Keeping Cats Away From Your Garden Design
As a nation, we are Cat lovers. Research shows that over 19% of households in the U.K has a pet Cat. But if you are not a cat lover they can prove a real pest in your garden! It’s a known fact that’s cats always leave their homeowners garden to…do their business. This isn’t great if your neighbour has feline friend. In this weeks blog we are looking at humane ways to keep them out of your garden.
Cats notoriously don’t like water and there are a few ways you can use this to your advantage when trying to keep cats out of your garden.
You can use manual water sprayers such as water pistols to spray any cats entering your garden. It will only take a few sprays of the water pistol for them to realise what is going on and then go running every time you pick up the water pistol! You could do the same with a hose, but we suggest you don’t use a too powerful setting on the hose!
Automatic sprinklers are another good way to detract cats from your garden. These sprinkler have sensors on them that are activated when something enters the sensors area. A short sharp burst from one of these should send the cats running.
Another thing cats don’t like is certain smells, this can also be used to keep cats away. There are many commercial cat repellents available in powder form to keep cats away. Most of these products are organic and fine to use around children or pets. They also won’t harm your plants. But always be sure to read the label of the product you are putting on your garden design to ensure no damage will be caused.
There are also many plants cats do not like the smell of. Incorporating a few of these into your garden beds is definitely a good idea. Lavender and Rosemary both work as excellent repelents for cats, they hate the smell of both plants! Also, any plants with strong citrus scent will help keep them away.
If you can’t beat them. Join them
These next to suggestions may sound a bit odd, but hear us out! If you’ve tried everything to get cats out of your garden but they just won’t leave, how about making a compromise with them? By growing catnip in your garden this could help ensure the cats stay in one place in your garden.
You could even add a sandbox to your garden, this could encourage cats to use this to go the loo. This will of course meaning clearing up after the cats, but at least you will know exactly where the mess is each time rather than spread around your garden!