It’s not that you don’t like cats. It really isn’t. You completely understand why so many people love them so vociferously. They’re cute, they’re furry and when one settles into your lap and starts purring it makes your heart soar.
They might not be as affectionate or demonstrative as dogs, but when they do show you the affection you really feel like you’ve earned it.
The trouble is that a cat is fine and dandy when it’s nuzzling into your lap, gently kneading you with its paws – it’s another thing altogether when your neighbour’s cat works its way into your garden.
The Damage Cats Can Do
Cats are natural hunters and once they go outside they shake off the niceties of domestication and click into predator mode. They care nothing for other people’s private property or their carefully constructed gardens. They’ll reduce a flower bed to a shredded, squashed mess without thinking twice. They’ll sharpen their claws on your trees or garden furniture without a pang of remorse. And if you’re the kind of person who loves to watch birds and squirrels and the like in your garden, they can keep these wild critters at bay.
And that’s before we’ve even get into the pooping!
You certainly don’t want to do any harm to neighbours’ cats, but you can’t afford to surrender your garden to them either.
Does Cinnamon Keep Cats Away?
In the thousands of years since cats were domesticated, garden lovers who live near cat owners have found an array of inventive ways to keep prowling moggies out of their prized gardens.
While sophisticated electronic sonic devices and scent emitters may be an option, sometimes the oldest and most natural solutions are the best. For millennia gardeners have been using cinnamon to keep feline visitors at bay.
How it Works
Cinnamon is one of many herbs and spices that smell delightful to humans’ but are anathema to their feline counterparts. The subtle and sweetly spicy aroma of cinnamon might be enticing to us in a latte or an apple pie but to a cat’s sense of smell (which is around fourteen times more potent than ours) the aroma is about as subtle as a hand grenade.
While cinnamon can be an effective feline repellent it can also be toxic to cats in small doses. The trick, then, lies with administering it in such a way as to be potent yet harmless to the neighbourhood’s cats.
How to Use Cinnamon to Keep Cats out of your Garden
Cinnamon is at its most effective when used in conjunction with other kitchen staples to create a non-toxic but potent deterrent spray. Find yourself a spray bottle (or grab a cheap one from Amazon here) and fill it with a combination of:
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon of black pepper
– 1 teaspoon mustard powder
– 1 crushed garlic clove
– 3-4 drops lemon essential oil
Mix this together and spray it to any areas from which you want to keep cats away.
No harm to the cats, no damage to your plants, trees or flowers. Just a beautiful garden!