Stray neighborhood cats could become a nuisance to your garden as their act of playing around and digging could cause all sorts of havoc to your garden bed. If you are dealing with a cat crisis in your backyard then here are 5 solutions you could use to deter them from entering your garden and flower beds.
1. Install motion-detecting sprinklers
If there is one thing most cats don’t like, it’s water. There are a number of reasons why cats may not like water. One of the more common reasons is due to their fur not being entirely water-resistant. Motion-detecting sprinklers, for that reason, can be very effective at deterring them.
2. Install ultrasonic repellent devices
Much like the motion-detecting sprinklers, the ultrasonic repellent devices detect movements in a specific range then emits an ultrasonic noise that scares them away. You won’t hear the actual noise as they are set to a range that can be only heard by the animals.
3. Use non-toxic scents
Did you know that cats are really sensitive to smell? They aren’t as sensitive as dogs but if cats smell anything they don’t like then they will peace out immediately. That leaves the important question. What are the non-toxic scents that deter them? Examples include cayenne pepper, black pepper, coffee grounds, and orange peels. Try sprinkling some of these things around the area where the stray animals usually make their entrance.
4. Physical barriers
If none of the above worked then it may be time to set up some physical barriers around the perimeter of the garden. One way of setting up a barrier is by implementing spikes on top of the fence. These spikes are sharp but not to the point where they’ll hurt them. This method may not work for all cats but it can definitely do a good job of keeping the majority of the unwanted visitors away from your garden.
5. Create a diversion
So you tried all of the above and you found none were effective at deterring the stray cats. It may be time to accept that the cats are here to stay but one thing you could at least do is to divert them away from your valuable crops and flowers. There are two common ways of doing this. One is by using the almighty catnip to attract the cats to a specific spot in your backyard. Another is to build an outdoor litter box. Use these methods with caution, however, as they may end up attracting more cats to your backyard.