If you want to keep your cat from leaving your yard there are a couple of things you can try. Cats can very easily jump fences so you need to make sure they are high enough to keep Fluffy within your yard. If you don’t have a very high fence you can always install string or wire along the top to keep them off the fence. You can also invest in a cat leash. Just make sure it is long enough for the cat to walk around the yard but they won’t be able to jump on a fence and hurt themselves.
Now, if you have neighboring cats that you want to keep out of your yard there are a couple of things you can try. One of the easiest ways to keep cats out of your yard is to have a dog. Since they don’t get along, Fido can probably chase Fluffy out of the yard.
Another way to keep cats out of the yard is by using water. Cats actually despise water so this is an easy way to get them to stay away from your yard. The first time you see a cat in your yard, you can either throw a bucket of water on them or spray the cat with your kid’s water soaker or the garden hose.
To protect your plants from cats you might want to put mothballs down around your flower beds, shrubs or even along the fence. Other repellents to use are cayenne pepper, tobacco, lavender oil, citronella oil, mustard oil or lemon grass oil. Some of these repellents will need to be replaced after a rain fall however.
There are also commercial repellents available as well but these shouldn’t be used near your vegetable garden as they contain chemicals. They can be used to keep other animals out of your yard as well.
You might also consider using a motion activated sprinkler. These can be found at hardware and lawn stores. The sprinkler is triggered when the cat walks in front of it. It might take a few times but the cat will get the idea sooner or later that they are not welcome in your yard.
Some homeowners and gardeners resort to harsh measures such as poison or pellet guns. Not only is this cruel, it is also dangerous. You risk harming other pets and children.
Other gardeners resort to using smelling herbs, chemicals, and industrial strength cat repellent formulas. Again, these can be dangerous, ugly and intrusive.
The best solution is to use the cat’s own worst nightmare to your advantage. Water! It is good for us and good for our yards. But cats absolutely hate it! Some people have called it “cat kryptonite” for its power to repel even the most stubborn cat. But the problem is that you can’t be there all the time, hiding in the bushes with a hose or bucket of water. Cats will often just and set up camp again during the night.
With this in mind, we’ve found probably one of the most effective and clever methods to drive away cats. It’s also highly entertaining as well. The answer is to use motion activated sprinklers. If you want to know how to keep cats out of your yard, deck and flowers, then this is it.
There are a number of different scent repellents you can use. There are some common household items that have been proven to keep cats out of garden beds including:
- Cayenne pepper
- Coffee grounds
- Eucalyptus oil
- Lavender oil
- Lemon peels
- Lime peels
- Mustard oil
- Peppermint oil
- Pipe tobacco
In addition to these common household items you can buy any number of scent repellent products. These sprays are generally all-natural and safe for humans. Of course you will want to make sure they are not a danger to you, your family or any pets you may have.
Motion detectors enable you to have your anti-cat systems spring into action when a cat enters your garden. The motion-detector sprinklers start once the motion detector is triggered. The water will startle and scare off the cats while remaining safe for your environment, family and pets.
There are also motion-detector sound alarms that use a high-frequency sound that is not perceivable to humans but is uncomfortable for cats. This is a good way to scare off the unwanted cats but may cause problems for pets of your own or your neighbors.