Tips for Repelling Cats

repel cats

Cats can be a real nuisance around your garden and home. Whether they are your cats, your neighbors, or just wild cats roaming the neighborhood, cats can make real pests of themselves. In the process of digging in your flower beds, cats may destroy plants and seedlings. Cats often decide that your flower box or flower bed is the perfect litter box. The odor is annoying and the mess they leave behind is disgusting! Sometimes cats decide that your car hood is the perfect resting place and they don't care about scratching your car in the process of jumping up and down. Whatever your cat problem, there are many ways to repel cats.

Methods used repel cats from your garden and flower bed

Make your garden or flower bed annoying to cats. Plastic forks (tines facing upward) wooden popsicle sticks or chopsticks can be pushed in the soil about 7 to 8 inches apart to keep cats from digging in your garden. The idea is not harm any cats, but to make the area "inconvenient" for digging. The sticks may be just enough to discourage their digging or you may have to experiment with just how many are enough. It can look unsightly and a more tolerable solution would be to sprinkle and/or spray the area with I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent. Cats just don't like the botanical oils and other natural ingredients in our repellent and they'll stay away.

Repel cats with plants

keep cats out of your yard particularly repelling to cats is rue (Ruta Graveolens). Rue is a semi-woody perennial that grows to about 2-3 high and wide. Rue has gray-green foliage and clusters of small yellow flowers in summer. It is hardy in zones 4-9. Rue prefers full sun and, once established, can grow in poor soils and hot dry sites. Rue will repel cats from the area in which it grows. In addition, you could sprinkle the leaves of dried rue in flower pots or other areas you would like to protect from cats. You could also spray your existing plants with I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent. It dries clear and won't harm your plants and your cats will stay away!

Repel cats with citrus

Cats don't like the smell of citrus fruits, such and oranges and lemons. You may try scattering orange and lemon peels in your beds. You may have to experiment a little to see just how much and how often you will need to reapply the peels to keep cats away!

One other home remedy to repel cats that people have had success with is to sprinkle used coffee grinds in their garden. Once again, you would have to experiment on just how much would be satisfactory to repel cats.

Discourage cats from using your garden bed as a litter box

Let's face it! The reason cats are in your garden to begin with, is that they like your soil. It's the perfect place for them - but not for you. So in order to repel cats you have to make your soil less appealing to cats. There are several things you can do to keep cats out of your soil. You can add more plants to your garden which would eventually cover the exposed soil making it too much of a nuisance for cats to dig in. Covering your soil with chunky mulch, river rocks or attractive pebbles is another method used to keep cats out of garden beds. If you've recently seeded a flower bed, protect the bed with wire mesh or netting to hide the attractive loose soil from the cats.

Get a dog to repel cats

Unless raised together, most cats will stay away from dogs. Chances are if you have a dog roaming around the garden with you, you may not have a cat problem. One other technique that you may want to try, and certainly less time consuming and expensive than owning a dog, it to collect dog hair from friends who own dogs. Scatter the dog hair in the flowerbeds to repel cats.

Install a motion activated sprinkler

A motion activated sprinkler will harmlessly spray a cat when it passes in front of it. It will also spray mailmen and delivery men so you must be careful in directing the spray.

Throw water on cats

repel cats from your plants

One way to get rid of cats from your garden is to keep cups or small buckets of water. When cats wander into your garden, you could fling the water at them. After several drenching, the cat just might get the message that you don't want them in your garden.

Repel cats from trees

Cats will readily use young trees as scratching posts. To protect the trunks from cats, wrap the tree trunks in wire mesh or netting. Plastic tree guards may also be purchased to protect your trees.

Repel cats from ponds

Netting may have to be placed over a pond to keep cats away from fish. Netting should be checked regularly for rips and repaired as necessary.

Use I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent to keep cats out of your garden

I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent will give you the ammunition to keep cats out of your garden safely and effectively. Our Dog & Cat Repellent is available as both a spray and granular form. You may not find I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent offensive, but cats don't like it at all!

Generously sprinkle I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent in your flower beds and pots and mix it into the soil. Spray the top of the soil with our ready to use spray formula for added protection and reapply as needed. Depending on your particular situation, Initial treatments may have to be heavier and frequent.

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