You’re at your wits ends. You don’t know what to do. Your neighbour’s cat is continuously pooping all over your garden and you don’t know what to do. That’s exactly why we’ve crafted our ultimate cat repellent toolkit.
Below, you’ll find an extensive list of everything you could possibly need to repel that pesky cat from ruining your garden any further.
Our Ultimate Cat Repellent Toolkit
Below, you’ll find 5 essential items you need to win the war against cats invading your garden. For each of the cat repellents below, we’ve explained exactly what you need and how to go about using them. You can use the links below to jump to a particular item on the list if you want to:
#1: Ultrasonic Cat Repellent
This has to be the go-to option when it comes to looking for the most effective cat repellent. Yes, there is not a 100% success rate. Unfortunately, you’ll struggle to hit a 100% success rate with any repellent. However, in the majority of cases, ultrasonic cat repellers have proven to be one of the best options.
That’s why it’s #1 on our list of course!
An ultrasonic cat repellent activates when a cat (or any moving object) passes its sensor. As you probably know, cats can hear higher frequencies than humans. The ultrasonic will emit a high-pitched sound which is unpleasant to cats. Be warned, however, that some humans can in fact hear this sound and it’s quite unpleasant.
You need to work out where the cat is entering your garden and then place the ultrasonic repeller facing in the direction of their entryway. This is the most effective use of these devices.
#2: Cat Repellent Plants
We love plants as they have two benefits. Firstly, they look good. Secondly, if you choose the right plants then they can work great at scaring cats away from your garden. There is a whole range of plants that are recommended when it comes to stopping cats coming to your garden.
We’ve actually written about plants that deter cats before. But let’s look at the most effective now.
First of all, before you know what plants to use, you need to know how to go about using them. You’ve probably got a good idea of where the cat is coming into your garden from. Is there a gap in your neighbour’s fence? Are they climbing over the fence?
Once you’ve worked out where they’re coming in, you’ll have an idea of where to plants things. These plants work because they give off a smell that cats hate. By planting them where they cats enter your garden they’ll inadvertently brush past the plant which will release the smell and (hopefully) scare the cat off.
So what should you plant?
Pretty, deliciously scented and hated by cats – could you ask for more from a cat repelling plant? They’re easy to get hold of at your local plant nursery so grab yourself a couple of plants, line them up in a pretty row and get them planted.
They’re hardy so will return each and every year. They do lose most of their scent in the winter months which does make this repellent somewhat ‘seasonal’. But when it’s flowering the strong smell is enough to put off most cats.
Like lavender, mint it pungent. Most humans love the smell of it but for some reason, it’s not the same for cats who find it far too strong. Before you go planting mint in your flower beds, be warned that it has a reputation for taking over the garden. That’s why we’d recommend limiting it to pots only.
c) Coleus Canina
Or, more commonly known as, Scaredy Cat plant (and for good reason).
Be warned, this plant does stink! Some even report it smelling of urine. But that’s probably why it has such a high success rate amongst people trying to deter cats from their garden. If you haven’t already then you need to try using Coleus Canina in your garden.
Coleus Canina can be a little harder to get hold of at your local garden centre. The good news, however, is that you can turn to Amazon who have them available for you to order today:
#3: Chicken Wire
Chicken wire has been covered previously here. But, to summarise, when chicken wire is laid flat on the ground, cats find it incredibly uncomfortable to walk on. So, first, you need to determine how a cat is getting into your garden. From there, you need to lay chicken wire across the ground nearest to where they are entering.
There is a risk that the cat will look for an alternative route over time. You’ll then need to repeat laying chicken wire to show who’s boss. Of course, laying chicken wire is easy in an open area but can be challenging to do so amongst established plants.
#4: Cat Repellent Spray
Sprays are a great way of deterring cats from your garden and are also relatively cheap to throw together with the help of some household ingredients that you’re likely to have in the cupboard.
For each of these sprays, mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Once you’ve done that, head out to your garden and spray the leaves of plants, the fence and/or the ground where the cat is entering.
You’ll need to do this once a week when there is no rain. Rain, understandably, will wash away a lot of the spray so you’ll need to get out and apply is far more frequently.
Spray #1: The Vinegar Spritz
Vinegar might not be particularly pleasant so you won’t want to use this too close to your home. Take equal parts vinegar (the stronger the better), liquid hand soup and water. Give it a good wish in a bottle and spray away.
Spray #2: The Citrus Overload
For this spray, you’ll need 4 parts water, 1 part lemon juice and a few drops of citronella essential oil. Place all three into a spray bottle and give it a good shake. It’s now ready to use right away. This works great for deterring flies too!
Spray #3: The Pepper Bomb
Pepper and chilli (as discussed in the next step) are both detested by cats. So take a spray bottle and fill it with 4 parts water, 1 part chilli hot sauce (such as Sriracha) along with a sprinkling of black pepper. Give the bottle a shake so it is all incorporated. Leave to infuse overnight.
Your pepper bomb spray is now ready to use. Just be careful when spraying it in the wind – you don’t want this blowing back at you and into your eyes!
Get yourself a couple of spray bottles (such as those below) to test out a couple of different spray mixes. Make sure you label them up though as you don’t want to confuse your cat repellent spray with your homemade air freshener.
#5: Chilli and Pepper Dust
Dust you say? Cats hate strong smells and there’s nothing quite as punchy as chilli and pepper combined. Simply take a handful of chilli powder and a handful of ground pepper and give it a mix in a bowl. You’ve now got dust.
Sprinkle it around gaps in fences or where cats are coming into your garden and watch them scarper in fear of the smell.
You’ve now got 5 cat repellents that make up the ultimate toolkit for deterring cats from your garden. Give them a go and let us know how you get on. Better still, let others know what you’ve tried in the comments section below: