I came across an article in my local newspaper, about cats giving trouble. The local authority got a lot of complains from people about cats using their garden as a litter box, a lot of noise and meowing from cats. Because it happens in privately owned gardens, the local authority can’t do anything about it. But in the newspaper they did give some tips to keep cats away from your lovely garden.
Tips to keep cats away from your garden
Electric fencing specially made for cats. The shock won’t be that heavy and you can attach it to your fence on anything. I’m not sure what to think of this, honestly. I would never place this. Then again, I don’t have a garden. Ok, skip this tip.
- On places where the rain doesn’t reach, spray some lemon/citrus-juices. Can’t don’t like that smell.
- Or place some lemon peel or any other citrus peel on the soil of potted plant, the cats should leave the flower alone.
- Place coffee grounds on places cats dig a lot.
I can imagine that your garden will stink like coffee on hot summer days.
- Plant plants that cats don’t like such as Common Rue or plants with a lemon smell.
Make sure it isn’t poisonous for the cats.
- Spray the plants with a solution of a little cayenne and water. It’s nontoxic to the animals, doesn’t hurt the plants, and the cats sure hate the smell of it when they sniff around. BUT (big but) cayenne pepper can be harmful if eaten or gotten in the eyes.
- Take a look at the leash laws of your country/state.
- Chicken wire is very handy! Lay chicken wire down on top of your soil (or mulch, if you’re using mulch in the bed), across the planting bed, before you plant. Because cats disdain walking on chicken wire.
- Sprinklers. Cat hate water.
- Mothballs (drop them into a can or jar, cover, and make a few holes in the cover).
Be aware that Mothballs and cayenne pepper are toxic. That is why it is recommended to keep mothballs covered in a can or jar. Avoid even this usage if small children will be in the yard and eventually can open the can or jar. If you’re an animal lover and to be on the cautions side, then save the cayenne paper for food, and the mothballs in your closet.
Tips to keep your cat inside (your garden).
- Place a high fence with vertical laths, so it won’t be easy for the cat to cross it, or to climb on it.
- Plant plants cat love. Like catnip, Alyssum, Teucrium, or cat grass.
Tips for cat owners.
- Neuter your cats. Neutered cats aren’t that noisy, and it won’t make other cats pregnant with unwanted kittens.
If you don’t neuter your cat for whatever reason, it might get health issues. And if you do neuter, your cat will love longer. I think it’s irresponsible to let un-neutered cats outside.
- Chip your cat. Vets and shelters will be able to ‘read’ the chip in your cat, so it knows it has a home.
- Keep cats in heat inside. So they can be noisy inside, and not outside. Which won’t make people mad at your cat. You never know what people are capable of, when they are mad.
sources: Wikipedia, care2.com, My local newspaper.