I used to have this problem with cats making my garden smell like a litter box, and it absolutely drove me nuts. Every time I opened my front door, I could smell that someone’s cat had been ‘poking around’ in my front garden. The fact that I didn’t have a cat of my own made it that much worse. Here are a few Easy Ways to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden.
Your first line of defense when keeping cats out of your garden is to make sure that you seal off however they’re getting in. If there are any gaps in your fence, you should make sure that you block them to prevent cats crawling under it. Cats are super agile animals, and they can jump very high. Normally they can jump a fence, which is why you should also invest in string or taut wire across the top.
If the cat issue is in your front yard and you don’t have a fence around it (like my issue), it can be hard to get them out, and keep them out. Most people choose to use dogs (which is what I ended up doing), simply because dogs are known to dislike cats. There are several dog breeds out there that completely dislike cats, such as pit bulls and Dobermans. Cats are completely fearful of these breeds, and will flee if they see them around.
All cats are known to despise water as well. If you spot a cat in your garden, water almost always gets him out. All it takes is a bucket of water or a well aimed squirt with a garden hose to make him run away. After you have hit the cat with water several times, he should get the hint not to come back anymore. If he comes back, simply squirt him or throw more water on him until he gets the idea.
Protecting your plants from neighborhood cats is a different story. Mothballs are supposed to be very effective, because cats don’t like the smell.
You can use mothballs around your plants, garden borders, or even along the fence. There are other repellents that you can use as well, like cayenne peppers, tobacco, lavender oil, citronella oil, mustard oil, and even lemon grass oil.
If you visit your local hardware or garden store, you can find motion activated sprinklers. They work great in keeping cats out of your garden. Once you install the sprinkler system and a cat comes into the area, the detector will pick up the cat’s presence and immediately shoot out a jet of water that will soak it. In most cases, all it takes is a few instances of exposure to the sprinkler before a cat learns to stay out of that area.
Sound devices that emit high frequencies are also a great way to scare off cats, and they aren’t annoying to humans. You can find several different models, like those that stay on all the time, and those that are motion detectors.
To use this type of device, you’ll need to make sure that the model you have is strong enough to cover the entire area. If the model you’re using is strong enough to cover your entire garden, it should be more than effective in scaring off any unwanted animals, cats included.
You can also use commercial repellents as well. Commercial repellents use scents to keep cats away, and shouldn’t be used near any food crops. Due to their high chemical content, commercial repellents can pollute your garden, so they’re not my first suggestion. You can find them at your local department store, with several varieties to choose from, most of which will fend off other animals from your garden as well.
If you have a garden, it can be crazy annoying if cats and other animals decide to make your garden their home or litter box. If you stick to your guns and do your part, you can keep them from bothering your garden or your crops. Once you have secured your boundaries around the garden, you should try using water first. If water doesn’t work, look into another, more aggressive methods, such as commercial repellents.