Tips for Repelling 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.

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Repel cats with physical objects

One of the reasons cats enjoy going into garden beds is the soft dirt, which they dig into before using the bathroom (similar to how they use a litter box). Placing physical objects like plastic forks (tines facing upwards), wooden popsicle sticks, or chopsticks into the soil can help discourage this damaging behavior. Push the objects into the soil every 5-8 inches, or experiment to find a placement pattern that is effective for you. The idea is not to harm the cats, but simply make digging inconvenient. This approach can be effective by itself, but it is made much stronger with the addition of I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent. Cats find the All-Natural ingredients in our repellent highly irritating, and will avoid any area that is regularly treated.

repel cats from your yard with forks

Tip: Use brown or black plastic forks to create a more aesthetic deterrent!

repel cats from your yard with black forks

Repel cats with plants

repel cats from your yard

One plant that is particularly good at repelling cats is Ruta Graveolens, or Rue. Rue is a semi-woody perennial that grows to about 2-3 feet 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 can sprinkle the leaves of dried rue in flower pots or other areas you would like to protect from cats. If you plan on planting some Rue, but need to stop cat damage immediately, considering spraying your plants with I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent. Our repellent offers long-lasting protection for any treated plants without causing any harm to animals or vegetation.

Repel cats with citrus or coffee grounds

Cats don't like the smell of citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons. Try scattering citrus peels in your garden beds to keep cats out. 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 grounds 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. So in order to repel cats you have to make your soil less appealing. 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 won’t have a cat problem. One other technique that you may want to try, which is certainly less time consuming and expensive than owning a dog, is 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 flower bed

Cats hate being sprayed with water. Conditioning cats to avoid your garden beds by consistently spraying or pouring water on them can be a time consuming defense strategy, but one that eventually takes care of your cat problem for good. For 24/7 protection, apply I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellent to protect your plants when you’re not around to douse those pesky cats

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 offers pet-safe protection against dog and cat damage. Designed to smell pleasant to humans and offensive to cats, you can protect your plants without fear of foul odors or dangerous chemicals. It is available in two unique options - a Liquid Repellent to prevent chewing and gnawing, and a Granular Repellent to prevent digging. Both options are totally harmless to animals, but will put an end to their destructive habits. I Must Garden Dog & Cat Repellents are people and pet friendly and safe for the environment too!

Breaking established habits requires more aggressive applications of repellent. Generously sprinkle or spray I Must Garden Repellent frequently during your initial applications, and continue regular applications to maintain control. Always remove fecal matter from garden beds and surrounding areas before treating.

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