Most of us love cats but if you don’t keep them and are an avid gardener, then you certainly do not want them pooping in your freshly tilled soil. Unfortunately for most gardeners, cats find tilled-soil a ready litter box and finding cat poop is certainly one’s worst nightmare (especially if one does not wear gardening gloves!). So if you are looking to keep your own cat, your neighbor’s cats or other stray cats out of your yard, use the following easy ways to do so:
1. Tea bags sprayed with muscle relaxants
This is a surprisingly easy way to stop cats from pooping in your newly tilled garden soil. Dry out some tea bags and spray them with muscle relaxant sprays. Bury the tea bags half an inch into the soil where the cats usually dig or scratch. You can also leave these special tea bags in the corners of your yards. Soon your cat menace will be over! Being oily, the muscle relaxant won’t be easily washed away even if it rains. So your cat deterrent can remain active for almost 2 weeks.
2. Ultrasonic repellents
Ultrasonic repellents are humane tools to keep cats out of the yard or garden. Simply stick the Ultrasonic device into your vegetable garden in an area frequented by cats. When a stray cat jumps into your yard, the motion activates an ultrasonic sound that surprises the cat. Worry not! The device won’t harm the cat. It will only stun the cat and keep it from coming back. Several devices are available online for a variety of budgets.
3. Water spraying devices
Another humane way to keep the cats away from your house is by using motion-activated water spraying devices. Simply install the spraying device in the corners of your yards. The moment the device senses a cat’s motion, it sends out a water jet that scares the cat away. This is a stainless, painless way to repel cats, skunks, and other wild animals.
4. Cat repellent powders
Many powder-based repellents are also available these days which help repel cats, skunks, and other wild animals from destroying your vegetable garden. Sprinkle the powdered stuff all around your yard and the strong scent and taste of the pellets will keep wild animals and felines away. Worry not: these products are non-toxic and won’t harm the cats or wild animals in any way.
5. Landscaping sheets
Before landscaping your yard, it is a good idea to lay down poultry fencing sheets with garden staples around your flower beds. This will prevent cats from digging around the flower beds or soiling in your garden. Landscape fabric and chicken wires can also deter cats from digging. You only need to cut the sheets in the right shape and lay them around your flower beds. Cover the sheets with stones to weigh them down. No more cats! Please ensure that if you use wired sheets, place their sharp edges downwards into the soil to prevent them from hurting animals and humans.
6. Crushed red pepper
Crushed red pepper shaken onto tape and fixed around the fence is like a ‘Keep Out’ sign for cats. The noxious smell trumps the cats’ desire to scratch your fences. Naturally, when you use this method to keep stray cats out of your yard, you will have a lot of explaining to do to your guests!
7. Mark your territory with ammonia
Sometimes you have to think like a cat to prevent it from pooping or spraying in your yard. Combine one part ammonia and two parts water in spray bottles and squirt the material all over the fence. (Be careful not to hit the cat in the face with this spray). This method of repelling cats is like telling the cat that the garden is your ‘territory’ and that it should back off.
8. Skewers and sticks
Sometimes, cats are adamant; they simply want to lie down on your beautiful flower bed no matter what you do. To prevent that, simply poke some craft sticks, chopsticks, or bamboo skewers into the ground. Space them so that they protrude at least a couple of inches and are about ½ an inch apart. For larger cats, you’d need to use larger stakes. Wooden paint stirrers work well.
9. Limit their access across your fence
Cats can easily scale walls and fences. You could consider adding a barbed wired perimeter on the top of the fences or walls or even some crushed glass or electrified wiring. However, these are not humane ideas to keep cats out of your yard. It is also easy for cats to crawl in through the holes at the bottom of the fences. So plug-in those as well.
10. Keep a dog!
Most dogs will chase stray cats and kittens away. So you could consider adopting a dog to keep cats out of your vegetable garden.
11. Add in rows of thorny bushes
Another home remedy to keep cats away from your yard is to plant thorny rose bushes under the fence. Cats will meow in frustration as they won’t be able to jump down and the only way for them is to go back.
12. Herbs and moth balls
If a cat keeps coming to poop in your pots or vegetable garden, rub some mustard, pepper, lavender, lemon, or tobacco on the pots. You can also place mothballs in the pots. The strong scents drive cats away.
13. Motion-activated night lights
At night, motion-activated lights can stun cats. Cats have sensitive night vision, so the motion-activated external light comes as a huge shock to the cat.
14. Diatomaceous earth
To keep the neighbors’ cats out of your garden, sprinkle some diatomaceous earth powder on the ground. The strong scent of DE powder will keep curious cats away.
15. DIY friendly cat-repellent
Make this easy DIY cat repellent using these all-natural ingredients: white vinegar, fresh or dried rosemary (or rosemary essential oil), and lemon juice. All three ingredients are repulsive to cats. Mix the three ingredients inside a spray bottle. Spray all over the yard to keep cats away. You must re-use the spray every few days for this method to work.