How to stop cats pooping in your garden
Its been asked time and time again, “how do you stop the local cats from pooping in your garden?”, We can all picture the scene, you go out into your garden that you spend many an hour tendering to your beautiful shrubs and flowers only to be frustrated by the scene before you. The local neighborhood cats have dug holes in your garden or lawn and worst of all, have kindly deposited there poop into your garden.
Fact! Cat poop is not good for the soil and cannot be used a fertilizer, if left not removed it can poison the soil and plants can die!
Fact! Cat poop may contain a parasite known as Toxoplasma Gondii, this can cause serious health problems when exposed to it and is particular dangerous to pregnant woman.
How to keep cats out of your garden
There are many solutions but first you need to think about the problem area, is it a large open space?, maybe its a more confined space with obstructions such as ornaments and plants. The problem area could be lawn or drive way, flower beds and gravel areas to name a few.
There are many solutions available including home remedies made from herbs and spices, cat repellents spays and pellets, plants such a coleus canina (scary cat plant) that deter cats and high tech ultrasonic cat repellers such as the “PestBye battery operated cat repeller”.
As a general rule it may be better to start with a cheaper option such as cat repellent pellets, these are ideal for small areas between plants or if you have a small specific area. Other options would be to plant some plants that cats generally avoid as they dislike the scent, such plants include coleus canina, lavender and curry plants. Another popular option would be to try the more expensive Ultrasonic cat repeller which has proved effective for many people..
Types of Cat Repellents & Scarers
The most popular type of cat repellent and in most cases successful are electronic ultrasonic cat repellers or cat scarer as they are also known. Ideal for most open areas such as lawns or large flower beds with not too many obstructions. These devices send out a very high noise frequency that cats can hear but will not tolerate so will quickly leave the area when sounded. The good news is most humans can not hear the frequency and birds also cannot.
Their are many of these devices available from around £12.49 and most are fully weather proof and some are even solar powered.
Top 6 electronic ultrasonic cat repellers – All have 4-5 star rating out of 5 star reviews
- PestBye Battery Operated Cat Repeller
- Mega- Sonic Cat Repeller
- Selections GFA805 Solar Powered Battery Operated Ultrasonic Cat Repeller
- PetzTrendz Solar Powered Cat Repeller
- Frostfire Solar Powered Battery Operated Ultrasonic Cat and Pest Repeller
- The Cat and Pest Scarer – Flash + Ultrasonic
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Water sprayer cat repeller
These devices detect movement and spray a jet of water and are very effect at repelling cats from problem areas. You can place the device between plants and shrubs or in open areas such as lawns.
When a cat approaches it will be scared off by the yet of water and over time they will stay away from the problem area. Most cats do not like water so these devices are very effective without causing any harm or stress to the cat. These devices have proved very effective but are one of the most expensive options.
Top 3 water sprayer cat repellers
- PestBye Jet Spray Repeller Motion Activated Animal Deterrent
- Contech ScareCrow Motion Activated Animal Deterrent
- Procter Pest-Stop Havahart Spray Away
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Cat repellent granules, gel or pepper dust
Most Cat repellent granules, pellets and pepper dust is bio-degradable and will caurse no harm to animals, plants or soil. This option is usually the cheapest and ideal to start with when trying to deter cats. It can take a few application to see results so be patient. Ideal for spreading between plants in small areas or specific small areas such as tween drive ways and paving. There are many types on the market so its worth looking through a few and seeing which seem suitable for your garden. Remember to check if they are save for wildlife, most are but it best to check.
Top 6 Cat Repellents
- STV616 – CAT REPELLENT SCATTER GRANULES – 450g
- Silent Roar
- Bayer Garden 80232195 1L Ready to Use Cat-A-Pult
- Vitax 225g Pepper Dust Animal Repellent
- Doff 700g Super Cat & Dog Repellent
- Get Off My Garden Cat and Dog Repellent Scatter Crystals 400 g
- Defenders STV619 450 ml Cat and Dog Repellent Crystal Gel
Fact: Cats have 40 times the odor sensitivity of humans and can still smell the scent for weeks and months.
Plants to deter cats
There are a few plants including some herbs and spices that have proved successful in detering cats. The scent of these plants is sensitive to cats and is sometimes enough to stop cats pooping around them. Buy placing these plants in pots are in the ground around problem area can deter cats, some can also have a second use as they are herbs and can be used in cooking.
Top plants that deter cats
- Coleus Canina – This plant in for oriental use only and cannot be eaten, the scent is strong and is due to its effectiveness is also know as a scary cat plant.
- Lavender – This herb can be used for cooking so has another use, the scent is actually quite pleasant to humans unlike Coleus Canina.
- Curry plant – This is also a herb so an be used in cooking and has a distinctive smell.
Fence spikes have proved very effective and are designed to cause discomfort and not harm cats. They simply fasten to the top of fences and walls and can be effective in stopping cats getting into your garden in the first place. Its important to remember that cats can walk on the spikes but they will not jump onto them so they need to be high enough so that cats have to jump up onto them.
Fence spikes are so popular on Amazon that they are a number one best seller product and have over 335 high star rating.
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Natural cat repellents
There are many natural repellents you can try to deter cats as well as plants and water sprayers as mentioned above. Try spreading pine cones or sharp gravel over the effected area, this sometimes works but some cats will just not be deterred but it worth trying in smaller areas as it has proved effective for some.
Orange peel and other citrus peel sometimes can be effective as detering cats, this is very short term as they tend to biodegrade quickly.
Maybe try making a cat friendly area in your garden
Another option which may be worth trying (dare we say it), is instead of trying deter cats from your garden in making an area specific for cats. Making a small area of the garden attrative to cats may keep them from pooping in the other parts of your garden. Try making a small open area in your garden for cats by planting plants that cats are attracted to. A few such plants include
- Cat Grass (dactylis glomerata)
- Lemongrass (cymbopagon)
- Catnip (nepeta cataria)
- Catmint (nepeta x faassenii)
- Mint family
- Valerian (valeriana officinalis, valerianaceae)
Product spot light! – Silent Roar
Silent Roar is a product that is now sold as a garden fertiliser but has proved very effective as a cat repellent as it was originally designed when it was first available. Silent roar are pellets that have been soaked in real lions dung and then dried and sterilized. The idea is the cats smell the scent of a larger cat species (the lion) and leave the area!.
So why is Silent Roar not sold as a cat repellent?
The natural make up of the product has prevented the manufacturer getting silent roar the necessary new EU certification for chemicals, as it’s not a chemical and the make up of every batch of lion poo is different as it depends on what the lions have eaten. This means as deterrents are regulated by the EU law the product is now sold as a fertiliser – but the product is exactly the same and nothing has changed! Apart from the fact they can no longer legally say it deters cats.
This product has proved very effective so if you want to check it out then you can do on Amazon on this link > Click Here
With many cat repellents to try it can sometimes take a while to find one that effective for you, starting off with the cheaper cat repellent pellets and gel can be ideal to start with but it worth baring in mind that over time the cost can add up. Electronic ultrasonic cat repellers have fallen in price over the years and be now be very cost effective compared to buying cheaper products which need replacing.