Cats make great pets. However, those who live on the street are wilder and can be very inconvenient, using your home's garden as their “sandbox”, stepping on the plants you care for and even spreading fleas all over the house. Luckily, there are several options to prevent them from entering the yard; try and combine the methods according to the way you think best to solve this problem.
Method 1 of 11: Eliminate their food source
Step 1. Take trash or bird feeders out of the house
Pussies are showing up in your garden for some reason; if you leave trash outside of your property, make sure it is securely sealed to prevent cats from opening it. Birds often attract these animals too; it may be better to remove the bird feeders in the yard or place them outside the home.
- When possible, leave the trash in a safer place indoors, preventing cats (and other pests such as sareese or skunks) from rummaging around and looking for food. A well-closed garage will be perfect for storing garbage until collection time!
- Both domesticated cats, which spend a lot of time outside the home, and wild ones like to explore gardens, looking for food, partners and places to urinate and defecate. See if there's some kind of pattern, like where they usually stay in the backyard. Maybe there's something that's attracting them that you haven't noticed yet!
Method 2 of 11: Put up fences
Step 1. One of the best ways to prevent them from entering the garden is to install fences, physically blocking them
When putting up a large, sturdy wooden fence, give preference to pointed boards, which don't let the cats “perch” on them. A simpler option is to use smaller boards around the perimeter of the yard and secure it with chicken wire.
If you already have a fence that has no edges, which allows cats to stand on top of them, staple or clip aluminum foil or plastic wrap to the top. This lessens their willingness to stay there
Method 3 of 11: Install motion activated sprinklers
Step 1. Using irrigators is a very functional solution
Whenever these animals enter the garden, the devices will turn on and wet the cats, scaring them away. Even if they don't get hit, just the sound of activation will scare them away. Buy these products on the internet (Americanas, Submarino) or at a building material store.
In places where the temperature reaches very low levels, with frost and snow, the hoses freeze and prevent the use of irrigators. Luckily, in other seasons, cats will have plenty of time to “touch themselves” that they shouldn't stay in the garden; by taking a “squirt” whenever they enter there, they will be conditioned not to enter the place
Method 4 of 11: Try using an ultrasonic repellent
Step 1. Infrared ultrasonic devices will emit high frequency noises, scaring the pussies
Such sounds are not audible to humans, only to animals, and they are not pleasant: it is like scratching a blackboard. Most of them are battery operated and just leave them in the garden; as long as they are turned on, they will be monitoring any movement, sounding the alarm whenever intruders get too close.
- Get them on the internet (Submarino, Mercado Livre) or in large department stores (Americanas).
- Ultrasonic devices are generally more expensive than other options. The good news is that they won't just keep cats out of the yard, but other animals too!
Method 5 of 11: Buy a commercial repellent
Step 1. There are several repellents that have the same odor as the urine of big cats or dogs
When they smell a possible predator nearby, they won't feel comfortable staying in the area for long. Some of them simulate the smell of urine from dogs and even bigger creatures! Look for a product that can be applied outdoors; sites like Mercado Livre and Americanas offer good variety.
- The downsides seem obvious, but the repellent odor is not very good. They need to be reapplied about every seven days and after heavy rain.
- If you don't want to be spraying this in your garden so often, you can buy granular, pebble-like repellents; just spread them on the ground.
Method 6 of 11: Place pine cones or chopsticks in the garden
Step 1. Coating the ground with objects that are unpleasant to step on will drive away the cats, who like the soft feel of the earth and grass
By interfering with the most common texture, they will feel less dissuaded to stay. One option is to do this with the perimeter of the yard or close them to the ground to keep the cats away. Crush some pinecones and sprinkle them around the garden, or even use hashi; do not stick them on the ground, but lay them down, simulating the shape of a grid; bury about half of them so that the animals don't want to pass by.
There are plastic carpet protection films that have soft dots or spikes on them, and they are also good solutions. Just keep the spiky or rounded side up, lightly covering them with earth at the edge of the garden
Method 7 of 11: Spread aluminum foil
Step 1. Cats hate walking on wrinkled, rough surfaces like aluminum foil
If you want to keep them away from any specific soil, get some strips of aluminum foil and search it. Secure the edges with some stones or bricks so they don't fly off; once the intruder steps on the aluminum, the feel and sound will be unpleasant, scaring him away.
- Laminated metal and bubble wrap may also work.
- This is also an interesting alternative for those who have high fences and know that intruders are being accessed through a certain entrance to the garden. Place a few layers of aluminum around the entrance.
Method 8 of 11: Obtain plants that keep the cats away
Step 1. Canine Coleus is by far the most effective for scaring pussies
Her own name already indicates that she has a smell not very pleasant for felines; the effectiveness comes from the natural odor of canine urine, so they are far more effective than the other options. If you don't want to plant them in the garden or leave them in pots outside the home, try the “curry plant” (Helichrysum italicum), lavender or rosemary.
- Any plant that is sold as “antifeline” or used to keep cats away will be “Coleus canina”.
- Some of them are called “plectranthus caninus”.
Method 9 of 11: Spray or sprinkle pepper in the garden
Step 1. Cats hate pepper and will stay away when they smell it
You can use cayenne pepper and spread small amounts around the garden from time to time, or prepare a pepper-based spray. Just mix a few teaspoons of cayenne pepper to the water and pour it into a spray bottle. Whichever method is used, apply the pepper close to the garden entrances or even the plants that must be protected from the cats; black pepper can also be used when cayenne does not work. Putting some pepper trees in the garden can also work!
- Wet coffee grounds will also act as a repellent, as well as being a great fertilizer for those growing in your garden!
- Remember that you will need to reapply the pepper (whether liquid or not) whenever it rains.
Method 10 of 11: Use citrus fragrances in the garden
Step 1. Cats also run away from citrus-smelling places, such as lemon or orange
You can even buy essential oils of this type and sprinkle them all over the yard, but people prefer to leave bark near the entrance and plants. Whenever you break lemons, oranges, pears or limes, keep the skins and spread them around the garden so as not to let intruders wander through it.
Grapefruit peels will also work for those who do not have access to both types of oranges and lemons
Method 11 of 11: Prevent entry of cats using essential oils
Step 1. Oils of lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus and geranium will scare away the cats
There are a few ways to use them in the garden, but the simplest solution is to drip a few drops around flower pots, fences or trees where the animals are wandering. It's okay to mix several of them if there's a particular combination you like!
- Citronella oil doesn't really please these pussies either. Those who also suffer from mosquitoes and other insects will kill two birds with one stone!
- Again, don't forget to reapply oils after rains. The good news is that it doesn't take a large amount to fend off invaders.