ready to greet them with an enthusiastic bark will shoo the cats.