Seven Suggestions for Controlling Cats In The Garden
Cats and dogs in the garden; first of all, you can't win.
If you want to get rid of cats in the garden, the cat lovers hate you.
If you want to control old Rover, the dog lovers hate you. Here are
some tips you might find useful. You can both hate me.:-)
Cats don't like it. You can spray them with your own hose or hook up a
"scarecrow". That is a water sprinkler controlled by a motion detector.
See below for resources.
Dogs are variable on water - some hate being sprinkled while others
will see it as an invitation to romp.
The Scarecrow also controls squirrels, mailmen and wayward husbands.
Our cat Friday blissing out in the catnip
Pest control centers advertise and sell these ultrasonic gizmo's that
apparently put out a high pitched sound that humans can't hear but dogs
and cats in the garden find offensive. (They also sell them for other
I have some radio listeners that swear by these things. I've never used
them myself. The better ones are controlled by motion detectors so Fido
and Socks don't get used to the sound.
Never found one that works. In fact, our Old English Sheepdog really
likes the lemon scented stuff that is supposed to repel her. She'll lay
wherever I put it down. Cats in the garden are indifferent to
Having said that - some cats find ammonia placed strategically around
the garden to be offensive. Put ammonia in jar and sink jar in ground
so it doesn't tip over. Refresh after rain. Dogs don't like it either.
Often both just avoid the cans rather than avoiding the garden. Can't
have everything.;-) More than one person has told me that they whiz up
some citrus peel in a blender and pour that around the garden edges
with a watering can. Cats avoid this concoction.
Hot Cayenne Pepper
Hot Cayenne pepper is another highly recommended avoidance tool.
Sprinkle this around the garden edges or where the animal enters. This
has to be reapplied after a rain or after a few days when it seems to
Works for dogs. Cats jump them.
Cat lovers often use this as a demonstration of why cats are much more
intelligent than dogs. Personally, I will allow as how this may be true
- however on the opposite side, dog-lovers are likely more intelligent
than cat lovers. :-)
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Cats in the garden do not like coco-bean mulch. Experience talking here.
Dogs do. They'll eat the fresh stuff sometimes. See above point about
Dogs in the garden deter cats in the garden.
Shopping Resources for this Page
Scarecrow motion detectors with water sprinklers - different sources
A variety of cat repellants for you to trial
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