If neighborhood cats confuse your yard for their bathroom, you’re most likely not a happy camper. Additionally, the sight of another cat might anger your own cat, and trigger and even bigger problem if he feels the urge to spray to mark his territory. Rather than letting this happen, stop the visits of the uninvited felines by incorporating various humane repelling methods that will make them think twice about returning to your yard.
A Little Water Never Hurts
It’s common knowledge that cats dislike water. By installing a motion-activated sprinkler system in an area of your yard that cats frequent, you might be able to keep neighborhood cats away. When a cat crosses the sprinkler system’s detection range, it’ll automatically activate and spray a burst of water in the cat’s direction. One or several occurrences might just prevent a cat from revisiting your yard.
A Stinky Smell
An economical solution to keeping cats out of your yard, is the use of offensive scents. Although commercial scent repellents are available, you can also use items that you might already have on hand. Cats dislike the scent of citrus, and scattering orange or lemon peels in the yard might just keep them away. Pipe tobacco and coffee grounds are also said to repel cats.
If cats enjoy walking, lounging and digging in your yard, make the area less attractive to them by placing an upside down carpet runner on the soil. The nubby texture is uncomfortable on a cat’s feet, and might just make him decide to roam elsewhere. Chicken wire that’s firmly placed on the top soil with the sharp areas facing down, or a mulch of small rocks, can have a similar effect.
Running outside and banging pans together in an effort to scare away an unwanted outdoor cat can be effective, but requires constant monitoring. Instead use a battery-operated, motion -detecting cat-scaring device. When this device detects motion, it will emit a high-frequency sound that’s inaudible to humans and uncomfortable to cats.
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